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July 13, 2020

A weekend of family and friends. Daddy took the T-bird away!! Have a good week and stay safe! ♥️

The Hughes clan
That Steve guy helping Ava
First fish goes the girl 💪👏👍
Timmy and Lesa added to the corruption
The ones they warned us all about
A quick visit from the beans 🥰
Blueberry picking
Feel old?
Staying ahead of the storm
Joan likes to be involved in everything
The squirrels are cleaning out the birdseed! Can’t wait for the baffle to be delivered. 😡
Our turtle friend checking out the girls
That’s Jes screaming at the end 😂
FYI by “throw” Col meant food!! No animals get harmed at Wallinworld!!
JJ likes s’mores
Bennie entertaining Papa
Post pool


July 6, 2020

Scenes from Wisconsin. Have a good week! Stay safe!! Much love!!! ♥️

Corn check

We love riding these back roads through farm country
A church and a cemetery. Score.
Nobody says you have to keep your woodpile neatly stacked behind the house
Or your garbage pile
There’s these two gravestones all by themselves on a corner in the middle of nowhere. Every time we pass it I think about stopping and checking them out. I am intrigued.
It’s a fake person! Creepy.
Stopped at the American Legion right as Jeanna opened so we could be socially distant.
I love a shorty with my bloody
If you never had Dot’s pretzels – definitely try them! Here they’re all over. We discovered them at the flea market in AZ – the only place out there that had them.
A four lane bowling alley
May 4 – July 4
Relaxing on the job
My beans ♥️

June 29, 2020

Hello from the land of cheese curds and cow pies!! Here are a few pics from the last week. Everyone be safe! ♥️

Turned on the news this morning and saw Ed! We usually get a local Madison feed but our CBS link gave me Chicago news for a change! 🤷‍♀️
You know you’re in Wisconsin!!
First of our tomatoes. Back to a Midwest growing schedule! In SoFlo the tomatoes are done by now.
Every time we drive past the corn fields by us, I comment on how fast the corn is growing. It’s crazy!
Somebody knows who these pics are for!! 😍
Poked our head in at the American Legion in town. Clarified that YES your $5 ticket gets you all 8 knives!
Rifles and snacks! 👍
Outside the little tchotchke shop in town.
This was the sky as we headed out for a bike ride. No surprise we got drenched…
Not sure if this contraption was that hard to handle or if the guy had too many PBRs at lunch!!
While she looks happy, Joan is ambivalent about being on the water.
The stare down went on for quite a while…
Playing in the dirt
Farm fresh eggs!
We love the scenery here as much as the mountains in Arizona and the waters of the Keys! #blessed

June 22, 2020

June is fading fast! We made a quick trip to Chicago so Steve could get the last of his knee injections and Jammy could get a beans fix! Have a good week! Be safe!

Went back to the U pick farm for more asparagus. Big difference in the field!! This is asparagus that went to seed. We managed to get 7.5 pounds without getting bit by field snakes or field mice or whatever field creatures may live where I had to reach into to find the viable stalks….
Cleaning and sorting out the asparagus. I can’t even describe the taste difference of fresh picked! We brought some back to IL for a few people.
We travel as a pack. Or a small gang…
Picked up some decoration for the windshield on the trip 😡
Now that’s a pizza!!
Backgammon, beer, boy time
Girl time with my lady beans
JJ and her boots
Bennie!! The on demand smile!!
Bennie isn’t into ethnic food
Entertained by Marla Hooch (who just turned 12!)
I love the names of OPI nail polish. This is Nessie Plays Hide and Seek 😂😂
Papa got a new drinking vessel for Fathers Day! Unique, one of a kind tumblers Jes makes.
Notyourbasictwinmom on Instagram or Etsy if you’re in the market!!
Last but not least, our friend Maggie Yacko turned 9!!!

June 15, 2020

We’ve had some great weather up here! Enjoying it and our little slice of heaven on earth. Everyone have a great week! We miss you! ♥️ Carry hand sanitizer and use it often!! 🤚

Had our first visitors to the campsite! Thanks for visiting Deb and How! 😍
Nighttime at Wallinworld North
Our campground delivers fresh donuts on the weekend 😋
Enjoying my hibiscus. Some of you may remember the Great Iguana Attack of 2015…. My hibiscus plants in Florida didn’t have a chance because I didn’t know they were like candy to them! 🙄🦎
Albino squirrel! Just this one lone guy hopping around the trees by our site. I guess there used to be a ton of them but the owls could see them so well they were easy prey.

It’s National Dairy month! I know these aren’t dairy cows but they were too cute not to post! 🥰

Our snapping turtle
Our anniversary was the 14th so we went out for a ride. Such beautiful countryside.
Looked like a banging party
Walking home from the shindig
Made a reservation at a supper club for the anniversary dinner. I was a little apprehensive about eating indoors and if they were keeping the tables 6 feet apart… It wasn’t a problem.
The cottonwood tree is shedding that fuzzy stuff. It’s killing Steve’s allergies. The lagoon ended up looking like it had a layer of snow on it. Crazy.
Another picture of our lazy Joan!!

June 1, 2020

Hello! Happy June! We are 6 months into our journey and it sure has been an experience. Only the Wallins can plan a road trip and end up in quarantine! 🙄 We’ve been getting settled in our summer home in Wisconsin and we love it more every day. Everyone please stay safe as the stay at home orders are being eased!

Jammy made a pillow mountain to jump into for the beans!
All my beans. ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Even Marla Hooch🥰
If you’re wondering about the band-aid – Bennie just like them. Les Nessman Jr 😂
JJ likes to help out in the yard……
Asparagus picking
1st day out on the water
Joan likes it on the boat!!
The place is shaping up!
Sun bathing snapping turtle. I waited to see him blink his eyes because I thought he was dead!! 😁

May 14, 2020

One of those days that are cloudy and drizzling and make you kind of lazy……

Steve tinkered with the tackle and threw a line out to test the waters. 👍
Me and Joan lazed around and watched a few movies.
One of my favorite movies from back when Collyn was small and our favorite thing was watching movies all weekend.

May 13, 2020

Yard work
Joan on high alert for frogs
Either frogging isn’t her gig or these guys hiding in plain sight really works…. She never even looked at this one!
Blue heron?
Binging Ozark. (👍 BTW) There’s a warning about the smoking but not the bloody bodies with heads cut off or the people getting shot and stabbed. 🤷‍♀️

May 12, 2020

Scenes from Wisconsin

The hierarchy of deer stands
Farm stubble. I know this is stubble because when Collyn was a kid (like 6 or 7) we were driving through farmland somewhere and I commented on the field and wondered why it looked like that. She said “It’s called stubble. The farmers cut down the crops and that’s what’s leftover.” Oh. OK thanks!! I think of that every time I see stubble! 🥰
This tickled me. CASH is King until you wave a Ruger or a sweet riding lawnmower at him! 😂

May 11, 2020

Our feathered friends and deliveries

These guys were having fun in the lagoon
Pretty bird and moss! 👍😁
The orioles that hang around are just beautiful! I’m hoping to get some good pictures at some point.
Wood delivery
Mail delivery. Signed and designed by the beans! 🥰🥰

May 10, 2020

Rain, relaxing, FaceTime, big honkin steak. Have a great week everyone! ♥️

This all day
Joan started perking up about 5pm, but was feeling punk all day
The new Frozen – Paw Patrol! Sent the beans costumes and got to watch them open the box and try them on 🥰
Dinner by hubby for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2020

We woke up to COLD! By noon Joan Jett was really sick and we had to take her to the emergency vet an hour away in Madison. She had something intestinal going on and is still not up to par so we are watching her closely…. The campground lent us a truck to take her as we don’t have the Jeep here yet.

That would be ice in Joan’s water bowl on the deck….
Love birch trees
Careful – they tend to dart out in front of you …..
On our way back 😢

May 7, 2020

A week ago it was 105 degrees, here we have a freeze warning! 🥶 What the deuce.

I was taking my newly potted pothos plant down to bring inside – with the freeze warning and all – and it fell out of the hanger and bounced into the lagoon. This is the pot floating away.
At least the cuttings fell on the ground for easy rescue 🙄

May 6, 2020

Springtime!! After living in an area that looks the same pretty much all year round for the last 5 years, I am reminded of what it feels like to watch the sun wake up the trees, grass, and flowers. 🥰

Even the weeds look pretty to me!!
It looks different every day!
Taking a break
Always on break, this one….

May 5, 2020

Getting settled in…. Looking forward to being able to get OUT and settling in the new hood.

Steve taking a break from unpacking and going through all the brochures and stuff we’ve collected along the way
I don’t know what Joan’s doing 🤷‍♀️
Night one (of 3) of the Flower Moon. The last super moon of 2020.
A look at our travels. We lost quite a few places having to alter plans because of stupid coronavirus! We are grateful we are healthy though! 👍♥️