that take me home, or country roads that lead nowhere in particular. In Wisconsin there is no shortage of country roads. While we are no longer a leading agricultural state, much of Wisconsin remains "rural".
The 40 and 80 acre family farms of yesterday are mostly gone. In my corner of Wisconsin, they were plentiful. You can still find small rural creameries at road intersections, out in the middle of nowhere. Mostly they stand empty. Sometimes someone lives above them in a family type apartment. Sometimes they are active and making cheese and butter from local milk. It's getting harder and harder to find that kind of creamery.
I didn't have to go looking for Wisconsin today, it's all around me, at every turn in the road. Just over every hill, so many roads less taken. Soon the big yellow buses will add to the color of the countryside. The opening of school is just a few days away. Wisconsin has had quite a good summer. Enough rain, for the most part, and a marked absence of extremely HOT weather.
We've been having quite a bit of September in our July and again this month. I awoke to a nippy August morning...and all of 54 degrees outside. Ashland came in at 34 degrees...definitely not August weather for us. But delightful to enjoy. It feels like Septemger when you step outside. The air is clean and crisp, with the sky an incredible shade of blue. Being a native daughter, I love Wisconsin, and I would even if I had not been born and raised here.
I've traveled a fair bit and altho there are place I really like, Wisconsin in home. I find that a place you love to be is rather like "the little shop around the corner". Familiar, comfortable, a good fit. Two of my children are Michigan born, and three are from Wisconsin. Five of my grandchildren call Minnesota home, but the other eight live here, in my part of the world. None locally, not even close, but that is what it is. Nothing new in my sewing world, altho I've been sewing rug strips together in the daytime and doing some hand quilting at night. Had lunch with Betsy today, she's kind of 'stalled' out also, but playing with Mile a Minute blocks. Waiting for the mo-jo to return, watching the world go by.
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