October 2016


As winter approaches once again my mind becomes occupied with preparations for the cold weather and, of course, the holiday season. 


Thanks to our son, Rudy, who lives on the farm next to ours, the cellar is full of enough firewood to heat our home in the coming months.


The sheep and cattle are in their final pastures for the year. We have enough hay put up to feed them until spring.




The garden is nearly exhausted with just a few tomatoes left to pick before it freezes hard enough to kill them off.


The pantry and freezer are full of preserves from the year’s harvest. I will cut the lawn and the pastures once more to neaten up the yards before I condition the mower and stow it away for the winter. 


Machinery used during the summer months must be oiled and put inside before the snow flies. The tractor that clears snow from the driveway and barnyards should be tuned-up soon. The path in the shed leading to the snow blower attachment should be cleared so that it can be easily accessed when it is needed. 


Jim (my husband) cleared all of the trash out of the rain gutters on the house. I have made arrangements to have the furnaces cleaned and I bought new air filters for them. It’s time to dust off the ceiling fans and reverse their direction for the cold weather. Will I have time to wash all of the windows in the house? One room at a time, I tell myself. What gets done, gets done. 


I have been making, cutting and trimming soap each week to stock up for what I hope will be a good holiday sales season. I have washcloths in weaving progress on the loom and a good sized pile of washcloths and towels already sitting on my work table, waiting to be hemmed.





Soon I will get to work making my annual discount postcards and get them out in the mail to all of my loyal customers. I appreciate each and every one of you!


This year’s early order incentive is a cookbook put together by members of The Dodge County Antique Power Club, of which both Jim and I are members. 



The books are a fund-raiser for the club, so I purchased a case of them. Between the dates of Friday, November 25, 2016 and Monday, December 12, 2016, for each order totaling $50 or more (after discount and before shipping & handling is added) I will include a free DCAPC Cookbook, which contains over 50 pages of recipes and stories collected from our  members. 


It includes recipes like “Dinner in a Pumpkin” and “Grandma’s Receipt for Washing Dirty Clothes”. I have a limited supply of these books. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Get your orders in early to secure your copy of this fun, funny cookbook!


The Dodge County Antique Power Club was founded in 1969 when a group of antique machinery enthusiasts got together in Beaver Dam, WI. The charter membership included just 38 persons. Its first Annual Power Show was held on a member’s farm near of Beaver Dam. Today the membership has grown to over 500 members and its Annual Power Show is held each year during the first full weekend in August on its own show grounds, a farm located at Burnett Corners, which the club membership purchased in 1993.


Each year the club features a specific line of farm machinery, say, Farmall, John Deere or Allis Chalmers, to name a few. Collectors from across the country bring their old iron treasures for display. The Show features demonstrations of things like steam powered engines, saw mills, grain threshing and the like. 


Over the years since 1993 the club has added a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, fry shack, modern restrooms and showers, tractor-pulling track, spectator bleachers, a blacksmith shop, a wooden shingle mill and several storage sheds. 


In 2010 I headed up a committee that successfully moved an antique schoolhouse to the grounds. There we feature things more tuned to the feminine side, such as vintage clothing, needlework, table settings, linens, etc. Members of my spinning guild share floor space with me each year, demonstrating fiber arts like spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting and more.


A new project at the grounds is now the reconstruction of a vintage barn, donated to the club by a very generous benefactor. Once complete, the barn will be an educational venue, housing vintage dairy displays, calf pens, milking equipment and various old methods of barn construction among others.


The grounds are open to the public year around to rent for events. Some like to have large family gatherings there, such as birthdays or anniversary parties. The area Girl Scouts Troops use the grounds for a camp-out week each summer. This year we will host an old-fashioned Christmas themed day in December, with a sled-dog pulling contest, antique ornament display, old-time games, cookie decorating, toy making and hot chocolate.


Volunteers make everything possible in this club. Almost all of the construction and maintenance on the grounds is done by volunteers. An organized group we like to call “The Wednesday Crew” shows up every week, regardless of the weather, to work together on a project in need of attention. They might restore an interesting machine, a steam engine or a tractor for the annual raffle event. They might install an exhaust fan in the kitchen or fry-shack, add a gas line for the furnace in the schoolhouse or paint a building in need of a fresh coat. All members are encouraged to join in the fun of taking care of our grounds. 


If you happen to be in Wisconsin on the first full weekend in August, please come to Burnett Corners in central Dodge County for our next Annual Dodge County Antique Power Club Steam Show. Stop by the schoolhouse and say “Hi!”