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1. State Fair is over. It finished up over Labor Day weekend.

2. The weather man started using the F-word and the S-word. (Frost & Snow.)

3. We had to put two quilts on the bed last night.

4. They are almost ready to cut silage for the cow’s feed this winter.

5. We are going to can our last round of tomatoes this weekend. (Our ‘feed’ for the winter.)

6. I wore a stocking cap and gloves on my walk yesterday.

One thing I won’t be adding to the list is: We are wearing sweat shirts.

In South Dakota, any month of the year is fair game for a sweat shirt. After the chilly summer of 2014, I have officially worn a sweat shirt in May, June, July and August. This was new for me.

To deal with all this fall-ness, I made lasagna & zucchini bread yesterday.

Somehow, a BLT just didn’t seem appropriate.





  1. Kathy Hasekamp

    I think we are only supposed to get to 65 today, here at ‘home’. Of course, first of the week, I got sunburned watching the littlest play football. Gotta love the every changing temps in MO.

    • Sierra Shea

      Yes, the temps to change rapidly! One good thing about fall is football!

  2. Meredith

    I would love to see South Dakota in the fall! Good tree color?

    • Sierra Shea

      HA! No, that’s one thing I miss about Missouri. Especially, Defiance, where my mom grew up. SD has few trees + lots of wind + colder temps = pretty, yellow leaves on the tree in my yard last year lasted about 3 days.

      I will say, the prairie/fields turn a pretty golden color though.


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!