Monday, November 13, 2017

The Gales of November II


The Gales of November DID greet us on Friday, November 10th.  The wind was blustery and the clouds hung low threatening inclement weather.  The temperature was hovering right around the freezing point of 32°.  We had companions this trip, Urklegrew and Frederich..a little German couple shown below.



Urklegrew and Frederich

A stop at Zups in Silver Bay for the famous potato sausage. Dinner of white fish from Kendalls all prepared in an electric skillet with grade AAA butter.  It was delicious.

Toasty fires and great local beer, Castle Danger Brewery aided in our cozy cabin atmosphere.




Urklegrew and Frederich enjoying their Castle Danger beer by the fire ; )

 Great shot along highway 61
 Probably the last time we'll see the Colonial.



Another great visit to the north shore Henry in tow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Gales of November


October 27, 1979

Happy Anniversary to Us!


This year it's 38 years of marriage! We postponed our celebration until November 10, 11, 12 this year. Destination: Cascade Lodge on Lake Superior.

November 10 is the Anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The tragic accident happened just 4 years before we were married.  I didn't realize that at the time but it makes sense now why the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordan Lightfoot was so popular in the late 70's.




Nice footage of shipping in the Great Lakes.



So our trip is themed this year.  Gales of November.  I can only hope to see waves crashing against the rocks.  I think we can listen to the Best of Gordan Lightfoot on the way up. ONCE.  And I know we can find a local brew with a November-like name.  We will also visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and unrelated to shipwrecks hike with my new backpack looking for fallen birch limbs and red dogwood for holiday decorating.  Happy anniversary to us!  


Friday, September 22, 2017

My Coca-Cola Machine


My 1964 Coca-Cola Machine is back home after a brief stint at the hanger.  About a year ago we brought it over to the hanger to be cleaned and slightly refurbished.  It looks beautiful and I am happy to have my conversation piece back in my kitchen.  


Cheers!


Back home sporting the evening's drink
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Friday, August 25, 2017

No Ribbon - Already Planning Next Year

Winning a ribbon at the State Fair may take me a couple of tries. I'm satisfied with the personal goal I had this summer to enter my school house collection.  AND I will find a great spot in my home to hang my collection of Minnesota School houses.  BUT I'm not going to give up, I'm just going to enlist Tim with his incredible small detail talents and together we are going to get a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair!


Looking forward to the judges commentary

This collection was REALLY good.  It deserved the Blue ribbon.
Happy with my goal - of entering : )



Sunday, August 20, 2017

National Aviation Day


Landing...this picture shows the little falls.



Little Falls Minnesota- Morrison County Airport

Three planes at the airport...ours being the prettiest.



 The Morrison County airport has a nice FBO and a courtesy car.


We visited the  Minnesota Historical Society's museum of Charles Lindbergh's boyhood home.
There was costumed actors playing the role's of Lindbergh's mother and neighbors during the start up of World War I


 My favorite room of the house was Lindbergh's porch bedroom.  It overlooked the Mississippi river and the weather was perfect Saturday peering out the screened windows.


Our flight was perfect.  The scenery...great.  


On our way home we flew right over St. Paul


Monday, August 14, 2017

Saturday on Madeline Island

 Sunday we spent the day flying to and visiting Madeline Island.  We had beautiful weather and had wonderful flight, but somehow I felt robbed because we really needed a few more hours inhaling the clean island air and enjoying the sites in relaxing fashion.  Biking to LaPointe was a heated mess on our fabulous fold up bikes, but really how lucky I am to have such wonderful adventures at a moments notice.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's with History

The line was long but moved swiftly. It was nice to see people young and old alike, both men and women entering their prized possessions creatively handmade. 



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creative Collections at the Minnesota State Fair

Tomorrow I bring my "creative collection" to the State Fair.  I'm excited to enter because I completed a personal goal this summer.


Creative Collections
829 Collection, made entirely by exhibitor
Creative Activities Rules and Premiums
Must be framed or boxed, under glass or heavy plastic. Label and title collection on front. No larger than 24" x 36" or 864 sq. in. Short explanation describing the collection and the reason for collecting items.
  1. 830  Collection, assembled or mounted by exhibitor
    Must be framed or boxed, under glass or heavy plastic. Label and title collection on front. No larger than 24" x 36" or 864 sq. in. Short explanation describing the collection and the reason for collecting items.
  2. 831  Collection, nature
    Must be framed or boxed, under glass or heavy plastic. Label and title collection on front. No larger than 24" x 36" or 864 sq. in. Short explanation describing the collection and the reason for collecting items.
  3. 832  Collection, history
    Must be framed or boxed, under glass or heavy plastic. Label and title collection on front. No larger than 24" x 36" or 864 sq. in. Short explanation describing the collection and the reason for collecting items.
  4. 833  Sweepstakes, creative collections
SP834 Hennepin History Museum Award (winner class 832)
Will award a 1-year membership ($50 value) to the winner of Collection, history (class 832). 






Monday, July 17, 2017

Toads and Frogs...and Henry

In May of this year, Henry & Charlie were racing down our wood steps to chase away the U.S. Mailman.  In all the excitement Henry fell down the second half of the steps.  I heard a large yelp as he scooted to the lower level crying all the way.  It was obvious his left hind leg was hurt.  The Vet diagnosed it as an ACL tear.  Time, lose weight, moderate physical therapy.  Well we are mid-July now and Henry is doing ok.  He's lost some weight and he does put pressure on his leg.  He walks kinda sideways sometimes, a funny thing to see.  We go for our daily walk which has been limited to a shorter distance or the use of Lily's dog stroller.

Summer is a great time for Henry because the things that really make him happy are being outside looking for toads.  He first stumbled upon toads at the hanger.  Toads frequently appear from the concrete crack under the rubber flange of the hanger door.  So when the door is being raised - Henry is on it.  Saturday night was a hit.  He sniffed out a tiny little toad.  He stalked it for 20+ minutes trying to pick it up.  He was salivating and foaming like crazy!


After losing interest, Henry continued his search for another.  I realized the little toad dead...killed by the jaws of Henry the Yorkie.  Not quite the case from a week earlier - when Henry had all he could do chasing more than one frog at the river.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Post Wedding blues.... iphone pics : ( I wanna see the professional shots!

Wow in a the wink of a minute...the Wedding is over.  It was a beautiful day...calculated down to the minute..we pulled it off like a pro!

The nice thing about Weddings and brides that are teachers....organized!
Michelle doing her magic on the bride, Adrienne and Jr. Bridesmaids Lily and Ruby.


Us as we dress at the Lowell Inn... We are READY!

















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