Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 in review

2017 in review

Random tiny moments by the month.

I never thought I'd be watching the Presidental Inauguration of Donald Trump!

Henry in Plum City Wisconsin.  We visited the first one room school on one very cold January Day.

Plum School below zero.
 The discovery of the most beautiful renovated school.  My new favorite.

Celebrating with Maddie for her completion of her Masters program.
 Beautiful winter outdoor portraits of my favorite two models.
And indoor portraits with a live teddy bear.


 Enjoying the cabin in Webster Wisconsin with favorite local beers.

 Crex Meadows!
Long lens workout.

 Turtle in the middle of the road, in March?


The creating and making of the Green Ribbon with Ruby and Lily.


Camping in southern Minnesota.

I discover the ease of iMovie and begin making Henry clips for Henry's Playlist on YouTube.


Learning how to tie up the train with Adrienne...for Maddie's wedding day.


Watching my two favorite guys fish.

The excitement of entering my schoolhouse photographs in the state fair.


66th street redo upsets the neighborhood.

I got to see the fall colors this year!

Cutting down our Christmas Tree.

Found this at an antique store!  Great fun to read.

 The bitter cold.
Millie all visited out on Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Schools of the New Ulm Area

Sunday early in the morning, we headed down to New Ulm, MN   The weather has been mild and warm for December. An hour into the drive I realized why we never head southwest of the Cities.  Flat prairie land for miles, but the silence lead to good conversation about the family farm and the hard work of our forefathers.  Every dozen of acres a grove of trees sprouted out from the prairie.  Smack in the middle of these groves we'd see the worn and weathered family farms many of them appearing tired and  abandoned.  We found several one-room schools for our collection.  All were repurposed, except for the last one which was repurposed  for Henry's new farm friends.

44.366630  -94.401640 
School number 1287 looked like it was being used for storage.

School Number 1274 was converted to a home.
School 186 was a beautiful example of a one room school.  It was beautifully restored and was a residence.  My guess was that it was a two room school.

 I know there was a sign out front of this school and it read "Essig Town Hall"  but I cannot find it on Google maps and the GPS tracker on my camera was not on.  The building had all windows on the backside, typical of school houses.

44.354316, -94.590175 
Town of Milford School Number 181
Converted into a residence and looks like it's ready for another renovation.

30001 Co Hwy 27, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
The home was being wored on by the owner.  Look by the ladder.

Quail Trapp School
44.225516, -94.746650
Henry greeting Quail Trapp's residents

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Dog

When Lily was three or four she always talked about how MUCH she wanted a dog.  I have pictures of her loving Charlie the first dog of the family. She's was known to give french kisses to Henry and Charlie and she asked for a dog everyday.  The summer of 2016 one week before school started the Awad family caved and bought a beautiful white puppy.  They named him Oscar.

Oscar is the main attraction for Lily 

So much love!

 Merry Christmas 2016

November 2017

And tonight I received this in a text.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

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.  


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 : )

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