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::Garden produce has been keeping me busy.  We are doing a lot of eating and I am canning and preserving extras tomatoes and cucumbers in the form of salsa, pickles and relish.

::We passed on our layers and invited about 50 new baby chicks to our homestead.  25 are laying hens (It will be about 5 months or so until we get our first egg.) The other 25 are meat birds, which we will "turn to meat" late October.

::This mama and her four kids have started school.  It has been a great first week - we are getting in the groove!

::We are enjoying the last days of the summer season.   It has been a beautiful weekend.  I started my day with a quiet hike.  Right now James is out fishing.  Both, wonderful ways to recharge for the week ahead.

 

 

 


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We still have winter weather in our neck of the woods, so we are making the most of it - enjoying the fun that can be had skiing over frozen lakes and down snow-covered Minnesota "mountains."  Although warmer weather would be welcome, we're still having fun!

 


Harvest of Ice

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We spent a gorgeous winter day at our friends' resort harvesting ice, as has been a mid-winter tradition in our neck of the woods.  We got a wonderful dose of sunshine, we all broke a sweat and shed layers.   Today I am happy with sunburned cheeks and a fun and productive day under my belt.   It is fun to get more involved as my role has changed from children-tender and life guard to ice block hauler.  It was fun to see our children get more involved as well - almost all of them made it the mile ski out to the resort on their own power and they all helped out throughout the day as well.  Fun times with good friends, keeping a fun Northwoods tradition alive.


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Around here we enjoyed a wonderful weekend. During the work week we were experiencing extreme sub-zero temps (Friday we woke up to -33 F *and note that is below zero) Both Saturday and Sunday we experienced above zero temperatures - reaching into the 20's with sunshine! We fought our children back into winter gear as they were complaining that today it was "hot," and we spent a significant amount of time outdoors skiing and snowshoeing.

We are recharged and refreshed, ready for the week ahead.

Wishing you a great start of your week from our little corner of the world to yours!


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Although we are experiencing some sub zero temperatures, we are finding our way outdoors.    We have a solid base of snow for cross country skiing and between after-school ski practices, MYSL and weekend outings, we're logging a fair amount of kilometers on the trail.

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Inside:  

We are staying warm, even given our recent sub-zero temperature cold snap.   We recently tried out a new coffee shop in town with a welcoming atmosphere after a cold and snowy ski.  We have been keeping ourselves busy inside, the kids experimenting with duct tape crafts, the mama with some knitting projects.  On these winter days we are also savoring summer blueberries and backyard maple syrup with pancake breakfasts.

Wishing you a great start to your week!


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  • saying "good morning" with wild blueberry scones
  • meal prep for the week ahead 
  • a little bit of experimentation (dried tansy in a dye bath)

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  • A little bit of wandering - trying to soak up a little sunlight during this dark time of year.  We lost a lot of our snow during a stretch of rain last week.  Today we got a dusting over a layer of ice that has accumulated.  Temperatures are below freezing, so there is some hope that our lakes will start to freeze and we will gently transition into our true winter.

Wishing you a good start to your week, from my little corner of the world to yours!


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Yesterday I was able to get out for my first ski of the season!  With the cold temps that have accompanied our recent winter snowstorm (waking up to 13 degrees F this morning with a predicted high of 28) the snow is likely to serve as a solid base for ski trails.   Just in time for the start of the nordic cross country ski season!

Enjoy these snapshots of our winter wonderland here in the Northwoods of Minnesota!


Snow Day!

 

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We got the early morning phone call that school was canceled today. Throughout the day embraced the snowstorm from the comfort of our home.   The kids spent a lot of time outside doing what kids should do on a snow day - playing in the snow!  

Welcome winter!










A November in sandals

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After tending to a houseful of kids who were under the weather (sore throats, coughs and one battling an ear infection) I was happy to escape for a late afternoon walk in the woods.

The weather has been unseasonably mild (last year at this time my kids were on skis) so a walk in November in my sandals it was!   We are looking forward to all the fun winter has to offer, but for now enjoying the extended fall.

Wishing you a good start to the week from my little corner in the world, to yours!