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June Blues

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The weather has been just right, so I took a hike up and was pleasantly surprised with our first June blues!

There are lots of green berries as well.  It is sure to be a great year for harvesting wild blueberries!


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I am going to make an effort to share some photographs of the progress of ice out and the rapid transition from winter to spring weather in my neck of the woods.   As you can see from these images, the shorelines are starting to go out and the ice is getting darker.  The buds are popping and treasures are starting to appear that were once hidden by the snow.

Check back for updates!


A weekend away....

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Yesterday, I returned from a much anticipated, revitalizing weekend away with some dear friend.  The four of us, friends since middle school, initiated a girl's weekend get together last year.  We had so much fun we decided to do it again. 

This year we rented a cozy cabin right on the shore of Lake Superior, close to Lutsen Mountain.   We had a day of fun alpine skiing, then had fun venturing out on some nordic ski trails.  

We spent a lot of time outdoors, we ate great food, and we had time to relax and reconnect.

It was just what I needed to recharge.  

I hope you enjoy these snapshots from this beautiful corner of the world!


Morning Magic

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The past two days the weather has been delightful.  We have been graced with warm temperatures and sunshine - neither typical for Northern Minnesota Decembers.

This weekend, I took advantage of opportunity for two quiet, secluded morning hikes on one of my favorite nearby trails.  Getting out like this is a meditation of sorts one that quiets my mind and recharges my soul.

I hope you had opportunity to do something grounding today, and I hope these images I share bring you a sense of serenity and peace similar to what I experienced on the trail this morning.

Have a great week!


Wreath making

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Wreathmaking - 9 Wreathmaking - 10I carved out an hour of my Sunday afternoon for a little bit of woodland crafting.  Last year I took a class at our local folk school where I learned how to make an evergreen wreath and I went home with some additional supplies so I could make some this year as well.   This afternoon I had a helpful companion who helped me gather some pine and cedar boughs and who helped me to assemble a couple of wreaths.   This along with a nice long hike, some knitting and reading, made for a perfect afternoon.  

Now, to get ready for the week ahead....

Have a great week!


Around Here


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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.