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First Ski

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First Ski - 2Winter weather is here!  Two boys and I found opportunity to go out for our first ski of the season this past weekend.   And, I went out with all three boys after school yesterday.  Our daughter started her first day of practice on the nordic ski team yesterday.    

These images highlight the afternoon darkness that is setting in this time of year, the sunset currently is around 4:30 and will continue to creep earlier until the winter solstice.   

We are bracing ourselves for a long winter, but we are ready with our gear and activities to get us through.


First Snow!

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This is what our neck of the woods looks like these days.   We have had cooler temperatures and snow on the ground for over a week!   A combination of fall and winter, bright and colorful leaves in the contrast of white snow is something of beauty.   

We are anticipating warmer temperatures later in the week, so I expect this first snow to melt.   I don't think anyone around here will complain and would enjoy some more fall weather before the onset of winter.  Time will tell!

 


Lake Harvest

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We are home from a weekend a bit farther north, at my parent's island home.   This past weekend we were able to claim a healthy lake harvest of Minnesota walleye and crappies that we have in our freezer for a future fish fry and also shared a meal with friends when we were visiting.   We are enjoying these last few weeks of summer, before we will be back in school.  

Hot and humid summer days are best spent on the lake!  We are grateful to have the opportunity to share these special times, making these memories with our children and with my parents at their home and on the beautiful lakes in and bordering Voyager's National Park.


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.