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Knitting, Reading and Skiing

Knitting, reading and skiing, those three words sum up the recreating that I have been able to enjoy over my winter break from school.    

Knitting:

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10755312736_IMG_6684I am working on a Brae Cove Tunic.   I like having a large mind-less project that I can just pick up and put down.   Knitting is a perfect accompaniment to long car rides, time spent in waiting rooms, watching movies and listening to audio books.    I am all geared up with my new Grey Duck Bag Comarket tote and collector bag which hold my gear and project perfectly.   

 

Reading:

I have been enjoying some books both audio books and in print.   Here's what I have been reading:

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Resilient by Rick Hanson

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Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell

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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

(my current read-a-loud with the boys)

Skiing 

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Both nordic and alpine skiing have been extra special with all of the new fallen snow.  I have been having a lot of fun on my telemark skis, learning as I am going.   I have enjoyed several outings on my nordic skis as well.   

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It has been a good winter break.   I would love it if you would drop me a note and share what you have been keeping busy with too!

Cheers to you and yours as we venture into 2019!


Around Here....

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We have been enjoying time together outdoors on the weekends on the slopes at Giant's Ridge.  We are enjoying alpine skiing, snowboarding - and - this mama's new style: telemark skiing.

Zoe and I are spending time on the nordic trails as well.   We are having a lot of fun together and it is good for everyone to get away from the responsibilities of home and have a weekend day of fun.

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It certainly feels like December in kindergarten!   There is lots of energy and excitement.   In December I like to pull out some of my favorite projects and activities to share with the kids.   We are in the process of  hand sewing project with felt and buttons. This week my kids completed a winter birds project (I get a lot of inspiration from Patty Palmer's Deep Space Sparkle site) .   The Kindness Elves have also been visiting our classroom, this week the kids were inspired to make Christmas cards for residents of our local nursing home.   (I love this alternative to the elf on the shelf idea.)  

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James is continuing to make great progress on our sauna building.   We now have an installed stove, a sheet rocked wall and a door!   

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The nordic ski season has begun!  Our daughter competed in her first meet this past week and did great.   We are excited to cheer her on at our first home meet next week!

 

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?


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!