Wednesday, September 17, 2014



A couple of weeks ago I found myself out on the dirt road that leads to our woodland property. The lighting was perfect. The little one had left me there all alone and I wanted to make the most of the light so I turned the lens towards myself.

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Slow and steady gets the job done. That's the message I'm getting from this little guy. Rushing through things will just get me frazzled. Slowing down eventually will get me to where I need to be.

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lots of rain


If April showers bring May flowers, September rains bring lots of mushrooms.

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new dish washing table


Dave built me a new table. Now I can wash to my heart's content without fear of getting anything else wet like our speaker or the food. So now we have a table for cooking, a table for washing and a table for the Lotus Bud's blocks (made out of the scraps of all these tables).

The tables are a simple design yet sturdy. The little shelf was my idea and my own contribution to the construction project.

Next up this Autumn - a structure to store the firewood and a little fort for the little one.

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family and marshmallows and tattoos

Granny and the little one and their matching tatoos


My parents arrived at the woodland retreat on a rather cold weekend. But we made the most of it by getting a huge fire going and gathering around to roast marshmallows.

Granny is always prepared with her turtlenecks.

They surprised the heck out of me by asking to keep the little one in the hotel room with them. What a glorious, gracious surprise!

Grandpa getting the job done!

 On the first night Dave and I didn't know what to do. Personally it was a bit of a shock to me. So we had ourselves a little fire and then headed to bed because the next day was going to start real early. On Saturday night we went fishing in the dark! 

It really was a great weekend. I don't remember a time when I enjoyed the grandparents so much. And obviously the little one loved it all - the hotel, the marshmallows and the tattoos!

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change of season


Why did I think my schedule would become more manageable when the season changed? I'm behind on my photos and I haven't been carrying my camera around with me. I'm behind on board work. I'm behind on house cleaning and laundry. Don't even talk to me about the yard.

As I type this I realize that I am behind on all these things because I have been spending lots of time at the woodland retreat, spending lots of time with friends and spending lots of time at the gym. So doesn't that mean that I've sorted through my priorities and chose the ones that are most important to me? Yep, that's what I'm going with for now.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fair State Brewing Cooperative - Drink Like You Own the Place


Last night I had my first look at Fair State Brewing Cooperative. It is only the third cooperative brewery in the country. Huh? Isn't that interesting? I would have thought there were many, many more.

I had a taste of two of the beers and they were very, very good.

I think I want to own the place and get in a good drinking so my next cooperative membership will be with Fair State.

I was there last night because I had a public speaking engagement. I thought there would be about 50-60 people present. We had over a hundred. My spot was second on the agenda and that was a good thing. Everyone still had full beers in their hands and at the end of my speech, I asked them to join me in a toast to all that is good here in NE Minneapolis.

It was quite the amazing experience. I felt like my speech was well-received and I've finally made an impact as a community leader.

It felt like a dream come true.

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I had a busy start to this week so I'm playing a bit of catch up with my photos. As I was looking through what I had to share, I found all these bright splashes of yellow.

Today this is nice for me because the weather has turned cold and I feel like these photos capture some of the summer sunshine.

The weather forecasters say that warmer weather will return sometime next week. But that's hard to believe when we've experienced a drop of over 20 degrees from one day to the next.

Yah for sweaters and soups and crackling fires. But now that the cold is here, I have to admit that I'm a little bit bummed.

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