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LIFE IS GOOD

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                                                      DOWN BY THE LAKE

Here I sit, on our screen porch enjoying a beautiful day.  Painted the first coat

of paint on the new railing top on the small deck.  Now it’s to wait

for it to dry before putting on the second coat.

Yesterday we went to Fargo and took my eldest sister and

brother-in-law to lunch.  The day was beautiful and the company

was also.  Lots of laughs and conversations.  We need to do

that more often while we’re still here in MN.  We saw a restaurant

that we are going to try next time.  They have outdoor seating and I

really enjoy being outdoors.  I just wonder if their

Long Island Tea is as good as the one at Applebee’s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ENJOY THE DAY.  LIFE IS SHORT.

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LILACS AND PEONIES–SUMMER IN MINNESOTA

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We’re back in Minnesota.  Arrived Wednesday about 6:00 pm after

a marathon drive from Colorado.  We left about 9:00 PM  Tuesday after

dinner with the kids and ended up driving straight through.

Needles to say, we were tired when we got here.  Once again we had the van packed

to max.  I got most of my things out of the van and dumped into the house

before collapsing into bed.  Thursday was a nice day here.  The sun was shining

and the wind was on low speed.   Groceries were purchased and things

were put away.  It was even nice enough to sit on the screen porch for dinner.

The grass NEEDS to be cut and we are waiting for the lawn service to come.  This

morning (Friday), it is gray, windy, and looks like it will rain again any moment.

The gardens are loving this wet spring and the weeds aren’t even too bad.

This is the first time that we are really seeing the gardens so it’s been fun.

Two of my favorites are in full bloom, lilacs and a fern peony.  I grew

up with lilacs and peonies so this is a nice welcome to a MN summer.

Now we are trying to figure out what one of the birds is that

we see flying around.  It is a large white bird and we are debating what it is.

I’ll try to get a picture, post it  and maybe someone will be

able to help me with the identification.

We are hoping for some nice weather to enjoy the outdoors here.

The weatherman is conspiring to keep us indoors as they are

forcasteing more rain for the next few days.  I think that we have seen more

rain here in a day than we do in Colorado in a month.  Quite a change.

Have a good day.

LIFE IS SHORT.  ENJOY EVERY MOMENT

 


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NEVER SAY NEVER

It’s a lesson that I learned a long time ago.

NEVER SAY NEVER!

I never said that I would  not move back to Minnesota,

but I did say that I wouldn’t move back permanently.

So, here we are, living in Fergus Falls, MN as a second home.

Lee wanted to be able to get out of the heat of Colorado

and did he ever manage that.

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Not only did we  buy this home in a blizzard, but when we

arrived here it was COLD, even for here.  We’ve been here 2 weeks

and I’ve worn a sweatshirt or jacket every day.  Some lakes are still frozen over

and the fishing opener is this weekend.

The picture above is what we saw from out living room window.  A crane eyeing

our floating bog.  We have been watching, swans, cranes, geese, and ducks on the

lake.  Not as many birds are around now.  Hopefully they are just nesting and

some of them will return.  It’s so much fun to watch them.

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This is what it looks like now.  The ice is all gone here and the floating

bog has blown much closer to shore.  We think that some ducks

are trying to nest there.

So, if anyone is in the Fergus area get in touch with me and

maybe we can get together.

LIFE IS GOOD.  ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.

gjeneve


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I’M BACK AGAIN AND WAITING FOR SUMMER

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This has been a busy winter for us.

Company for the holidays and now just recently.

 My crafting friend and her husband from Minneapolis stopped

by for a couple of days on their way home from California.  We always

have a good time.  This time we took a day for art playing.  We made gelatin

plates and did some printing.  Diane had brought some beautiful paints with her and

she did some wonderful prints to use with her water color painting.  I just played around

with acrylics and different resists.  I have never had much luck with gelatin printing,

but after using the nicer paints, I may have discovered my problem, don’t be quite so cheap

with some of my supplies.  It really can make a difference with some things.  There are places

to economize and places where that should not happen.

A week or so later we had another couple stop by on their way back to

Minneapolis from Arizona.  He is an old sailing buddy.  More friends

that are great to have as company.  The weather was not very pleasant when they were here

so we just did a little car sightseeing and spent time visiting.

Watch for my next post when I’ll tell you what I managed to squeeze in art

wise this winter.

I need some quotes.  Left mine all in Colorado.  Any suggestions?


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NO PICTURE WEDNESDAY

Some people who write blogs do a picture only day.  Since I like to be different,

I’m doing a NO picture day.  I have a new camera and need to

practice with it.  I’m planning to retake some of

the pictures that I have on my website as those on there now are of poor quality.

I now have the camera and a tripod.  I just need to figure out a good

background and then I’ll have no excuses.

This morning I made a batch of carmelized onions.  Guess what the house

smells like.  I love the onions and have several things I want to make using them

so decided that today was the day.  Now it’s to figure out how to get the smell to migrate

to the outside.

It has been very cold here this winter.  We have had over 20 days where the temperature

has not moved above freezing.  It’s been warmer in Mpls that here.

But, now Mpls is paying the price.  They have had several days when the

temperatures have not gotten above 0 degrees.  My son has been walking to work

and the cold tried to freeze his eyes shut the other day.  Not for me anymore.

IN THREE WORDS I CAN SUM UP EVERYTHING I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE.  IT GOES ON.     Robert Frost


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DRUM ROLL PLEASE! THE WEBSITE IS UP!!!!!!!!!

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Just a little alcohol ink work to get you to look at this blog.

My website is online and ready for viewing and shopping.  Give it a look and tell

me what you think.  I have included things from yesterday

and today.  I will be adding new items periodically, so check it out regularly.

And, I may even start blogging again more frequently.

It’s been a cold winter here.  I could just as well be back in MN.  You would

think that I would have more time to blog, etc. but just not the case.

Makes me want to settle in with my knitting or a good book along with a

glass or cup of something good.

YOU CAN GO AMAZING  PLACES WHEN YOU QUIT STEPPING ON THE BREAKS.

     Dr. Larry Iverson