Tuesday, August 31, 2010

N & N Visit

Nicki and Neena were here Monday and Tuesday.  Neena created this original card.

Monday, August 30, 2010


We had a cute little visitor on our front porch.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Police K-9 dog demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair, one of my favorite events to watch.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Great Minnesota Get Together

Doug and I went to the Minnesota State Fair today.  Ellie and Isaac met us there and we ate a foot-long hot dog, strawberry fruit smoothie, chocolate malt, cheese curds, wild rice burger, pizza, funnel cake, chocolate chip cookies, kettle corn popcorn and John Deere ice cream and five bottles of water :)

Friday, August 27, 2010


Time to start harvesting the garden bounty.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


And then like magic, there is a cocoon.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Doing the "J" Dance

Doug found this Monarch caterpillar hanging on the back of the garage.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Paper Circle Mobile

I finished the frugal paper circle mobile this weekend.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Life for an Old Door

Doug made this shelf for my birthday.  He used an old door from Amy's homeplace.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paper Circles

The beginnings of another frugal paper craft project.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Finished Craft Cupboard

Doug made some fancy new handles and pulls for my cupboard.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just Me

O.k., here you go Doug, the picture you requested :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Willow River Park

Doug and I took a walk to Willow Falls tonight.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Ducati likes spending time laying on the ironing board in my craft room. She keeps me company :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Almost Done

Craft cupboard nearing completion.  Moved back into my craft room and put some of the stuff back in/on it.  Now just waiting until Doug has a few moments to make me some handles and pulls.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time to Sell

The Cross Camper group at Clear Lake.

Last camping trip of the season.  Time to clean out the camper and sell it :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday at Clear Lake

We went canoeing/kayaking in the morning.

Myron and Hannah try out kayaking for the first time.

The afternoon was perfect for a swim in the lake and for hours of fun playing "sink the boat" .

The "non-swimmers" group.

Jackson, Alex, Grace, Garret and Hannah feeding the fish.

Ended the day around the campfire but had to quit early because it started to rain.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Rained on the way to Clear Lake, let up enough to set up our camper and then just poured for about 15-20 min.  The rest of the evening was nice and we spent it around the campfire with the Kempens, Tokheims and Melstroms.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

High Heat

It has been sweltering hot this week.  Mid 90s most days.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Giant sunflowers are absolutely huge this year, over 10' tall!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I counted at least 12 monarch caterpillars in the yard tonight.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Beautiful Garden Fruits

Cherry tomatoes are ripening.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Namekagon River

Doug and Ben went on a kayaking trip down the Namekagon River.  They left yesterday afternoon and met Sami and Tessa, camping overnight and enjoying a beautiful day on the river today.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Still working on the cupboard.  One of the things I hate painting the most is shutters.  So many crooks and crannies to get into. Ugh!

Friday, August 6, 2010


First coat of flat black paint today.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prep Work

Sanded cupboard today.  Ready to start painting tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Repainting Craft Cupboard

Removed all hardware today.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Bunch of Quackers

We saw this tree full of birds on our canoe/kayak trip.  We didn't know what type of birds they were until we got close and they took off and flew.  Then we could determine that they were ducks.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Willow River

We put the kayaks and canoe in below the dams at Willow River State Park.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trout Brook Canoe Trip

Family canoe/kayak trip down Trout Brook to Lake Malileu.