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Weekend Edition: What I remember of it

This Weekend Edition is not only coming to you two days late, it’s also coming to you from Ames, Iowa.  Megan and I are spending a couple of days at Iowa State for orientation and registration (is this really happening?!) so I had better recap last weekend before I have absolutely no memory of it at all.

I had all sorts of good intentions about cleaning my house on Friday night, but my lack of sleep on Wednesday and Thursday got the better of me and I was pretty much out by about 5:30.

I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed Saturday morning.  We took Scout out to LEPR for a hike and tried out the Orange trail, which is about 2.2 miles and winds around the camp ground.  There was bacon cooking but he stayed right with us and did really well.  We made a quick stop at Cabella’s and Target, and then spent the early afternoon doing yard work.

My vegetable garden was in rough shape.  Somewhere in that mess is two rows of carrots, four rows of beans, two rows of corn, and two tomato plants.

After about an hour.

And about another hour.  Oh look, there they are!  The first row of beans I planted are blooming, and the tomato plant in the back has a golf ball sized tomato on it.

The back side will be another day.  Scout helped Gary with some tree trimming.

We showered and headed to our niece Avery’s grad party.  Amy entertained the youngest Glaus, Kira.

Sunday consisted of another walk at LEPR, the shorter 1.2 mile version, and then the usual laundry and grocery shopping.  I also made rhubarb muffins using a recipe in the Lindgren Ladies cookbook and they were yummy!

This was our last grad party and the start of my last busy week.  Megan and I will be back home on Friday and then I think I can finally start my Summer.  Which officially starts today anyway, so I’m not too far behind!

Friday Favorites: June is going to wear me out!

I drafted this post on Tuesday and started with this sentence – “It has been another busy week but the pace is about to slow down considerably.”  At that time I was blissfully ignorant of the events that would transpire on Wednesday.  That is going to be it’s own story, but suffice it to say it’s the reason I didn’t get this finished and posted earlier and there may be some typos and unfinished sentences because I. AM. TIRED!   But nevertheless,  I’m linking up with Andrea this week to share some favorites.

I’ve been asked to lead a large project at work.  It’s been awhile since I have managed a project and I’ve missed it.  I was starting to feel like I was in a slump and needed something to energize me and this was the perfect solution.  Plus I get to use my sticky notes and markers!

 

My new washer and dryer are a big hit.  We traded out our old Whirlpool Duet set for some shiny white Maytag numbers.  While watching the first load through the clear glass cover (nice touch), I was skeptical about how the clothes would get as clean as they did in my front loader since it seemed like they were hardly moving around in the machine.  But everything came out clean, soft, and smelling fresh so it must be working.  And the clothes are dry after one cycle!

via Lowe’s – my machines but unfortunately, not my laundry room. And I don’t have a glass door on my dryer, it’s white.   #laundryroomgoals

I had planned a whirlwind trip to Chicago on Wednesday.  I had a meeting from 9 – 4 so I flew out at 6:00 a.m. and expected to get home at 10:30 p.m.  That didn’t exactly happen.  I actually got home somewhere around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and it wasn’t by air, it was by rental car.  Here’s a sneak peak from my Facebook post:

I look like I’ve had a stroke but I think it’s just a mixture of exhaustion and squinting into the sun.  I’ll post the full story next week.

We have been bathing Scout in the bathtub, using a red Solo cup to wet and rinse him.  It takes forever to get the soap out and I can barely stand up straight by the time we are done.  He isn’t a huge fan either.  Last week I saw a picture of a dog tub, and as I started researching it I saw shower heads with the optional hand held sprayer.  Not sure why I never thought of this but Gary bought and installed one last weekend and it took us all of five minutes to give Scout his bath.  And he was much more relaxed.  Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference.  And sometimes I’m amazed at the things that never occur to me.

Zach was with us last week, but we hadn’t seen very much of him because he was home for a wedding and had activities every night (other than the one night we all met for dinner).  The wedding was on Sunday and he got home about 8:00.  He went downstairs to change, I cut Gary’s hair quick, and then he, Gary, Megan, Amy and I sat around the table and visited.  At one point the front door opened and Hunter came in, and she and Megan stuck around and visited with us for awhile.  There is nothing I love more than  hanging out with my family and seeing them all interact, especially now as adults.  It makes my heart so happy.

Our central air went out on Sunday and the service company can’t come out until next Wednesday so we have been trying different things to keep cool.  Our favorite solution is Dairy Queen.  Tuesday was exceptionally hot, and Scout had been in the warm house all day so we loaded him up in the car and pushed his kennel all the way to the front so he would feel the cool air.  We went through the drive thru and they could see him so they asked if we wanted a Pup Cup.  Well, yes ma’am!  He thoroughly enjoyed it.

So that’s a glimpse into my week.  I had high hopes of accomplishing some projects around the house this weekend, but I’m probably going to spend much of my time napping.  At least on Saturday since it’s supposed to rain off and on all day.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Weekend Edition: Ladies Weekend 2017

The hectic pace continues this week, but I have to get this post up before I forget everything we did!

We had another fabulous Ladies Weekend this year.  The destination was Taylors Falls/St Croix Falls, and the group consisted of Aunt Marion, Lynn, Barb, Mikkie, Missy, Amanda (for Friday evening), Amy and me.  Absent this year were, Nicole, Rachel, Patty, Annie, Chris, and Jaimee.

We met at the Holiday Inn Express in St Croix Falls, and then drove over to the Frost Top Drive-In in Taylors Falls for dinner.  It was a beautiful evening and we sat at a table in back overlooking the mini-golf course.  This has definitely been added to my summer to-do list.  But let me back up a minute to describe my evening prior to arriving at this little oasis.

I left work a little early because I hadn’t packed yet and we were planning to meet at 6:30.  I got home to discover that Gary was in the process of moving the washer and dryer from the basement to the garage.  He, Amy and Megan had managed to get the dryer out, but the washer was much heavier and needed an extra person.  He strapped it to the two-wheeler with bungee cords and away we went.  One terrifying step at a time.  There was dirt and cobwebs and water leaking out but the four of us managed to hoist it up those stairs without serious injury.  Note to self…make sure delivery is available before purchasing appliances.  After that I packed my bag and was ready to go but Amy wanted to share a new television series she has started watching.  We sat down and watched the trailer and a few key scenes, and then she and I headed out.  But first we had to stop in Lake Elmo for gas.  We were finally on the road and were only about 15 minutes late.  Fast forward to the lovely drive-in restaurant.

Mikkie and Missy joined us just as we got our food and we had a very nice picnic dinner of hamburgers, fries, onion rings, cheese curds, sweet potato fries, deep fried pickles, root beer, shakes and freezes.  Very yummy!

We needed to walk off some of that food so we drove over to look at the glacial potholes in the state park.  We took a quick walk under the bridge to look at the rapids and I played around with my slo-mo app.

We noticed a huge flock of birds circling above the hills.  Not sure what they were or what they were doing.

Then we walked around the potholes and down to the river.

Amanda headed back home and the rest of us went back to the hotel and called it a night.

The next morning dawned hot and windy.  Really hot and really windy.  Our first stop was the Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks.  I didn’t take any pictures, and they don’t have a website, but this is from an article published in the St Paul Pioneer Press in 2014:

Leif Bjornson and Meg Luhrs opened their art gallery Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks in an old granary their renovated in St. Croix Falls in the 1980s. Bjornson creates pottery while Luhrs paints.

It was such a great stop and we learned so much about the couple.  They were both in the shop and shared numerous stories about their work and the building.  We spent over an hour and I could have stayed several more.  I bought a small plate with an hydrangea-like pattern carved in the bottom.  You rub a raw clove of garlic over the sharp pattern to mince it and then pour oil over it for dipping bread.

Next up was the Chateau St Croix Winery and Vinyard.

We did a wine tasting accompanied by a cheese, meat and cracker plate.  They had several good wines and we all left with a bottle or two.  Then we hustled back through St Croix Falls and over to the Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours for our 1:00 boat ride.

Mikkie wasn’t sure she could do the boat ride because of ear issues, but she went for it and it wasn’t a problem for her at all.  We sat up top and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  And the heat.  It was very, very hot.

More fun with the slo-mo app.

After the boat ride we split up again.  Amy and I went back home to get Gary for a couple of grad parties and the rest went back to the hotel to rest and cool down.  They later had dinner at the Dalles House supper club, and there were excellent reviews about the popovers, meals, and desserts.

We met back at the hotel around 7:30 or so, and hung out in our room visiting for a couple of hours.  Everyone headed back to their own room so Amy and I went down to the fitness room where she worked out for awhile, and then grabbed a bag of microwave popcorn and watched Say Yes To The Dress.  It was a long but very fun day!

We met for breakfast the next morning and saw that some heavy storms were rolling into the cities.  We packed up and headed out knowing we were going to drive right through them.  It was not a very fun time.

My biggest concern was the leading straight line winds, and they socked us good.  I finally had to pull over for a few minutes next to a stand of trees for a little protection.  We continued on for a few minutes and then joined a whole line of cars that were pulled over.  There was a tiny bit of hail at this point, but I needed to catch my breath so we waited a little bit until the group moved out together and then noticed the piles of hail on the side of the road.  I’m guessing that was why they were all pulled over and we had just missed it by those few minutes we had stopped earlier.  I’m calling it divine intervention.  The rest of the ride was uneventful.

The rest of the day was a bit of a blur.  Laundry was done in our brand new machines, we went grocery shopping and then prepped all of the fruit and veggies for snacks for the week.  We napped for about 90 minutes.  We gave Scout a bath, unpacked, and did other random Sunday stuff while it rained off and on.

This is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.  So much laughing and catching up and getting to know a little bit more about each other and our history.  I’m already looking forward to next year!  Except it’s my year to plan so the pressure is on.  I’m thinking I may just throw a dart to pick the location 😉

Friday Favorites: Every day was special

Well this has been a whirlwind of a week!  I need to jot down the highlights before I forget, and of course, I have limited photos because I was just too busy enjoying the time.

Sunday:  Megan’s grad party.  It was awesome!  The weather was perfect – sunny, warm, light breeze.  The food was great and probably the best idea I had.  We overcame the road closure, had a large crowd, Scout behaved himself for the most part, and Megan had a great time.  And I couldn’t have done it without the help of Lynn, Barb and Amanda.  You guys are the best!  I did manage to get one picture of these sweet kiddos giving Scout ice cubes.

And this one of the flowers I got for the centerpieces.  But that’s it.

Monday:  I took the day off to recover, return the chairs, and get stuff cleaned and packed up.  It was another beautiful day and I started it off with a walk at LEPR.  Scout and I came across this big old snapping turtle.

I also did laundry, and when I went down to put the last load in the dryer I discovered that the washer had died at some point during the rinse cycle.  Dang.

Tuesday:  I called HomeSmart first thing in the morning and set up a visit over Gary’s lunch hour.  Turns out that the bearings are shot and so is the motor.  Parts alone are $1,200 and not covered by HomeSmart because it’s a front loading machine.  Zach was flying in at 4:50 and I had planned to pick him up but he changed his plans so Gary and I decided to go to Lowe’s for a new washer/dryer set.  But first we stopped at Lift Bridge brewery for a fundraiser so I could see how they had it set up.  And so I could have a beer.  We brought Scout and he did so well.  A couple of people asked to meet him and he got a little excited, but otherwise he laid in the grass by us and didn’t make a sound.  We had hoped to have the new appliances delivered the next day (per the online ad), but discovered that they were two weeks out with deliveries.  Dang.

Wednesday:  The highlight of this day was dinner with Gary, Amanda, Ryan, Zach, Amy, Megan, Dick and Theresa at Buca in Eden Prairie.  It was the only night Zach was available so we joined together so we could all see him.  The food was AMAZING, and it was a really fun night.  As you can tell by the expressions on Amanda and Zach’s faces while we were singing Happy Birthday to them.  But really, it’s my photography skills, not them.  We all had a great time.

Thursday:  Megan’s graduation ceremony.  I held it together – barely.  It was another beautiful night and I was so proud (and relieved) as she walked across that stage.  The group photo is her classmates from St. Peter’s elementary school.  I love how they are all still friends.

And now I am ready to head off to Ladies Weekend, my favorite trip of the year!!  I also have a couple of grad parties that I will need to duck out for on Saturday afternoon, but I am so looking forward to spending time with some of my favorite people.  We are so lucky to get this time together!  I will try to take more pictures.  Have a great weekend!

Shout out from Scout: May 2017

Here we are at the end of May already!  It’s been a great month with lots of outside time.  I love outside time!  We haven’t been to the park as much, but we have spent more time playing in our yard.

I’m up to 37 pounds, but haven’t gotten too much taller.  I’m already 8 months old but still very much a puppy.  I LOVE to chew, and finding new sticks in the yard is my FAVORITE.  I was really enjoying chewing my blankets in my kennel, but then they put a new pad in and strapped it down so now all I can do is lay on it.  Not cool guys.

I’m happy to have Amy home because she takes me outside during the day while mom and dad are at work.

I love car rides and we go on lots of errands together.  It’s still cool enough for me to hang out in the car while they go into stores, and it’s much more fun than sitting home alone.

Thunder has made me a little nervous lately, and I prefer to sit in the chair with someone during storms, but it’s not making me too scared.  I just don’t like it much.  Nothing else is bothering me these days though.

My favorite treats are bully sticks and ice cubes.  I’ve been going to the dog salon (but don’t tell anyone because it’s a little embarrassing) to get my nails trimmed and they have the best bully sticks there.

All in all things are going great and I’m really looking forward to new adventures this summer!

 

I like to watch everything going on in the front yard.
I prefer pillows over blankets.

Hiking at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
Mom, I think I need a hug.
Mom, mom, mom, mom.
These are my cute eyes – they get me treats and up on laps.
Dad went outside without me.
I wasn’t so sure about the fan in the kitchen so I hung out on Amy’s lap until they turned it off.
Helping dad clean the vacuum.
Helping mom with her headphones.
Sometimes I like to bury my face when I snuggle.
I had mom hold my toy while I went to check out a noise.
Sometimes I can’t find a place for my long legs.
Hanging out with mom.
This was my biggest stick ever!