Hello sweet spring!
I’ve begun to sort through boxes of old family photos and pieces of history.
A warm hello from a cold place.
That place is Minnesota.
When I look out my window on a winter’s day, I can hardly believe that in a few months green will replace the white and warmth will replace the cold.
But for now it’s as winter as winter gets.
Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are now in a more relaxed mode and looking forward to the New Year.
We enjoyed a quiet and cozy Christmas, getting a fresh blanket of snow the day after.
Here’s the view from my studio.
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This time of the year, before I zero in on the greenery of pine, I gather the gray, brown and gold grasses and weeds.
The empty lot next to our house is full of long grasses and weeds that dry into mellow tones after the summer is over.
My dream house is a country cottage with a thatched roof surrounded by tall trees and flower gardens.
A pond with swans would be welcome.
It probably won’t happen in my life…but I say, “never say never”.
I love looking through cookbooks printed by community or church groups.
The older the better.
These softcover, low budget books that are spiral-bound or held together with staples, even yarn, contain tried and true recipes that women were proud to share.
From a typewriter to an office mimeograph machine or a local print shop, they were usually sold for fundraising needs such as a library addition or missions work.
Here’s a gem I found in a Duluth thrift store.
Smorgasbords in Minnesota’a Northwoods, by the Ladies Aid of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Twig, Minnesota.
The little birdhouse that came from my childhood home now sits in our backyard.
A few birds poked their beaks in this summer, but none settled in.
It looked so lonely and birdless especially on a foggy morning, that I felt I needed to do something for this old house.
So on a perfect sunny day, I enjoyed sitting at the picnic table while I worked on the makeover.
Here is the BEFORE….
And, here is the AFTER!
We’ve had a pleasant warm fall.
Many days have been bright and clear.
I was thrilled to come across a photo album full of pictures of my grandma when she was a teenager, roughly about 1915 when Woodrow Wilson was the president and young men left for WW1.
The days of silent movies and windup record players.
100 years ago!
Minnesota has been my home for most of my life.
I love the North Star state.
I’ve lived on a farm, in a small town and now in the city.