mercury rising

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photograph by Melissa Placzek

The weather has finally taken a turn for the better in Minnesota. We’ve been grilling out every chance we get, and will probably be out on the deck again this evening. I was just thinking about all the things we’re looking forward to this spring and summer and decided to make a list. I’d love it if you’d comment and tell me what you’re looking forward to!

~walks to the farmer’s market

~fresh herbs and flowers in the back yard

~homemade lemonade infused with any of the following: mint, thyme, rosemary, basil, lavender, cherry simple syrup or rosewater

~spritzing sheets with lavender linen water and hanging them outside to dry

~soft shell crab and morel mushrooms at The Harbor View Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin

~barefoot picnics in the back yard

~going to the park

~hiking Barn Bluff, Sorin’s Bluff , The Cannon Valley Trail and the Root River Trail

~bicycling to Trout Scream for breakfast

~fish boil at the White Gull Inn-Door County WI

~corn on the cob

~outdoor concerts at the beautiful band shell in Central Park, Red Wing

~dressing the house in white slipcovers for summer

~remodeling and painting the house

~making fresh fruit pies

~hammock naps

~sun tea

~homemade ice cream

~grilled pizza!

~canoeing and fishing with Jeff and Gracie on the Cannon River

~coffee on the front porch in the morning

~watching fireflies

~roses and my homemade rose miel (honey)…we’re planting more of our favorite, William Baffin this summer…along with more perennials!

~pizza picnics at A to Z Pizza Farm in Stockholm and Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing

~shopping at the little shops downtown and stopping in at the Sub House, Sarah’s or The Veranda for lunch

~celebrating Easter and May Day

~Drive in movies at the Cottage View Drive-In

~going to the beach

~hanging out at the Red Wing Water Park

~the rope swing and swimming hole in Welch

~vacationing in California! LA, Redondo Beach, Venice Beach, Hollywood, Marina Del Rey, Catalina Island…going on a quest for the ultimate fish taco, and hanging out at seaside amusement parks…bliss!

What are you looking forward to this spring and summer?


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  2 comments for “mercury rising

  1. Kimber Dunn
    April 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m looking forward to so many things!! Farmers Markets, gowing my own garden (vegetables of course), lilacs (the only flower I grow), walking, visiting any body of water (I’m not fussy – ponds, rivers, lakes, ocean – it all thrills me as long as it’s not frozen), more parties with friends (people are such hermits in the winter), drive-in movies, mini golf with the kids, visiting the zoos, outdoor concerts & festivals & carnivals, sundresses & summer wear (and of course shoes!), reading outside, frogs, turtles, butterflies & all kinds of fun creatures we get to play with, open windows at night, camping, lacrosse games, and I’m sure there’s a lot more. Summer is my very favorite time of the year!!!

  2. Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love this list Kimber! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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