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a new adventure

McSorley Monarch by Melissa Placzek “Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist. Following your heart achieves a completed you.” ~ Ray Davis Well, it’s the end of our “summer in January” here in Minnesota. We had a really good run though! To be able to walk uptown to get a coffee without  bundling up…

winter : king of intimate delights

“O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb’d Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.” ~William Cowper Today my daughter Andrea and my grandgirl, Maddie May, came over for tea.…

jade

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.”  ~Anäis Nin My dear friend Dana came down to Red Wing last week and we had a great time. It was so lovely to be able to sit and talk over tea and lunch. A great afternoon for catching up.…

little luxuries ~ library books, lunch and a latte

Can you believe summer vacation is over? Did you get everything on your “summer list” accomplished? I sure didn’t. I’ll put the last few unfinished items back in the summer folder and unearth them when June rolls around again. I am astounded by how quickly time passes. Yesterday was the first day of school for…

biking at colvill and the book nook

there is something so refreshing about feeling the cool breeze in your hair as you sail down the sidewalk on a street shaded by trees. a patchouli-like scent as you pass the bluff. mossy. fragrant. like wet, autumn leaves. today we took our bikes up to colvill park. another beautiful place next to the river.…

day zero update ~ red bicyclette

~day zero update~ Remember the Day Zero Project? Well, I’ve checked 33 out of the 101 items off the list! The most recent: #31- Visit Hollywood sign #32- Go on a quest for the ultimate fish taco #33- Visit Venice Beach #34- Visit Manhattan and Redondo Beaches #45- Pay for the person behind me at…

the tastes of summer ~ river city days

~The Tastes of Summer~ What flavors make you think of Summer? farmer’s market produce? heirloom tomatoes? fresh herbs from your garden? iced tea and homemade lemonade? berries melting on the vine, just begging to be baked into a flaky pie crust and topped with real whipped cream? grilled steaks, chicken and fish? zucchini? popsicles, creamsicle…

celebrating 40 with friends

My dear friend Nancy hosted a 40th birthday party for me a couple days ago and I had such a great time! My friends Bonnie, Linda and Jane were there too and everyone made me feel so special. Thanks ladies! I love you all! We drank adult beverages, ate wonderful food (Papa Murphy’s pizza, watermelon…

six senses saturday

~seeing~ about 25 bald eagles flying overhead and My family enjoying dinner out on the deck… ~hearing~ Alexi Murdoch on the iPad ~smelling~ fresh spearmint-infused iced tea ~tasting~ Romanian basil-beef kabobs after my son-in-law-to-be showed me this yummy recipe! ~feeling~ happy, grateful and exhausted after a long day ~knowing~ that this is a good match…