Musings Newsletter

Create Without Fear

photograph by Melissa Placzek It seems that the subject of creativity has been coming up in conversation a lot lately. Whether it is taking about different forms of art with one of my best friends who is an art teacher, or with another friend who works so many hours she never seems to get a…

Our Long Weekend

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson John Mayer is singing in the background and I’m sipping a glass of iced sun tea. Aahhh, I love a lazy Sunday Morning. I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this morning, and then decided to tell you about our fun…

Summer List

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  ~Bern Williams At the end of every summer I make a list of things I want to do next summer that we either didn’t get around to, or that we didn’t do enough of, when the warm weather was still upon us.…

A Wonderful Weekend

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”  ~Doug Larson It would seem that the weather has taken a turn for the better! It’s been in the upper 40s all weekend. I know that’s ‘cold’ for my readers and friends who live in Texas, California, and Arizona, but it’s…

Inspiration in a Coffee Cup

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. About twenty years ago I had a can of the stuff that I kept in my freezer so I could offer it to guests, but other than that my…

Ingrid Michaelson at Gluek’s Minneapolis

I was browsing through some “old” pictures on my computer and came across these! Two years ago we heard that one of our favorite musicians was going to be performing a free concert at Gluek’s in Minneapolis. We let Gracie and Andie take the day off from school and drove into Minneapolis EARLY so we…

The Mysteries of Tea

photograph by Jeffrey Placzek “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”  ~Catherine Douzel Back in 1995, soon after Jeff and I got married and were still living in our apartment in White Bear Lake, something magical happened that changed me forever. Jeff had a job at a little coffee shop on Washington Square in…

Paris Party Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my Paris themed birthday party with my best friends! We had such a great time. I have the best friends EVER! 🙂 Mantle with mini Eiffel Tower We all went outside after dinner and had wine while I opened my presents on the front porch. My girls …

Musings Newsletter: Stockholm Pie Company

There is a beautiful string of little villages just across the bridge from Red Wing that are some of the most quaint destinations on Wisconsin’s Great River Road. We usually make room on our calendars for a few happy excursions across the bridge every summer. On Saturday, July 19th we decided to go over to…