Monthly Archives: June 2011


Hot and humid! Well – this IS Minnesota.  And one of the most interesting aspects so far, is how fast the weather changes from moment to moment. There hasn’t been time to become complacent or bored.  In just one day … Continue reading

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This past weekend was all over the spectrum – a bitingly clear reminder that life is given and taken away, but not always in the usual order.  As a family, we memorialized the too short life of cousin Debbie’s daughter … Continue reading

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FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS – ESTABLISH ONE SMALL SPACE OF COMFORT AND SERENITY. A place where we can sink into our comfy chairs and read, a place of refuge from the chaos of remodeling hell so there is at least … Continue reading

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For everyone who is calling and e-mailing and asking if we’re “all right” – I am obsessively in Painting Land the past few days,  pushing ahead so that we soon have at least one room which is finished and habitable. … Continue reading

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I would have to rate the too early death of my father as the single most influential, definitive happening of my life.  I was eight and it was just after the Great War, as they now call it, and one … Continue reading

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Is it just me, or does this NOT look like a welcoming entry?  In fact, it was weeks before I realized that there was indeed an entry stairway at all.  And I’m sure that it might never ever be used, … Continue reading

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The Robins are out and about everywhere you look. I always thought of the robin as primarily a ground bird and they certainly  hop about the grass looking for tasty treats, but one very plump and twitterpated male is sitting … Continue reading

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In an earlier post last March I wrote of Johan’s Journey, the story of my maternal grandfather who came to this country as a little boy from the island of Skarvik on the far north Salangen Fjord of Norway.  He … Continue reading

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Turns out that Fergus Falls celebrated the start of summer yesterday and we stumbled upon it when we took a late afternoon walk.  Who knew that thousands of people had descended on the downtown streets until we got there and … Continue reading

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It is unusual for me to get a delivery from UPS, but TWO IN ONE DAY!  I feel blessed today. After the squirrels destroyed my hammock at Castenada Lane, I decided that I needed to gift myself for Mr. Faith.  … Continue reading

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