Friday, July 22, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
We have gotten through the busiest time of the summer for me ~ now that the Hovland Arts Festival is done with for another summer. I have to say I was feeling a bit stressed about pulling that off this year. The dates for it are put out there well in advance to every one who is helping or in on it. Right up to the last couple of days, the gravel piles were still not leveled and there was no place to park. On the other side, the construction of the new roof on the church was making for shingles and trailers and stuff parked everywhere. I was getting pretty hot and bothered! The crew wasn't going to be working on the church over that weekend so they kindly got all their stuff moved. On the other side of the town hall, things weren't progressing so well. I finally had to make some calls and get a fire lit under them. That project was let almost a full 4 years ago. It was supposed to be done by the HAF last year. Then, the commissioner told me it would get done right after our last years HAF. Well, here we were, at this point, less than a week to our HAF this year. Nothing was yet done. NOTHING!!! Would you be running out of patience yet? I told them that the kids in the community were going to be all grown up before they ever got the project done at the rate it was going. Plus, at this point, I wasn't the only person upset about it. Well ~ I started "squeaking" and part of it got sort of done. Long way to go tho. Now that the others have started to speak up as well ~ maybe, just maybe, they can finish the project. The HAF went fine and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. So ~ now I can go in and do my volunteer duties at the Grand Marais Art Fair this weekend!
Another spring favorite is the pitcher plants. There is a bog not too far away I love to go to because it has so many wonderful bog flowers in. That was outdoing itself this year too. The pitchers had just started seriously blooming and there were hundreds of them popping above the moss. The dragon's mouth orchids were also in full bloom. They are so gorgeous. The yellow potentilla was blooming and were the sundews, cranberries, and buckbeans. It was truly a sight to see. Of course, to go to the bog and see the flowers, you have to dress for it. Water is always at least ankle deep and it's half way to your knees in many places. Always is a wonderful place to explore ~ at any rate!
I'll end with a shot of some of the tall grasses that are now "flowering" and catching some sun's rays.
Summer is here ~ in all it's beauty! Enjoy it!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Well ~ if you are in our neck of the woods on July 2 and 3 this year ~ stop in and see our Hovland Arts Festival. I'll be there!
Friday, May 27, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Betsy and I have been busy lately. We had dog walking trips with her best buddy, Kirby, for two weeks. She loved that. Kirby is a wonderful dog so we both enjoy those days out in the woods. We have been having more adventures all the time since it is shed hunting season. As the snow melts and we can access more areas ~ we do. Betsy hasn't gotten all that interested in sheds yet. Maybe she never will. However, there has been a rabbit explosion around here and she is all into that ~ 100%. She loves to get a chance to chase a rabbit ~like she has a prayer!!
Recently tho ~ I had one of those surprises that aren't! I was getting ready to go to bed one evening ~ taking my jeans off ~ actually. And, this little pop ~ or something ~ happened. I thought, well, I don't think that was good. I assumed I had maybe pulled a muscle ~ since I have done that a couple of times in the past 5 years. Not pleasant ~ but, doable. Can't stand up straight and a pain to walk around for a couple days. However, I am usually good to go in 3-4 days. Well ~ that was not to be this time. I woke up around 12:30 and started to roll over and stopped right dead in that move ~ right now. Cramps or spasms ~ whatever! Not pleasant. It was like which way to move or not move that didn't cause them. I was not having fun.
After a week of this, I went to see a friend who does massage therapy. She told me my muscles were really tight and tense. Ummm ~ yes. If you were worrying about getting a cramp or spasm every time you moved, you probably would have that issue. Anyway, she got some of me fixed up and I walked out of there upright. She suggested I might want to see a chiropractor. So, after not getting better, 2 1/2 weeks after the fact and getting X-rays, which they require, I am seeing one. In fact, I have another appointment this afternoon. I guess it must be helping. I am not getting the spasms. I am still getting stiff if I try and sit a few minutes. Tho, even that is getting better. I can at least stand up straight now. So ~ old dog is learning new tricks........
Now you know why I haven't been doing this. I couldn't sit that long. I sure have been getting some long walks done tho.
I will leave you with a "cute" for the day. Our photography group recently had a weekly contest that was "close ups." So, I took a few of these. Enjoy!