Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The renovation on Dennis's duplex is almost complete; the next phase is renting it. I was in charge of making a sign for the front yard, so here it is. It doesn't look like I'll be changing career paths. Since I was in painting mode, I decided to make myself a needlepoint, scissor case canvas. Again, I won't be changing career paths based on these efforts. I did have fun though. Needlepoint is so expensive, and not just the canvases, but the finishing work is outrageous. I should put my sewing skills to use and become a finisher, I could probably make a decent living! Yesterday, I took a scissor case to my local needlepoint store (it only took me 8 years to complete it) for finishing. I told the lady it was a Christmas present, unfortunately, the deadline for submitting projects for Christmas completion ended on the 21st of August. Really? It's that busy of a business? I'm definitely in the wrong line of work. And the cost? I won't even mention that part.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Leaving Clitherall is never something I look forward to. I will miss the easy going pace of this sleepy spot.
Our trip finale was Yoga on the Beach on lake Ottertail. It was fantastic, maybe the best yoga session I've ever been to.
Tomorrow is the journey home, with a quick stop in Brookings to see Alex Wade. I'm excited to see him, and I think Carol is happy I'm going as well.
Here are a few pictures of today's adventures.
Adios, favorite vacation spot. Maybe I'll be back....
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Today's canoe adventure took us directly opposite of Old Town. Gina and I spotted a few interesting houses from the dock yesterday, so we made a point to check them out today. As we approached the bigger house, the owner lady was near the lake, cleaning off her dock. We told her we had seen her house from a distance, and we hoped she didn't mind our nosiness. It was a gorgeous house, a bit big for me, but very fitting for the area and surroundings. She told us she feels like Cinderella every day. Sweet...
We then headed to a shallow area of the lake that extends quite a ways toward the middle of the lake; it's marked with buoys for the boats. It was a lot less shallow than last year. For whatever reason I've always wanted to stand out there, so I did. Last year I could have easily walked to the middle of the lake, not the case this year. Although it is clearly shallow, it is also evident that there is a very sharp drop off on either side. It's barely a sliver of a visible surface.
Buoy hugger, and weird face maker!
Still life - watermelon juice and dried mandarins on rock. Take that all you fancy-pants, famous still life artists!
My new favorite piece of furniture. I'd love to sneak it home! Although It would be terribly hard to knit in it, as it's an instant sleep aid.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
God, this is the second attempt at this post. Apparently, blogger is in crash mode.
Here is today's adventure in pictures and brief captions.
although it is rapidly succumbing to time and the elements.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Welp, the wind was not our friend today, but we didn't let it stop us. We took off around 10:30 to our favorite spot on the lake-the stream that connects Clitherall to Battle Lake. It took an hour and a half, to two hours to reach that area. Thanks to a sweet tailwind, returning to the camp took mere minutes. I'm sure, at times, we looked like a couple of bozos out there. A few times the wind gusted so strongly that it quickly pushed us way out, toward the middle of the lake. We spun in circles and feverishly paddled backwards a few times before we righted ourselves and were able to paddle to calmer waters. Geeks, both of us.
After our canoeing madness we decided to go in to Battle Lake for a few things we forgot to haul up here. I forgot to bring a comb of all things. I hate to admit it, but I hadn't taken my hair down or combed it since Saturday. Hee! Needless to say, purchasing a comb was top priority.
I love poking around Battle, things change from year to year in that town, so it's fun to explore all the new shops. Our favorite place was a funky antique store on the edge of town. I was in cupola heaven!!
I included a picture of 2 bees that I scooped up out of the water. I spotted 3 or 4 bees drowning. I did my best to try and save all of them, but I could only reach these 2. I placed both of them on a boat dock, and both revived perfectly. My good deed of the day...
Sunday, August 23, 2015
I'm back in Minnesota with my pal, Gina. It's such a long journey getting here, but so worth the time and effort it takes. Because the local grocery store is so outrageously expensive, we schlep our own food and do our own cooking. This year we went a wee bit crazy with the food, as you can tell.
I was crushed to discover my dream cabin has been sold. The positive take-away is that it looks like it is going to be preserved, and will probably remain in its perfect spot. In another life it will be mine.
This I'm certain of. *sniff*
The weather here is horrendous. It's cloudy, chilly, and the wind is literally howling. Thank god I always pack a few warm things! There is supposed to be great improvement weather wise over the next few days. Fingers crossed, as our canoe awaits!!
The farmer up the road has added to his herd of Scottish Highland cattle. He now has 2, sweet and sassy donkeys! They could not be any cuter! I'm rather thankful that I live in a city that allows chickens, but prohibits any other farm animals. I could easily have a menagerie!
On our wanders around the camp vicinity I found this skull. I think it is a dog, but what do I know? I guess it could be a badger. I found this in an area that I had never before explored. I didn't linger after discovering the skull, as I heard a very sinister growl/hacking noise coming from the woods just beyond where I found the skull. It was definitely weird. Maybe tomorrow I'll investigate that noise a little more. Then again, some things are better left a mystery.