Saturday, August 29, 2015

July Flew By

Wow, we blinked and it was August.  Our July flew by with projects at home in between bouts of extreme smoke from wildfires & maintaining things at my parent's while they chilled Up North at the cabin.  We harvested peppers & tomatoes for the first time, finished up a project for a dear friend's little girl, worked in the dog run, played on the lake, and had a visit from my hubby's folks.

First pepper harvest
We started working on some additional projects to finish up the library in July as well.  These projects are coming along so hopefully we'll be completely done with that room soon!
Getting started on the table for the library

Top & bottom of the table stained
Made another blanket for a sweet baby girl my dear friend had at the beginning of August.  I think it turned out rather well. 
Baby blanket, pinning letters on

Finished name side

Finished back side

Tag on the blanket

Caprese Bites I made for her baby shower
We used our first tomato harvest along with our peppers to make this delicious grilled cheese.  Yum!

Grilled Cheese with homegrown veggies
I also spent at ton of time mowing at both houses.  I even wore out a pair of chacos.  I guess after 11 years they'd had enough.  Don't worry, we sent them in to get repaired so they'll be back.

This makes mowing more difficult
We made great strides in the dog run in July & got all the pavers in.  We finished this project up in August, so more on this to come.

Getting the ground level for pavers

Aria is a big help, as always

First two rows in

All the pavers in

Looks wonderful!
I was also very slow at work, so Aria got to have a "go to work with mom" day.  She had a blast.

Aria chilling at work

With her bone

Hanging out in her bed

Playing with her dragon

My folks were home for a couple of days between trips so we took the new-to-them boat out on the lake with my aunt & uncle.

At the lake

Storm rolling in

The fam

Swiftly moving clouds

Did I mention the boat has a bit of a problem with staying running?  Luckily we were almost to the dock when it died so only had to paddle a short ways.
At the end of the month my hubby's folks came up for a wonderful weekend visit.  We had a good time, picked some fresh peaches at Greenbluff, drove up to the top of Mt. Spokane, and took them to The Wandering Table.  They also took a quick tour up to Sandpoint, ID.

Peach Picking

Top of Mt. Spokane

At the top

Amazing view

Looking through the arch
Shadows below

Incredible view

One Lake To Another

For the 4th of July I took a much needed journey back to the Northwoods of Minnesota to visit my folks on Lake Vermilion.  My folks summered there and spent their time cleaning out and beginning to fix up the cabin.  As always, my time there (though much too brief) brought exactly what I needed; relaxation, laughter, fun, a bit of adventure, and soul peace.  Here's some photos from my stay:

This was my room for the stay, I got to be in the loft at the cabin!

Even had my own bathroom

The Back of the cabin.

Out on the Lake

Lake View from the loft

The laundry area


Love MN

The old outhouse from when the cabin was first built

Brandy loves the lake

Sunset in the boat

Sunset boat ride 

Love that view of the bay

View from the screen porch

Pretty Lupine 

Sunset off the dock

Lake at Night

Black Duck Bay

Dad riding the boat up the lift

Boat ride
Brandy isn't so sure about the new boat


Northwoods 4th 

Fireworks across the bay

Brandy dog

Can you spot the crawdad?  (they find your feet when you swim!)

On the Lake

Pine Island

Beaver dam in the bay

Lilly pad 

Storm moving in

Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Lake Superior

I got home just in time to have a wonderful anniversary dinner with my love at The Wandering Table which was delightful (if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it).

Anniversary Dinner

Next up:  July Flew By