May 01

Ready for Fun!!

I love to start a torching session with a clean workbench….. who knows what I will create?

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Jan 16

Appreciation

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Winter is the time of year I tend to become more introspective – I think that is part of nature’s plan.  So I have spent a lot of time thinking about moms; in particular my own mom.  I have to say that I am so much wiser than I was 30 years ago. Even then I was wrapped up in my own world raising children and building my life and seldom stopped to think of how it was for my parents when they were doing the same things. I am able to look at mom’s life over the course of 85 years now and see how she navigated a world much different than my own. A young woman in a distant land, raised by her father in a quite different environment. I appreciate all she did in her education attending university and becoming a physician at a time when women ‘just didn’t do that’. She moved across the ocean and raised 3 children in Canada; finally settling in the US. Going back to work as a doctor must have been quite a feat for her…. We were all in school full time and she took advantage of that. When she retired she spent time traveling and sailing and enjoying life. I am amazed as I get older how much mom touched my life. She not only taught me so much but her efforts have made possible a good life for my family. She had the foresight to understand the importance of education; giving our children a great start attending private preschool which was a luxury for us. And it continued through the years – I know my children are who they are based on much of her efforts and values. Thank you mom for all you have done through the years. Your efforts and values have had a profound effect; You have always been someone special in my life.

Dec 19

Happiness is Where you find it……..

Who knew that a couple of grapevine reindeer that light up would be my favorite thing of the season?? I always wanted these – the classy ones that look pretty in the daytime as well as at night. And now they are here in my front yard. Thanks to my husband for hooking up the electrical and attaching all the parts 🙂 reindeer

 

 

Nov 21

Wisconsin’s “Up North”

Our traveling has been somewhat limited this year but we did manage to go for a 3 day trip ‘up north’. Those of you in WI know just what that means J  We drove through some great little towns since we took the back roads. On the way up we stopped at the Horicon Marsh  to check out this guy!!  All made of rebar.Mammoth

We wound our way on to Wautoma to see this Ghost House!!  DSC02198

Our friends in Wausau have a lovely old farm with a barn that just lends itself beautifully to photography don’t you think?  DSC02234

Wausau’s Monk Gardens are a work in progress and offer a lovely series of meditational pathways along with some geocaching. DSC02247

 

On our way back home we visited the StevensPoint Sculpturepark  .  How nice to be able to enjoy nature and art while you walk!  One of my favorites was this Swift Nesting Chimney. DSC02274

Oct 08

Museum of Wisconsin Art

A great day checking out the latest Fred Stonehouse exhibit. And… we got to look at the new museum in West Bend!! I love these glass globes in the very corner by all the windows. Hmmmmm – I guess because I love GLASS??

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