|Spring Greetings! We had a good chuckle over this last evening when we saw this on the side of the Catholic Church in Pipestone. I think there are many of us who think this is fitting for this year!!|
We sure have racked up some frequent flyer miles the past few days right here in Minnesota. We traveled up north among the pines on the weekend and down south among the rolling hills last evening. We've had such a good time and are anxious to share our journey with you all, so without futher ado we'll get started!!
So come Saturday morning we pointed the jeep north and headed to the spend a day in the tall norhtern pines. We got to spend most of the day at a beautiful location right along the frozen Mississippi River stitching up a storm and enjoying some delicious food, especially the pie and glorious sunshine!!
|Our first stop was the bakery. You will see that food is a common theme here. If you ever get to Granite Falls you should stop into Carl's Bakery and get a sugar doughnut and long john.|
|THE sugar doughnut. Super messy but soooo delicious. Trust us-it's worth the stop!|
|Our cart wasn't as big as the tank in this photo outside of the courthouse but it will 'save our backs' and make for less trips upon unpacking. Our crash course in assembly went well at the noon run so we decided to use it.|
We got the wheels on and base assembled and decided that we could skip adding the pin to hold on the handle. (after all we didn't have far to go and it looked like it sat down far enough into the cart it would hold just fine) we loaded it up with our suitcase, trunk, antique boiler, and pattern box and took off to the door. We managed to make it to the sidewalk before we ran into trouble and once it started it just kept coming.
We pulled the handle out of the holder upon hitting the curb and lost our load. We hooted as we picked up our spilled luggage and laughed even harder as our suitcase fell over in the snow bank after we got it stood up. Guess those pins were more vital than we thought and a necessary step to the process. We got our cart pinned and loaded up, managed to maneuver a bit more gracefully into the doors and into the elevator where we waited and waited and started to panic while we weren't moving. Turns out in order to move you must pick a level higher or lower than the one you are currently on!! We laughed some more about this and prayed our trip back to the car would go better!!
With jerky still on our minds we hit up the bathroom, where we laughed as Darci came out and realized she had forgot to reassemble her belt. We continued our laughing streak as she fixed it as we walked down the steps and prayed that we would 'get it together' before we gave our talk. We are quite sure that any inmates, dispatch or deputy personnel got quite a laugh from us and probably wondered what we were smelling in that empty plastic bag that once held jerky. As a matter of fact they sent the drug dog outside as we were loading our car....for a potty break of course ;-)
We really enjoyed our evening with the Pipestone Quilters and are thrilled we were invited there to speak. Saturday and Monday were both wonderful trips and wonderful times and we hope that you all enjoyed your time with us as much as we enjoyed our time with you. We also thank both groups again for the wonderful food. . .and the town of Ruthtown for causing us to have jerky on our brains not only last night but today as well. Honestly, it's probably an excellent thing it isn't just up the road from us or we'd be in trouble!!
BUT to tide you over until the show and tell from above are a few things we finished up!!
We just have to share. . .a couple weeks ago the two youngest members of the 'newski family were going through old family pictures. The sounds that came from the living room proved that they were having a grand old time looking at our "priceless" family memories. We all have lots of wonderful "what was I thinking" Kodak moments that will forever be cherished and laughed at. We do have some nice, normal ones as well, but they aren't as fun to pick at are they? The whole afternoon was spent laughing, and sharing stories of times gone by. It seems like we don't always take the time to stop and smell the flowers as often as we should. If you haven't sat down and checked out those old family albums you really should gather them up, grab a cup of your favorite drink (in our house it was Coke) and laugh and reminisce on the crazy times gone by.
Lacey decided it would be alright to share this. The roar of laughter was loud (and not so proud) when her brother discovered this gem in the stack. This was the reason they sat and looked at pictures. . .to find hilarious moments of Kodak quality and 'make fun' of one another.
We also want to say that to those we know who live in the Dawson area and to those who live in the Sleepy Eye area that we sincerely have been thinking of you area during the difficult times that you all are facing with the loss of such young lives this past week. We can't imagine the scope of the loss and truly pray that God comforts you all.