Saturday, September 26, 2009


I took this just a few minutes ago. Just another beautiful Minnesota sunset.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Blue Turtles and Good Luck

I'm a shopper. No secret that I love me some retail therapy.
Last week at the local Barn Boutique I fell in love with a beautiful hall tree. I wanted it. Bad. I decided for one danged time to be responsible. Stupid me. I have been thinking about this thing all week and went back today thinking if it was still there I would buy it. Totally gone :(

They did have one very similar pained gray with elephant heads for hooks. Easily fixed. The lady knocked some off the price for the work I would have to do on it. She knew
if I didn't buy it no one would. Who wants elephant hooks on their wall tree? I just have to paint it white to match my bathroom and take the hooks off and replace them. Yesterday I bought some beautiful fleur de lis hooks on sale at Michael's! Luck!

I decided on my way home from the boutique to run by the local thrift store. What I found there was the big score. The score I may be talking about for years. The score that my Mom did not understand when I called her super excited to share with her.
Last weekend Shawn and I stopped at a garage sale and I found the most beautiful shaped turtle casserole dish. The price tag was $40. No way! Pass. I however have dwelled on this dish all week thinking about how beautiful it was. Imagine my surprise of
it setting right there on the shelf at the thrift store with a price tag of $12!! 12 dollars people. From $40 to $12. It irritated me a bit that the woman wouldn't come down on the price at the garage sale but she would DONATE it to the thrift store. Anyway......
I walk up front to pay and this woman commented on how beautiful it was so I told her the $40 to $12 story then another woman and a man walked up on the conversation. Here we all are marveling at my good luck when the cashier asked the lady in front of me if she had a punch card. Ding, ding, ding. I have a punch card! A full punch card. A full punch card worth $10 off my purchase! Ca-Ching! My $40 to $12 turtle just became my $40 to $12 to $2 turtle!
That my friends was the deal of the day!! Isn't she pretty??

Sorry about the pic quality. My cam is out in the car and I didn't want to go out in the rain so I used my point and shoot. No custom white balance on that bad boy.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

More of the farmstead

The old house
I love this picture of the girls looking out over the same land their ancestors did

Cornerstone of the old barn

The Farmstead

The old barn ruins

I'm not sure what this was, we couldn't find an entrance but it has beautiful wood floors.

More barn ruins

The history of Shawn's family owning the place.
His great grandmother is the one who wrote the bottom part of this.

Shawn's great grandmother is in the middle. Her sisters are on either side of her.

Early this spring I blogged about Shawn's family's old farmstead. I had really wanted to get down there early and take some photos. I finally made it yesterday. The place is just beautiful and I can't wait to go back. It was such a long hike in but totally worth it. I would love to take photos of it this winter when the snow is new and beautiful but I have a serious aversion to cold so I don't think that will be happening. Here are a few shots that I took yesterday.

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