Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mid-Winter Highlights

February is almost over...not much news in the winter...but here's some updated photos of the house and other projects we're working on this winter!
The siding is done on 3 sides of the house...this is an evening photo with scaffolding set while the drywall was finished...

The kitchen area with drywall up...the ceiling and the triangle will be pine...

The living room area...wood ceiling and wood wall of windows...rest of room is drywall.

Basement with stairway...large dorm room behind the stairs...should hold 6-8 twin beds!

Windows in basement on lakeside...will be pine...rest of room is drywall.

This area is opposite the windows and will be a second kitchen area.

Our resort association had a second sign-painting class in February...lots of creative juices flowing for a day...here's some of the fun stuff we made...

 Our church ladies had a baby shower for our pastor's daughter...she lives in Iowa and could not be there, so we made do...we used a baby doll, wrapped it up and taped a picture of Baby Grace on the doll...pretty good, huh?  A fun day!  Here's grandma holding her "granddaughter"!!

And here's a couple of blankies I made for the occasion!

I've also been sewing infinity scarves for summer sales in the lodge!  They are so cozy!

The new clothes are starting to arrive...my handsome, skinny son-in-law is modeling the new hooded pullover with camouflage lettering and trim...
More clothes coming soon!

We drove to IL in January to visit Steve's Dad and our siblings...we took John & Steve's sister to the Chanticleer for dinner one night...a blast from the past!  We lived near this restaurant for 13 years in IL and loved these onion rings!
Oh my...a real diet buster, but probably had not eaten them since 1987!!

We spent a lot of time with Steve's Dad and he is looking forward to coming up again this summer for an extended stay!
I think he's the easiest person in the world to live with!  He's 94 and so spunky!  He was so excited to go to dinner that he had to put on his tie!  Love him!

My Dad's sister, Aunt Pat, passed away while we were traveling to IL, so we were able to attend her funeral and visit with lots of cousins we had not seen for many years!  There were over 40 grandchildren in my Dad's family...and almost every family was represented!  3 of my siblings were there, so we had to take a pix!  Dave, me, Lisa and John...we had a great time celebrating Aunt Pat's life!

Our hometown of Washington, IL, was hit by a tornado in November 2013...the last house our parents lived in was destroyed and it was very comforting to see it rebuilt again!  A young family will call it home!

 My only sister lives in Mongolia...they were home on furlough for a few months, so we got to spend time together during our visit to IL!
We shopped, talked, had coffee, talked, cried...we don't like saying goodbye...so we sort of didn't!  She's back in Mongolia now and I'm back in Minnesota...we treasure the time we spend together!  I think our goal is to end up together in the same "home" in old age so we never have to say goodbye!!  She's the best!
She took me to Olive Garden for lunch one day...so I think of her and our fun times when I make this soup...
Zuppa Toscana soup...so good!  A comfort food and now a reminder of my fun visit with my sis!

We have lived with Minnesota winters for 27 years...every single year has been different!  Some winters we get 100"+ of snow...other winters half that much.  Some winters have been so cold that electric lines snap underground and we wait several hours for the power to go back on...this winter has been very cold with little snow...probably the least we can remember in previous years!  I hesitate to share this news...March is not here yet and it can be the snowiest month of the winter!  Bring it on!  I still have some sewing projects to finish before spring work!

About vacations in 2015....do you have one planned?  If not, we have some great cabins still open for the summer season!  Check out our website HERE, click on cabin availability and let us know if we can help you!  If you have kids or grandkids, they will have an awesome vacation...and you will have the best time watching them!  Our season begins in mid-May and ends in October, so come spend a week with us!  It could be the best vacation of 2015!!

The outdoor calendar says that wolf mating season is starting today(how do they know?)
Let the howling begin!