They’re here! They’re here!

This poem was written when I realized that I was in love with Mitch.  I have modified it from it’s original version just a bit.  I have grown as a poet a tiny smidge since this was written all those 12 years ago!

The First Flakes of the Winter Season

The First Flakes of the winter season are a wondrous sight

The chill is mild, not piercing as February winds might

The therapeutic aroma of wood burning tickles our nostrils

A moonlit picture fills the window in our den, glittering snow and we’re thrilled!

The first flakes of the winter season fall straight from heaven to kiss the earth below

One season is left behind, but another emerges, and so goes the flow

He holds me to ease my fear, my pain, my stress and to show is undying love

The fire crackles, the snow falls, he whispers, “Will You Marry Me?  You are a gift from above.”

The moment is perfect and I know the gift is mine

God brought us together and just in time

For every winter until I pass I will cherish these first flakes of the winter season!


If you can’t stop it, write about it!


Tranquility falls

in gentle flakes from above

Quiet tender peace

A pilot?

My current mode of transportation sounds more like a prop plane taking off on our driveway than my sporty little green Honda. Do you think I can send a bill to the county for a new muffler? I wish they would plow before the road has to be driven on. I guess that’s the price we pay for living in the toolies!

Happy New Year!

Today is the day!  I am really going to try to keep up with my resolutions and my 20 wishes.  Unfortunately once I started thinking about my resolutions the list kept growing and growing!  Oh well.  I just have to stop thinking about myself so much and focus on others.  Not so hard right? HA!

Anyway, the baby still has not graced us with his presence, so now I am thinking he may never want to come out and play:-) 

I was in bed last night by 10pm, but I did get up at midnight and tell Mitch Happy New Year!  I didn’t watch any of the New Year’s shows this year and actually we didn’t have any company this year.  First time for both of those.  We usually have a card party with Mitch’s family.  I didn’t think I could make it staying up all night, so it was just us.  It was nice.

Ben and Mitch went sledding for the first time yesterday.  They had a blast while I watched from the truck:(  One thing this pregnancy has done to me is make me lazy!  I am usually the one rolling down the hill, strapping on the skates and running here and there.  Not so much late in this pregnancy and it is really getting sickening.  But they had fun and they are looking forward to going again.  Maybe next time I will be able to join them. 

The hill and skating rink at Malung is ready for the season.  I am so thankfull to be able to share those experiences with my son.  I grew up on that hill.  The rink is in a different spot, but I certainly remember skating a lot when I was a kid.  I love running into people I went to grade school with there.  It’s such a trip back to my childhood.  What fun memories!


We wanted a white Christmas and for awhile thought we might not get one.  Well mother nature, God and Santa must have gotten together and put all of their power into giving us what we wanted.  This is ridiculous!  I pray that everyone on the road in the next two days has safe travel!  We are under a ton of snow and it’s not stopping this morning. 

We traveled the 21 miles into town yesterday for Christmas dinner with Mitch’s mom.  At first we had major doubts we would make it all the way, but once we reached the highway we saw they had plowed at least once in the morning which cleared some of the lines, so we could see where the road was.  The day before we went to town and could not see the road at all. 

Our neighbor plows us out with his big tractor and they have been gone through the entire storm.  Last night when we got home there was a message on our machine that he was trying to make it home from International Falls to plow.  It was sweet of them to think of us.  Lukily we have a 4-wheel drive pickup in the mean time, because the drifts around my car are up to my tires!

It’s fall?

I wish I had memory disks for my camera so I could show you the scene out my office window today!  It’s quite beautiful and yet terribly disturbing at the same time.

Our summer was about a week long with 80 degree temperatures.  Beyond that we had nothing higher.  This is ok with me, I am not complaining.  However in October we should be enjoying the brisk, crispy walks through the leaves in our yard.  Instead, today, we will be shoveling snow off of our deck! 

I guess I won’t be transplanting my irises’ today.  It’s really only a dusting of snow and will be gone shortly, however the 24 degree temperature makes it feel more like the end of November than the beginning of October.

My son was so excited the other night when I came home from work.  He was sitting on the couch and I asked him if he saw the snow, because in Warroad it had snowed several times throughout the day.  He told me it hadn’t snowed here.  About 15 minutes later it came and he jumped on the couch and squealed to high heaven!  Then he said he was going outside and he jumped on the deck and squealed some more.  That snow didn’t last long, but last night the snow stayed and he had all his winter gear spread out in the kitchen and soon he looked as though it was the middle of January. 

Again I wish I had my camera ready, so I could show you the picture of him standing in the kitchen with red snow pants, pak winter boots, warm black mittens and  heavy winter jacket on, ready to go out and play in the 1/2 inch of fallen snow on Oct 9th in northern Minnesota.  I am guessing it was a familiar scene in houses all across our county. 

Kids love winter!  Until they have to start driving in it that is!

Another snow storm

I don’t know exactly how many inches of snow has fallen in our region this winter, but it has to be getting close to a record!  My goodness!  We are going to be having another blizzard tomorrow.  That is the third for this winter.  We get a lot of snow, but it usually comes steady.  This year we are having these bouts of 6-10 inches at one time.  I don’t know how much more of this I can handle.  Unless of course it comes before I leave for work and I get a free day off!  That would be ok:)