Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Holiday Season

Christmas time was filled with family, friends, and parties. This is my favorite time of the year.

Here I am at one of the Christmas parties standing in the entryway. Of course, Santa welcomes me.

In this picture I am standing by an upside-down Christmas tree.

This is such beautiful decorations. Yet, I look at the lighted candles and the surrounding evergreen branches and wonder how safe it is!

Another party, but one that my friend Dorie and I catered for Dorie's son-in-law.

Christmas morning arrives and we open our presents. Dick opens one addressed to "Dick & Liz" and gets this towel. Just what he's always wanted.

Later on Christmas day, my son Rick gives me a ride on his snowmobile around our lake.

Two of my grandchildren, Raisa and Brenden, were with us for Christmas.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Decorations at the Lake

Here are a few decorations that we've put up at the lake home.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Beginning of the Christmas Season

The 2008 Christmas season is here and I'm in the process of decorating the house.

The Christmas tree is up and decorated. Also, the windows have been outlined with lights.

Here is my center piece that I've placed on the dinning room table.

This is the decoration on the "coffee table" in the living room.

At the top of the staircase are the two gingerbread dolls that welcome visitors to our house.

Here are the decorations at the front of the house.

Part of the holidays for us is attending shows. Dick and I went, along with Don & Judy, to the Bobby Vee Christmas concert. Here is Bobby and I posing for a picture. Because we are in our mid-sixties, our eyes are not as good as they used to be. That is probably why this picture is a bit fuzzy.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

We had a great Thanksgiving Day. Rick & Kathy and their children from River Falls, WS, came. Then Sue & Jon from Minneapolis were there. Also, Barb and Jack from St. Cloud came.

Would not be Thanksgiving without turkeys! Of course, these are wild turkeys walking across the lawn at our lake home. We did not shoot one of them.

The turkeys saw me taking their picture and so scampered across the road to get away.

Here we are carving the turkey.

Kathy helped dish up the food.

Rick and Jack play some cribbage while waiting for the food.

Dick joins them in a game of three-handed cribbage.

Here Dick is counting the points in his crib.

Sue, Raisa, and Brenden enjoy the comradery by watching Jon play an old Nintendo video game the belongs to Ben.

Rick joins the gang and some enjoy Special-K bars.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin Trip

Dick and I spent a couple of days in Northern Wisconsin this week with the Goodrums. We spent our time at the Apostle Islands in the town of Bayfield, WI.

We rented a condo on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Being the time was in late October, most of the boats had been taken out of the water in preparation for the coming winter. Dick is taking pictures of the area.

Here is a view of the town of Bayfield. The color of the foliage was wonderful. Away from the lake, the leaves had all fallen from the trees.

There are several apple orchards around Bayfield. Dorie and I pose for a picture at the entrance of one of the orchards.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Faculty Wives Early Halloween Party

I've been a member of faculty wives for many years now. One of our activities is gourmet groups. The following pictures show a recent Halloween Party of our group.

Here is a picture of me standing by one of the decorations.

This is Lorna, the host for our Halloween Party.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Colors

This past week the foliage was so pretty. So I took a few pictures of some of the trees and shrubs. Here is the fire bush at the end of my driveway.

I went to the hospital to visit a friend. As I was parking my car I noticed how nice the maple trees looked. Here is the picture of it.

Monday, October 6, 2008

An Exciting Week

A group called the Piano Trio (piano, violin, cello) was touring Minnesota and so Don & Judy made arrangements to have them play a concert in their home. About 60 people were there. Here is Don & Judy with the cellist, the violinist sporting a beard, and the pianist sitting.

We also meet from time-to-time with a group of friends. We have dinner at one of the homes and them play a board game or watch a movie. Here are three of my friends Pat, Mary, and Dorie that we meet with along with the husbands.

Here are some of us sitting around the table after playing a couple rounds of a board game. Dick of course, along with Dorie and I, won both games.

This is a picture of Dick and Jim that I took the previous week, but I wanted to include it. This was when we were up at their summer home near the Canadian border. By the way, Jim won every game of cribbage!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Trip to Myrtle Lake

The day after getting my new camera, my husband and I traveled to Myrtle Lake, where friends of ours have a summer home. Myrtle lake is about ten miles from the Canadian border.

To get to their lake home we have to drive to a resort on Myrtle Lake and then have our friends come for us in their boat. That is the only way to get to their summer home.

Here we are approaching the dock. Annie, their dog, is waiting to greet us.

Just look at the sky and water. This new digital camera, a Canon, surely does a good job.

My friend, Dorie, meets us as we get off the dock. This is a picture of Dorie and me. I'm in the purple shirt.

Here is Jim, Dorie's husband. He was the one that drove his boat to the resort to pick us up. As you can see, he has been fishing off the dock after helping us unload our stuff from the boat. We had a nice supper of fish.