Category Archives: Saturday Snapshots
Good morning. Saturday is here and it looks like it is going to be a nice one. Which is good as the two big projects from yesterday – the picking of the apples and the mowing of the lawn did not happen. And I have since found out that we have a wedding to attend this afternoon….
Life – never dull.
I was looking at old posts and I saw that last year at the end of summer I posted pics for Saturday Snapshot of what I did with my summer. I do not even recall doing that….lol. I thought today for Saturday Snapshot I would do that again. It has been an odd summer full of huge life changes both scary and exciting and I think a walk through what was fun will do me good:
Those are the highlights… bike rides and mud runs, playing with the bees, author events, sunny days… friends. :) Stop over at Saturday Snapshot to see what others are taking pictures of this week :)
Good morning. EARLY morning here…. 4:12 am to be exact. I am helping my friends today at the Little Falls Craft Fair. Should be a crazy time – it is one of the biggest if nt the biggest craft fair in Minnesota. I was there all day yesterday helping set up – from 8 am – 9:30 last night. Yes… I am tired, but I love this stuff. I have never been part of working the fair before and they expect that 100,000 people will come through between today and tomorrow. We are meeting up at 5 am to go and get ready.
A couple of days ago I mentioned e were having some extreme rain here. I don’t know why but I just thought that is was a windy rainy storm. When all was said and done I had a few branches in the yard but that was about it. However, when I drove through town I seen it was a different story.
Roads were closed due to trees down. Up town on one of the main streets the light pole was down. Heading out-of-town, a billboard was tipped over and so on… Turns out – it was 70 mile per hour straight line winds and Brainerd was a direct hit.
Today’s pictures are not my own, but pictures that my friends took around the area of the damage. For today’s Saturday Snapshot I thought I would show you that storm of September 4th:
To my knowledge no one was hurt. After the storm, the sun came out and the clean up began. The local schools did not have electricity or running toilets for about 6 hours. Local companies hauled in outdoor portable toilets. I heard yesterday that local restaurants and fast food places are not selling coffee at this time as the water due tot he storm has been tested to have bacteria in. We are in a “you must boil water before you drink it” for the next week warning, but we are on well water so we are ok.
Anyhoo – got to go. Check out the other Saturday Snapshots here. :)
Happy Saturday! My hubby and I are heading for our cabin this morning which will be the last “hurrah” of Summer for us and then I will officially consider accepting Fall. :) Maybe…
Last Friday was our second annual Wine and Words event hosted by Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library. Earlier this week I posted a few pictures about it but thought for today I would give you more of a feel for this event and connect it to Saturday Snapshot.
Before we get started a little background of the event: I invite normally 4 authors to speak about their latest book, writing and their connections to libraries. This year we had 5 authors plus our emcee, Lorna Landvik. A local liquor store provides free wine tasting during our social hour, which really seems to be a social hour and a half as people start to trickle in around 5:00 and social hour starts at 5:30. We have a silent auction, this year of 114 baskets. AT 6:30 we start dinner and at 7:15 we start our presentation of authors with a goal time of ending by 8:15 – 8:30 pm.
This year we had 210 people in attendance.
This years event should have cleared us a little over $7,000. I still have a little figuring to do with the credit card payout, on-line sales, and we receive a 20% kick back from our local book store for the books we sold.
Stop by Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy and see what people are taking pictures of!
Last weekend I went with fellow Bookie and awesome friend Amy to the Muckfest in Wisconsin. This is an annual mud run to raise money for MS… my 3rd time doing this one, her second. We brought with us two rookies…. Jennifer and Jody who did MARVELOUS!
For this weeks Saturday Snapshot I thought I would bring you some of our pictures from that muddy event.
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Good morning! Happy Saturday. I have some fun pics to post from last weekends bike ride for todays Saturday Snapshot. My friend Amy and I try to do the Tour Of Saints every year. It is a 50 mile bike ride that takes places in St Joseph Minnesota, a beautiful little town about an hour and 15 minutes from where we live.
Normally, by the time we do this ride in July we have a few rides in for the season… not this year. We have both been so busy that the first time I was on my bike this year was the night before the ride when I took it a couple of miles down the road and back to make sure it was riding smooth.
So… off we went:
This above pic is at the first pit stop. We were a little over 11 miles in, it was already becoming WARM out and there was some annoying wind happening.
The next pit stop was at mile 25 and by this time it was HOT but the direction we were going was with the wind to our backs so it was a nicer leg of the ride and we were feeling pretty optimistic.
Just about every year I brag about the fruit on this ride. They always have beautiful strawberries. This year for me it was more about the grapes (which were delicious!) and of course, I did not take a picture of.
This fun little straw (twig?) house was here last year too. It is pretty cool. Last year we walked through it but this year we just stopped and took a couple of pictures and took off again, the wind was once again in our face.
The last 20 miles of the ride were tough. It was pretty wide open fields we were riding by and the sun was baking us like ants under a magnifying glass. Between the sun and the wind we were moving pretty slow and by the time we were done we were really DONE.
It is always a good time but it was a tough ride this year probably also because we had not trained… but we are stubborn so we did it. :D
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The winner of the book and coasters is: (using random.org)
YAY! Please send me your shipping info and I will pass it on to have the coasters sent to you and I will email you the code for the book. :)
That’s it. Have a super rest of your weekend. I am at the cabin until Sunday later afternoon and have no internet there so will be back in touch after I return.
Happy Saturday! Ok ok… my title of this post might have been a ploy to get you click over thinking “Oh my word Sheila… what is going on?”
Maybe not. Read on to find out. ;)
This weekend is the BIG Moondance Jam in our area and many of the Brainerdites and people all over Minnesota have gathered in Walker Minnesota to listen to a weekend of awesome bands, eat super bad for you but delicious food, and drink lots of beer and camp on site. There are a couple of bands I would not have minded hearing: Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, STYX, The Wallflowers…. but honestly I can only take the big crazy crowds for so long and I would want to just go, listen to some bands and leave (not camp) and it is a long drive… so anyway….
Another group of friends are having their Class Reunion this weekend….
basically, Brainerd is pretty empty. :)
I tell you all of this… leading into my Saturday Snapshot this weekend, it is all about where I am thrilled to be this weekend… at home, hanging out on my deck which is my favorite place to be when the sun is out and the breeze is gentle. So this morning, I took a little walk through my yard taking a few pictures of some of the things that make me smile:
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Ok…. you have been patient, listening to me babble, looking politely at my pictures and smiling and nodding… I can now tell you about people slut. I seen to be going through a sentimental season. I am trying to connect with family and friends and spend time with them. In other words – I am working on SLOWING DOWN. Yup.. I said it. I love being with people – all people (thus the people slut title, which I believe a friend once called me (affectionately – not mean) because I can talk to and enjoy talking to … anyone.
Anyhoo… maybe that did not hold up as well as I thought it would when I thought of it this morning. :) Oh well… still nice to hang out with you.
Today… I am reading California by Edan Lepucki. I am listening to I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer. I am trying to line up a lunch date with my cousin. I may go to a movie later with Al. And tomorrow morning, I am going on an annual 50 mile bike ride is St Joseph Minnesota with my friend Amy.
What are you doing with your weekend?
Good morning! How did everyone survive the 4th of July? We had a fun time with friends but wow… it wiped me out. :D
As I mentioned yesterday morning, we were going to a parade about 30 miles from here in a town called Hillman Minnesota – population 38. Apparently, I was told, they do an amazing job, and me, not the biggest fan of parades but all about adventure….
was curious. :)
For todays Saturday Snapshot, here are pictures from the Hillman Minnesota parade:
The parade was about an hour-long. There was a lot of old cars, souped up trucks, of course – people running for offices – Sheriff, etc…, lots of candy for the kids, and just a good time over all.
Afterwards we went to a friend’s home for hanging out, grilling, and catching up. There were about 14 of us. Al (hubby) and I came home around 6:30 pm, I sat down with a book and promptly fell asleep by 7:30 pm. *embarrassing*
It was a great way to spend the 4th.
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What did you do with your 4th of July?
This morning,I was going to go a completely different direction with Saturday Snapshot. As I walked my yard, I was taking pictures of trees… I love trees and we have quite the variety, silver maples, apple, cherry, plum, oak, and even walnut. But – that one will have to wait. As I looked around the yard I love so much, I went somewhere else.
Last Friday June 13th marked the 13th anniversary of the tornado that destroyed most of our property, Al (hubby’s) business, and not only changed our lives forever – but those of our neighbors too. This morning as I walked the yard I started taking pictures of the “now” and then came in the house and took pictures of the pictures I have in an album of the “then”.
On June 13th, 2001, I had come home from work around 5:30. I remember all of this because I documented the day, and the days and weeks to follow, in a journal. The sky that night, I need no journal to remind me of. It was a thick sort of green and looked cartoonish. In fact, I thought it was so unique that I went outside and took pictures of the sky with my camera at the time. The pictures never did the sky justice, but one of the pictures I took from our back deck was this one of our neighbors farm:
So what went down?
Al had just left to go and do a bid for a guy on the south end of town. I was on the couch reading after dinner and the boys ( at the time they were 10 and 12) were watching tv. The tv came through with a tornado warning in the area. This is common for June in this area and I barely even flinched. Then, Al came running in the house telling us to all get in the basement. He had been driving and seen the wall of the tornado south of us, turned around and raced home.
We all went to the basement, us and our two dogs. We sat under the stairs and we could hear the wind pick up. The house started to shake and dirt from between the floor boards above our head started to fall. I remember I was sitting cross-legged and then thought better of it thinking if we did become trapped in the house how uncomfortable that would be to be stuck that way.
After a while – it just went quiet.
Al decided to go upstairs and look around. I was envisioning that scene out of Twister where the dad opens the door to the cellar and is whisked away. Upstairs I could hear him walking around saying “Oh no, no…” I told the boys to stay put and I joined Al upstairs. We had no electricity then – in fact we did not have electricity, or running water for the four days following. Through the flashes of lightning we could see our home, plants turned over, our bedroom door was ripped off the hinges and was now in the living room, our windows had exploded and shards of glass had embedded itself in the walls across from the windows. Outside we could see trees down everywhere and large chunks of our yard torn up.
I kept repeating, “We were hit. We were hit.”
Even as I type this I kind of tear up because it was a scary time for us. Al had just finished putting up his 40 x 80 building for his business out behind our yard, and the electricity had just been put in the week before. It was gone.
Here are some pictures from that night… to this morning.
It is the pictures of the friends who came to help afterwards that brings the tears back to my eyes but this time with a smile. We worked for days afterwards, cutting up the trees, hauling away debris, repairing the house. It took over a year to bring the house and yard back to some sort of normalcy.
Here is what happened during the tornado:
- all windows on the back side of the house were blown out
- the back and sides of the house had the wood siding ripped off
- we lost our garage entirely
- Al lost his shop entirely
- 40 trees lost
- garden was destroyed
- another garage on the property was bowed in back like a “C”
- Basement flooded the day after the tornado
- bedroom (along back side of house) was destroyed
When all was said and done we resided the house with an aluminum steel siding. We replaced the large bay window in the bedroom with a smaller one. We saved the tree on the deck, he is half the tree he used to be but that is ok. :) We have since remodeled the basement (2004) to now be a second level to our home – family room, a bedroom, storage and laundry. Al rebuilt his business with the insurance money and is now thriving. Our home has been remodeled, we built a new garage to go on the house, and our yard – while not as many trees as I would like…. has sort of a park look to it now and I like it.
This final picture was taken last night. I love my back yard. And if you look way out you can see the trucks of Al’s business, 13 years later doing well, rebuilt after that night that rocked our world forever.
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For today’s Saturday Snapshot I thought I would share with you where I have been this past week. I am on a Camp Board for a Camp called Camp Benedict. This camp is an educational camp for those infected and affected by AIDS. The camp is a family camp, which means we have men, women, and children at camp, and we have people who have obtained AIDS through many different ways:
Blood transfusions (before they tested blood back in the 80’s)
and yes, children born with AIDS
My connection to this camp and cause stems back 5 years, and you can read about it here. During the year we have a large event and a bike ride to raise money to provide camp for free to those who attend. The camp is the only one like it in a 6 state range.
Anyhoo… here are some of the pics from this past week:
So why am I a part of this camp? I LOVE what it is doing. I love Connie Statz, the woman who bravely 20 years ago had an idea for a way to support others with AIDS and she ran with her vision and this that I just showed you – is the AMAZING result. I love working with this board of people all striving to encourage, support, and teach. And I love the campers, I enjoy getting to know people throughout the week, listening to their stories and knowing that I am helping to provide a good take-away from them hanging out at this beautiful camp.
Thanks everyone who serves on the Camp Benedict Board and Friends of Camp Benedict. Thanks to the camp staff, and of course to all the campers who travel from all over to have a week at a beautiful camp and hopefully leave with a great experience.
If you would like to support Camp Benedict, here is a link to my support page where I raise funds for the bike ride in August which goes directly to the camp.
Be sure to check out other Saturday Snaphot posts ans see what everyone else is taking pictures of this week :D
Good morning from New York! I have not dropped off the face of the earth, I have just been running from morning to night at the Book Expo in New York.
I have MANY things to share with you once I come home about the expo, the books, the people, the events… but for now… just a funny little story and a couple of pics for Saturday Snapshot. :)
So… on Wednesday at the Blogger Convention, author Maureen Johnson was the keynote speaker. At the beginning of her talk she mentions the book 50 Shades Of Gray. Alison from Alison’s Book Marks and I have a joke about that book so I put on Twitter “20 minutes in and already a mention of 50 Shades Of Gray” and tagged Alison. (I did not realize due to poor internet reception that this tweet did not post but went into drafts instead.)
Anyhoo…. flash forward to yesterday morning and Alison and I are at the Children’s breakfast which was AMAZING with moderator, Jason Segel. (Yes! That Jason Segel!) I put on Twitter that I am at the Children’s Breakfast at the book expo. Then Twitter pops up on my phone and says
“you have drafts to send would you like to send them now?”
I click yes… and before I know it, following my “I am at the Children’s Breakfast at the book Expo” tweet is…
“20 minutes in and already a mention of 50 Shades Of Gray”
Anyhoo… today is my last day at the expo. I am heading that way in about an hour to wrap up a few things but for my Saturday Snapshot post I thought I would send a couple of pics your way…. also, please see my posts at Armchair BEA where I have interviewed a couple of authors and publishing houses. :D
Catch you back in Minnesota!