Category Archives: Saturday Snapshots

Morning Meanderings…. Spending Time In The Library

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Good morning!  Happy Saturday.  Current Brainerd Minnesota weather -21.   :shock:   NO kidding… I just looked.  No wonder the dogs were like “are you kidding me?” when I let them out this morning.  

For today’s Saturday Snapshot, I thought I would show you where I have been this week and what I have been doing. :D 

This past week I have spent quite a bit of time in our local library. This week I spent time working on the display window changing it out to good December reading.

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Last weekend a group of the Friends came in on Sunday when the Library is closed and decorated for the holidays.  It was the first time I participated in this and it was a lot of fun.  We put up three trees and decorations on shelves, greenery everywhere and wreaths too.

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Yesterday I was at the library for most of the day.  I went in the morning to drop off my lap top and pick out donated books to make a “book tree”.  As usual, I underestimated the amount of time it would take to do such a project.  After an hour of picking out the right size books, I left for a coffee meet up I had with a friend.  Then I came back for a meeting on the Friends logo that we are working on designing.  This meeting went 2 1/2 hours.  Then I went back to work on my tree which took me about another hour and a half.  I left the library at 5:20 pm.   I neglected to take a picture of the book tree but I will try to capture that today.

Today is the Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library Open House.  This is the day that we invite the public to come and check out the decorated library and enjoy a cookie and coffee or juice.  I am excited to go and hang out with the friends from 10 -2 today.  If you live in the area, stop by and say hi! 

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Morning Meanderings…. A Little Project With Audio Appetizer

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Good morning and happy Saturday!  It is COLD here in central Minnesota and it has driven me indoors which is a bummer, but the up side is I love this time of year for house projects and snuggling up with great reads.  Last weekend I had an opportunity to do both.

Our entryway to our home was a color that I no longer loved.  For a small space it was to dark and the two doors in that area that I had painted were chipped and scruffy looking.  In usual “let’s get ‘er done” fashion, I went to the paint store in the morning, had my paint picked out within minutes and that afternoon went to work.  I am pretty thrilled with the results so for this weeks Saturday Snapshot, here is my entryway make over:

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Yes, I am  thrilled with the look.  It fresh, clean and makes the area look bigger.  As for the audio accompaniment, that would be The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty which I am loving right from the beginning.  This one is a treat on audio – love the narration!

Pop on in to Saturday Snapshot and see what others are taking pictures of this week. :D

Morning Meanderings… Join Me For Coffee!

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Happy Saturday!  I have a pretty nice wide open weekend here that I am pretty excited about.  Lots of little mini projects I am considering:  I have books to put away in the book room, a desk to set up in the office, paint to pick out for the front room and upstairs living room, reviews to write…

Recently I was picked to host a House Party for the Tassimo Coffee Pot.  If you are not familiar with House Party, check it out.  These are parties on products anywhere from books, to movies, to food, to beverages, to games, to projects.  You sign up for the ones you are interested in and if you are chosen to host you are to invite at least 10 people over to share in the product with you.  They can be a lot of fun and you are sent whatever you need to put on the party.  In the past I have had two parties around books and one on a movie, this was my first branching out.

I wanted to host this party because I knew I would never buy a $165 coffee pot, which is what this model of the Tassimo is.  Hosts received not only the coffee pot, but an assortment of coffee pods to use at the party.  I was thrilled when I was selected.

I did have the party and it was a lot of fun.  At first, I found the coffee pot to be a lot of work to figure out.  I did not even get that the coffee pods that came with creamer was a pod you put in the machine after the coffee part to heat and foam the creamer and then the machine added it to your cup.  It was one of my guests who pointed that out to me (thanks Brenda!)

As the evening went on, I actually found the coffee pot growing on me.  I liked trying the different kinds and the fact that it brewed one special cup at a time.  In fact, since the party, I have not used my regular coffee pot.  For todays Saturday Snapshot (give it up for West Metro Mommy Reads!) I thought I would post a couple pictures from that event.

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Jean and Kaydi really got into it!

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Brenda and I were fascinated watching it brew

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Group photo minus Amy the camera woman!

My overall thoughts:  I like the Tassimo and yes I would recommend it.  They sent in the package 40% off coupons for my guests if they wanted a Tassimo Coffee pot as well as some yummy brunch recipes.  We had a great time!

Pop on over to West Metro Mommy Reads and see what other people are posting pics of this weekend.  It is deer hunting season here in Minnesota, my Facebook friends are saturated in pics of family members with their deer (what an odd tradition, to pose with your deer….)  LOL

Morning Meanderings… A Look At Girls Night Out – Halloween Style!

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Happy Saturday!  I have about 30 minutes before I am leaving for the Monster Dash in Crosslake Minnesota.  My friend Amy and I did this one last year – a 5k in full costume.  Last year she was wonder woman and I was a zombie bride, it was crazy fun.

This year…. well… you will see.

On Thursday of this week we fall our October Ladies Night Out.  Twice a year businesses hold this event.  You (girls only!) pick up a punch card at a participating business up to the night before the event.  Then the day of you have a set amount of hours that you can go these businesses and get your card punched acknowledging that you were there.  You have a certain time to turn the card in to a specific business – this fall it was 8:30 pm with as many punches as you can.  You trade in your card for one ticket per punch and the next day they announce winning numbers on a local radio station and if your number is called you can win, among other things $1000.00.It’s local and community and fun.  Many of the businesses offer horduerves, snacks and wine.  Some have samples of products and others have coupons to bring you back into the store. 

The October one offers a bonus:  a costume contest.  Ooh we were all about that.  Here are our pictures (thanks Saturday Snapshot!)

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That’s me!

 

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My friend Amy as Medusa (she really gets into her work!)

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My friend Kerri “Legs” The Flapper!

We had a blast!  We didn’t win in the costume contest but it was still a great time and there are still a couple other contests going on so we will see :)

I posted these delightful pics today for Saturday Snapshot, click the link and check it out. It is a lot of fun! 

Have a great Saturday!

Morning Meanderings… The End Of The Season

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Good morning!  How are ya all doing this Saturday?  It is cold and damp here in Minnesota. There is still a possibility of snow and I am hoping that is not true.  If any of you know the author Sandra Brannan, here is one of the pictures she posted on Facebook from South Dakota yesterday:

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Yeah… I am seriously not ready for that.  They were hit with a big storm.

 

Anyhoo… enough of that. This past week our kick ball season came to an end.  Yes, yes… kickball…. like in grade school.  Big red bouncy ball… we kick it and run (try to run) the bases.  Its not always pretty…. it is usually fun.

The group I play with are a mix of friends and we have played for the last 4 years now, possibly more.  I missed last year as my schedule was just too full… but I was back this year and it was a lot of fun to be back. 

There are about 16 teams and we stitch out each week and play two or three games on Tuesdays. 

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Most of the team… we were missing a couple subs (missed Paula, Andy! :( ) and a few regulars – Greg, Dawn and Jon.

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My friend Amy and me. Amy is also in the Bookies book cub which just goes to show you… us readers do more than read.  :)

 

These are my pics for this weeks Saturday snapshot sponsored, hosted, supported by: West Metro Mommy Reads.  Stop over and check out what other people are posting pics of this week and feel free to write your own post as well. :D

Today I plan to go to St Cloud (about an hour away) and look at their costume shop.  I need a few things for book club this week and I have a Monster Dash coming up October 26th that I want to see what would be good fun running wear. 

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

Morning Meanderings… A Little Time In A Police Car

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Good morning all!  Happy Saturday!  I hope you have been enjoying your fall ( yeah I said it…. Fall) week.  My week has been fairly mellow and I have enjoyed reading and finally was able to load Itunes on my new laptop and working Audible to work with it so I can get back on my overload of audio I enjoy.  I started listening to The Returned yesterday… and wow… I am enjoying it.

Last weekend my friend Amy and I were on our way to a bike ride in St Paul when we stopped in a small town for gas.  There was a car show nearby and an old-time police car was also at this gas station.  Of course, opportunity presented itself and we asked if we could get in the car and we granted that permission and the owner took a picture for us as well.

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So there is my contribution to Saturday Snapshot this week.  :D  Stop by and check out other Saturday Snapshots at Metro Mommy.

Also, if you have not seen my post on Banned Book Week, it is coming September 22 – 28. I am hosting Banned Book Week here as I have done the past three years but will be hosting it a week early as I will be in the wilderness the week of Banned Book Week this year, my first canoe and portage trip that will be seven days long, staying in a tent and no cell phone or internet access.  :shock:  So that said, Banned Book Week here, will start tomorrow.  Sign up here to join in, or be sure to watch for all the fun posts and giveaways that I will link here :D

Have a super Saturday!  I am reading, cleaning, prepping banned book week, and later going out with friends for my hubbys birthday.  What will you be doing with your Saturday?

Morning Meanderings… What I Did With My Summer

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Remember back in school when you would start the new year and the teacher would have you write what you did with your summer?  Just me?  Well… we did that here in Minnesota.  As I sit here this morning annoyingly coffee free (I forgot to pick some up at the store yesterday),I thought it would be fun as I was mostly absent, to share in pictures what I was doing this summer. 

So… here we go:

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I spent several weekends on the North Shore at our cabin with friends biking, hiking,watching movies, playing board games and just hanging out together.

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On The Fourth of July we son and I along with a couple of his friends learned that one of our restaurants in town used to be considered “haunted”. The lady working there let us go down underneath he restaurant into old tunnels where the “supposed” paranormal activity was once taking place.

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I spent time running on the trail

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My Book Club the Bookies that their annual Queen event. Congrats to our new Queen Angie!

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Ironman bike ride with Amy. 50 miles

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My son and I did the “Go Commando” obstacle course in the cities. His first which was a lot of fun.

 

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This was the finish of that course.

 

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1st Ever Brainerd Lakes Jam Concert. FUN!

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Library book sale!

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We had the House Party for Big Girl Panties on my back deck. A lot of fun!

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Two day 150 mile bike ride for Camp Benedict

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The Color Run!

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After the Color Run ;)

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Hanging out on a friends pontoon

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I went with my cousin and his wife and kids to the first Vikings pre game this year.

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I went into Wisconsin with Rhonda and we completed the Muckruchus for MS – this was my second year doing this muddy obstacle course.

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My week at Camp Benedict.

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I helped plan and execute Brainerd first ever Wine and Words author event in August. Our goal this first year was 100 people. We had 177. AWESOME time!

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Our authors were amazing! Sandra Brannan, William Kent Krueger, Lorna Landvik, Wendy Webb, and Sarah Pekkanen

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Labor Day weekend we were at the North Shore again and got to try our hand at Archery!

This is my contribution to Saturday Snapshot hosted my Metro Mommy.  Stop in over there as well and see what others are posting about this weekend :D

Morning Meanderings… One Fun Weekend

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Good morning!  I am enjoying a seriously wonderful weekend and I hope you are too.  This is the last of the quiet lay back weekends until the second weekend in September (and that is Al’s birthday so who knows).  This next weekend I am at the cabin with my son, then the 1sr weekend of August is the Camp bike ride, then Wisconsin mud run weekend, then Library sale, camp week, Wine and Words and then camping the final weekend of August.  The first weekend of September brings on another bike ride and a fall kick off party.

It’s all things I really enjoy… its just a bit overwhelming when you look at it as a whole.

Last weekend was a lot of fun and that is what I wanted to share with you today.  My college son and I spent time in the cities together doing back to back 5k’s – both were messy… both were fun.  For Saturday Snapshot I thought I would share some of the moments:

 

 

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On Saturday July 13th we joined 1700 people for the Go Commando 5k

 

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My son Justin going over the big spools

 

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My dumpster dive….

 

 

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…Justins was better.

 

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The rolly log…

 

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Moving on up in the world

 

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The mud crawl to the finish…

 

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My big splash – yes, that is me under the mud… somewhere

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We did it!!!

 

Ok, as I posted these pictures I realized there are way to may fun pics for me to put the two events into this post.  Next Saturday I will post the Color Run pics.  Also fun… very colorful.  :D

 

Note:  No books were harmed in the making of this event.

 

For more Saturday Snapshots, pop in at West Metro Mommy to see what others are taking pictures of and add your own if you wish :D

 

Today… I have this master to do list that has been accumulating and multiplying for weeks.  I wrote it all out yesterday and started chipping away at it then and will continue to do so through Monday.  I plan on working on that until about noon, possibly taking a bike ride and then later reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 

 

What’s your Saturday looking like? 

 

Morning Meanderings… Rescuing A Dog A Year Later…

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Good morning!  It’s a hazy lazy Saturday here, overcast skies, a little drizzly rain.  I was up at 6 a.m. and ran my 4 mile scheduled run this morning before the rain started although I need to learn to train in all-weather conditions :D .

Today for Saturday Snapshots I thought we could look at a year with Mater.  Mater is a beagle/basset hound who came into our lives last July after he was abused by his original owner.  He had been fed beer (yes, beer) to the point that he could no longer go to the bathroom… here is Mater at 4 months old when he was rescued:

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Mater had to have a surgery that would cost $3500 to fix the damage inside him or he would need to put down.  The original owners could not pay the amount so the wonderful people of Pequot Vet covered the bill from a charity fund they have.  While waiting for his forever home, Mater was put into a foster home where he fell out of the back of a truck and broke his shoulder.  He needed surgery and pins in his shoulder.

This weekend a year ago, my Navy son Brad was home and while over at house for dinner one night he was sharing the story of Mater.  A friend of his worked for Pequot Vet and had Mater with her at a get together.  By the time I heard this dogs story, I was hooked.  I called the vet the next day and they told me they had already interviewed and turned down 10 families for this dog.  They wanted him to have a forever home, they did not want money for him – just the promise of a good home.

I was on the phone for an hour with the vet and left the conversation with giving him references.  Later that day they called back and said Mater was ours.

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Mater a few days after he came to live with us. So wiped our from playing that he fell asleep with the bone in his mouth.

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Sleeping on me on the deck.

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Playing with Sammy

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As he got bigger, being loved by Sammy (also a rescue).

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Mater this morning.

It has been quite the year.  I am not used to bigger dogs and Mater has knocked over chairs and plants with his tail (think the movie Beethoven).  He has chewed shoes, books :shock: , mail.  But he is loveable and loved.

Tonight we are having friends over to grill so I hopeful that the rain is not an all day thing.  Tomorrow morning my friend Amy and I are off to our annual bike ride in St Joseph Minnesota – The Tour Of Saints. 

Check out other Saturday Snapshots here.  Hope your Saturday is awesome. :D

Morning Meanderings… Picture This

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Good morning!  Happy Saturday and all that!  I feel like I woke up and my day exploded.  Today is a full one, I need to be into work in about an hour to check off the students who are attending a feed the starving children event and a Minnesota Twins game.  Then I just realized that I am doing a meal train for a family tomorrow with a new baby – thank goodness for the email reminder!  I need to get on that. Then at 3:00ish my hubby and I are leaving to go listen to bands in the area for the Lakes Jam. 

And that will complete Saturday. :shock:

For now, I want to share last weekends pics as part of the Saturday Snapshot.  I was up North last weekend with 4 friends.  The plan was to do some extreme biking, but the weather was not cooperative.  It was foggy, cold, and drizzly….. we did bike, but not as far as we would have liked, and we did go exploring some amazing sights of the North Shore…

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This is Palisade head – about 10 miles from our cabin if even that. It hangs on Lake Superior.

 

 

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This is the rushing water of Temperance State Park. It’s amazing to watch and to hear!

 

 

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Pretty and definitely a force to be reckoned with – you look in awe but keep yourself safe as well. The water is moving fast and there are no guard rails.

 

 

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I took this picture from the car window – thus the funky coloring. It is fascinating to watch the water pour out of the rock.

 

 

And because I love the sound – I recorded a little bit of it:

 

We had a great time despite the weather.  We did a little shopping, exploring, biking, hiking, running…  we played board games and watched a movie.  It was a good time. :D

Please go over and see other Saturday Snapshots!  It is fun to see what others are doing in their part of the world. 

 

Have a super Saturday – I need to get moving here but am hoping to post a yummy yummy recipe a little later today that you will thank me for :D

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