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Saturday Snapshot: Minnesota Library Association Conference

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This Past week I had the pleasure of attending the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in Mankato Minnesota. I went, representing the Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library, 4 Librarians from our Library attended as well.

I arrived on Wednesday afternoon and joined the rest of the Brainerd Group for what was called Parlor Games.  A series of fun games from 6:30 – 9 pm.  A mix of Balderdash, Apples to Apples, and a fun team game where we split the 90-some people in the room into two groups and we had to follow a series of clues to complete a task.  It was fun!

Parlor Games!

Parlor Games!

 

On Thursday, along with hour-long sessions for the Librarians to choose from, there was an additional amount of sessions that were Friends Of The Library related.  I had a list of choices for each hour, and spent my first hour of the day at the Library Friends Idea exchange.  I picked up ideas there like a 5k, scholarship offering for seniors, character events for children, and more.

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I spent the second hour of my day in the same room listening to the author of Beyond Book Sales, Susan Dowd, speak about the things the Friends groups can do to raise finds beyond the books.  How to build membership, how to be listed in a will…

 

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At 11:15 I went to a different room, a room where I would be speaking.  Our local event that started in 2013 was up for an award for Best New Friends Event.  This was exciting!  I was up against a group who added on to their children’s area at their library and a Great Gatsby Event that raised $47,000.  I was sure Gatsby had it.  There would be two runner ups that would receive $250 each, and then the winner, who would receive the plaque and a thousand dollar check for their friends.

Each of us had ten minutes to talk about our project.  In the end…

Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library took Best Project!  I could not believe it!

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Holy Smokes batman!!!!

The day then went to lunch where Tod Bol,the creator of Little Free Libraries spoke.  It was really interesting to hear how this wave of little book exchanges have popped up all over the world!  I did not realize Tod was from Wisconsin.

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After lunch, Laurel from our Library spoke on Social Media and her talk was very interesting!  After listening to her, I have some work to do. :)

All in all, a great couple of days hanging out in a Bookish World, just the way I like it ;)

 

I am adding this to Saturday Snapshot.  Please check out what others are posting in pictures this Saturday.  I am off to work with bees this morning and then home to work on my house… tomorrow, starts another adventure ;)

Saturday Snapshot: My Summer Report by Sheila

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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:

 

DeChantal, Justin, Book JOurney

Our youngest son graduated from College.

 

Adriana Trigiani, Stephanie Evanovich, Dorthy Benton Frank, Book Expo 2014, Harper Collins

At The Book Expo in New York and had a chance to hang out with Dorthy Benton Frank, Adriana Trigiani, and Stephanie Evanovich. Bliss!!!

 

Bookies Book Club, Sheila DeChantal

A few of the Bookies Book Club dress up for our annual Queen Event

 

Bucks Busy Bees, SHeila DeChantak, Book JOurney

Helping out in the bee hives.

 

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Summer reading!

 

ST Joseph, Minnesota, Tour Of Saints, Sheila DeChantal, Amy Price

Tour Of Saints 50 mile bike ride in ST Joseph Minnesota

 

Gooseberry Falls, Sheila DeChantal

Gooseberry Falls, Cabin trip with my cousin Cheryl

 

Muckfest, Wisconscin, Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey

Wisconsin Mud Run for MS – Me, Amy, Jody, Jenny

 

AMy Price, Sheila DeChantal, Bookjourney, Muckfest

Ready for the Muckfest in Wisconsin!

 

Book JOurney, Sheila DeChantal

The giant rabbit in my yard.

 

Barbara Claypole White, Randy Susan Meyers, Lorna Landvik, Catherine McKenzie, and Benjamin Percy, Wine and Words, Brainerd Minnesota, Sheila DeChantal

Hanging with Wine and Words authors – Barbara Claypole White, Randy Susan Meyers, Lorna Landvik, Catherine McKenzie, and Benjamin Percy

 

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Part of the 210 in attendance at Wine and Words 2014

 

ST Paul Classic, 2014, Amy Price, Sheila DeChantal, Book JOurney

St Paul Classic Bike Ride – Amy and I

 

Bucks Busy Bees, Book JOurney, SHeila DeChantal

Learning to extract honey

 

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 :)

Morning Meanderings… STORMS

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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:

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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. :)

 

Saturday Snapshot – Authors and Books and Wine – Oh My!!!!

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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.

 

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Just a portion of what our silent auction looked like as we sat up the 114 baskets.

 

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These cute little ducks are available during the social hour. They are $5 each and as you can see they each are reading a book. We call out numbers for these ducks (they have #’s on the bottom) and give away a Kindle Fire and a few fun gift certificates.

 

We had an amazing group of women greet our guests at the front lobby with name tags and a wine glass to use and to keep.

We had an amazing group of women greet our guests at the front lobby with name tags and a wine glass to use and to keep.

 

Our Wine Glasses with our logo on them.

Our Wine Glasses with our logo on them.

 

A few of our authors having fun in our photo area - L:  Catherine McKenzie, Barbara Claypole White, Lorna Landvik, and Randy Susan Meyers

A few of our authors having fun in our photo area – L: Catherine McKenzie, Barbara Claypole White, Lorna Landvik, and Randy Susan Meyers

 

More people getting into the act with the photo props

More people getting into the act with the photo props

 

My son and I

My son and I

 

A shot of the guests

A shot of the guests

 

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A shot of our book sales table after the event.

A shot of our book sales table after the event.

 

After the event - a few of us met in the bar to relax and the authors joined us.  Mixed in this group are Catherine McKenzie, Benjamin Percy, Barbara Claypole White, and Lorna Landvik.

After the event – a few of us met in the bar to relax and the authors joined us. Mixed in this group are Catherine McKenzie, Benjamin Percy, Barbara Claypole White, and Lorna Landvik.

 

Sitting to the right are authors Nicole Lea Helget and Lorna Landvik.

Sitting to the right are authors Nicole Lea Helget and Lorna Landvik.

 

Authors after the event!

Authors after the event!

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!

Morning Meanderings…. Book Lovers In The Mud!

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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.

Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey Muckfest

I did post this picture earlier this week – this is the picture we took at the check in. Look how clean we are!

 

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Book JOurney, Sheila DeChantal

Amy (left) and Jody (right)

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

After our jump (left) and the clean up area (right)

 

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The end! Final pic of the Muckfest

 

Check out other Saturday Snapshots from West Metro Mommy Reads.  You never know what people are taking pictures of :)

Snapshots of The 50 Mile Bike Ride and a WINNER Announced

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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:

 

Sheila DeChantal, Amy Price, Book JOurney

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.

AMy Price, Book JOurney

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.

 

Tour Of Saints, Book JOurney

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.

 

St Joseph Minnesota, Tour Of Saints, Sheila DeChantal, Book JOurney

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

 

Check out other Saturday Snapshots here.

 

I also need to announce a winner from the Page Girls Birthday Week post I put up earlier this week.  If you have not went over and checked them out yet, please do – they are posting fun articles!

The winner of the book and coasters is:  (using random.org)

 

A Curious Gal! 

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.

Morning Meandering/Saturday Snapshot: People Slut

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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?”

Or…

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….

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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:

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

This swing sits in the back yard. I don’t sit in it very often anymore but I like the look of it and at one time it was a great reading nook.

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

Hostas along side of the garage…. I love hostas! They do not take a lot of work, grow huge… and make me look like an impressive gardener (I am not)

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

My crazy apple tree.. the one that never has an off-year and breaks its branches because the apples are too heavy. You may remember the pics of this one last year after it broke in half.

 

Book JOurney, Sheila DeChantal

This is where the tree broke last year and a friend of mine told me you could actually graft the tree branch and tape it back together… crazy idea but what did I have to lose?

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

It worked! This picture was taken this morning from the broken branches! Of course… it looks like it is going to be heavy with apples again so I am worried all over….

 

 

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This is a walnut tree. I am pretty proud of the walnut trees in the yard. There are 5. I don’t know why… no one else around has them… but they have always been on this property.

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Walnuts!

 

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Plum tree! I planted this one after the tornado in 2001.

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

Plums! I only have the one tree so do not harvest large quantities for jelly, etc… I usually leave them for the birds.

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

I like to put out goodies for the critters…. this one is peanuts for the squirrels.

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

We have several crab apple trees in the yard and these do rotate years. This year this appears to be the only one that is going to crazy produce. I think this fall I will make jelly.

 

For more Saturday snapshots… check it out here!

 

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?

Morning Meanderings.. Parades In Small Towns

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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:

Hillman Minnesota, Book JOurney

On our way there we seen this little delight on the road… truly happy 4th celebrators on their way to Hillman!

 

Hillman Minnesota, parade, Book Journey

My friend’s daughter having a little face painting done before the parade start

 

Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey

These flowers were over by the craft tables and I needed a picture so I could look more closely at them after I came home. I love these.

 

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Close up of the pics

 

Hillman Minnesota, Book Journey

Population grew IMMENSELY during the parade, a good 3,000 were all over the place.

 

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Calf in the parade

 

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1916 car. That was pretty cool.

 

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Wizard of Oz float

 

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The guys… the center one is my hubby.

 

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.

Please stop and see other Saturday Snapshots here.

What did you do with your 4th of July?

Saturday Snapshot : TORNADO

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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:

 

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The picture is much better in my album, but as you can make out this is a large farm.

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The next morning – I stood in the same spot on my deck and took a picture of their farm, or what was left of it, again.

 

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.

 

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Left – our home this morning. Right – that morning after the tornado. The tree that is down was a large crab tree, really the center focus of the front yard. It broke my heart to see that tree split and dying.

 

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Left: The back of the house this morning. Right: The back of the house the morning after the tornado. The large tree still in today’s picture split in half and landed on our roof. This tree is the reason we did not lose our home entirely, the weight of the tree still attached to the deep roots help our roof on. The front of the houses roof lifted 5 inches, but never came off. LOVE that tree. :)

 

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Left – the garage area this morning. Right – where our garage had stood before the tornado. At the time the garage was not attached to the house (perhaps a good thing) and the tornado completely took it. The red jeep and the white truck were parked in front of the garage as you see them here. My jeep was untouched and Al’s truck had a hairline crack in the windshield. The garage must have went straight in the air and left the yard intact. The remains from it was found across the road behind a neighbors back yard.

 

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Left: A tree in our back yard this morning. Right: That same tree the day after the tornado. What is wrapped around it is the roof from Al’s shop. What is crazy is that if the roof had not been stopped by becoming caught on this tree, it would have hit our house at a speed of over 100 miles per hour. Al wanted to cut this tree down after the tornado but I said no. Then all the branches off the backside of it had been seared off, but today it is healthy and whole again.

 

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This is a shot of our back yard after the tornado. The plastic white things are to put calves in from our neighbors farm. We pretty much had all of their damage in our yard and the neighbors across the street had all of ours.

 

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More of the yard. We lost about 40 trees after all was said and done.

 

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Friends who came to help with the clean up.

 

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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.

 

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The back yard this morning.

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This morning, I had to look hard to find it, but I did. This is a piece of metal that was driven into this tree in our yard during the tornado. It is a good 6 inches into the tree and will never come out. A reminder of what was….

 

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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.

 

Check out other Saturday Snapshots here. :)

 

 

Saturday Snapshot – Why Am I At A Camp For Those Infected and Affected By AIDS?

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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:

Sex

Needles

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:

 

Cap Benedict, Book Journey

This year was the 20th year of Camp Benedict!

 

 

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Camp Benedict is an education camp and throughout the week there will be different speakers covering topics like- stigma, health, medications, laws, men’s groups and women’s groups.

 

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We bring in experts on different topics and from different agencies to help answer questions.

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While the adults are in classes, the kids have their own things going on with Camp K staff. They also have their own classes where they learn about AIDS and about how to be supportive of their parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc…

Camp Benedict

The camp provided meals and snacks.

 

Camp Benedict, Book Journey

Of course camp is not all work and study – it is after all… camp. :) From lunch time (noon) to 5:30 (dinner time) is free time and the camp provides water sports, horse back riding, massage, Reiki, pontoon rides, and a trip to the Dairy Queen. Or – you can do as I did… sit in the warm sun read a bit and take a nap :)

 

Camp Benedict, Book Journey

On the first day of camp we all wrote down words associated with what we thought when we first heard about AIDS. We put those words in a box and on the last evening of camp we burned those words.

 

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On the last night we have a closing ceremony and then we have KARAOKE and a dance for all the campers. It was so fun to watch the little kids!

 

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Our DJ this year was fantastic and she really provided fun things that involved all ages

 

Jason Hatton, Book Journey, Camp Benedict

Friendships are built in that week of camp. Jason has been to camp three times. It’s always great to see old friends and make new ones too!

 

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It is tradition at camp that on the last day as the bus leaves the camp K staff builds a pyramid to wave off the campers.

 

 

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The close of Camp Benedict 2014.

 

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

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