We recently returned from a mid-month getaway in Waskesiu. We avoided the long weekend traffic and where back home before the weekend. Our family (5 generations now) has been going there as far back as I can remember. So many memories. So many things have changed but so many things remain the same. We used to go on "nature drives" in the evenings, hoping to spot some deer, maybe an elk and fingers crossed, a bear. This year, as we pulled into the town site, elk were everywhere. It was not natural as wild animals should be cautious around humans. Not these elk. One buck actually tried to charge our truck and we were quite far from it. After this encounter, Athena had no wish to see a bear, and we didn't. The deer were still skittish, which is exactly as it should be.
But after all is said and done, be it ever so humble.... You know the rest.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Spring comes slowly in these parts.
She gives us little glimpses of the warm weather to come,
and then just as quickly she reminds us that it is
not time yet.
The catkins are strutting their stuff.
Soon they will be blowing around the deck.
Their multitudes will almost seem
like a covering of snow, only brown.
She loves the beach.
Such a short window for this particular spot.
Soon the algae count will become unsafe.
Plus, there are leeches but we take
what we can get.
This place is a short 15 minute drive from our home.
So for now, she can only dream of swimming here.
The memories are good ones.
Even the "sea weed" that tangles
around her ankles and makes her
squeal in horror and swim to shore.
So for now we wait.
And plant things
And prepare for the growing season.
Succulents are her favorites.
She chose all of these plants herself
and did the lion's share of the planting.
She placed each pebble one by one
making sure each was in the right place.
We were fortunate to find pussy willow
very close to home.
This year we learned NOT to put water in the vase.
They'll be here forever now.
The rain has been falling on and off
for the better part of a week.
So we bide our time and go to yard sales.
A huge one is planned in the city on Saturday.
We wouldn't miss it.
The last sale we happened by
I got this crock, no cracks, for $10.
I'll let you know of the weekend's greatest finds.
(I am looking for a canner in good condition.
Wish me luck!)