Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy New Year!!

My friend Sue of Junk-it Junction in Australia commented on my post about the December 8 & 9 blizzard saying she had never seen so much snow.  She also asked how we get out.  Well Sue, here's the answer.

We shovel (my neighbor across the street),

 and blow (Ron),
 and blow,
and blow some more.


 Sometimes we are lucky and our good neighbor David comes with his big blue tractor and blade and pushes away the big drifts and all the snow the city plows manage to push back into everyone's driveways.

These photos are really from the snow storm that started December 22 and lasted through Christmas day.  We got some snow, but it was mostly rain.  A lot of rain for December.  And now everything is frozen and icy.  Ahhh, winter in Minnesota.. 

I am really looking forward to celebrating Christmas with our sons and families on New Year's Day.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to All ...

Welcome to our home!

See the round crystal ornaments throughout the tree? 
They are Christmas gifts from the Mayo Clinic to retirees depicting various buildings and sculptures throughout the clinic campus. We've gotten one each year since about 2000.

We didn't get one this year.  Cut backs, I guess.

This one is St. Marys Hospital

and this one is the Plummer Building where Ron and I met and where he worked for 30 years.

Merry Christmas to all
and to all a good night.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful ...

 Our front door at 8:30 this morning.


The snow on the roof blends right into the sky, but you can see the drifts if you look closley.


Looking across the street.

And finally, our driveway.


I wonder how many blogs had this same title today.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Greetings

A dusting of snow and a blustery wind didn't prevent us from have a most wonderful Thanksgiving today with family. The food was plentiful, the conversation lively, and we met month-old nephew* Jacob for the first time!  We are truly blessed.
* oops -- that would be great-nephew Jacob!!

I hope you were able to spend time with those you love on this Thanksgiving Day 2009.


Monday, November 9, 2009

More Pictures of From the Heart Christmas Boutique

The first weekend of From the Heart Christmas Boutique was awesome!  Opening day - last Friday - was a beautiful Indian summer day which was soooo nice and not quite typical of early November.  But  after the ugly October weather we endured, I think we deserved such a gorgeous day.  Area shoppers must have thought so, too, as they were out in droves and in buying mode.

We have restocked so the store is full again.  Here are a few of the new holiday items.

The boutique will be open again each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 13.  We hope to see you there!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

From the Heart Holiday Boutique

There is excitement in the air in St. Charles as From the Heart Boutique opens for the holiday season tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.!!!

Here is just a taste of what is in store for you this time at the "green cottage tucked behind Hardware Hank." There are eight rooms plus the hallways brimming with gorgeous holiday decor and great ideas for your gift giving this Christmas.




From the Heart Christmas Boutique 
143 East 10th Street    St. Charles MN
Open each Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday
November 6 - December 13
See you there!!