Ahhh, it feels so good to be home! This has been a crazy week with two trips to Duluth in one week: both Tuesday and today. I've just made myself a hot evening cocktail and the fire is warming up the house. Believe it or not, even in June, after not having built even a nighttime fire for a couple of days, the house cools down enough to need one. So, things are feeling nice and cozy now.
Yesterday was a beautifully warm day which prompted my first tulips to start opening. During my town running to beg more money from the local financial institutions for this little (ah-hem) project of ours, I drove "up over the hill" to a local farm where we get our milk and cream. It was 78 degrees and glorious. About 64 degrees down in town, though, by the big lake. In the summer, it's always "cooler by the lake!"
In Duluth today I noticed that the lilacs are juuuuust starting to blossom. They'll probably be ready to pick for the kitchen table within a week. Up here, we're probably a week behind - being that much farther north.
Our Plan B carpenter for the garage fell while climbing a ladder at his current job on Tuesday and tried to catch himself . . . breaking his arm in the process! (OUCH!) Is this a sign (first Plan A carpenter not available and then this with Plan B)?! But, Tom saw him on Wednesday and he was ALREADY BACK AT WORK with a "working cast" on his broken (left, fortunately) arm. Wow.
Some sad news to report: you may have noticed the link on our blog to www.oneworldexpedition.com. Our friend, Lonnie Dupre, and his expedition partner were pulled off the ice today - their own decision. This quest to make the first summer crossing of the Arctic Ocean will not happen. One of their reasons in going was to raise awareness about Global Warming, and the reality of it was all too true since summer weather and conditions have struck the ice sooner than expected . . . thereby making their travel nearly impossible (or, at least, the possibility of the forward progress needed to reach their destination). Check out their website for more info. But, the good news is that they will be back in the county soon, and they DIDN'T GET EATEN BY A POLAR BEAR (although it sounds like there were plenty of opportunities!) Congratulations for getting as far as you did, guys!
A meeting up at the property yesterday with the fellow (also a good friend) who is doing our electrical work and installing our solar system resulted in finalizing the placement of the solar panels. Now we can start clearing more trees. And, the added benefit is that it will open up more views into the southern side of the valley (besides creating an ample supply of firewood!). So, we're definitely getting all our ducks in a row - now we just have to start plinking them down, one by one!
Well, that's the news from our end. Have a great weekend if we don't talk sooner.