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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Fall Is Just Around The Corner!

Now that the weather has finally changed, it is glorious out! The temperature got down to 44 degrees last night, and we slept with the window wide open - bundled under the blankets. It's such a relief to be getting some good nights of sleep now that the weather is cooperating! It's 71 degrees and gusty now as I write at 2:00 in the afternoon. Perfect!

We had a nice afternoon hike on Saturday down to the Pigeon River, and Maisy thoroughly enjoyed herself. Tom did a huge amount of work on that trail! We enjoyed wild raspberries the whole way back, Maisy eating them right off the bushes! They are reasonably plentiful this year, but small.

Earlier that day, when Tom had finished the clearing, he and Maisy were cooling off in the middle of river when she started howling towards the bend upriver. Tom said it startled the heck out of him and he wasn't quite sure what he'd soon see! Turned out to be two canoes (4 guys) that were in their 8th day of a trip down the river to the big lake. I think everyone was equally as surprised to see each other - out "in the middle of nowhere"!

Today dear friends arrive for six days at the little cabin we built 1 1/2 miles out of town, the Hafweh Haus. So, we took yesterday "off" and headed in to work on it. While I did a big fall cleaning, Tom attacked several small projects that still hadn't been finished. Uncle Marty, you will be very pleased to hear that the loft now has railings all around! :) And, what a difference those small changes made! It looks cuter than ever, if I do say so myself. Every time we go there to clean for guests we think, "This is a great place! WE have to stay here sometime!"

Along the roadsides the colors are definitely beginning to change. The clover is all shriveled and brown, and the fireweed has almost all seeded out. The birch trees have started putting on their yellow show, and the maples have begun to paint their leaves orange and red. The most beautiful time of the year is just around the corner!

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