Monday, July 17, 2017


This is my great grandfather Frederick Wilhelm Gustav Engel.  This is one of my favorite photos of Grandpa Gus.  There is something so familiar about him.  Is it just because we belong to each other?

The pocket watch was handed down oldest son to oldest son.  When my uncle died my cousins gave it to my Dad who turned around and gave it to me. It took me almost two years to figure out what to do with the watch. But with the help of my hubby making this custom shadow box I have the perfect place for this family memento.

I love being the "keeper" of my family history.  Genealogy is what I LOVE to do.  I always say "If this paid better this is all I would do."

Edit:  I had thought about cleaning and shining the watch but then started to think about all of the people who had touched it over time.  Gus and probably my great grandmother Mary.  Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  As well as great, great grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren.  I just couldn't clean all of those touches away.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Awesome Weekend

This is one of our many flower beds.  This is the one that I can see from my inside my house.  This is the one that stresses me the most.  Because I can see every tiny weed.  

But it is all beautiful now.  Things are growing.  It needs more color in it but I'm far from being a gardener so I'm not sure what to do.  I do have a friend who is a master gardener who may get a message from me in the next day or so.  (:

This was a lot of work to do all by myself.  I am tired and very sore.  But it is done.  And my face is sun-kissed and that alone makes me happy.

Peace and love!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Minnesota Kiteboarding

Windy, windy, windy.  Loved seeing all of the kiteboarders on Lake Washington this weekend.  I have many great shots but this one was my favorite. Who says you can't kiteboard in Minnesota in April?

The house and trees look much closer than they really were.  I was across the lake from this.

It was a great weekend at the lake with all of my siblings and our Dad.  Lots of laughs.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love of my life

This is the love of my life.  We've had a few challenging days lately but I wouldn't trade my days with her for anything.  Well, maybe 2 minutes in the bathroom by myself.  (:  

Her outfit of choice today - navy and gray striped footie pajamas with a monster on the front with a pink tutu and Superman slipper socks.  And don't forget the curls and the red sequin crown.  And the stuffed zebra who was her "puppy" all day. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Letters and Numbers (16)

2017 Day 16
January 24, 2017

This is a little bit of my industrial serger.  I prefer the days when it is in the off position versus the on position.  I love this machine.  I just don't love what I sew on it.  One of these days I will figure it out.  For now I am grateful for what I do.

I took this photo from across the room and didn't realize how many letters and numbers are on the machine.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Where did he go? (15)

2017 Day 15 
January 23, 2017

Mama Cardinal came to the feeder for lunch today.  Her beautiful mate was nowhere to be seen.  He is usually somewhere very close by.

Loving this photo.  Loving taking some time with my camera again.  (:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Favorite Selfie (14)

2017 Day 14
January 22, 2017

First I saw the red and yellow little bits of paper.  I zoomed in just to get those but also saw that my reflection was in the water.  This is what I ended up with.  Probably one of my more favorite photos in a really long time.