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Friday, August 02, 2013

The title says it all - I am happy and busy.

So often I begin writing a blog only to be interrupted by one thing or another. I am writing this one from work (Ssshhh, don't tell anyone LOL!). It is very quiet and most of the staff has left early to get an early start to the weekend. I am one of two people who has to stay until the automatic locks go on, and the other person is one of those who left early. Due to the quiet, I have accomplished a lot and am now able to take a little time out for myself.

Work has been crazy busy with all departments in full swing during the summer months - Horticulture department gardens are full of flowers, blueberries (strawberries were done a couple weeks ago) and veggies and apple are beginning to grow; the wild rice paddies are well on their way; the Forestry and Forest Biology department staff are spending hours in the woods and the first of the fall calves was born Wednesday (I saw it only minutes after it was born and was able to pet her after less than an half hour later).

Mama and baby minutes after birth. Amazing how fast baby found her legs and was standing.

Our Animal department's newest bundle of joy - a 68 pound female calf.

Blueberries are ripe and ready to pick. I picked about three cups from one bush by our office flag pole this morning, and left them out for visitors to enjoy.

My home life has been just as busy and is so much better now that I have Mike. He makes everything better and the difficult times much easier to get through. I don't ever remember feeling so content - a loving man, two amazing sons, my family nearby and a job that I enjoy coming to. Grateful doesn't come close to summing it all up.

We are still trying to incorporate his things in with mine, spending many hours doing outdoor projects, and finding new (and some old) places to explore together. Tonight we are going to buy supplies needed for a new roof, tomorrow city-wide rummage sales and a Veteran's memorial dedication in a neighboring town and Sunday will be housework and laundry. We have plans to take my youngest son to the Head of the Mississippi River and meet my oldest son, who lives near there in the next couple weeks. It will be a day spent with my three favorite and guys and I am so looking forward to that! In September we will take our first extended trip together. My niece is getting married in Ohio and along the way we will stop in Illinois to see his son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons (one born in June that he hasn't seen yet). I am anxious to meet more of his family and introduce him to more of mine.

Yesterday was an awesome day too. I met four women, who worked for me when I was running the newspaper, for lunch. One is moving to Washington and it is safe to say that we may never be all together again. We had an awesome time reminiscing, laughing and of course there were a few goodbye tears. I was blessed to have such an amazing staff, and even more blessed that years later we are still like family to each other.

The "Girls."

A few more pics of the flowers in my yard, a new statue dedicated to me and my new love, and a couple vehicles from a car show we attended last Sunday (the red 1963 Studebaker is as old as me).

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    I totally missed this blog when you posted it a couple weeks ago and I was thinking of you today, wondering how life is going! Glad everything is still going so well!! Your pictures are amazing. I am so glad for you that you have found a man who makes you feel so happy. Such an exciting time to be meeting each other's families! You definitely have much to be grateful for!
    1616 days ago
  • TERRY631
    Love seeing your pics and love hearing about your happiness even more :)

    1627 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. Happy news that you are happy, busy and still with your man emoticon . -- Lou
    1627 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that you finally found love, Leanne!

    I'm also glad that everything is working out for you.

    Love the pics. The new calf is so cute, and the flowers so beautiful, and the vehicles, very sharp!

    Have a great Sunday, Leanne!

    1628 days ago
  • OTEN36
    Great Blog Leanne,
    Thanks for getting us caught up on your life. I had really hoped to have you and Mike out to our house before the garden tapper's off. Maybe we still can but like you we just about have every day of the calendar filled up. We also have a roofing job looking us straight in the face. For us it's the new Sunroom/porch we are still working on. When cooler weather hits we will roof the new part and take the shingles off the main part of the house and reroof that so all will match and it's time anyways to put upgrade the roof before I retire. Not that it's anytime soon but just one of those "good idea" things to have out of the way and paid for...LOL
    I love your pictures and it's always like seeing "Grandbaby Plants" when I see my starter's at someone else's garden. LOL
    You have inspired me to post some of my many garden pictures here on my SP page. Hugs and hope to see you soon,
    1629 days ago
  • DEE107
    thanks for sharing
    1629 days ago
    LIFE is good!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1629 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    I am so thrilled that your in a very happy place with your life, your sons, work and your new love.
    Love all the pictures. It is amazing how quickly new baby animals get up and ajust so much in a short period of time. Will be waiting for a blog after your vacation coming up, so nice to share the time with your guy.
    You are busy this weekend, my goodness plenty to do. Then again there is always so much to do during the summer.
    1630 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I'm so out of touch but I resubscribed to your blogs as it must have lapsed before. Your happiness is so nice to "see"! I'm thrilled for you. emoticon

    Oops, I meant to mention how great the pictures are as well!

    And, are you on that picture? I am ashamed that I have no idea what you look like. All the women are beautiful and look so friendly.
    1630 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2013 6:29:50 PM
    I am so happy for you! Enjoy your amazing life. Life is so much better shared :)
    1630 days ago
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    You are doing great and life is going well. I am so happy for you my friend!

    1630 days ago
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