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Playing catch up

Monday, August 19, 2013

I am trying to play catch up with my Sparking today, and it looks like you will get a short blog with lots of pictures.

Work has been very busy, which is typical during the summer months due to much of our research being outdoors. In Minnesota this means "Strike while the snow is gone!" Next week is our annual Horticulture Day where the public is invited to go on tours and ask questions from staff, Horticulture researchers and professors, and master gardeners. This means a lot of brochure, maps and informational sheets design and printing for me, along with advertising, taking photographs and serving on the committee. With the addition of some accounting to my job description, the days are full and go by fast.

Home life continues to be so wonderful. The love between Mike and I continues to grow and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have found him. We have been working on several outdoor projects - again striking before it snows, going to tractor shows, flea markets and wherever strikes our fancy. These outings include my youngest son and I am blessed that the two of them get along amazingly.

Yesterday we picked up my oldest son and the four of us spent the day at Itasca State Park. It was a beautiful day out and we had the best time! The pictures below were taken at the park.

Mike, me, Tyler and Troy on a overlook which looks over Lake Itasca.

My sons and me on a stairway to the lookout.

My sons by the large white pine.

Mike and I standing by a tree that had been split by lightning.

Marking at the Head of the Mississippi River, located in Itasca State Park.

Head of the Mississippi River.

Lake Itasca

What was once the largest red pine, until wind knocked off its top in 2007.

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  • OTEN36
    Love the pictures Leanne. How did the tours go?
    We went to the Steam Engine show near Fargo this last weekend. Fun stuff there as well.
    Now I'm back on the night shift.....
    Hope your week goes well.
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    1631 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Great pictures! Love to hear that all is well!,
    1633 days ago
    So very happy for you Leanne. You deserve so much and I am glad to see you are getting it.
    hugs and love,

    1645 days ago
    I love the pictures and am so happy you are happy! I can feel your positive energy and happiness through your blogs! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1645 days ago
  • DEE107
    love the pictures looks it was a good time and your sons oh my I thought they were younger
    1646 days ago
    QUOTE: Next week is our annual Horticulture Day where the public is invited to go on tours and ask questions from staff, Horticulture researchers and professors, and master gardeners.

    I have a friend who works these events in Morris, so I certainly appreciate the effort and energy required!

    I love the photos. When did your sons grow up?! Honestly, wasn't your youngest son knee-high to a grasshopper not that long ago?!

    They grow up so FAST!

    Summer isn't over. Let's hope it's like winter was this year and wants to hang around a long time!!
    1646 days ago
    Glad to hear that everything is still working out so well for you!

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    1646 days ago
    Astounding to think that the calm water of the Mississippi River leads to such a mighty flow down through the states. Enjoyed the pictures and your happy look. -- Lou
    1646 days ago
    Awesome pictures! You look HAPPY!! emoticon emoticon
    1646 days ago
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