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Summer weather has made it to Minnesota – Finally

Monday, June 17, 2013

I know summer doesn’t officially begin until Friday, but I start saying summer the day school ends for my boys. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t agree and decided that is when spring weather would finally kick in.

Outdoor work has kicked into high gear at work and at home. Our horticulture, forestry and wild rice departments have been planting non-stop, and we have been planting trees, shrubs and flowers at home. I love seeing green leaves, white and pink blossoms and the smell coming from my lilac bush. A big benefit has been some extra calorie burning by digging, weeding, mowing…… I really felt the burn in my arms and shoulders as I pulled out grass and moss from a grown-over flower bed, which I had neglected from last summer. In the next few days, there will be wheelbarrow loads of wood chips to move and after yesterday’s rain the lawn will need mowing again. Added in has been re-freshening built-ins, shelves and trim with paint, window washing and other heavy spring cleaning. Love it when I burn calories while making the house and yard look nice.

Blossoms galore in my front yard.

Lilacs from a large bush in my yard.

Flowers blooming on a clover plant given to me by a Spark Friend.

Marigolds, from the same Spark Friend, brightening the rails of my deck.

Yesterday we took a break and travelled to Duluth for the day. It was a beautiful day to be by Lake Superior. We did a lot of walking and were able to catch a ship leaving port with a load of iron ore pellets. A stop at a pawn shop, the mall and for dinner followed, and as we left town a thunderstorm hit. The drive home was made special by seeing changes in the sky – from dark clouds to seeing the sun begin peeking through the clouds. It was a wonderful day.

The "Paul R. Tregurtha" leaving port with a load of iron ore pellets.

Making its way under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth's Canal Park.

Heading out of the canal and into Lake Superior's waters.

Stormy skies after a sunshiny day.

I am back at work today, and am trying to get as much done as possible without my boss, who is out of town, my supervisor, who had emergency surgery over the weekend and account specialist, who resigned at the beginning of the month. Our fiscal year ends June 30 and there is only so much I can do on my own, and much of it needs to be approved by my supervisor before it goes to the main office. Should be an interesting two weeks. Hopefully there will be time to finish planting flowers in the garden I just cleared out in the evenings because I have a romantic weekend planned with my honey, and don’t want to be worried about what still needs to be done in the yard or garden.

I want to send a special thank you to all who have been praying for my friend Pam, who is in final stages of her battle with cancer. Your prayers and kind words mean so very much to me.
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    Lovely flower pictures. Glad you had a good day. Looking for anything special at the pawn shop? -- Lou
    1750 days ago
  • TERRY631
    Beautiful pictures and I especially love the last pic! Keeping good thoughts for your friend. emoticon
    1763 days ago
  • DEE107
    love the pictures glad the good weather is finally coming
    1767 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Love the pictures Leanne. I sure miss the lilacs at the house I grew up in. We had four very aged lilac trees which smelled so wonderful and they all bloomed at the same time.
    My goodness looks like some busy weeks are in progress for you with your co-workers all gone at once. Your right, keep that great weekend, so glad for you to have found a fella you enjoy being with and treats you like a queen. Enjoy the weekend together.
    Hope that when your friends time arrives, she will not have a lot of pain; will keep her in my prayers Leanne.
    1767 days ago
  • OTEN36
    GF...I see my that you have them...hugs

    1767 days ago
    Wonderful Leanne!!
    You take the most beautiful photographs. Very talented!
    Hugs to you and more prayers for your Friend Pam and all her loved ones including you
    1767 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Great pics! It was a long winter for Minnesota - wasn't it? Seemed like summer would never arrive. So glad it finally did for you all.

    I pray your friend does not suffer. God Bless her! You too, my friend. It is hard! I lost my own best friend to cancer in 1999 just before we moved. We referred to each other as KS (Our Kindred Spirit). Her friendship blessed me so very much.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1767 days ago
    Love the pics, Leanne! I love going to Lake Superior...or I did when I lived in Minnesota!

    I hope you have a great weekend with your boyfriend!

    1767 days ago
    You take the greatest pictures, you really have an eye for beauty!
    1767 days ago
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