When it comes to Minnesota June might arguably be the best month to live here, it always goes WAY too fast and I looked up this morning and thought, “Oh my gosh it’s already over!” We’ve had some pretty long, hot and very dry summers over the past couple of decades but never until we saw June come and go first. June is abundant here and oh SO green and glorious. It was hot this year but June still gave us enough rain that the most we had to complain about was that it was hard to keep up with the lawn! One night the fog draped over the field across from our house in such a way that I just had to go grab my camera.
One of my mom’s cousins has been working on a family reunion in Duluth for the past couple of years so off we went to enjoy meeting so many members of my extended family. The majority of my extended family on my dad’s side still all live within an hours drive of us so we get to spend holidays with them but most of my mom’s side of the family is spread out over the state with a lot of them having landed in Duluth. What was just amazing was how so many of my second cousins remember our farm from when they visited my grandpa and grandma as kids!! I just kicked myself the whole time that I hadn’t put a scrap book together of before and afters of the farm and house so they could see it!! Argh. However, now we all know each other and have the opportunity to keep in touch now! Joe and I drove up on Saturday and came home on Sunday but not before a bunch of us from the reunion went on an amazing harbor cruise.
Duluth is a very unique city and it is flat out BEAUTIFUL. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Duluth I would really recommend it. I sure do miss being on water! When I was a kid we were always on (or in) a lake all summer long but since we don’t live on a lake I just don’t get down to water as much as I would like to. I managed to get a half way decent shot of my man Joe and my mom’s man Dave. Its good to see Joe happy 🙂 It’s been a stressful spring/summer with him getting laid off and starting his own business, seeing him just smiling and care free felt like a gift that I really haven’t seen in a while!
You know that girl on the left already (ugh that double chin!) That pretty lady on the right is my mom, you may recognize her from the post about us painting out her kitchen! It was so good just to BE for a little while, not working, not thinking, not doing anything except being with people we love. Of course that lasted all of a day before Joe and I were chomping at the bit to come home! Two days later I took a day off from my day job and I tackled the taping and mudding of all of the sheet rock in my dad’s new house that he’s been building. For the first hour I really enjoyed it then I was reminded just how much I appreciate my desk job! Still though, it was really good to get physical again and go back to a putty knife in hand. There is really something to be said for working alone on a construction project: No phone ringing. No one needing me. Just the job with no question of how it must be done. No errands to run. No co workers. Start to finish with a radio on, just me and the work at hand. It felt good and it was really good to be able to do it for my dad. A couple more days and I should have the house ready for texture and paint.
I just got the news that Joe and I get this whole weekend to ourselves with no driving to do! Now we get to decide what kind of adult July 4th we want to have… Yup, its probably just going to be the two of us in our backyard with a bon fire but, honestly, that sounds just amazing. The great thing though is that we have options and we get three whole days to do whatever the two of us want to do. The last three weekends at least one of us has had hundreds of miles to drive so being home is about the best sounding thing imaginable right now. There will definitely be fishing and putting up wood for the winter and working on my own projects and maybe some beer or wine too and maybe even a little romancin’ and dancin’ on our deck. Goodbye June – we will miss you!
Have a wonderful 4th of July everybody!