Planting and spring on the farm in northern Minnesota

May 12 2017
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A long long long time ago I was dating someone who sent me flowers one day when I was at work. A friend/co-worker came by (who knew the whole story) and said, “Oh what lovely I’m-sorry-I-was-an-ass-flowers!” And I remember thinking in that moment (as I threw those roses in the trash) that not only was I now a fully single gal but also that I had no interest in getting flowers ever again in my life for that reason. I wanted to get flowers for no reason other then I had someone who loved me. All of these things went through my mind last week when a dozen roses showed up and a note from Joe that simply said, “I love you.” Yup, No-reason-except-that-I-thought-of-you-flowers is absolutely how I roll and, fortunately, it is also how my husband rolls 🙂

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to (sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there) but I still believe in happy endings!

Spring in northern MN planting the garden, receiving flowers for no reason, loving each other

So, after saying I was going to plant my garden three separate times after the weather turned nice and it then snowed not long after that I finally had a beautiful day and a forecast of nothing but warm temperatures and sunshine. Is spring actually for real here with no chance of snow in sight? Well, this is northern MN and we’ve had snow in every single month in our history except in July. So I got all my little seedlings planted in my garden, in my mom’s garden and in my aunt’s garden. It was a truly wonderful day filled with the smell of black dirt and sunshine and I even got a little sun on my skin myself, taking my blinding winter-white complexion down a notch.

Spring in northern MN planting the garden, receiving flowers for no reason, loving each other

I had extra tomato seedlings left over so I took the time to run them into town to my cousin’s place. Seriously, are they not the cutest, happiest things ever just sitting in my cup holders?!

Spring in northern MN planting the garden, receiving flowers for no reason, loving each other

We are deep into spring turkey hunting season with nearly a month to go. I look forward to the conversation in our home turning back to fishing though I will admit I can’t believe I’m saying that after the three months of never ending ice fishing that went on this winter. I’m starting to think I prefer fishing: probably because my husband is always happy when he comes home from fishing and when it comes to turkey hunting well, not so much. The getting up at dawn every morning he can to go out there and see nothing I’m sure would make me crabby too. But I digress, I went for a hike with him the other day to help him move his hunting blind and it was just SO glorious out. I turned and looked back at our road and the lay of the land meant that I could not see a single man-made thing. Just grass and blue sky. It was Heaven.

Spring in northern MN planting the garden, receiving flowers for no reason, loving each other

This reminds me that it is most certainly time to take a spring picture for the top of the blog. (Though I kinda love the way the barn looked when we got that insane snow storm last year it is most certainly not winter here anymore and that means it is time to update the cover photo.) With two Saturdays in a row now when I had to set my alarm (and be up WAY earlier then I wanted to be) this Saturday I am looking forward to taking some me time in the morning. Some “chill” time. I got what felt like “deathly ill” not too long ago, it hit me so fast and my temperature was up to 101 in the blink of just a few hours. Its been a week and a half since that happened and it only lasted 24 hours but I will admit that I am just not all the way healed yet. I am still a little achy, a little too tired, dizzy and shaky etc. I just don’t recover like I used to when I was a kid! I am most definitely going to be a little kinder to myself this weekend and try not to over do it like it seems I have the last two. I may puddle around the little house, there is touch up to do still, little things to complete and some pictures I still need to take for upcoming posts. Mostly I’m just going to try and take it easy.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Spring in northern MN planting the garden, receiving flowers for no reason, loving each other

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