It is Happening!

Look at the changes…

Daylight hours are fewer, temperatures are cooler, leaves are changing colors…it must be fall. The seasonal cycle continues. Events in our world might be unsettling, but the cycles of nature continue regardless.

Anniversaries and Birthdays


Special occasions are just that…special.

The birthdays in our family come in clumps it seems.  There are several in the late summer and some in the winter/spring.  Each occasion is special and warrants a celebration.  These flowers and fudge came to the cabin to celebrate 36 years of marriage.  Indeed, something to celebrate!

Family Tradition


Lily ponds and flowers were always a part of the landscaping wherever my folks lived.  It is a family tradition.  I have had flower gardens and water lilies where practical and now our daughter has a beautiful flower garden.  It was a happy site to see the first water lily of the season this morning.

Another Move


Five years ago, I drove up to this house and said, “This is the one.”  We had been house-hunting for months.  The real estate agent and I went into the house and it was confirmed.  I knew we could like this house.  It had bright green exterior paint.  It had many other cosmetic needs on the inside, but we knew it was all fixable with some hard work and good taste!  Over the years we accomplished all the house needed to look great.

Now we have sold the house.  We are rehabbing the apartment attached to our kids’ house and we will finish moving into it as soon as closing day comes.

It is a new season in our lives.  Another move…another change…but, that is life.  At least it is my life.



I watched my grandson pretend fish the other day.  He had a nice long stick and water running in the little creek.  He was using his imagination.  It is fun to see the grands playing in their yard pretending different scenarios.  Their imaginations are working and they are outside having fun.

It reminds me of my childhood.  As I recall we were outside most of the time when there was no school.   We climbed trees and pretended to be Tarzan.  We straddled a fence and pretended to be riding horses.  We rode bike in the summer and sled down the street in the winter.  A snow bank, a fallen tree or anything thing available was used as a “stage” for imaginary play.

I am thankful I still get to use my imagination in my writing.  Some things I write come from research, some from life experience and a whole lot from my imagination.

We Love Cabin Life


It was Eden’s turn to go to the cabin with us.  She got there saying “I’m a city girl.”  Before too long she was saying, “I’m a cabin girl!”

We went to plant spruce seedlings we ordered from Soil and Water Conservation.  Eden picked one to be her tree.  She named it “Phoebe” after the Eastern Phoebe that is nesting on the porch.  Walt cut a LOT of fire wood which Eden and I helped stack.

It was fun introducing Eden to off grid living, the Kettle River and life without technology.  Most days she said she didn’t want to leave, but the day we left she was ready to be home with her family.

Walt and I are eager to go back for the summer and fall.  Things to do on the home front first.

Book Club Hard at Work


For the Kingdom 4/5 Book Club hard at work making diorama scenes from RJ’s Journey.

I have been reading RJ’s Journey to the class.  In her journals she has been on the Oregon Trail for nearly six weeks and was recently on a several day break at Fort Kearney in Nebraska Territory.  The students are good listeners when I read.  I pause at some words to find out if they can define them.  I ask comprehension questions from time to time and am pleased to confirm they have been following the story.  They are making the dioramas and we have a huge map where we are marking her progress and thus studying geography at the same time.

Ardie’s Books will have a booth at the Midwest Parent Educator’s Conference again this year in KC the first weekend in April. The RJ series and all my other books will be for sale at the conference.