Showing posts from September, 2012

September Storm

Yesterday evening I had just headed outside to take Buster for a walk when I noticed a storm was approaching. I wasn't in the mood to get wet (and Buster is terrified of thunder) so instead I decided to head up on the silo room roof and watch the storm roll in. The setting sun was shielded by a curtain of falling rain yet the rest of the sky glowed orange. Lightning cracked through the creeping black cloud and we didn't retreat inside until the whoosh of rain racing through the dry cornfields sent us running for cover.

Wednesday Wake-Up

September 19th, 2012 at 6:44AM.

The beautiful skies on my commute into work this morning helped to calm my uneasiness and unrest. Last night our town board voted "NO" to allowing a silica sand mine into our rural area. While the NO vote is wonderful, the fight is anything but over. Our county will now get to make the final decision. While the town voted NO, we as citizens were unrepresented by our board. Our elected officials are supposed to be the voice of the citizens and that is not happening in our town. Not ONCE has a person stood up in favor of this mine. Yet, the town board set conditions that are so lax that it clearly favors the mine and it's operation even though they voted NO. We will keep fighting.

Minnesota Wagon Ride

Last weekend we went to Houston, Minnesota to visit with some of Christian's dad's cousins. What a gorgeous area! Houston is close to the Mississippi River and the farm we visited was nestled in a lush valley surrounded by vibrant forested hills. Some of these relatives were at our wedding but I didn't get a chance to talk to any of them. It was nice to spend a day with them and get to know them a little bit. We visited a local pottery artist, drank honey wine, hunted for antiques in the old farmhouse, brought home some garlic for our garden, cuddled under blankets around a bonfire and took a wagon ride up into the hills.

We can't wait to go back and explore the area some more! We had such a great time.

On Our Menu: September 10 - 16

Some of our garden veggies have come and gone (like sweet corn and zucchini) but we still have plenty of tomatoes and peppers to use in yummy meals. Christian's coworker gave us some eggplant, squash, and tomatoes to use too. I picked our first watermelon last night and it was delicious! What are you eating from your garden?

Here's what's cookin' this week:

Cute Little Snapper

Last night Christian took Buster out for a walk while I worked on cooking supper. When he came back in the house he asked if I could shut my eyes for a minute. I quickly checked on the pasta and veggies, dried my hands and closed my eyes. When I opened them I was presented with the tiniest little baby snapping turtle. 

This little guy was on the road over a half mile from the river. Did he hatch out of his egg and start walking the wrong direction? We took him back to the river on the way to our Town Planning Commission meeting last night regarding the proposed sand mine. Being an activist can be exhausting at times but this little turtle was a nice reminder of what we are fighting for. Nature is so incredible. Let's protect it for all future generations to enjoy.

On Our Menu: September 3 - 9

Well hello! I'm still alive. Life can get so crazy-busy sometimes, can't it? In addition to fighting the mine and organizing an awesome group of citizen activists, last week Christian and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary and I had my very first surgery... on the same day. How romantic! To make a long story short, I've had lower right abdominal pain for 4 months, a lovely cluster of ovarian cysts that ruptured, and was thought to have endometriosis. The laparoscopy revealed nothing abnormal. So, my mystery pain remains. I'm so ready to feel better. If you're in good health, don't take it for granted!

I just wanted to quickly check in. And, hey look! I actually put together a menu for the week!