Dress of the week October 16th!

Good  morning  Ladies  !    You  join  me   from  a   more  fall like Minnesota   where  the  temperatures  are  more  seasonal  than the  late  summer   ones  we  had  been  experiencing. I  woke  up  this  morning to    temps in the   high  30s  f  ,  getting   close to the  freezing  level !   The  trees  in our  back  yard  are   gradually  turning  color , our  first time to  see  them  at  this  house.

Last  Saturday   one of out  family  tested  positive  for   covid .  It was a  little  bit of  a  shock   but   the  rest of  us   got  tested  and  the  results  came  back  negative on  Monday  evening  Thank God! She  took the  appropriate   steps  in isolating   and   distancing   during  the   week     and is  now  not  contagious .    We  did  not  go to Church  Sunday  , awaiting  results of tests.    The  boys  stayed  home  from  school  all  week    following  protocol. They  also  stayed  away  from   Church  class.  For  some  relief  I  went  with our oldest  son  to  the  high  school  football  game  Thursday  night!  It was  against  a  local  school  and  there  was  a  good  atmosphere.  There   was a  theme  for   the night  in support of   cancer awareness with people encouraged to  wear  pink.   Lots of  the   boys  also  wore  pink, some even   wearing  tutus !!   So  our  school  won the  game with a  last  minute  touchdown, there  was  great  excitement.   Our   newly   decorated   fall    section  below !

Last  night  over  a  few   drinks  we   both  started  to    figure  the  layout    to  finish our  Basement. It is  exciting   planning  it  and  we  are   still   deciding    what to do  and   all the  possibilities  we  can  come up  with.  We  are  going to  the  home improvement  store  Menards  later  to  help with the  process.

I  want to  wish  my  Sister  Helen a  happy  50th   Birthday ! She  turned it on Thursday  and   celebrated  last  night with our  parents  and  siblings ,  and  later  today  there  are  4  couples  going to a  hotel   to  continue  the festivities! It is  times  like this  that  I  miss  home !  But I wish her  all the   best ! .

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Have a   healthy   and  beautiful  week  ahead,  Terri xo.

Dress of the week October 9th!

Good morning ladies from a slightly cooler Minnesota this morning . It is cooler than the last few days but still higher than usual for normal temps. It reached 80f earlier this week. It will be in the 60s for the coming week which will feel more fall like. It will be good to get out to some orchards or pumpkin patches in the coming weeks.

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Last  week  I  wrote   my  post   from the  hotel . After it  was   finished  we   went  for  a  relaxing  coffee  at   Caribou, a  popular  Minnesota   chain.  It  was   nice  just  to  relax  the   two of  us!   Then  we   came  back  and   checked out  of  our  hotel  and  started on  the   road  homewards.   We  did  not  get  a  mile  away  when  we   stopped! We  found  Christmas point wild rice company    It is  lovely  store  that  has a   bit of   everything  from  food as  the   title   suggests  to  , frames  to candles. It  was  nice   wandering  through  the  store.

 

 

We   made our  way to  St. Cloud  Mn  and   had   lunch .  We   also looked  in  Joann Fabrics  and   Michael’s  for  fall  craft  inspiration !  Then  we   decided  to   go to  a  winery   a  few  miles  away  . We  used to  do it  a lot  before  the   kids  were  born ! We  did  a wine  tasting of  various  wines  and   then settled on a   glass   each.  We  purchased  2  bottles  to  take  home. Mine  was a   german style  wine Gemütlichkeit
Try saying that! It means Good Times in German. It is made with Prairie Star grapes, but instead of fermenting it all the way to dryness as with Freizeit, I left it semi-sweet. It is a wonderful easy drinking fruity wine, with no barrel aging. Hints of apple, mango, pineapple, and melon come through. Serve chilled ! 

 

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Two  hours  after   leaving  the  winery  we  arrived  home to  relieve  the  in-laws !  Well it  was  not  too  hard  as  the  kids  are all that  bit older.    Soon  after  arriving  home  I   went  along  with  one of our  sons  to a   benefit  for a  little  girl  who  needs  a  heart  transplant. May God  grant  her  the  gift of  a  new  heart ,  Amen !  

Sunday  was   a  relaxing  day  after  our  trip  away,  our  youngest   had   swim  lessons  the   highlight. We  watched  the  football game   also !    Monday to  Friday  was  a  pretty  typical   week of  school  and   work.   On  Friday night  our  daughter  went  with  her  friend s to the  football  homecoming    game at  the   high  school  and  they  won !   Today   should  be   pretty  relaxing  also. 

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Shoutout :-  to   Mackenzie  and  her   husband DJ on  getting   their  new   puppy  Moose ! 

Have a   great  week,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week October 2nd!

Good morning Ladies as I write this post from Northern Minnesota ! We are here for the wedding of a former coworker. The wedding was yesterday and it was nice to get away for some Husband and wife time as well as celebrating a brand new Marriage!

Last weekend we got our new washer and dryer and they are working really well !(sorry getting excited over appliances!!) We. did need them , to wash and dry for 6 ! Last weekend we had our Parish picnic after church and that was a lovely event! We got to talk to people that we haven’t in a long time so that was nice. In the afternoon I went along with our oldest Son on a nice bike ride. It was definitely summer temperatures!

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The week started off with warm temperatures again, and the kids were we’re wearing summer clothes to school! On Wednesday they had their first night of church class for the year, they all did well! Then it was nice when Thursday rolled around and we were at the start of a three-day weekend!( the kids had school though) my in-laws arrived early on Friday morning and at 11 a.m. we left to go to the wedding. At about 2 p.m. we checked into our hotel got changed and went over to the wedding venue on a beautiful Lake. The day was overcast but that didn’t dampen the spirits for the lovely couple. We sat at a table with other friends and had the best time chatting laughing and then of course dancing! A little before 11 p.m. we were ready to leave after a beautiful day.

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Have a lovely weekend. we will enjoy the autumn colors as we drive home,Terri xo.

Dress of the week September 26th !

Good  morning  Ladies !  I am  coming  a   day  late  as  I  didnt  get  to  write   yesterday   morning. The  weather   has  turned   cooler  as  you  would   expect  for  this time of  year . Some   mornings  are  down to  the  low   40s    but  the   days   warm up  afterwards.   We  had 2   rain  days   which is  nice for  our  newly seeded   grass.  Early fall

Last   Saturday   was   spent  doing   chores  around  the   house  that   were in   need of   getting  done. We  got a  bunch of  old  pallets  cut up  for  firewood  to  use  in our   backyard  pit.  We also  offered  some to our  neighbors   2   doors  down  who  we  met  for  the  first  time,  Eric  and  Wendy  with their  2   boys. They took  some   and  had   a   fire  that  night!  Then  there  was  general  house   cleaning. on  Sunday  after  Church  they  had   coffee  and   donuts  which are  always  a  nice   treat! In the  afternoon   we   had   friends  come over  and  their  kids   went  swimming  in our  pool  along  with ours  for the  last  swim of  the   season ! Another  sign of the   changeover to fall ! 

It  was    back to   school  On Monday  for  the   kids ,  and work for the  adults  !    On  Wednesday  evening  I  attended a   church  class meeting  for  parents.   This  year  they  want  the  parents  to  get  involved in   the  kids  classes   and   helping  them  deepen  their  faith  along  with us parents,  so we  can continue  to  an  extent   where   they   leave  off  from. It  will be  an  exciting  development! Let the children come to me

Early  Yesterday  morning  I  set  an  alarm to  see  my  beautiful  Niece  Grace   make  her  first holy  communion   via  live  streaming  video.  It  was a   lovely  ceremony ,  It got   delayed   from  May  due  to  covid    but  they  had  a   nice   day  for it  and  had a   family  celebration  later  back  at   their  house .  I  was  able  to  chat  with   Grace  and  her  parents  afterwards, the   power of online video  chatting !  Then  at  11am  our  new  washer  and  dryer   arrived  !!  The ones  that  were   here   were  not  able to  perform  well  enough  for a   family  of   6   so  we  did  have to invest in  new .   So far   so  good !  In the  evening  we   went to  a  local  park  by   a lake  where  they  had  done improvements  to   the  facilities.  It was  a grand opening  day event  with  games   music  and  ice  cream ! 

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  We   came   home  and  had a   little   bonfire .   Today  after   church   they  are  having  the yearly picnic, I will be  helping  with  clean up . 

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Have a beautiful week, Terri xo.

Dress of the week September 18th!

Good morning Ladies ! We are over halfway through September and we are still experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this month. As long as it stretches fall into our long winter I will be ok with it. I am looking forward to getting out to some orchard for our annual picking , and just being out in nature in comfortable temperatures will be a great time for all.

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Last  Saturday morning I watched an  event  I  always  did  growing  up ,  the  All  Ireland    football  ,  It  is their   version of  the  superbowl. I  was  hoping  Mayo  would   win it  as  they  had  been in  the   final  for 6   times  in the  past   decade   but  had  not  won  any.  As  it   turns out  they  came  up short   again , I  feel  so  bad   for  them,  but   congrats  to  Tyrone.  A  friend   came over  and  watched   with  me  so that was   fun.

   In  the  afternoon   we  went to  see our  daughters   volleyball  tournament,  they  tried  hard   but  did  not  get   the   wins  they  wanted  to  advance.  Its  all  about  trying   again  , they  will get  there! My  in-laws  also  came  for  the   volleyball  and   before  they  left in the   evening   we   went for  pizza.    On  Sunday  we   went  to  Church ,  and   after   had a   pretty  relaxing   day.   The  Monday  to  Friday   was  a  pretty  typical  week of school,  work   and  just  all the  things   we  do  every  week !  There  were   storms  Thursday  night and  some  places   had   power  outages. Funny  thing is our  middle  school  had  a  power  outage on Friday  morning after  the  storms and  our  son  had  to  come  home  early,  there  were  no  tears   though,  none ! 

Today  we  are   going  to  do   some  organizing in our   storage  room   and  pack  away  some  items   still in   boxes   after  our  move.  It is  a process !   I  also  have  to  take  my  phone in   as  yesterday  a  crack   appeared  across  the   screen  for  no  apparent   reason. 

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Have a   beautiful  weekend,   Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 11th.

Good morning Ladies . Today is a poignant day here in the states, the anniversary of 9/11 . It was a day where thousands of innocent souls went to work or flew on a plane but did not come home. I was living in New York at that time and was working 2 miles north of the twin towers that day. Before it happened I heard the hum of a low flying plane and thought it was really loud or low flying and then moved on. A few minutes later someone got a call that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. The rest sadly will go down in history. All we can do is pray for those who died and their families .

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Last Saturday we tackled some organizing of the garage. We still had boxes there since we moved in late June and I am glad to say we made enough room so we can get our other car into it! In the evening our friends Brandon Josette and Maddi came over for dinner . The kids love having Maddi over and she likes coming also being an only child. We had a fire in the backyard until the bugs started to get bad. Then the adults watched a movie on netflix, Adrift based on a true story . Do you like truelife movies? On Sunday morning we went to Church and then in the afternoon the kids had friends come over for swimming. One of them stayed for a sleepover. The swimming days are coming to an end very soon!

On  Labor  day  we   did  a   bit  more  organizing    and  I also  got  to  watch the  solheim  cup, the  Ladies   golf  tournament   between  Europe  and  the  USA . I  was   delighted  to see  an  Irish young  lady  Leona  Maguire  star  in the  tournament !   Tuesday  was   back to  school  for  the  kids   after  the  long   weekend. the  week   went  pretty  fast with our  daughter   playing  volleyball  a  few   evenings   after   school.   Today  she   has  a  tournament  to play in  as  well, whew so  much playing,  better   her  than  me!!  

My  in-laws  are   coming  later   and   staying over  so the  kids  will be    delighted  with  that!   They will also  watch  some of the  tournament.  There is  also  another  sports  event  I  have   an  interest in, The  All Ireland mens  football  final   where  Mayo  will play  Tyrone in the  final. It  starts  at  11 am  my  time  today.  I grew up   with the  game , and  it  is  the superbowl   comparisson  for  Irish people!

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The ladies playing gaelic football!

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   Have a   lovely  weekend    and  week  ahead  ,  Terri xo. 

Dress of the week September 4th !!

 Good  morning  Ladies  and  welcome  to  September !!  August  just  went  by  so  fast  I  felt .  Last  Saturday  with  the  help of all  6 of  us   we  did  some  house  cleaning. It is  amazing  how  many  hands  make  light  work   At  2pm  after a  little  packing  we left  to  stay  at a   hotel  2 hours 30  minutes  away.  As I said  last  week   we  were  travelling for our  nephews baptism. 

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As  we  were   driving  on  interstate  94  we  went  through  many  downpours  and  nearly  had  to  pull  over  as   visibility  was  very  low  and  the  wipers   were   on highest  speed!   But  the showers   dissapated    we  were  able  to  arrive  at  the  hotel in   sunshine .  We  arrived  at  5.30 pm  and  the  kids  of  course  went  to  the  pool  right  away! It was a  nice  pool  and  it  was  not  too  busy.   They   swam  for  over  an  hour  and   then  went  across  the   parking  lot to AJ’s   for   dinner. It  was   a  nice  place  and  the  food  was  good.   After   dinner  the  boys  went  back to the  pool     before bed  for  an  hour.   The   hotel  was   pet  friendly and it  was  the  first  time   we  brought  our  dog  Tucker to a  hotel !  He  did  really  well  but  felt  he  had  to  protect  us by  barking  a  little  when  seeing  strangers!   It  was  cute  really. 

We  were  up  early  on Sunday  morning  as the  baptism  was  at  8:30 am  and  was  also  a  25  minute  drive  from  the  hotel! WE  got  breakfast  ,  packed   got  dressed  up   and  were  ready to  leave  just  before  8am.  On our  way  we  went to  this  scenic  overlook   at  the  nearby lake

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Lake overlook !

The  baptism  took place  during  the  church’s  morning  service  and  it  was a  beautiful   event. He  did  very  well and  there  were  no  tears  as  the water  of  Baptism  was  poured over  his  head!  They  used  a  family   gown  as  his  outfit.  Afterwards   we  went  back to  their  house  and  had   lunch  and conversation. We  did  not  stay too long  after  as  we  wanted  to  get  back a  little  early for  the next day’s event : SCHOOL! 

Our  daughter  started  High  school (yikes!!)  and  is  settling  in  well.   After  school   there  has  been a  lot of  volleyball games  both home  and  travel.  Our  oldest son  started  middle  school and  is  meeting  new  friends  as  well as  the  kids  he  was  with  at  elementary  school.   Our  two youngest  started  in  a  new   elementary  school   and  were  made  welcome  by  everyone ! We  have  a  week  done  now and I am  happy it has  all gone so well.  7535fbf63faf1c841fe29324633de0256bdf1600a9ad282e9f2d59377472ece9.0

  This  weekend  being  labor  day  ,  the  kids  will be off Monday.  We are  staying  home  with  friends coming over today  and  on  Monday.  I am   happy to  have  a   pretty  relaxing  weekend !   The  weather  is  cloudy  today  with  sunshine  promised  tomorrow. 

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  Have a   beautiful  weekend, Terri  xo. 

Dress of the week August 28th !

Good  morning  Ladies! It  is  a dry  start  to Saturday   after  a  week  of  heavy   rain   in   4  days  since  last  weekend. We  are  promised  more  this  weekend .I  will take  it  as  it  has  been  a dry  summer  up until  now.  It is  also  welcome  for the  farmers  in  our  area   as   they  grow  their  crops.  

Last Saturday we got a bunch of yardwork done. Our friend Brandon borrowed a friends tractor to disperse the pile of dirt created from putting our pool in. He came over early and we made breakfast before starting. He is really good on the tractor and after an hour had most of the pile knocked down and spread through the yard in the low spots . We had to take out the clumps and big stones by hand. After it was spread we put down grass seed and it is starting to grow now .

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The tractor !!

On Sunday we went to Church and after lunch spent a relaxing day at home. I went into the pool for the first time since it was put in, before this I had watched the kids only but I braved the cold water and had a nice time in it !!! The week was pretty typical , but the last week off for the kids, they go back to school on Monday. There were some last minute events, school photos , and a refresher for our new middle schooler getting used to his new surroundings , I went with him yesterday to an empty school , it was nice to walk around and see where his rooms are. Our daughter had a volleyball game Friday and they unfortunately lost, cant win them all!!

   A  few weeks  ago  we  were  both  asked  to  be  Godparents  to our  nephew  Stanley  and we  accepted  of  course !  So  tomorrow  at  8:30 am  he  is  being  baptized ,  being made  a  child of  God’s  Kingdom.  We   have  to  travel  3  hours  so   we  are  leaving  later  today   and  staying  in a hotel overnight .   It  has a  pool  so it has  the  kids  excited.  Afterwards  we  will go  back to  his  parents  house  for  lunch.  It  will be  a great  day  for  the   family. 

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  Have a  beautiful  weekend , Terri xo. 

Dress of the week August 21st!

Good  morning  Ladies ! I  hope  you  are  all  doing  well  as  we  move  quickly  towards    the  end  part  of  August.  The   summer  has  gone  so  fast   and  the   kids  start   school  a  week  from  Monday!  The  weather  has    been  pretty   humid   early in the  week  but   has  cooled  of  nicely  heading into the  weekend. summer flower

Last  Saturday   we   did  some  landscaping  work in  our  backyard .  It  was  unplanned   but  due to  having a  pile of  dirt  from the dig  out  for  our  new  pool  we  wanted to  fill in  some  areas that  were  low in our  yard. We  worked  together to fill  wheelbarrows,  the  kids  helped  also.  After  all  we   did  we   still  have a  lot  so our  friend  Brandon is  going to  come over  today with a  front load   tractor  and  spread the  rest of  the  dirt  for us, thank you Brandon!!  On  Sunday  we  went to Church   and  enjoyed  coffee  and   donuts  afterwards.   The  kids  had   friends  come   visit and  their  Mom  and  I had a  nice  chat  for a  while as  they   swam .  One of  them  had a  sleepover. 

The week   did   go in  fast   with  kid  activities  and  some   more  playdates .  The  new   pool is  proving popular with  them !  Thursday  was a  big  day.  Our oldest son  had  orientation for  middle  school , still hard to  believe  for me !  He  said  it   went  well  and  got the  bus  there  and  back.  Then  the  younger  kids got  to  meet  their new   teachers in  elementary  school. They  are  in a  new  school  since  our  move but i  think  they  will  adapt  well.   The  teachers  were  nice  and  welcoming  to  them!  On  Friday  our  daughter  got picked for  the  9th  grade volleyball team  and  was  excited  by  that.  She is a  high  schooler  now , where  has  the  time  gone ??

On  Friday   night  our  friends  Brian , Crystal  and  their  kids  came over  for  game   night. It  was a fun  time  we  played  name  5   where   as it  suggests  you have  to  name  5 of  something, one  question  was  name  5 bands that  begin  with   B .  Can you  answer it ?  It  was  fun  and  stressful all at  the  same  time  as  you  are  on  teams of  2  or   more.  We also played   giant spoons  a  fast  moving  game  played  with a  deck of  cards  when one  person  gets  4 of a  kind   they inconspicuously  grab a spoon  from the  table  and  wait to see  how long it  takes for others to  notice . then everyone grabs but  there is one less  spoon  than  competitors  and if you  don’t  get  a  spoon  you  get an S.  When you  are  last  grabbing  5  times  you are out!  It  is  so  fun!  

I wanted to get my post published early as Brandon is coming over at 8am for breakfast . Got to feed the workers!

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Have a lovely weekend and week ahead, Terri xo.

Dress of the week August 14th !

Good Morning Ladies! It is a beautiful sunny Saturday morning here in Minnesota with a temperature of 54 degrees! After such a hot spell this is a welcome break. I do like the cooler weather! We had a little rain during the week which was needed.

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Last Saturday our daughter had softball nearly the whole day, Their last game ended at 10 pm. They won some and lost some in the tournament which led to the late game. I did get a little alone time also on Saturday for part of the day which is cherished from time to time ! On Sunday there was an 8am game , we left house at 6am as it was an hour away and they were meeting at 7.15 as a team prep. They did well but lost that game and it ended their tournament, they finished 5th out of 20 teams, well done to all the girls!

After the softball we drove 2 hrs for our nephews baby shower , it was a shower for all not just the ladies this time ! And due to covid it was held 2 months after he was born so he was the guest of honor! It was held at his house and was a fun few hours . On Monday the young boys had swimming lessons, they are really progressing well at them!

On Tuesday we went to our local county fair! It runs from Monday to Sunday and is a lot of fun! We got some good fair food and the kids had a lovely time on all the rides . We met a lot of friends also . On Wednesday ground was broke on our new above ground swimming pool ! A company came in and moved the dirt to level it and installed the frame. It can be left up all year round. By 7pm they were finished installing it and all we had to do was fill it. So over the next 2 days we got it to the level needed. It is still a little cold to go in for most people but not for our boys they braved the cold Yesterday , brrrr !!

Our old  neighbors  Neena  and  Chris  and  their  2  girls  came over on Wednesday evening for Pizza  also  and  have a   fun  time  with our  kids . It  was a  busy  day  here!    On Thursday  we  got  a  new  dishwasher  put in  as  the  original  one  to the  house  was  on its  last  legs .  The   new  one  is  soo  much  better!   On   Friday evening  we   went  back to the   fair !  We   just    had  some  food  and  walked  around ,  no  rides  this  time!   It  was  really   busy   being  the   weekend.  Early  Saturday  we    did   some  yardwork    as  we  have a  pile of  dirt to  deal  with  after  the  pool install. We  will use it to  fill in low   spots . 

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Wishing you all  a  lovely  rest  of  your  weekend  and  week  ahead, Terri xo.