pieces of life {north}




Right now I’m sitting at my favorite coffee shop in my hometown in northern Minnesota, listening to the traffic on main street and watching tourists wander down the sidewalk. It’s a warm, breezy day, and I’m antsy, because I know that when I’m done with this post, I’ll likely be heading out for a hike or an afternoon on the boat. Can someone remind me what day it is? I’ve been on vacation since Friday, and somehow one day has blurred into to next, until I can’t quite remember if we’re at the beginning, middle, or end of a week. I could blame this calendar confusion for the lack of posts this week, but let’s be honest, I’ve really been a bit preoccupied.



Last Friday was my last day as a full time employee. Shortly after work, I hopped in my car and headed north for a much needed week of rest, relaxation and regrouping. I knew I would need this time to catch my breath before jumping head-first into my next venture. The past five days have been like medicine. I’ve been busy, but not under any deadlines. I’ve spent time with my parents, and my best friend joined me up here for a few days. We shopped, watched movies, got massages at the spa, and spent a lazy afternoon on the lake. While she was here, I did make an effort to write a post, but my intentions didn’t pan out. The internet connection was working fine, but the view was more compelling



This past weekend was the annual Blueberry Festival weekend in my hometown, and I got to eat my piece of pie. I look forward to that pie each year. Which is probably why it made it on the bucket list.

eat blueberry pie at the blueberry festival




We took the dogs to the lake on Monday, as I intended to work with Emmy on her dock-jumping abilities. She’s always been a little hesitant, but after seeing Gus, my parents lab, go off a couple times, she took a running leap, with zero hesitation. Well, that was easy!

teach emmy to jump off the dock like a proper lab should






On Tuesday nights in Ely, the local farmers market springs to life. Vendors set up in the park, under a canopy of trees, selling their goods. It’s a hometown market, with backyard veggies, home-baked bread and handmade wares. My mom had an abundance of cucumbers and zucchini from her garden, so we decided to sell some of the bounty. I helped her set up a booth, using galvanized buckets, scraps of fabric and hand-printed tags. It all came together really well, and we sold plenty of veggies, along with fresh-baked zucchini bread and some bunches of cilantro. A fun night, and one I’ll remember for awhile.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading to the north shore for a couple nights of camping just a few steps from Lake Superior. Spending time by the big lake is a highlight of each summer. On Saturday I’ll be back home, and then it’s on to a whole new chapter. I’ve spent some time thinking about what lies ahead, and I am full of anticipation. I also have a laundry list of goals I want to accomplish. I plan to spend time defining these goals and working on more business planning when I am back home. I’ll try to blog again, but might not be back online ’till next week. Whatever the case, when I am in my new routine, I plan to spend more time blogging. So many posts are on their way in the near future.

Well I really should be going… this post has taken much longer than expected. One piece of quiche and an iced latte later, I’ve managed to fight the sad internet connection and bring you an update after all.

One more thing before I sign off, I want to thank each of you for the wonderful, kind and encouraging comments on my last post! I wish I could write you each a personal email thanking you for your words. They’ve meant so much, and I can’t tell you how great it is to have you all cheering me on as I chase my dreams. I’ll be back soon my dears!

  1. Jake says:

    It sounds (and looks) fantastic. Best of luck with your new endeavors. I’m very excited for both you and your husband. :)

  2. I am so thrilled for both of you! Have a great rest…aahhhhhh……up north! You deserve it…smile. Hi to Joyce and her wonderful looking vegies.
    I look so forward to working with you this fall.

  3. Molly says:

    What a fun post! You make me long for days out of the city and at my cabin! Thanks for the glimpse into the beauty of your life and for letting your readers share in the joy of your new adventures! This summer you have really helped me look around my life and find joy and beauty in the daily! Thanks!

  4. Tricia says:

    Sounds like heaven to me!

  5. Sugar Mama says:

    I don’t know which looks better: the blueberry pie or fresh cilantro.

  6. Holly says:

    it sounds like you’re having a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Enjoy it, I know I would! Makes me want to go to a spa and get a massage….

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