Friday, November 30, 2018

Wabasha, MN

     If you read Wednesday’s blog, you may recall that I took a road trip to Minnesota with a friend last weekend. Though we checked out a few other towns along the Mississippi, Wabasha was actually our destination.
 Our accommodation for the night was the Americinn. I would highly recommend it.
 Wabasha is a darling little town, but might be most famous for the Grumpy Old Men movies, though very little was shot in or even around the town.
 For dinner, we ran to the even smaller berg of Kellogg for fish fry at the Town and Country.
 And I don’t even know what to say about this. I am just posting it for the entertainment of my kids.
 I’m posting this one for my friend Denise. She should know why. “Do you have a picture of this?”
 So many historic buildings downtown Wabasha.
 Of course, the best shopping was in the Chocolate Escape. Check their Facebook page for our picture. 
 Barton’s Brickhouse Boutique.
 Anderson House Hotel.
 The National Eagle Center. My hubby and I took a tour of it in 2009; Julie and I didn’t have time on this quick trip.
 This is Chief Wapasha II, holding a cedar sprig and an eagle feather staff. The city of Wabasha is named after him. And, yes, there was a Chief Wapasha I and III.
When is the next trip going to be?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Red Wing, Minnesota

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed when one has traveled the same roads on very different trips within one month.

The end of October I was in the same area along the Mississippi River as I was this past weekend. I wanted to organize the pictures and the stories to blend together. I’m afraid that’s not going to happen, at least not seamlessly.
The trip in October, for a wedding, took us from our very cheap motel in Red Wing, Minnesota, to the historic St. James Hotel.
 The original front desk.
 The library just off of the historic lobby.
 An old piece of furniture in the historic lobby.
 A really old safe in the basement.
 Views from outside.

 This past weekend, my friend and I stopped in to explore the Pottery Place mall on our way through Red Wing.
 Many times over the years, I’ve visited the various shops inside the old pottery factory.
 I wish we would have had more time to wander around the two levels of antiques, but we had more towns to visit along the River. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

God and Google

Come back to the Lord your God.
    He is kind and shows mercy.
He doesn’t become angry quickly.
    He has great love.
    He would rather forgive than punish.
(from Joel 2:13 International Children’s Bible)

Do you ever get this feeling of despair for absolutely no reason? Or for such a stupid reason, that you try telling yourself to knock it off, stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop worrying about something that will probably not happen, but your mood just continues to spiral downward?

The last couple of days have been really good to me; I should have nothing in my heart but joy and thankfulness. Instead – well, I do have some stuff going on, but really? Is it really anything to bring me down? No, not at all.

I tried typing a few thoughts into my Bible Gateway search engine, but nothing said, “Ta-da, here’s your answer.” So instead I typed “what Bible verse do I need right now” into Google. Crazy how God has a direct tie to Google. Coz the above verse was the second one which came up.  

Lord, God, what would I ever do without You? Thank You for being my constant Friend and Provider. Amen. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Serving Up Some Food

 When I look through all the hundreds of pictures I’ve taken on my various trips to Kenya, I always smile when I see the various foods we encountered and almost invariably ate.

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, I thought I would share some of the meals I’ve had while I was in Kenya over the last 12 years. I don’t know, I really would give up the turkey and stuffing for some fresh chapati, African bananas and real Maasai Chai tea. 

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. And let me know if you ever want to fly away to Kenya with me and eat some of these foods. There is always another trip on the horizon.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pleasing to God

I will sing of your love and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
    when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.
Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,
    I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
    I will not tolerate.
My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless
    will minister to me.
No one who practices deceit
    will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
    will stand in my presence.
Every morning I will put to silence
    all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer
    from the city of the Lord.
Psalm 101 New International Version (NIV)

Last Sunday, when I was looking up verses to go with the thoughts I was writing about, one of the lines in chapter 101 of Psalms came up. As usual, I pulled up the entire chapter and thought it had some good things to say, good things that would be one more follow-up to the thoughts I’ve been sharing the past two Sundays.

Now, this morning, as I’m working on my Sunday inspirational blog, I can’t remember what I wanted to say about any of the above chapter. Yes, I agree with what it is saying, but what really jumps out at me and has anything at all to do with our society, our government, the sad state of affairs world-wide?

I guess words like “slanders”, “vile”, “haughty eyes and a proud heart” could all be used to describe our most recent political campaigns. When we witness those things, I think, that instead of jumping into the fray with our own come-backs and insults, we need to not stoop to their level. We need to turn off social media, turn off the news, and instead turn to Scripture and to God for guidance and reassurance.

Lord, God, Heavenly Father, guide our actions and our words. Let all we do be pleasing to You. Amen

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What I Need More Often

     It has been another whirlwind week. If you follow me on Facebook or other social media, I’m sure you’ve seen my daily post asking for your vote for us in the MyGivingStory campaign. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, please click here. Then vote and keep voting every day through the end of the month. Oh, and share it with everyone.

But that’s not what this post is about. I can’t believe that I am still behind on posting pictures of my many recent trips and adventures. Mostly, I can’t believe I didn’t share much from the writers' retreat I attended at the Arrowhead Bible Camp in New Auburn the middle of September.

Welcome to Camp!
 The cabin I was in is on the left, lower level. The building to the right is the original lodge; the dining hall and kitchen are on the first floor.
 My room.
 The view right outside my door.
 Took way too many pictures of the loons one morning.
I took a walk on the trails one morning.
 Another water bird.
 A place for the kid-campers to cook their meals.
 With the temperature well below freezing as I write this, hard to believe it was pushing 90 degrees that day. Made the beach look tempting.
Oh, but that’s right. I was there to write. I did get quite a bit accomplished. I just need to go to camp every weekend. Argh. Not so productive at home.
 But the sun will rise on my writing in it's time.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Change of Seasons

   Hard to believe, when I looked out my back door to see this last week –
   That just two months ago, our weather looked like this instead.
   That first week in September, when Hubby and I were off work to paint the living room, we took one day for me to get a haircut and get some new pictures for my social media. Hubby was so sweet, as always, to oblige me.
   I found a small park in Rothschild, just below the Rothschild Pavilion. 

   How blessed we are to live in such a beautiful state. 

  And as they say, if you don’t like the weather, give it a day or two and it will change.