February by the Lake


Beautiful Big Lake that I love! The sand and snow mixture on the beach reminds me of meringue on Lemon Meringue Pie! There is ice next to the beach and then beautiful blue open water due to the above average temperatures this February. “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  ~Henry David Thoreau



Winter Wonderland


It’s the most Wonderful time of the Year!!! I love Christmas . . . I really love love love Christmas. I love the snow. I love the music. I love being with family and friends. I love the lights . I love all of it . . . feeling so blessed and grateful . . .

Thankful and Blessed


Thanksgiving at Jenni’s! So blessed for my dear beautiful daughter!!! What a perfect day . . . from the minute we walked into her home Jenni shared her gift of hospitality! Feeling so grateful . . . love love love my girl! Jenni’s photo has become the new billboard for the Bayfield Inn on Highway 13  . . . so proud of her!!!

Happy Birthday dear Michael!

Today is my son Michael’s birthday . . . October 24, 1980 . . . the day I first became a mother!  This letter is for you dear Michael . . . Happy Birthday!

Dear Michael,

You inspired me with your heart and gave me the blessed title “Mom” for the first time. I can remember bringing you home from the hospital like it was yesterday. It was a sacred time bonding with you in those early weeks . . . knowing God had entrusted me with this miracle at my tender age of 21. Looking down at your tiny hand wrapped around my finger, I realized the largeness of my responsibility. I prayed that I could be a mom that you were worthy of.

Today I feel so grateful as a parent to have helped raise someone so wonderfully witty and caring and profound. I now treasure this time in my life where you are my friend and my son! I love spending time with you in nature, love talking about plants and gardening with you, and love love love eating your amazing dinners!!! Michael you have blessed me with your huge heart and intelligent mind!

Some days I miss that tiny baby and the sweet chubby toddler that you were! It seems as if one day I reached out to kiss you on the cheek and suddenly had to look up instead of reach down . . . my baby boy was now a grown man. It is humbling, beautiful and exciting  . . .yet bittersweet for me. As I close, remember that no matter where your journey leads you in this life, I will be there to support and love you . . . as a mother and as a friend. You truly are a gift to me . . . enjoy your day!

I love you, Mom