My Thoughts: “Upwards” The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the 740 Mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail

What can I say, I loved this book! I myself have a passion for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and have paddled small sections of it. Laurie’s writing is inspiring and invokes the true passion of the water, wilderness and human spirit.

When our world seems bleak at times Laurie’s adventure, her faith coupled by friendships both new and old, along with the many trail angels she encountered have restored my belief that their is still good in our world. I loved the sense of small town America. The hospitality to a weary traveler. Communities taking care of strangers or better yet strangers looking out for strangers.

I was hooked from the beginning and looked forward to reading it every day. I am by no means a fast reader but this gives me the time to savor such an adventure. An adventure I often romantisize about.

I truly enjoyed reading this and highly recommend this book. Sorry no spoilers here!


Green Thumb


Finally the warmer weather has arrived in our tiny part of the world. We made some changes this year, by ripping out our garden (Nothing grew very well there anyway) and planted several lilac trees instead. We also planted eleven tomato plants into half whiskey barrels in another location. One with more direct sun, along with some peppers, cucumbers and herbs which went into large planters. We decided to go this route and try what we call planter gardening this year.

Pool cover removed, flower beds weeded and preened and a freshly baked rhubarb crisp have definitely envied the beginnings of the summer season. However with tons and tons of yard work and improvements left to do I believe we have gotten off to a good start.

How about you! Where are you at in your spring/summer yard work plans?

Happy Planting!

farmers Market

Today is Memorial Day

Greetings My Fellow Americans,

Today is Memorial Day, a day where we as Americans reflect on those who have served and who are serving this great nation of ours. A day where we say thank you not only to our military but to their families who also bear the sacrifice of loved ones far from home and in harms way.

So as we plant our flowers, open our pools, light that charcoal lets take a moment to say thank you to all who have made this possible and continue to do so without reservation. Thank You!

Happy Memorial Day!


World War Two era postcard from my collection. This was mailed in 1943.
World War Two era postcard from my collection. This was mailed in 1943.