We woke up this morning to a winter wonderland – it really was pretty.
Dogs don’t wait for weather, however,
so we slogged up the drive through the several inches of wet, heavy snow and marveled at how quiet and beautiful it was.
Then we began to hear the crackling of branches in the woods all around us as that very pretty morning snow started taking them down – wet heavy precipitation is not a friend of towering pines…
Of course not one but TWO came down across the power lines, one is a bit burned and we are currently living off the grid – but not by choice….us and 50,000 other people in the Twin Cities area…
The fire pit out back – won’t be sitting around that anytime soon….
Is this not the saddest FL license plate you have ever seen?
Today – we’ll settle for electricity.
Next week – we’re runnin’ to the sunshine!
We’re very sad here today as we just lost a dear friend to breast cancer. Alyn Shannon was one of the bright lights, the incredibly talented creative force behind Paper Prince, ColorOriginals, XOXO and all of the card and paper lines that were part of Diversified Graphics. Alyn was so much more than a client – she and her husband Jeff were our neighbors, our walking, dinner and cruising partners, and a shining example of what living a selfless life really means.
Alyn was a woman of deep faith, and after selling their business they took on the cause of Haiti, traveling to the country many times, and forming the charities Buya.org and Healing Haiti to bring some real help to the impoverished people of that country. They are directly responsible for pushing forward projects to provide some of the most basic needs – clean water, meals, decent living conditions and education for these long suffering people. Even in the last months of her life she walked the walk, traveling to Haiti when she was well enough to do so, and working side by side with the people there to distribute water, food, pencils and paper or whatever they could manage to bring in with them.
I think we can best honor her time with us by helping with that which she held so dear – please visit their website at www.HealingHaiti.org, learn about their mission and help if you can. It’s the least we can do to remember someone who did so much.