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Snow Birds

Tuesday, January 07, 2014


Most of the people in the US have become Snow Birds. NOT the ones that venture to warmer climates for the Winter months as is the usual meaning of the term but a newly coined phrase "I coined" for those of us that huddle inside while the bright sun bids us come outside only to trick us with its shining brightest. This isn't a warm sun and if you venture forth insure that you are well covered up as 5 minutes can result in frost bite. Boots, yes, coats of course, gloves naturally but remember those scarves or face masks to protect your face. Chapped lips are becoming the norm here in Minnesota. Chili the meal of the day. Stay warm, stay hydrated and TRY and see the beauty in the weather.

  
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KATTREE 1/11/2014 3:57PM

    It looks so beautiful,but definitely from the inside.

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BARB4HEALTH 1/8/2014 8:34AM

    Lovely Picture!

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DEE107 1/8/2014 12:33AM

    thank you for sharing

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SRIVERS1 1/7/2014 8:18PM

    I live in the Northwest and love the snow. But, that is really cold. But, it sure is beautiful. I am glad that you are finding the positive side to all of it. Stay safe and warm and be careful.

Sandy

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PMFISH 1/7/2014 7:44PM

    I would never survive a winter in that type of weather. That is why I live in Florida and we have plenty of snow birds that come down to escape that type of weather.

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CHERIJ16 1/7/2014 1:22PM

    Great Advice! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 1/7/2014 1:02PM

    so true it is beautiful and we need to see that

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Winter in Minnesota

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HELLO EVERYONE!
DH & I PLAYED HOOKY YESTERDAY IT WASN'T PLANNED BUT MY DAUGHTER CALLED AND SAID THAT OUR YOUNGEST GRANDSON HAD CABIN FEVER AND SHE NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT OF THE HOUSE...HE HAS CUT HIS 2ND TOOTH NOW AND TEETHING MAKES HIM MISERABLE SO HE NEEDED A DIVERSION... AND SO WE ALL ENDED UP AT THE CONSERVATORY.

WHILE IT IS COLD OUTSIDE IN OUR WINTRY MINNESOTA CLIMATE, IT IS BALMY, LUSH AND WARM INSIDE THE CONSERVATORY. TODAY THE TEMPS ARE -14F WITH WINDCHILLS OF 25-50 BELOW ZERO!

AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR THE SUNKEN GARDENS ARE FILLED WITH MANY BEAUTIFUL POINSETTIAS.

WE WALKED THROUGH THE TROPICAL GARDEN WING WHERE PLANTS REACHED TO THE SKY AND THE NEWLY OPENED BONSAI ROOM THAT OVERLOOKS THE JAPANESE GARDENS. WE PEEKED INTO THE ORCHID ROOM WITH TABLE AFTER TABLE LOADED FULL OF ORCHIDS BLOOMING IN ALL COLORS & VARIETIES , AND WALKED THROUGH THE FERNS WITH THEIR LUSH MOSS, BABBLING BROOKS AND HEAVENLY HUMIDITY FULL OF WARMTH!

WE WALKED THROUGH THE TROPICAL SECTION AND SAW THE FIGS, BANANAS, CINNAMON, CARDAMOM, AND THE SLOTH IN THE TREES. WE BOTH HEARD AND SAW THE COLORFUL BIRDS IN FREE FLIGHT, THE ANACONDA THAT WAS BEHIND GLASS JUST BEHIND GINORMOUS FISH OF ALL COLORS AND VARIETIES AND LARGE TURTLES! SOUNDS OF WATER AND LIFE WERE EVERYWHERE! WE EVEN SAW THE FISH RUNNING! NEVER EXPERIENCED THAT BEFORE!

WHILE IT IS WINTER OUTSIDE THE CONSERVATORY FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING AND DELIGHTING US WITH COLOR AND FRAGRANCE INSIDE!

I HAVE INCLUDED A LINK ON WHICH THE TOP PHOTO WILL SHOW A SLIDE SHOW AND THE PHOTO BELOW HAS A VIDEO OF THE NORTH GARDEN. THIS GARDEN IS CALLED THE MARJORIE McNEELY CONSERVATORY'S LIVING GROCERY, PHARMACY & BUILDING SUPPLY STORE. HERE YOU WILL FIND PAPAYA, POMEGRANATE, FIG, MAHOGANY & CHOCOLATE ALONG WITH MANY OTHER PLANTS.

www.comozooconservatory.org/attracti
ons/gardens/north-garden/#/info


The Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (or just Como Zoo and Conservatory) are located in Como Park at 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota.















  
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WHISPERINGPINEZ 12/25/2013 6:55AM

  emoticon emoticon for sharing those wonderful pictures!

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MSLZZY 12/12/2013 9:55PM

    Your own little corner of spring in the winter time!

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DEE107 12/12/2013 12:21AM

    how sweet to play hookey and had fun

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SRIVERS1 12/11/2013 8:47PM

    What a act of kindness you did for your daughter and grandson. It was a beautiful place to go and play hooky at. You'd would of never know how cold and bad the weather was by the pictures. And what beautiful pictures they are. Thank you for share them. Andy Dusty, I will never complain about our Northwest cold again in our chats. emoticon Please stay warm.


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MAW_OH 12/11/2013 7:10PM

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BARB4HEALTH 12/11/2013 5:46PM

    What a nice reprieve! Thanks!

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HOLLYM48 12/11/2013 5:09PM

    we spend a few weekend days there every year. It is one of my favorite places to go. I love this time of year there and have plans to go next weekend with friends thst willl be visiting. Thanks for sharing!

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FRAN0426 12/11/2013 4:48PM

    I love the pictures in this blog, what a wonderful place to spend some time. I live in Burnsville, Mn and would love to go see this conservatory---where is this located? It looks like the the place to forget avout this real cold snap we are having so early already. Such rich colors and plenty to see.

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PLIDC1 12/11/2013 3:50PM

    Thanks for the tiny tropical vacation! What a winter treat! emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 12/11/2013 3:26PM

    emoticon pics. That's beautiful

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SHERRY666 12/11/2013 2:22PM

    THAT PLACE IS GORGEOUS........... I WOULD TOTALLY FORGET THE COLD OUTSIDE WHILE SPENDING TIME IN THERE....... THANKS FOR SHARING........ I NEEDED THIS WITH ALL THE COLD AND FREEZING LATELY.

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WETMAC 12/11/2013 1:39PM

    That place is simply stunning Dusty. So colourful that you can lost in its radiance and can quite easily forget about the cold outside. Excellent photos and many thanks for sharing.

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PMFISH 12/11/2013 1:10PM

    Thanks for sharing. Love the photos.

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LHAWES9 12/11/2013 11:37AM

  Sounds a wonderful time and pictures are great.

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MARYALICE411 12/11/2013 9:59AM

    Love it, I could use a walk though an orchid room. Although here they would be out under the oaks. Still would enjoy them.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/11/2013 9:37AM

    How beautiful! Sounds like it was a great way to spend your day

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PWILLOW1 12/11/2013 9:32AM

    You are such a beautiful, descriptive writer I almost feel like I am there. What a lovely thing to do on a wintry day.

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Our bathroom remodel

Monday, December 24, 2012

We had a goal to remodel our 7 x 8 bathroom, to make it safer and also appear larger. I believe we have transformed our bathroom into a beautiful calming space with elements that enhance and make the bathroom seem larger. Several have asked to see the photos and so here, as promised, is our bathroom.

Our bathroom remodel is a modern classic look via a transitional style. Using the Kohler Devonshire toilet & sink as our starting point we attempted to blend this classic/ traditional Old world look with the modern features of the shower hence this is a transitional style blending the classic/ traditional style with the modern/ contemporary styles together. After saying all THAT what we really did was make it like we wanted it because it is important to like what you use daily and not be bothered with what someone in the future will like.

The primary emphasis on the remodel was for health benefits. It includes utilizing several materials, such as wood, marble, ceramic and porcelain. It also includes fixtures such as a walk-in shower that has two shower heads with multiple positions. ADA handicap bars in the shower & bathroom. Comfort height toilet for comfortable seating with reduced water flow (that works) as well as the added feature of self-closing seat! One feature you cannot see is the foam insulation that was put between the outer walls of the bathroom to impede mold and mildew as well as better insulation.




In our small bathroom enlarging our window or adding another window for light was not an option and so we utilized light colors and mirrors to reflect natural light. Since we could not enlarge the room it made sense to utilize and open the space as much as possible. This was done by opening one’s view with the clear glass shower doors that extend your view all the way to the ceiling! This opens about 3 feet of space in the bathroom. We also painted the bathroom and linen closet doors and new baseboard trim white to add light, blend the styles together and have the different aspects of the room work together.

We added the Devonshire pedestal sink to easily allow a walker or wheel chair to gain access to the bathroom. While this is a pedestal sink it is deeper than our original sink and with the new faucet it very easy to operate. Since we removed the sink cabinet, we added a built-in flush mounted mirrored medicine chest for the cotton balls, q-tips, tooth paste, shaver, etc we use daily. This flush mounted mirrored medicine chest is the perfect light-reflecting piece for a small bathroom. It adds space and storage too! We also mounted the electric toothbrush at the side of the sink.


We wanted lots of light since we have a lot of gray days and not only the weather but also bad lighting can make a room seem small & dreary. With the new light fixtures mounted above the sink there is more light while using less wattage and we have taken care of that issue nicely. We used brushed nickel/ satin finish stainless for fixtures throughout.

The style also includes moisture loving plants as part of the décor and functionality of the bathroom as well as a special shower mat that absorbs moisture and allows for safe footing in the bathroom. Towels and blankets made from willow are being added as others wear out. A new larger and quieter exhaust fan and light help to vent moisture from the room.

We painted the linen closet inside and out to brighten and the bathroom floor now continues into the linen closet.

So with out beautiful tile bed in the shower of several shades of tan, the shower walls of white ceramic tile that casts a pink hue to the room, the light brown porcelain floor tiles and the dark veined marble accent pieces with matching pencil in the shower area, I am quite please with what we have accomplished.

Cream colored towel sets and dark brown sets were purchased to compliment the new colors in the bathroom as well as a new floor mat in cocoa and the tan colored foam shower mat for safety. I even found a lovely wooden wastebasket!

The final piece I hope is to find a working louvered shutter for the bottom half of the window…if that doesn’t happen soon I will put a 1” wood shutter on the wall to match the oak trim of the window.

  
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OFFICIALOLDY 12/29/2013 9:30AM

    I loved your blog! We, too, are remodeling our very small master bath. The bath/shower has been inoperable for too many years. My husband has taken the floor and walls down to the studs. At this point we have insulation in the outer wall and a sub-floor down; next step appears to be roughing the plumbing back in. I liked your 'bathroom blog' so much, I think I will start my own. Terrific job on yours!

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TEALHAWK 1/2/2013 2:10PM

  great job! looks nice. We will be doing whole house remodeling. After 31 years and the 4 houses we have lived in, we have have had nothing but white walls. After our wood stove smoked us out real bad, now hubby says it is time for some colored walls, so yeah! We can have walls with color on them. our kitchen is already looking different. We put up blue/and grayish tiles up and some have stainless steel on them too.

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NERAUS 12/30/2012 9:27AM

    It looks great. Nice job.


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2BDYNAMIC 12/25/2012 5:07PM

    emoticon Very nice! ............. great transformation and much thought ............ love the sink too! (U will enjoy!)

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SHERRY666 12/25/2012 3:16PM

    I LOVE THE SHOWER......... YOU REALLY DID A LOT OF CHANGES... AND IT DOES LOOK LIKE A BIG BATHROOM..... ENJOY IT NOW....

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NISSANGIRL 12/25/2012 2:32PM

    Looks beautiful! great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 12/25/2012 1:15PM

    Very nice! We want to change over to a walk in shower too thanks for the ideas...enjoy! And Merry Christmas!

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DEE107 12/25/2012 12:06AM

    very nice love it thanks for sharing

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SIMPLY4DHEART 12/24/2012 7:35PM

    Oh that is awesome Dusty, just in time for Christmas. Wow, it's amazing how much a remodel can do, even in small spaces. I enjoyed seeing images of this remodel. emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 12/24/2012 5:58PM

    It looks great, Dusty.

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OTEN36 12/24/2012 5:37PM

    Great Job!
Bathroom remodels are the scariest.
Such small spaces yet so important.
Merry Christmas
Dee emoticon

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Christmas...the season of love!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Take time to reflect on this Season of Love!
I thought you might like to see something our daughter Mercy wrote from the heart for her Dad years ago but it is still a timely message.

"He was bah humbugging the Christmas decorations and such, as he
does every year, when he doesn't want a tree that "takes up half the
living room" emoticon and she sat up one night and wrote this, and gave it to him last night.

He had tears in his eyes after reading it.........and I don't think we will be hearing anymore bah humbugging around here for a while. She can't wait for her sister now living in FL to come home to us here in MN.

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There has been a question asked every year around the holiday times.
Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ coming to earth. He was in a stable
with no tree, emoticon holiday lights or tinsel.

So why do we celebrate every year by decking the halls, emoticon and buying presents emoticon emoticon for our friends and families?

I have given it a lot of thought and have decided that Christmas is a time
to celebrate family. Mary and Joseph were traveling back to their
birthplace for Christmas, and although the reasons may be different now,
many people still travel home for the holidays. More than that, God
gave us the gift of his son on Christmas. His family. When he came to
earth there was a new family formed (Mary, Joseph, and Jesus).
The first Christmas was a coming together of family in many different
ways. Jesus grew up and sacrificed himself so that we could be part of his
family, yet another example of coming together as family.

Still the question remains, why do we decorate our homes and give
gifts?
We decorate the outside of our houses to make them bright,
cheerful and welcoming. Putting a light in the window has been a way to
welcome people home for thousands of years. Even the act of putting the
lights up is significant. It is during that time that most families spend
time together putting up decorations in each others company. emoticon This is another form of families coming together. emoticon

Lastly ,why do we give gifts on Christmas? No gift can ever equal the gift
God gave us on Christmas. Yet a gift was given. Three wise men also came to
give gifts. emoticon I think we celebrate with gift giving to symbolize that first Christmas and the wonderful gift that was given to all mankind. emoticon emoticon

Christmas is a time of wonder and magic for all children, it is written
that unless we become like little children we will not enter into the
kingdom of heaven." emoticon

DUSTY NOTE: Our former Pastor where we started the AWANA program wrote the following when we shared this with him:
"A wonderful message – I’ve never been much for the whole gift-giving thing, but this says it well – Christmas should be a “big deal” because Jesus is a big deal!!"
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thank you...goes along with Christmas,,,
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
(Thank you Lord for my loving child)
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
(Thank you Lord for my dear husband who works so hard to provide)
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
(Thank you Lord that we have food & a warm home in which to abide)
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china &
table linens.
(Thank you Lord that we can be together & can freely worship you)
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
(Please Lord give me patience when I am weary & a tender heart)
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices
in giving to those who can't.
(Thank you Lord that we are able to share what you have bestowed upon us)
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
things.
(Thank you Lord that you will never give me more than I can bare)
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, cars, skis, skates & sleds will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
(Thank you Lord that you always keep your promises and the gift of eternal life was given freely to all that accept your Son Jesus Christ who came to earth as a baby and died for my sins as a young man so that I might live forever with You in heaven.) emoticon

  
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LINDA! 12/23/2012 3:18PM

    Dusty, thanks for sharing this.

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DEE107 12/23/2012 12:07AM

    thank you for sharing this

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LALMEIDA 12/22/2012 8:45PM

  Merry Christmas!

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/22/2012 12:26PM

    Beautifully written! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLY4DHEART 12/22/2012 12:21PM

    emoticon That was such a pleasure to read, just lovely. Thank you so much. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Enjoying ourselves!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

We are enjoying the warm weather and the beautiful surroundings.
This is a photo of cotton growing in the fields near Warner Robbins, Georgia.

This next one is of all of us including Tracker with Cuddles Trainer..Katie at "on the Wings of Angels Rescue. www.onthewingesofangelsrescue.com You can see more at their link.

The lodge has a great learning area for children with live animals and photos of flora and fauna of FL. The lodge is huge and has so many lovely things to look and with lots of comfy seating! beautiful pools..... interpretive butterfly garden.... WE are having a wonderful time. Hope you are enjoying yourselves too...wherever you are this holiday season!

  
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DEE107 12/6/2012 12:13AM

    love the photos looks like a good time

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LINDA! 12/5/2012 11:53PM

    Great photos!! I am so happy that you are having fun.

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PMFISH 12/5/2012 10:49PM

    Great photos! I am with you on enjoying the warm weather here in Florida. Couldn't ask for any better. Enjoy your vacation.

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TEENYSMOM 12/5/2012 10:39PM

    Hello, hello there Dusty.

I am so happy to hear that you and Cuddles are having a great time. All your pictures look wonderful. That picture of cotton is neat. You don't see sights such as that in Oklahoma. And the swimming pools look quite enticing.

Hugs to you girl.

Starr

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DEBBY4576 12/5/2012 6:33PM

    Looks like a fun time. Glad you are where the weather is temperate. We are still in the 70s at my house, so living here for somewhere else just isn't gonna happen haha.

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SHERRY666 12/5/2012 6:22PM

    THE PLACE LOOKS GREAT........ LOVED ALL THE PICTURES..... WISH I WAS THERE.. I COULD REALLY ENJOY THAT WEATHER...... THANKS FOR SHARING..... KEEP HAVING FUN DUSTY......

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GABY1948 12/5/2012 4:12PM

    GOOD for you...I love the pics. Keep enjoying yourselves! HUGS,
Gaye

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OTEN36 12/5/2012 4:07PM

    Wonderful photo's...thanks so much for sharing.
I'ts 32 degree's here in Itasca County.
The snow melted the other day.
Have a great week
Dee emoticon

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