This Summer Weekend at The Angle

Here’s what’s kept me busy for the last many weeks.

Press Release: Angle Days to be held August 3-5

Northwest Angle residents again invite neighbors from near and far to attend their summer festival Angle Days, August 3-5.

The Angle is small-town Minnesota at its extreme and because of its location and border-crossing commute, the lifestyle is both unique and challenging. Angle Days is comprised of events that celebrate those facets. Continue reading “This Summer Weekend at The Angle”

The 18th Minimize Minute

Age is just a number

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 18: Age is just a number

How old are you? Get rid of that many items today.

How’d it go:

I needed a quick and easy ploy to get rid of a few things this week, and this challenge fit the bill. Continue reading “The 18th Minimize Minute”

The 17th Minimize Minute

Challenge # 17: Too Many Toiletries

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 17: Too Many Toiletries

Clear out excess toiletries, cosmetics, old prescriptions, expired over-the-counter medicines, etc.

How’d it go:  I’ve been dreading this minimizing task and have put it off for months by moving it down the task list again and again. Continue reading “The 17th Minimize Minute”

As Summer as the Fair

Celebrating Firsts and Lasts in the summer sun at our small-town County Fair

I woke to the roaring whisper of the wind through the treetops. It held me those first few minutes, like a song can hold a memory, and then the rain came. Quietly at first, it was the tuning of an orchestra on my rooftop before it burst into the bold sounds of brass and percussion.

It felt exquisitely “summer” lying awake to the sound of a warm rain. I had long since kicked off the quilt and lay with only the sheet covering my body. The ceiling fan kept the air moving and I shifted to my other side once more, one arm under my head and the other cradling my growing abdomen. Continue reading “As Summer as the Fair”

The 16th Minimize Minute

Challenge # 16: Pick Up Sticks

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 16: Pick Up Sticks

If you have a yard or land, inevitably things will collect just like they do in the home. Start small, and work your way up to a few bigger items that need to go. Set a time limit to keep you focused.

How’d it go:

With the recent rains, we were finally able to burn a brush pile we’ve been collecting. It was exciting for our 5-year old and she turned it into a game of Pick Up Sticks, throwing whatever tree-leavings and small dead-fall she could manage into the fire. Continue reading “The 16th Minimize Minute”