Monday, February 20, 2012

Superior Sunrise

The sun rising this morning over Lake Superior was spectacular.


I woke up to see a faint pink in the sky out my hotel window that started getting progressively lighter.


The sky continued to got more light and pink.


And then the sun started to break through the horizon.


I was taking pictures every five to ten minutes.


There was a  very thin layer of ice  on the lake which had developed overnight.


It was beautiful.


It changed every few minutes.


These pictures are in order over the course of somewhat more than an hour.


I love staying at hotels in Duluth with a view of Lake Superior.  I’d never seen a sunrise like this before.  When I checked out of the hotel the clerk mentioned it;  she said she’d lived in Duluth her whole life and this was one of the most beautiful sunrises she’d seen.    She told me she took pictures too.


It was a superior Lake Superior sunrise.


What a beautiful way to wake up.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Entertaining and Decorating

When I have a party at my house, I usually concentrate on critical areas… making sure the house is clean, picking up some flowers, and  concentrating on the menu.  I try to keep by fussbudget tendencies in check and remember that when I go to a party I’m relaxed and happy, not judgmental, and I imagine other people are probably the same.  

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The recent cocktail party we hosted was so much fun because I had a little bit of time to prepare for it and my husband and friend handled all the food and drink preparation.  We had a Mexican theme, Sangria and Margaritas were on the menu.   I don’t think we served one Margarita.   The Sangria was just that good!  The recipe was from called Sangria!Sangria!    Delicious…


DSC_0414So, with the foods and drinks handled.  I got to concentrate on cleaning and actually had time to do a little bit of extra.     In the weeks before the party,  I sewed colorful cocktail napkins.   I also hemmed piece of fabric for the top of the island.


My favorite decorations were the paper tissue balls hanging from the ceiling over the island.   They were my take on Mexican paper flowers.   They were quick and easy to make, super inexpensive, and so bright and cheery.     I think I’ll leave them up for a while.   They make me smile.   


I wonder if my niece would like me to make some orange, black, and white tissue balls to decorate the garage for her graduation party?  


It’s been a long time since I’ve had time to spend on being a little bit creative.  I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy it.   It feeds my soul.