Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lutsen Reception

Lenora and Adam

 Ruth Ann and her new blanket

Family dance--Sarah, Stephen and the ever-popular Ruth

Mac and D. lookin' good

M. caught the bouquet again.

A little dancing

Dad and the girls

Sunday, June 24, 2012

By Superior

Our Lutsen, MN wedding was at the Lutsen Resort. (See previous post.) The day was beautiful, although possible rain worried us. What a lovely venue it was, and with Friend Karen's event planning expertise, and the bride and groom's obvious happiness, the day was a delight.
Here we are with Friends Karen and Doug, parents of the groom. Karen and I were on the same floor at college our freshman year in 1979. Doug was also at our college. Husband was at a different college, but we saw a lot of him, for some reason. Karen and I stood up for each other at our weddings (both in 1981) and our families have years and years of wonderful memories with each other. Some of my happiest times in the past 30 or so years are from when I was doing nothing with Karen. (You read that right-the bedrock of our friendship is based on doing nothing together, happily, with maybe a little shopping, tea, good food and a massage thrown in.)

The girls spent time on the beach before the ceremony. Climbing and collecting rocks was irresistible.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Wedding "Up North"

Our friends Karen and Doug's son Adam got married last weekend. We enjoyed being with them "Up North" in Lutsen, MN on Lake Superior. Adam's parents honeymooned at the Lutsen Resort 30 years ago, and his grandparents honeymooned there 50 years ago.
Adam and Douglas

Karen and Adam

MacK. and D.-- D. was a groomsman

A sweet and lovely wedding.

They were so happy and so right for each other.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Midwest(s) Farmer's Daughter

Introducing: The Midwest Farmer's Daughter blog. Daughter M. got a camera for Christmas and is learning to use it well. She wanted to start a blog, but is "underage." Since I can have two blogs on my account, she started it under my account. You can see it at Note that the address uses midwests (with an s)  We had to use "midwests" because the other address was already taken by someone else.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lap Blankets

I made a couple of small blankets out of thrifted yarn from second-hand stores. The purple and yellow one will be a baby gift and the rainbow one was for W. It is all single crochet, following this pattern, more or less. I used white yarn and colored yarn doubled for the rainbow pastel one. I only used double yarn on the purple stripes of the first one. The yellow was a very heavy baby yarn.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Drama Camp ended on a high note last week with our first home school musical performance. The large cast presented the melodrama "No, No, A Million Times No!" It was a rollicking story of young Nellie Quackenbush, a farm girl lured to the city by the devious promises of a dastardly but attractive city man. All was well in the end, when she returned to her hometown love, Noble Heart.
L. was a lovely young girl in the milkmaid chorus. (Photo collage by Ana B-H.)

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Little Friend Elizabeth was a flower girl this weekend. Her mom (Friend Sandy) asked me to make her a little headband to complete her flower girl outfit. Isn't she angelic?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Say Yes to the Dress

L's friend Hannah had a brother get engaged this week, so weddings were on the girls' minds. During M's confirmation brunch, they got to talking about wedding dresses and they wondered if they could try on my wedding dress.

It fit pretty well. It was my mother's wedding dress. I had planned to have it altered before my wedding, but after I found my new veil (hers had disintegrated from age and poor packing) it looked fine, so we decided not to change it. The veil cost about $50 in 1981.

Here is a picture of my folks (and the dress) on their wedding day. I had to steal the image from my sister's blog because I can't locate my hard copy of it.