Holiday Hüga 

Beautiful banjo light in our holiday hüga hüs! We have been busy making our little cabin festive while trying to slow down and enjoy the moment. 


Daddy's Boy 

This kid really loves Daddy.

He is such a sweetheart and a cuddler. It makes me happy that he gets so much time with Drew.




It has been a week... 

I was going strong on this blogging thing, but some life stuff happened, and I lost my momentum. Two sick little boys, holiday preparations, and searching for a reliable vehicle took up most of our time. But we had lots of time for snuggles and art projects and decorating and gift making and popsicles. We have been trying to embrace this Hygge thing - slow down and be more present. 

Here is one of the gifts I have been working on. Happy Hygge! 





Today's photo is a throwback to summer. Partly because we already miss summer meals on the lake and all of the fresh food available during that time, and partly because we had Pizza Hut last night, and that's not very pretty.

We love to do trays -  fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, oysters, berries, cheeses, meats, and whatever is in season. Drew makes this incredible anchovy dipping sauce that makes an appearance about every other week. I really didn't think I would like it, but it is delicious and salty and great with carrots and peppers. 

Dreaming of sunshine,


#HeroWall - Chief Joseph 

Chief Joseph (Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt) made the hero wall for a lot of reasons. There is so much you can read about him. 

The story Drew loves about him is how he fought for his land and his people. In 1855 his father helped Washington's territorial governor set up a Nez Percé reservation that stretched from Oregon into Idaho. But in 1863, following a gold rush into Nez Percé territory, the federal government took back almost six million acres of this land, restricting the Nez Percé to a reservation in Idaho that was only one tenth its prior size. He resisted this and refused to sign a treaty making the boundaries official.

Once his father died, Chief Joseph continued the fight. Eventually because of cavalry threats, he led his people toward Canada, looking for political asylum. In over three months, the band of about 700, fewer than 200 of whom were warriors, fought 2,000 U.S. soldiers and Indian auxiliaries in four major battles and numerous skirmishes. Sadly, they never reached their goal. Just 40 miles shy of the Canadian border, the group found themselves surrounded by the U.S. Army. By then, the frigid weather, dwindling supplies, and endless miles of merciless terrain had taken its toll. Here is an excerpt of Chief Joseph's words at surrender: 

"I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Toohoolhoolzote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say, 'Yes' or 'No.' He who led the young men [Olikut] is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are -- perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever." 

He continued to fight for the rights of his people until he died in 1904, still in exile from his homeland, according to his doctor, "of a broken heart." 


#Show - Aegir and pickin' 

A rare weekend coming up with only one show on Friday at Aegir Brewing in Elk River. If you have read my previous posts, you know I love this place. If you haven't read them, check out #shows - Aegir to read about why this place is awesome. Last time I visited was even better than the first. Looking forward to returning on Friday! 

Drew has been working on his picking with this resonator he bought earlier this year. It looks really pretty, and it sounds pretty, and the stuff he's working on is really fun and new. Come out to a show sometime soon to check it out.  

His full schedule can be found on Facebook or on the main page of the website. 



#NowPlaying-Drew's movie pick of the week "Wristcutters" 

Title: Wristcutters: A Love Story 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime  

Why Drew chose it: "I'm not big on romantic comedies, which technically this would be...though it should be noted that this is a movie about suicide. So I guess it's my kind of romcom because it's dark. It's in my personal collection - I like to watch this one. It's funny and is an original idea, which is hard to come by these days. Tom Waits plays a small role, which is probably the reason I saw it in the first place. The soundtrack is by Gogol Bordello, and is very cool. He was actually asked to played the part of Eugene but turned it down and I'm kind of glad, because Shea Whigham, who plays the role, is a highlight of the film." 

I liked it, too. 


#projectsandprojectsandmoreprojects - kitchen floor 

As I mentioned, if we can't find a product that fits what we are looking for, Drew can usually figure out a way to create it, repurpose something, build it... 

We went back and forth about what we wanted for our kitchen flooring. We searched around quite a bit, but when Drew brought up the idea of using the rough cut oak that we had sitting in the garage, I knew that was perfect. He used the same oak that he had used to build the bathroom door (previous projects post). 

It turned out so amazing because it's beautiful, it was done by Drew, and the wood didn't cost a dime (unless you count the crappy Saturn we traded the wood for when we first bought the house)! 

Do you prefer a wood or tile floor for the kitchen? 


#DrewQuirks-Shirts & Socks 

If you see Drew out and you think he never changes his clothes, don't worry. He does. 

Drew has 20 pairs of the same socks. 

He has 10 blue t-shirts with a pocket on the front and a handful of black ones. 

It's not a fashion statement or a capsule wardrobe. It's that he's quite particular about the way things fit. Socks with too much elastic are not an option. T-shirts with a tight collar? No way. Thick fabric? Nope. He has found the type that works for him and that's all he'll ever buy. 

It's easy to shop for him. And choosing an outfit is pretty slick. Do you have any clothing quirks?