We Bought A Sailboat

Alaska — Land of surprises 0

Alaska — Land of surprises

Beautiful. Vast. Harsh. One. The sun doesn’t rise until after 9:00am and when it does it is intense and blinding white light. Even sun glasses don’t stop the glare. No wonder northern explorers wear...

Missed two days already 0

Missed two days already

And I don’t have a whole lot to say. Other than things are definitely looking up for Minneapolis Swims. My neighborhood voted last night to donate $10,000 to Minneapolis Swims and we received $550...

T minus 4 and counting 0

T minus 4 and counting

In four days we leave on our long awaited trip to Alaska. Alaska has loomed large in my imagination since childhood. My mom graduated high school in Fairbanks and my dad went up the...

A new beginning 0

A new beginning

I tire of Facebook drama. The triviality. I have three friends who have started writing blogs and I am enjoying reading them. So again I commit myself to write for 30 days straight. I...

Eleven Who Care award 0

Eleven Who Care award

Again, it’s been a while since I last posted. It’s easy to procrastinate after I haven’t posted for a few days. But I have some exciting news to share. I won the KARE-11 Eleven...

Happy Memorial Day 0

Happy Memorial Day

I’m back in the swing of things. On Saturday we finished our 3-weeks of sailing classes at the Wayzata Yacht Club that taught us how to be good crew members. The session ended with...

Three weeks of pervasive laziness 0

Three weeks of pervasive laziness

I intended to keep this blog updated weekly and just like that three weeks flew by with no new posts. I have many excuses as to why: the weather was cold and cloudy, we...

April snow: 103 days and counting 0

April snow: 103 days and counting

Today is April 20th, 2013. We have exactly 103 days to learn to race our sailboat before the start of LOWISA on August 3rd. As each April snow delays spring, our time to learn...

Ready, set — a whole lot of not much 0

Ready, set — a whole lot of not much

There have been many complaints about the weather this spring 2013 and now I’m no exception. This never-ending winter is getting on my nerves. We went to Clearwater on Saturday to check on the...

LOWISA — two steps forward 0

LOWISA — two steps forward

It’s April 11th and it’s snowing. According to the weather report it may snow on and off for the next four days. The average temperature for this time of year is 58 degrees. We...

How did they survive? 0

How did they survive?

I finished the book “A Storm Too Soon.” This is the Sean Seamour II’s 8-foot life-raft on the side of a mountain of water. These still photos are taken from the raw video footage...

Where is spring? 0

Where is spring?

Spring is certainly taking its merry time coming this cold 2013. While we wait, wait, wait for the ice to melt from the lakes and rivers (and our backyard fire pit) I read. Today...

Bald eagle bonding and a sailboat name 0

Bald eagle bonding and a sailboat name

Yesterday I took Buddy down to the river for his regularly scheduled most-favorite-thing-in the-world walk. Right away we met up with a couple of dogs that liked to run as much as Buddy does....

Dreamer 0

Dreamer

“All people dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day...

This is the day 0

This is the day

that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:34 My whole life I have struggled with belief. I was raised Christian but a combination of my crazy emotional...

Spring begins 0

Spring begins

Although the temperature here in Minneapolis does not feel like it’s spring, the glorious sunshine does. And with the sunshine comes thoughts of sunny days on our sailboat this summer. We still have ice...

Aleppo Lentil Soup 0

Aleppo Lentil Soup

Today marks my first day of being intentional with my time rather than wasting it. In celebration I made Aleppo Lentil Soup from one of my favorite cookbooks: Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle...

LOWISA here we come 0

LOWISA here we come

Kevin and I attended the Minneapolis Boat Show twice this year. We stopped in at the Northern Lights Sailing Club booth and had the good fortune to meet a couple Canadians who were in...

Saving Sailing 0

Saving Sailing

Earlier this year Kevin and I joined the Northern Lights Sailing Club. (http://nlsc.org) One nice feature of being a new member is being assigned a ‘navigator’ to help us meet fellow NLSC sailors and...