For about the past two weeks off and on we have had absolutely delightful weather. Last Thursday, I took the day off, knowing that this hot weather is not going to hold for much longer. A friend had invited me up to her cabin on Lake of the Woods; I am so glad I went. The day was hot and sunny. She picked me up with their boat and we headed between the beautiful, wooded Northwest Angle islands to their cabin at the point of a peninsula. What a treat!
After a delicious lunch we hopped onto the boat to visit an artist friend of hers and visited the hours away until almost 5:30. We quickly donned our swim suits and dove into the icy dark lake. It was so cold enough at first to take your breath away but in no time, we adjusted and enjoyed swimming.
It reminded me of the many hours I spent at Lake Vermilion with my parents and brother. My mother often would pack a fabulous lunch of fried chicken (she was a fantastic cook), potato salad, apple pie, and our favorite deviled eggs with paprika. My dad would rent a boat and off he, my mom and brother would go while would stay and play with a friend whose parents owned the resort we always went to. I can see feel the fat blood suckers that were infamous where we would go swimming. It wouldn't keep us out of the water on a hot day though; blood suckers or snapping turtles, it was just too hot to not take a dip!
Back to the Angle, about seven it started to cloud over and as we sat on their back patio we could see the lightening pulse across the sky in the south. All too soon, the day came to an end and I drove back home, through the white pines, the coniferous and deciduous trees with the deer making their presence know way too often.
Life on the farm is never dull. Yesterday, Ardmore began combining the wheat. It seems to be running ok, he said. He was not without problems though. Driving the combine home in the dark became a challenge when the water pump blew up and started spraying antifreeze. He spend today removing the pump, taking it in to be repaired, and installed it this evening. Hopefully we don't get the rain from the clouds that seem to be coming this way.
Work at the museum is moving right along. We have had Sentence to Service in the past several days installing shelving in the storage room. It is amazing to see so many things come off the floor and get installed on shelves. There will always be a few things that will have to remain on the floor, but for the most part, we will look immensely organized.
I tried to show our photos from Hanley Falls at the RCHS board meeting last night but they I couldn't get on the Internet to do it. We are not on Facebook with several photos from our trip posted on FB.
I think I will add a couple of photos from my trip to LA and Bakersfield. These are from the Huntington Library and Gardens.