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Cabins and Lakes

We always knew that we would end up here.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

I have posted about the lake before:

Our stay on the Canadian side

4th of July

So pretty and fun. The girls are looking forward to waking up next to the water during the summer months.

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Pics of us getting settled into the cabin for the season.

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Jules made sure we had flowers for the table.

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Evening on the lake

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And now I am off to prep for an extended Fourth of July Holiday.  Follow along on Instagram....

 

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My first Month in our new State

I am going backwards a bit…but I just wanted to revisit so I can congratulate myself on not freaking out.  no joke

We landed in town with little fanfare, got settled in, the girls into their new school, etc, etc, etc.  On my second day of work a giant blizzard rolled into town.  Now, normally I would be prepared and know exactly when I need to close up shop and head home BUT this was my second day of work and I was not connected to the right news stations or social media contacts, nor was my phone up to date on storm warnings in my new location.  I left work about an hour later than I should have.  That left me driving in a full on white out blizzard…20 miles to home.  I *could* have turned back to town and stayed the night with Dave’s Aunt but my girls were already on the bus headed to the house.  I was determined to make it there, so that there would be no way they would be left alone.  I turned on the GPS on my phone to ensure that I did not miss the turn south on the highway….and thank goodness I did.  You lose track of how far you’ve gone when you are creeping down the road at 2 to 5 mph.   I needed to make a left hand turn and I could not see across the road to verify that GPS was even right, I just turned and prayed.

Imagine looking into a wall of white and not seeing anything until you look out the driver side window, look down and only see a yellow line and nothing out in front of you.  And since I obviously did not stop for pics.   Here is a road pic from a town just down the road.

About 5 miles from home the girls’ bus suddenly appeared to my left and I knew that they at least made it home and were not stuck somewhere.  As the GPS announced that Kramer was approaching, I took the first entrance in….mistake.  I turned directly into an unseen snow drift and got stuck.  I called my sis in law at the bar (that she just purchased) and asked if the girls were with her (they were) and if I could leave the truck in the snow (no).  She sent a patron who was stuck in town as well to pull me out.  I will ALWAYS hold this gentleman in high regard.  The snow and wind was brutal, but still he came to help me.  We were snowed in for 2 1/2 days.  Crazy!

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North Dakota Highway Patrol: Facebook

As a result of that snow storm, I was also involved in a car fire.  After the town and roads were cleared, I drove the truck into town for work….mistake.  As I was leaving to go home for the day, the truck started acting funny, so I pulled down the street that has a truck shop.  My truck starts filling up with smoke.  The girls are freaking out and I am trying to figure out how I am going to put it out.  As I am pulling the kids out, a very nice man from across the street ran over with an extinguisher.  Fire Doused!  he was an off duty fireman…..seriously!!  Issue?  Compacted snow.  Arg.  Obviously no pic of that either.

As an added bonus my beloved Land Rover (totally vintage at 1998 hahahahaha) blew a hole in the side of the engine as I was taking Dave to the airport….60 miles away in sub zero weather.  Ack.  What a nightmare.

All in all – not the best start that I could have hoped for.  But I put on my big girl panties and kept it together.

Dave ended up purchasing a Monte Carlo to drive back and forth to the airport with and its a been a great car for commuting.

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Super cute, right?

And I now drive a White Chevy Pickup the Dave has christened Snow White.  just to annoy me

It was a dramatic start, but everything seems to have calmed down.  We are house hunting and I cannot wait to show you whats up with that.

Have a good day Peeps!

Changes

Hey Peeps – It’s been awhile and I apologize.  There have been some major changes for our family and I am just feeling settled enough to start typing/talking about it.  I have accepted a position in a different state and we have up and moved.   We now live in Dave’s hometown in North Dakota.   To give you some insight into how small his hometown is….our addition to the town has increased the population by 13%.

Seriously!

Dave grew up on a farm 2 miles from a town of 30-ish, 20 miles from a town of 2,500 and 60 miles from a town of 30,000.

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View from the farm yard into the field

 

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Looking across the highway into the fields west of town

 

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Moon is high over the Fire Hall Fundraiser

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen the change in locale.

J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge

 

Storm rolls in over the pasture

Join me as I document our new adventure on the prairie.

Guest Bathroom – Finished

After long last the upstairs bathroom is done.  Yahoo!!

Recap:

Whew.

First photo of the bathroom for this blog.  ehh.

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And here we go –

to start with – the tile!  sigh.  It matches the entry landing, the basement landing and the basement bathroom.  It is so awesome to walk through the house and feel that kind of consistency.

don’t worry – that side edge of the vanity below has since been cleaned up.

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So bright- squinty.

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The paint is up, the trim is in, the vanity is in (so gorgeous and shiny white).   I also decided to go with a vintage-y looking mirror to contrast the ultra sleek vanity.

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I know I keep saying it – but seriously……2013!!!  That is when I started this thing. And now its done.  I am so excited to be able to cross this off my list.

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Have a great day Peeps!

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