Blessings to you in this Christmas season
Looking back over this year, for us as well as the world, weather news
was prominent. Spirit Lake in
January had open water at the edge of the lake at a date when
generally it would be solid enough to walk anywhere on the lake, and never froze over in the middle.
March, we began getting record rains, which continued through June, at
a time when the rest of the country was drying out... Living in a
semiarid region, we appreciate all the rain we can get, but this was a
April, we journeyed to the new homes for our son Forrest and his wife
Susa. Due to their jobs being in different states, we got to
visit Forrest at Danville, Kentucky, where he teaches at Centre College
(briefly immortalized as the setting of the vice presidential debates),
and we got to enjoy the Kentucky woods in Spring... We also
enjoyed visiting Susa in Davenport where she teaches at St. Ambrose University coming and going (for lots more
photos click here)
Here we are in Davenport, along the Mississippi River...
also picked up son Birrion from Colorado at the end of April, who was
ready to leave early with the lack of snow in the mountains. He
suffered a broken pelvis from devotion to his sport of extreme skiing
around a year ago, but fortunately has now recovered fully. He
spent the summer helping to sell pots, and is back hard at it, hoping
for a better snow year this winter... In the above photo he is in Evanston IL
in June for Forrest's graduation, with the Chicago skyline in the
and Susa visited before graduation when the weather was still too cool to
enjoy swimming, but how can one stay out of the lake?
We returned to the Chicago area in June to be there for son Forrest's
Ph.D. graduation at Northwestern U.
And here is Forrest in his academic gown after graduation...
We didn't expect to see new bird
species so near Chicago, but got some nice photos of this black crowned
night heron in Barrington...
summers focus on selling pots, enjoying the lake, and gardening, and
all those things went very well this year. There was a major
setback in the pottery when both kilns overfired sufficiently to
destroy them in early summer. Fortunately the new kilns were a
big improvement, switching to digital firing controls which turn the
kiln up smoothly and shut it off consistently so that I was able to
fire two kilns per day nearly daily and ramped up my pottery production
(resulting in record sales).
(Johnson Canyon, Banff)
September, having stayed home all summer selling pots, we took a brief
vacation to Banff National Park in Canada, 4 hours straight north of us. It was very
nice, although we got caught by a rain front moving in that we thought
would have the decency to wait till we were done...
At the end
of October, I spent a week visiting my mother in Minnesota, who
celebrated her 90th birthday in fine form with hundreds of relatives
and I continue to be active in ministry at Lamb of God Lutheran Church
at Priest Lake, where she preaches and makes quilts and helps people,
and I play music on guitar or occasionally on the organ.