Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The End of Summer

Although we don't get paid until next week, I am one of many teachers who have been showing up at school. For me, it is worthwhile to start on the paperwork and make get-acquainted calls to my new students and parents.

So, now it seems like ages since my wonderful week Up North with Joni, shown here with her quilt:
I can't say enough good things about Judy Coates Perez, our teacher, or Chris Daly, owner of Woodland Ridge Retreat. It was a week of being pampered in a beautiful setting, learning and exploring, and making new friends. I can't think of anything more wonderful!
Judy and Chris
There are trails right outside the retreat, which is nestled in the woods. One morning, I snapped this photo of a swallowtail:
Before we went to Woodland Ridge, Joni and I had a few days in Minneapolis. Right in the middle of the city is a park with the Minihaha Falls.
My favorite clothing designer, Gudrun Sjoden, just happened to be featured at the Swedish American Institute.

I loved the exhibit because it showed her process:

Most of all, I loved having a week with my best friend!




11 comments:

  1. I enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your narrative, Deborah, and I am so glad your made lots of good memories to fortify you as you launch into a new school year! xx

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  2. Friend time is just the very best time!!!

    Hope you have a great school year.

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  3. What great photos of a special week. It's nice to have good memories when you go back to school-to get you through to the next break!

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  4. What a wonderful time you had, and I hope you get to do it again! Wishing you a wonderful new school year ahead, for you and your students.

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  5. Now we know what you will be daydreaming about when you have a second or two during the crush of school starting!!! What a memorable trip! I would've enjoyed the designer display, too.

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  6. It sounds like the perfect week anytime, but particularly right before you have to jump back into the school year.

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  7. What a great time!! You and Joni look very much alike, and her quilt is gorgeous! I'm off to look up that designer...I would have loved that exhibit. Good luck with the back to school stuff.

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  8. The welcoming display outside the institute is fabulous and fun! I'm sure the exhibit was interesting. Spending a week with a close friend, learning new techniques and exploring sounds wonderful.

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  9. What an excellent way to wrap up the summer! I'm so glad you were able to spend this time with your friend in such a perfect setting. Best wishes for a successful school year. XO

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  10. Look at you!!You look so beautiful and HAPPY!!! The butterfly shot is awesome

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  11. You two could almost pass as sisters, especially in those cute shirts. Glad you were able to get a head start on school stuff; those first few days can be tiring. Hope you have the best year yet! I think we hiked to those same falls last summer only they sure weren't that full!

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