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I am following the light!

This January has been an adventure! This January has been an adventure so far! I have prayed more in the past three weeks than I have all year, I am ashamed to admit it but it is, nevertheless, true! On January 5th, 2024 I had my left total knee replaced. I was petrified. PETRIFIED! I […]


January 15, 2024

Follow The Light!

Hello I missed you all! HELLO everyone! First of all I want to apologize for the abrupt end on the blog. I hit a wall emotionally in May of 2022. It was a super tough time for me, my family, and my marriage. Summer of 2022 was the toughest of my life! It was no […]


January 4, 2024

Door County πŸ’ blossom time!

Have you ever stood in a cherry orchard in springtime when the blossoms are just starting to bloom? With the sun over head, just peaking through the clouds, and shining down on just you and the tree’s. You can hear this electric buzz all around you, it sounds somewhat like electricity. It is the buzz […]


May 26, 2022

Door County in spring is simply spectacular!

Door County is spectacular! Have you ever been to Door County, WI in springtime? If you haven’t I recommend you go, and fast! There is so much to do, and see, it’s almost overwhelming. From shopping, to fine dining, hiking, great wine, beach walking, and just plain people watching, Door County has it ALL! Unique […]


May 24, 2022

Some days we are reminded who is in charge!

Who is in charge? Do you guys ever have a day when you are reminded who is in charge? Yesterday was a crazy day in my daytime work life. Weird stuff happening all day. Slow traffic from patients but lots going on. Honestly, lots to be finished up on, and overseen, but nothing I can […]


May 13, 2022

Lake Forest Resort in Eagle River, WI

Lake Forest Resort is our little slice of heaven! Do you have a place you run to get away? A place you consider closer to heaven? This past weekend we were spoiled and fled to our small heaven, at Lake Forest Resort in Eagle River, WI. It was so needed. Even though the weather did […]


April 26, 2022

Spring is officially here!

Spring is here❀️! It’s official. Spring is here. It feels like I have been waiting decades for it to arrive. This past winter has been tough. So much going on. But it’s here! And it feels incredible. Maybe it’s all in my head, I’m pretty sure it’s not, but it feels like my entire perception […]


March 23, 2022

Hartman Creek State Park in the SPRING!

Hartman Creek in the SPRING is a sight to see! Spring is coming! We have 21 more days and it’s here. We all live in Wisconsin, and it takes time, but facts are facts guys! I have been counting down for weeks…….I know you all know that LOL! Spring hiking is the best! Don’t you […]


February 27, 2022

A few of my favorite things!

Here comes the sleet……. I am off today from my full time job, snuggled in the master, curled up in a sherpa with my lab top and my Scout. Fueled by too much coffee and a dire need to see the sun β˜€οΈ shine again. I am starting to hear the icy sleet hit the […]


February 22, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What does it mean, Valentine’s Day? During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. For many of us the meaning of Valentine’s Day changes […]


February 13, 2022

My 10 best secrets to get to β˜€οΈ SPRING!

Are you ready for spring? Here’s my top 10 things to help get you get there! I do love the snow guys don’t get me wrong. But by mid February I start to get vitamin D withdrawals like crazy. I know I have told you I’m a Leo. I NEED the sunshine. There is something […]


February 3, 2022

What’s YOUR favorite spot in Wisconsin?

Do you have a favorite spot? Everyone has one. A favorite spot. A place they go to or run to when they want to cheer up, get out, look forward not back. A place that brings happiness and contentment. Somewhere that is a bit of a drive but closer to home so you can visit […]


January 16, 2022

The Awassa Trails in St Germain, WI

The Awassa trails are by far our favorite winter hiking spot! What can I say but the Awassa trails are amazing! The trails are wide, easy to hike, mainly flat, and the forest is absolutely incredible. I’ll include what Vilas County has to say: LENGTH:1.0 to 4.4 mi LOCATION:From the intersection of Hwy 155 & […]


January 15, 2022

Sayner, WI: The birthplace of the snowmobile!

The birthplace of the snowmobile! Sayner, Wisconsin is the birthplace of the snowmobile. It is a small town 15 miles northwest of Eagle River in Vilas County. I never knew the snowmobile was invented here until last weekend. Shame on me. The inventor of the snowmobile: Carl Eliason Snowmobiling was born here in the 1920s, when […]


January 10, 2022

Amy’s Famous Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

My roasted Brussels Sprouts will change your life! Do you guys have a favorite vegetables? I guess I really don’t but in winter we live on these. Roasted Brussels sprouts are great with steak, chicken, or with fish……just about any meal. You can doctor them up with whatever you like. You can add balsamic, parmesan, […]


January 7, 2022

Amid the Holidays life can really be tough!

Life is tough, even when we are trying SO hard to celebrate and be merry! Life can be tough! After what feels like one of my toughest day’s alive I guess I needed to hear this. Yesterday was awful. I have to be truly honest and tell you that I have to really, really think […]


December 21, 2021

Our GREAT Christmas Tree Adventure!

Our Great Christmas Tree Adventure this year was an incredible experience. The sun was shining brightly and helped show us the way to our special tree that will be the highlight of our holidays.


December 1, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Wisconsin!

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. I’ve included my recipe for dutch oven bread for all of you and some tips on my Thanksgiving table!


November 24, 2021

Holiday tips that are easy and impactful!

The holidays can be stressful. Trust me, I know. I am going to share a holiday tip or two that gets me through. They are all easy and make a BIG impact on your planning and also your work/life balance through the season! I promise it will help! Holiday Tip #1: Great Gifts and Decor […]


November 22, 2021

Classic Holiday Lasagna

This lasagna recipe is easy and excellent! Lasagna is ALL about two things: time and ingredients. If you buy fresh, get the best cheeses, and tomatoes, it will be INCREDIBLE, and a very special treat. You can also make this ahead of time and entertain the fanciest of guests, or the closest of family. Lasagna […]


November 18, 2021

Fall Traditions #2: Northwoods Favorites

Part 2 of my Fall adventure series is going to share some of our Northwoods Favorites. These are locations that we love to visit, especially in the fall. We have been going to some for over a decade and others were just found on this trip. I’m absolutely positive we will be going back to […]


October 29, 2021

Fall Traditions #1: Autumn Color

Fall Tradition #1: Our Wedding! Where do I begin? Our biggest fall tradition is our annual trip North to celebrate our wedding anniversary. H and I were married on 10/04/2008. It was the most incredible day. The sun was shinning all day. It reached about 68-70 degree’s that afternoon, and the evening smelled of leaves, […]


October 19, 2021

Misty Ridge Orchard, DePere, WI

N5126 Advent Road, DePere, WI 54115 Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm We found a hidden gem today! Misty Ridge Orchard in Depere, WI. So H and I headed into town super early Sunday AM to run some errands. Costco, Menards and pick up a bagel was the plan. Last week we ended up at Polly’s […]


October 3, 2021

Fall country adventures!

Weekend in the country! The Wisconsin countryside has a way of drawing you in. Simple family adventures on a grand landscape that make her traditions from year to year, and season after season. I’m glad I live in a place where there are October’s. There are tons of things in the country to do, and […]


October 3, 2021

Big H’s 40th birthday weekend: Mays Bar!

Part 2: Our adventure for Bloody Mary’s Sunday Bloody Mary’s is tradition! So I LOVE a good Bloody Mary. The problem is they do a number on my stomach so I have to live through H. I take a sip of his and have a cocktail. It’s just better that away. Sunday morning of our […]


September 27, 2021

Big H’s 40th birthday weekend in Wisconsin’s Northwoods!

Part 1: The Beginning of the Adventure I really can’t believe its Big H’s 40th. I am 8 years older, and when we got married it didn’t seem like that much. Today, OMG, it seems like light years! Granted, he works very physically at his job every day, so he’s stiff, and achy everywhere also, […]


September 26, 2021

Update on Mr. Scout!

Jeez where do I begin! As you guys know H and lost our three kitties over the past 2 years. One we lost to diabetes, one to kidney and liver failure, and the last we just lost this past June due to mouth cancer. It’s been a whirlwind if I do say so. I NEVER […]


September 11, 2021

Labor Day Weekend: The last lake day.

The amazing drive up for our lake day. Hwy 54 North of Shawano, WI! What are you up to today? What have you guys been up to this weekend? Did you do something special with your family? Spend the day at the lake for the last time? Bring the boat home with you? We decided […]


September 6, 2021

Carpe diam Wisconsin! Fall is HERE!!

WOW that came fast! Fall is here! Last night was so amazing! The weather feels different doesn’t it. When I walked out of work last night I almost couldn’t believe the weather. So cool, crisp and inviting. The sunshine on the way home was almost blinding but awesome! I have to admit I had tuna […]


September 2, 2021

Eagle Tower, Peninsula State Park

This past weekend H and I went to hike the new Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. This place is one of our favorites. We have been so many times I can’t count. It’s kind of tradition to hike the park, and climb the tower. They have been rebuilding the tower for a few years […]


August 30, 2021

Sunday in the country!

Well we did it! We overcame heart surgery, crazy work schedules, hundreds of miles, and Covid 19 to be together AGAIN for the second time in just four weeks. That is an incredible accomplishment for our family. This time we got to celebrate my birthday, and just be together in the country. My parents live […]


August 24, 2021

What is it about aging?

Another year gone by… At what point in our lives do we go from being completely conscious of trying to make memories to having them? This first year sharing with you all on the blog and website has been therapeutic for sure. Although there is still so much work to do and I have so […]


August 22, 2021

BURGER FEST is here in Seymour, WI

This coming weekend is the famous Burger Fest in Seymour, WI. Every year in August the town comes together to celebrate its claim to fame. Seymour is the birthplace of the beloved American hamburger. The festival begins on Friday the 13th and runs through Saturday the 14th. How do we know that Seymour is truly […]


August 12, 2021

Incredible Summer Wildflowers

My favorite part of summer is all of the wildflowers. They are like little pieces of art dancing in the wind. What I love the most is that only some of us really stop to appreciate them, it feels sometimes like a magical secret. I can’t begin to tell you how a long drive on […]


August 6, 2021

Do not be afraid. Life can be tough!

Do not be afraid to be happy! Do not be afraid. What does it really mean? Life has been super tough for me lately. My plate is really full right now. I am sitting down for the first time in what seems like weeks to write to you guys. I am just home from my […]


August 4, 2021

Good Morning!

Update on Scout! Good morning everyone! Wow what a week. Aside from a big add on to my responsibilities at my day job, and coming home from vacation, we adopted a new cat. He has been a challenge. After this week I’m almost 100% sure he was abused. But he is doing much better. He’s […]


July 25, 2021

Wisconsin’s Amazing COMMON LOON!!

What it is about the relaxing call of the Loon’s? Whether you live on the lake, or have just arrived for the week to enjoy some time off, hearing the call of the Loon is an experience. It brings back memories, allows you to relax, and makes you feel tranquil. They are an awesome bird, […]


July 22, 2021

I’d like to introduce you all to Scout!

We are home! Good morning everyone! We are home! Friday was a tough day. We said goodbye for now to our island. I of course got up at 6:00am and starting packing and cleaning and let H sleep. I feel better when I’m organized and sometimes it’s just easier to do it alone. We had […]


July 18, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: MORE Thursday: Sayner Pub and Eagle River

It’s our last FULL day here today! I am so sad and so excited all at the same time. #1. I can’t WAIT to get on the water today I couldn’t sleep this morning. I’ve been up since 5:30am. My normal. #2. I am so sad we are leaving and I always have fun on […]


July 15, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: Thursday

OMG I don’t even know where to begin…… I can’t begin to explain what an incredible trip this has been for H and I. We have spent so much time……SOOOOO much time up here in the Wisconsin Northwoods over the past 20 years it’s unreal. But this trip is different. The weather has been great, […]


July 15, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: Wednesday

I hope you are having as great a week as we are! Hey guys hope you’re having a great week. WOW has our trip been incredible. We have done so much stuff that I haven’t had the time to upload pictures and write to you all. We just got back to the cabin now. It’s […]


July 14, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: Tuesday

Franklin Lake What a day. We had the time of our lives. There are a few places that we have been going for almost 20 years now that are near and dear to both our hearts. We went to two of them yesterday. I recently told you the story of our first trip to Franklin […]


July 13, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: Monday!

I’m kinda speechless… I am. I almost don’t know where to start. Sunday was…..well out of a book. First of all I’m sleeping here. Which is amazing in itself. I typically don’t sleep well. You know how it goes. You age, worry about stuff, have stuff always on your mind and if your like me […]


July 12, 2021

Summer Postcard Series: Sunday: Gypsy Villa

Welcome Wisconsin! Welcome Wisconsin to my summer postcard series straight from the Northwoods in Eagle River. We are staying at Gypsy Villa this year. It’s a little overwhelming this morning writing to you. The past 24 hours are a day we wait for the entire year. We both love it here so much. The people, […]


July 11, 2021

Camping at Franklin Lake. Chapter 1: Our First Adventure!

Our first trip to Franklin Lake! I can’t remember how we found Franklin Lake nor can I remember the year. I’d guess it was around 2005. It was Memorial Day weekend. We had no idea where we were going. This was during the era where you had to print out directions from Map Quest. We […]


July 7, 2021

A girl can dream right?

Tough week! Hey guys, I hope you are all well and getting ready to celebrate the 4th! Do you have plans? What are you guys doing? I have to work my day job all weekend so not much here for me. We leave in a WEEK THOUGH for our annual vacation. We can’t wait. So […]


July 2, 2021

Summer at Franklin Lake

How do you explain your favorite place on earth? Summertime on Franklin Lake is the best it gets! This is a place of peace and of tranquility. It is a place I refer to as my haven. It is tucked back off of Hwy 70 about 15 miles in the national forest. About 7 miles […]


June 30, 2021

Antiques and Lunch in Waupaca!

Got to spend the day with my mom! Hey guys! It’s been a minute. I have been working pretty hard on getting the website updated and haven’t had a chance to tell you about my little day trip with my mom. She is doing much better after her surgery and came to spend the day […]


June 21, 2021

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