Monday, November 28, 2011

Inspired By... SunRay Kelley on Vimeo

 I think I found a fellow gnome here, love to have one of these houses in my grove!
Inspired By... SunRay Kelley on Vimeo 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting Ready to open our Bed and Breakfast

Since buying this old octagon house in 2000, it's been a dream  to open a B and B.  We started in earnest 2 years ago with redoing the upstairs rooms, adding a new a bathroom with a jacuzzi tub.

We converted the upstairs hall room to an extra dining room or game room for guest use, including a small frig and microwave.
 But our plans were delayed by well problems.  We dug a new well that didn't have enough output, so now we are solving that problem with the addition of a storage tank in the basement.   The final touches are getting done by the electrician and plumber this month.  We plan to open in January, 2012 with two guestrooms and a 3 course breakfast.  I'm very excited to start welcoming guests to our 1884 octagon house!

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Favorite Tree

I love all trees and don't want to make the others on my property jealous.  But my favorite one is the big oak outside of my living room window.  At least I think it's an oak tree, I'm not very educated on tree species. 
Fall used to be my favorite time of the year growing up in Minnesota.  After moving back here full time, I find that it is again.  Last year, the colors were disappointing.  The leaves blew off the trees very early in the season.  I think my tree knew I wasn't happy about that and is making up for it this year.  It's November 7th and my favorite tree is still full of glorious color!  Below is the view out my window.

The gnomes have their very own entrance.
My tree provides shade for a sitting area in front of the house.
Thank you for a perfect end to a perfect fall in Minnesota!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

You Should Meet: Patrick Moore | News Cut | Minnesota Public Radio

You Should Meet: Patrick Moore | News Cut | Minnesota Public Radio

Calumet Hotel, Pipestone, MN

The Minnesota Grove Gnomes, my husband and I decided to leave the valley and visit the cute old town of Pipestone.  I love staying in old hotels and this one was great! Making it even better was the special deal with included room, dinner for two and continental breakfast for only $89.  Our room was furnished with gorgeous antiques. 

 The old bar is original, the friendly bartender told us ghost stories about the basement where there is another bar.
 I love the large murals depicting Pipestone in bygone days.
 The open stairway is topped by a skylight.
 Across the street is the museum. In the summer they have weekly ghost tours of downtown Pipestone and there was one the night we were there since it was Halloween weekend.
 Along the way we passed Buffalo Ridge windfarm with over 200 windmills.

A trip to Pipestone is a great weekend getaway, they have a couple of great antique shops and also the Pipestone National Monument where you can see the Native American quarry and actual peace pipes being made.