Some people would consider Central Minnesota as Up North and have visions of pine trees, lakes, bears, jack pine savages and so much more. This afternoon they would not have been disappointed. When my husband and I got home from work we started cleaning up our yard. The strong winds this past week broke many branches off our trees that needed to be cleaned up. He got out his chainsaw and I got out the wheelbarrow.
We worked together to clean up the mess and while we worked in the background the sounds around us were like something out of the Red Green Show. We could hear our neighbor’s sons riding their dirt bikes on a homemade track near their yard. Every once in a while we could hear a shotgun being fired in the distance. Duck hunting opened today in our area. My husband added the sound of the chainsaw to the mix. When he shut the chainsaw off I could hear the sound of an outboard motor running on the lake. The only thing we were missing from the Red Green Show was something that was put together with duct tape. He did have to steal the spark plug from my old lawnmower to fix the chainsaw after it quit but no duct tape was required for the repair.
One of my favorite things to do when we clean up the yard is to start a campfire in the fire ring in our yard. As I pick up the smaller branches and rake up leaves I burn them in the fire ring. I love the smell of a campfire. After I get a fire going then its time to take out the marshmallows for roasting. It’s a perfectly delightful way to consume sugar.
Its hours later now and dark outside. The beautiful fall day still lingers along with the smell of the wood still burning in the fire ring. Time to sit an enjoy the cleaned up yard, the lake and a hot cup of coffee with my honey. What could be more romantic?