Outside the back door of our north woods cabin we have this wonderful display of flowers and plants that are in full bloom. the combination of vibrant colors, proper sunlight, and the the right amount of moisture have combined to make this and the other flower gardens my Janet has nurtured throughout the summer some of the most beautiful of all the years that we have called Needles of the North our summer home.
Every time we make the journey to and fro (216 miles portal to portal) we have our little Honda CRV loaded “to the gills” with all the stuff we “must” have with us. Every time, and I mean every time, I am instructed to load, protect and transport the precious living things that our master gardener has set out in our staging area on either end of the trip.
This process is one known to most Minnesotans!
Consider only this;
Today, a spokesman for the Minnesota Seasonal Property Owners Coalition says the average cabin owner is 62 years old, the average household income is $58,000, and the average Minnesota cabin has been in the family for 25 years.
“This is something you want to hang on to forever and pass on to your kids, your grandkids,” said Johnson.
So take 122 thousand cabin owners, add the kids, grandkids and cousins: Forester from the owners group says you could easily have one million Minnesotans claiming a piece of a cabin.
Some names are clever, others are basic. “This is the Place”, “Dun Rov’n”, “Legacy”, “Up North”, are a few that come to mind. For many a surname says entitlement very well: i.e., “The Johnston’s Place” and its many variations work and are considered to be the best.
“The cabin isn’t about the structure, it’s about the experience. That is part of our DNA in Minnesota. We have to get away,” said Ohman.
There’s more to it than flowers, fishing, food and fresh air.
Getting away doesn’t mean leaving it behind! We must have our flowers and our pets! Oh, yes…and our many tools! (for me my buckets of turning tools are just the beginning.)
There is no doubt that I love to turn wood into different things with my lathe. And, oh boy do I need my tools! Sometimes its a bowl, sometimes its a spinning top, and sometimes its a seasonal Christmas tree! Most of the time, however, I dabble! Here you can see a few special interest pens that I made toward the end of summer. I’ve sold them all, but will take orders for others. (firstname.lastname@example.org) ;o)!
I have deer antler bolt action pens, over and under shotgun style awards and gifts, fly fishing models, acrylic as well as wood. Mostly, however, I use native woods from our part of the world and apply different kinds of finish on each of them. While I work in my northern shop I have all the windows and main door wide open. In the full light of the sun, and in the quiet moments of rest I listen as the White pines speak. When the slightest breeze comes up they begin to whisper the calming sounds of acknowledgement that I ascribe to them. Those things give me great peace. To see my partner puttering in her flower garden, to smell the scents of the north woods and to hear the combination of God’s creatures and creation causes me to pause and be at rest.
Further thoughts of my fellow turners and our common bond make me smile within as I conjure up a picture of hundreds of guys and gals seated and transfixed as they absorb the lessons of the more experienced or accomplished members or friends of the MWA. That, too, gives me great satisfaction. I wish they could all find a sense of peace in what they accomplish on their various journeys. Oh, how I hope to see you all at one of our next meetings….
It has a lot to do with spiritual peace
The greatest and most perfect peace, however, comes to any and all who remember at the urging of The Holy Sprit the words of our Savior God. It makes little difference whether one is in her apartment, confined to a care facility, or roaming on the open road…and hopefully standing at one’s lathe with chisel in hand making shavings.
A familiar text in all cases is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace, In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Until next time: “God bless!”
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