T Tuesday: returning edition

Hello!! I am still here. It’s been a while.

Gosh, that sounds like the beginning to a song… I’m awful with names of songs/singers/authors/actors/movies/etc…so if it is one…sorry, I’m just not going to be able to commit any brain cells to that information. I have WAY too much other pointless trivia floating around in there.

So I took a bit of a blog hiatus after mom’s passing and funeral. I just wasn’t able to “find my voice” for the blog. I think my bout of laryngitis is over now.

During my break we traveled to north to do another college visit. This one was University of Minnesota Duluth. I completely forgot to take any photos on campus likely because our tour remained inside all but one brief walk outside as a shortcut. The awesome thing about UMD is that all the buildings are connected by tunnels and concourses. You literally don’t have to step outside if you don’t want to all winter long. I’d be blissfully happy if that’s where either kid decided to go to school.

Mini-me and I did our traditional sea glass hunting. The view is lovely…

and we always manage to find treasures.

The kids and I walked down to Grandma’s (host of Grandma’s marathon that had been run just the day or two before we got there)

Both times we’ve eaten there, we’ve been seated right by this sign. Too funny! I didn’t take the obligatory beverage photo but rest assured it was there and it was of the adult variety. Why not…we were walking!

Back at home I’ve been keeping busy with gardening, driving back and forth to the high school for volleyball and some volunteer work I picked up. The choir director put out a call for anyone with sewing skills to mend the robes before they are dry cleaned to save the program some money. So far I’ve mended 20 robes. 

It’s mostly split sleeves but there have been some zippers and collars as well.

It’s all hand stitching and the stitches need to be hidden. Thank you Mrs. Wilwerding for teaching me how to sew in the 8th grade. My kid’s high school also thanks you for indirectly saving them lots of money. I’m hoping when I drop off this latest batch of 6 robes that at least some will have been taken by the others to mend.

I have been a little creative as well. Here’s a little sneak…

What are you doing today?


  1. Wow, that must be a fantastic school. To put everyone’s comfort in the forefront is wonderful.

    Gosh, I adore that glass and those rocks you found. Lucky you. Would love to live near water where I could find sea glass.

    Your latest art journal project is beautiful. I look forward to seeing the reveal.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful sea glass, the view from the shore, and your non-existent adult beverage with us for T this Tuesday. Now I’m off to follow your link you left of Chihuly’s art.

  2. Pleased you are back after your sad loss.

    Love the idea of collecting the sea glass. We get lots on our beach where I love so must give that some thought for sure.

    Your journal project is beautiful

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. i´m sorry for your loss, i can understand it takes time to get back to something “normal”.
    i wish i would ever come to a place to find sea glass, lucky you!
    and i´m curious about the sneak Peak…
    happy t-day!

  4. It sounds like you had a great visit to UMD! Collecting sea glass is one of my favourite occupations and you will often find me on our beach doing just that … your collection is so wonderful and I love the pieces of pottery you found too 😀. So glad you joined us this week and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

  5. Linda Ksays: Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful collage and area. Love all the stones and sea glass you picked up, and it’s such a relaxing thing to do. I imagine that for you the sewing is too and a kind thing to do for the church choir. Happy T day!

  6. Meggymaysays: Reply

    Sounds like it was a good visit to that Campus, underground walkways sounds good to me in wet weather.
    Your treasures from the beach walk looked wonderful.
    Its good that you are feeling like getting back to ‘normal’ a little, and it looks a great start for your new project.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Good to see you Halle…. your ‘voice’ has been missed around here.. That does sound like a nice school…How nice that you are able to travel around and see the schools first hand… Oh i remember those days… My daughter in highschool kept me super busy.. with band and softball and track and cross country and … and… I do miss those days so treasure them… Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  8. It’s hard after a loss, especially when there’s so much else to tend to.

    That school sounds like they put the needs of their freezing students and staff first. I call that a good sign 🙂

    I love your sea glass finds. Such a variety!

    Happy T Tuesday

  9. so glad you’re back, and hope the good memories of your mom are a comfort!

    The campus looks pretty amazing, and that view is stupendous. Love your sea glass finds! and the peek at your mixed media piece…

    You are a sweet soul to volunteer for mending duty. that’s a lot of choir robes to fix! I’m working on laundry today, in between blog comments. sigh. might have to sneak in some drawing though! happy T day!♥

  10. The college sounds amazing-had never heard of a tunnel system like to stay indoors especially during winter-very clever.
    I Love your sea glass find!! I had traded some items with a blog friend in Greece that collects lots of sea glass too I had a jewelry friend at the time make me a couple bracelets with the sea glass-love them.
    Happy T Day Kathy

  11. Hi Halle, I’m sorry to hear that your mom passed away. I have been absent from blogging for awhile, too, so I have some catching up to do…

    Looks like you had a nice visit to Duluth. We just got back from a trip to North Dakota a couple weeks ago, and while the prairie was nice, I do miss the northwoods. Hopefully we’ll be able to get up north for a couple days later this summer.

    Happy T Day!

  12. Sounds like you’ve been busy. Which is better than sitting around thinking and dwelling. Glad you are back, adult beverage missing from the photo or not. hugs-Erika

  13. It’s nice to have you back, Halle. Glad to hear you’re keeping busy and doing well. The piece of mixed media art you started with all the circles looks very promising. Can’t wait to see it in full.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  14. Pleased to see you back and so sorry to read about your Mum here! I must have missed a post or two with being away so much! I think you are right about keeping busy and what a great help you must be to the choir! I love the sound of the college. That is such lovely sea glass! Happy T day! Chrisx

  15. Beautiful glass!
    I have memories of Duluth in June, but they all include rain and cold….
    This college sounds great. I know it can be cold where you are. Can you actually choose which college to go, or does the decisión lie with the college i.e. which one accepts you?
    Well done you for sewing all those choir robes. My dad was in a church choir that wore robes and there was a lady who did the honours (as in sewing).
    A belated happy T-Day,

  16. Glad you have your voice back. May you enjoy many happy memories. Love the seaglass. I have never found any in America, but lots in the Belfast Loch. I must expand my search. Good luck with your college search. Belated happy t day

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