Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Art!

It's a big day at our house today. It's Art's 50th birthday and it's also our 18th wedding anniversary. When the priest that married us gave us the dates available he laughed and suggested we take Art's birthday because then Art would never forget our anniversary! We were both 32 years old when we married- older by some standards. We met on a blind date and married in under a year! One of my brothers worked with Art's brother and they set us up. We met in July, were engaged at Christmas and married in June. I guess at 32 we just knew what we wanted. I could not be luckier.
Happy Birthday and Anniversary to my best friend.
I've been a bit missing in blogging these last few weeks. Working a lot of night shifts really wipes me out. Good news on that front though, I should be moving to days pretty soon. I was offered a part time position in the Hematology and Blood Bank departments and will move to days as soon as my replacement is trained. Yahooo!!
Also- big news about Hasty Brook. For a while now Art and I have been thinking about buying more property connecting to Hasty Brook. We own 10 acres now with the Hasty Brook running through it. Because Hasty Brook is a designated trout stream, there is a DNR imposed 150 foot setback for disrupting the land all along the creek. The creek curves across the land about half way between the road and the back of the land (no road access at the back half). The ten acres we have now does not have enough room for a building site on the road half. Over the winter we found out the name of the owner of the 10 acres to our south and wrote them asking if they were interested in selling. Within a week we got a letter back with an asking price $5000 less than we were planning to offer! Molly and I drove to Duluth last week with our check and signed off with a lawyer that we hired to handle the transaction. We're waiting for a call from him early this week letting us know that he has the title and the 10 acres to our south will be ours! I'm thrilled! As soon as the deal is final, I'll be contacting folks at the county up there (St. Louis County) to look in to choosing a building site. I've all ready found the cabin plans that we like so we're hoping that next summer we might be starting a cabin at Hasty Brook.
It's been a dream of mine for so long.
Someone pinch me.


Mary said...

Linne! So you might actually be building an assisted living home at Hasty Brook for us old bird-brained geezers for our retirement? Don't forget to include wheelchair ramps. LOL! Oh, I hope this works out for you. So exciting!

And, having DAY HOURS! Are the angels with you, or what!

Happy Birthday to Art and Happy Anniversary to you both. Sweet.


shilpa said...

Lynne, happy anniversary and happy birthday to Art.
I know you will keep us posted about your cabin in HB. Good luck.Happiness always, you deserve it.
Hugs :)

Jayne said...

WOW! Happy birthday to Art, Happy Anniversary to you both, and WOWIE KAZOWIE... congrats on expanding Hasty Brook!!!!! Too much good stuff today!!! Happy overload... and you so deserve it Lynne. Can't wait to hear about those cabin plans!

Red said...

Happy birthday to my Gemini twin Art!

Thanks for the birthday wishes Lynne :D Come back anytime!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Art. Happy anniversary to you both. Congrats on the new addition to Hasty Brook! Very cool!

Ruth said...

Happy birthday to Art! and congratulations on your day job. I hope you at least build a bed and breakfast ;-)

Linda in Erie said...

Happy Birthday to Art and Happy Anniversary to the both of you.
Wow, that does sound like a dream come true to be able to have a cabin along side Hasty Brook. I'm looking forward to visiting that beautiful area!

Marsha said...

What a wonderful day celebrating your anniversary and Art's birthday together. That priest had the right idea, he won't forget :-)

Looking forward to hearing more about future plans at Hasty Brook. Is it near the Hasty Brook sign on I94 between St. Cloud & Monticello? At least I think I saw a Hasty Brook sign there, because it made me think of you when I was driving.

NCmountainwoman said...

Congratulations on so many levels! And Happy Birthday to Art.

Anonymous said...

Hi folks, Art here. Thank you very much for all the birthday wishes. Its been a very good day for me. My coworkers (a bunch of thirtysomethings) were all in awe of my advanced age, and my kids were even nice to me. Lynne showed me that 50 isn't so bad, now I can't wait for 60!!!

Susan Gets Native said...

Did you feel that? Then it's real!
I love to hear good news from you. You are way over due.

A cabin. At Hasty Brook. Awesome beyond awesome-ness.

Happy Birthday, Art! And Happy Anniversary!

Can we all come up when the cabin is finished? You know, just to check it out and make sure it is worthy of you.

barefoot gardener said...

Wow, I don't even know what to say "congrats" about first! Happy Anniversary to the both of you, and Birthday to Art (I love that pic of him, by the way). And how exciting to purchase those extra acres so that you can finally build a cabin! And day hours! A dream come true. Wow, darlin' you are on a lucky streak here....

possumlady said...

Happy Birthday Art and Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad things are going well for you Lynne. Wow, a cabin in the north woods. Yes, that would be a dream come true. Best of luck!!

LauraHinNJ said...

What a fun pic!

Happy birthday to your DH and Happy Anniversary to you both!

Glad to hear your work schedule will be nicer!

And Hasty Brook - wow - could I have driven past an exit on the interstate from Fargo to Minneapolis with that name? I thought of you anyway.


Lynne said...

May- I'm soo excited about the day hours. It will be a much needed change in my life.
Ramps are on the list!

Shilpa- Thanks for the kind words and for stopping in. I hope all is well with you too.

Jayne- Things seem to be falling in to place for us right now. I'm grateful.

Red- It's a good day for a birthday isn't it?! I'll be back. You take wonderful pictures.

Liza- It will be great to take care of such a wonderful parcel of woods.

Ruth- After being out of the medical field for 10 years, it took me nearly 6 years to work my way back to day hours. The night shift was so much easier when I was younger!

Linda- Thank you! Can't wait for your visit! I'm very excited to meet you and your husband and for you both to see my Hasty Brook.

Marsha- You're right- Art will never forget our anniversary and I'll never forget Art's birthday either! Hasty Brook isn't a town name, just what we call our place. (Hasty Brook runs through it though) We're located north of the town of Cromwell, a little south and west (40 miles) of Duluth. There is a town called Hasty near St. Cloud.

ncmountainwoman- I thank you on many levels too!

Art- Thanks for pointing out to everyone that I am indeed older than you.

Susan- I felt the pinch!! You can come to Hasty ANY time! Come to Minnesota and I will take care of you. Promise.

Barefoot- Thank you. It's nice when things fall together. Isn't that a funny picture? He's supposed to be a manly man shaving with an axe!

Possumlady- The door will be open for you if you decide to come back to Minnesota for some time in the north woods.

Laura- No, Hasty is near Duluth on the east side of the state. Thanks for thinking of me though!

ivars krafts said...
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ivars krafts said...

Lynne, congratulations on the land purchase, Art's birthday, and especially your anniversary.!!!

pablo said...

Super congratulations to you on your new 10 acres! I hope you can get that cabin up next year like you plan. You're living my dream.

Kathiesbirds said...

Lynne, first let me say, congrats on your anniversary!!!! Looks like Art has a sense of humor!

Second, glad to hear we may be hearing more from you and Hastybrook!

Third, I'm so happy for you about the land and the cabin cause I know you will preserve as much in its natural state as possible. Could there be a Hastybrook Nature Center or Wildlife Area in the future????? The birds will love you!

BTW, have you seen a blogger by the name of Shellmo? I think she sells log cabins and has a whole blog about them.

NatureWoman said...

Wow, Lynne! Happy Birthday Art, Happy Anniversary to both of you, and woo hoo on the add'l 10 acres and thinking about building your dream cabin soon!!! I'm not going to pinch you, it's all true and you deserve the best! Yay!

Eve said...

I'm missed out on the first to ***PINCH***!!! Congratulations Lynne!!! There will be some fun photos in the days to come!

Shellmo said...

How great for you! we just finished building our log cabin - it's a great life! Congrats and happy anniversary too.

Mary C said...

A belated happy birthday, Art. Yes, June 16 is a great day for a birthday and an anniversary! Congrats to both of you. It's so good to hear about you finally getting to do days, Lynne. And the nicest surprise is that you will be able to build on your "new" land. That is so wonderful. I'm so happy for both of you.

Trixie said...

Happy B-Day, Art!

Congratulations on the property acquisition. That will be fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your husband, and Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Your building plans sound great. When you write about Hasty Brook, I want to be there. Good Luck.

K.C. said...

Just popping in and reading about your engagement and wedding and how you and your husband met. So romantic...

Tell Art Happy Birthday from a new reader... Kayce

Larry said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, new shift,and opportunity too add to the Hasty Brook Estate!Also Happy Birthday to Art.-Sound like you're having a good week all the way around.-That's good-you deserve some good forturne.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Lynne & Art, happy that it worked out for you on the land addition.

nina said...

How wonderful to see a dream come true for you!
How nice will your "cabin" be? Nice enough (heated?) to stay in year-round? Maybe to retire to?
You're so deserving!

Q said...

Dear Lynne,
Happy Solstice, Art's birthday, anniversary and cabin in the woods!
Wow!!! Time to celebrate...
I am so happy for you.

Naturegirl said...

Hello wishing you both a wonderful day celebrating your anniversary! Love all the nature photos I see her!
A fellow Nature Lover..:)NG

Mel said...

Happy birthday Art!!!

Happy anniversary Lynne and Art!!!

Congrats!!! Dreams do come true, and you deserve that yours become real.

Hugs and kisses!!!

Mel & Tommy

KGMom said...

A quadruple yippee--Happy Birthday, Art; Happy Anniversary--you two; Happy Acres--you two too; and Happy new job--Lynne.

KGMom said...

A quadruple yippee--Happy Birthday, Art; Happy Anniversary--you two; Happy Acres--you two too; and Happy new job--Lynne.

dguzman said...

WOW! Congratulations to you and Art--on your new land, your anniversary, and on making it to 50. Of course, he shaves with an ax, tough guy that he is, so no wonder he's made it 50.

I've been absent on the blogs lately too. Life gets busy in the summertime, what with all the lying about in the sun and sipping lemonade (with gin in it) and such.