Sunday, November 29, 2009

Carrie and her lovely cake, trimmed in black, and her wunnerful bib..
the bib is a target, so many points for your dropped food
50th birthday bash for carrie. what's "weird" is, all the bd cards were so funny, carrie laughed her head off....wonder why the cards were all so funny?

Saturday, November 28, 2009


New engagement: Adena Ryynanen (Russ and Beth) and Chad Daavettilla (Niel and Tina) getting married sometime in summer 2010.

Friday, November 27, 2009


marie and carol browsing at the bazaar
The TWO B'S shopping at the bazaar...what, no big bags in their arms?
Three peas in a pod with their new hats from the bazaar
Hyrkas, Eskola and Jurmu
Limanen, double Curtis, sis-in-law Julie Kangas
Margaret Halt and friends at the bazaar

Thursday, November 26, 2009

thanksgiving day

everything is put away and secured for a long winter's nap at the casita. the raspberry plants are all tidied waiting for a new growing season. looks like this could be the start of real winter but time will tell

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Runners of the Ashland WI Half Marathon Oct 10th 2009
Brent Luoma, Leanne Niska, Becky (Niska)Kilpela, Duane Niska,Andrew Pokornowski, Leona (Niska) Pokornowski, Heidi Niska

travis kilpela nice buk

Travis Kilpela buck. Shot in the woods. He missed a bigger one trailing a doe yesterday. it wouldn't stop. Today this one did the same but he got it. Its a 6 pointer with a 16" spread.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

After the short ceremony, many wives and children ran to hug their husband and father. (or wife). It was so touching to see the many tears and hugs...there was one father that knelt and hugged his little boy. Very moving, even for us that didn't have anyone special in the nat'l guard.
125 local michigan nat'l guard welcome home ceremony at the calumet gym. i have never seen the gym so packed. everyone was given an american flag to wave, some had signs...the welcome clapping was tremendous and touching.
Two busload of returning local michigan national guard
The welcome home parade for the men who came home from Afghanistan.
there were police, ambulances, fire departments from all the surrounding areas with the lights flashing and sirens blaring. People lined the highway and calumet streets to welcome the men home.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A whole bunch of Pennala's and a couple of add ons shopping at the Bazaar. Notice the huge bags....they are all wives of hunters, I bet.
Me and Darlene Helminen at my art display; ya gotta see these, too.
Aaron Helminen with his awesome and professional wood works! Lamps, tables, and framed mirrors, quilt holders, etc. Ya just gotta see them!
Nina Torola with her mother Lynn's Xmas stuff at the bazaar. The santa's are awesome!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Robert Sturos, our new professional artist on the block at the bazaar
Kay Bezotte and mom Edie Isaacson, selling baskets and more baskets at the Bazaar
Kathy Halonen and Trudy Anderson at the Old Fashioned Bazaar
They had TONS of doll clothes that little girls drooled over.
Anderson clan with bakery, carpets and art at the Old Fashioned Bazaar on Saturday.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

jake pieti's trophy buck

jake pieti shot this buck near his home on oikarianen rd back of boston location with a brand new 20 gauge shotgun and a steady aim. i suppose the shotgun was a single shot because of the careful aim to plug him with only one shot.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

mary ellen and bob tarvainen

We visited my cousin MaryEllen (Anttila) and her husband Bob Tarvainen in Covington on the way home from Milwaukee. Nice visit! when you pass by their house before you turn left to go to Crystal Falls, notice the cute holiday people she displays in their front yard!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

at lanse

mrs johnson, elaine urpila, mrs albert koski

Thursday, November 5, 2009


wendy, jackie, sara, karen and some of the children

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

cone flower , 10 " round
no frame needed
Oliver Bay, 16 x 20 watercolor, framed
wild "morning glory" watercolor

ten inch round acrylic of "daisies"
no frame needed

Monday, November 2, 2009


snow country green house by buzzo johnson const.

almost done.
this is 8x8 plexiglass and wood construction designed by johnson const of traprock valley. it is designed to carry any snowload that the cc can muster up. should be interesting to try greenhouse gardening next spring.