News and musings from the vicinity of Fox Street and Willow, Long Lake, Minnesota... the Johnsons at home and away. That's us.


Pippa’s Song – and mine

Filed under: General by Helen on 5/30/2005

P5290003x – Rose Breasted Grossbeak

Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearl’d;

The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven–
All’s right with the world!
– Robert Browning

The sun’s schedule and mine finally came together. I spent the afternoon potting petunias and watching the birds from the deck. This rose-breasted grossbeak kept coming perilously close to me. But he always had one eye cocked in case I made a sudden move.

What a wonderful day. I can’t think of anyone or anywhere I would rather have been.


Afternoon on a Hill

Filed under: General by Helen on 5/24/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

-Edna St. Vincent Millay


Spring in the North Woods

Filed under: General by Helen on 5/22/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

Spent the weekend at the cabin with the grandkids. The weather wasn’t wonderful. But all the rain has lots sprouting and fresh. We had photo opportunities everywhere we turned.



Filed under: General,Who's News by Helen on 5/18/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.
-Amy Li

Whatever would I do if you weren’t?

Happy Birthday, Jo. I love you.


Spring Flowers

Filed under: General by Helen on 5/16/2005


Originally uploaded by jhjohnso.

Last fall, Jim planted hundreds of tulip bulbs. That’s such an act of faith. It’s a long winter between putting them in the ground and seeing results.

This spring, we’ve been disappointed by the results. Perhaps the weather has been just too strange. Maybe we’re too early. Could be that the deer and other creatures have been ahead of us. But we haven’t seen much. This is the only pickable tulip we’ve had so far.


Happy Birthday Dad

Filed under: General by HelenJr on 5/14/2005

So, today is Dad’s birthday. It’s a big one and deserves a lovely picture here to commemorate it. But, as I shuffled through the mountain of family photos for one that represented him well, I noticed something. His absence from the frame. Not because he wasn’t there. It was because he was ALWAYS there, behind the camera, quietly doing the needful to make us a family. Thank you, Dad. It’s a fine family, indeed. Love you.


It is as it should be….

Filed under: General,Who's News by HelenJr on 5/8/2005

Four GenerationsI come from a line (two lines actually) of strong women. Women of imagination and interests who found wonder in what they saw. Women who educated themselves, and sought opportunities to know and contribute to the world around them. Creative women who found joy in what they could make, and what they could share. Women of gentleness and generosity. But most importantly, women who faced the challenges, fears, and sadnesses of life head-on, with pride and determination and grace. I am humbled by them.

From these women, through my mother and grandmothers, I receive a legacy I can never repay. I can only do my best to live up to it and to pass it to my own daughter. In turn, I never hope to be repaid in kind. Now she must pass the legacy on, as well. Not back to me, but down to her children. It is as it should be.

Mom, happy Mother’s Day. Thank you. You have given me much.

Else, happy Mother’s Day, as well. I already have the joy of seeing your strength, your wisdom, your generosity. You make me proud.