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Late Fall at the Lake...and a Winner!

I spent the last couple of days down at our family lakehome, getting things ready for winter!  The boat is in storage, the heavy lift is in, and the dock sections are stacked...

There is still a little color...

and touches of fall amongst the dry leaves...Brown Eyed Susans...

Chinese Lanterns...

and lovely Asters!

But there are mostly bare branches here now...

and LOTS of leaves on the ground...

Here's what I raked just from our small front yard...

It's beautiful at the lake whatever the season...

Also today...I am announcing the winner of my blogversary giveaway!  Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and good wishes~ YOU ARE THE BEST!

The winner is...  #60~ Karen  of  Bling Queen !!  Thanks for entering the giveaway, Karen~ hope you enjoy the goodies!

Until next time...


  1. I just found you here, a fellow Minnesotan! Lovely photos at your Lake home. I know how bitter-sweet it is packing up for the winter.
    I'm following you now!
    sandy : )

  2. Great photos!! Looks like such wonderful place to go to.

  3. Beautiful pictures Linda!


    P.S. Still so bummed that we didn't get out of our booth to connect with you at Junk Bonanza - what a crazy few days that was. Next year we'll find a moment to chat - for sure!

  4. Looks wonderful. I love that wheel barrel from you last post, just perfect! Lezlee

  5. You are so lucky to have a lake house! It is my dream someday. I spent summer vacations at my Aunt's Lake house, I loved it!! Congrats to your winner!

  6. Linda,
    You had some wonderful memories from the lake this year!!!! It is beautiful in the fall...

  7. Congratulations to Karen! Love the fall lake house photos. Makes me want to jump in those pile of leaves! :-)

  8. It's always a little bittersweet saying good bye to summer! Our summer up north was short this year, so it felt like we had just got summer out when we had to pack it all away again! Thanks for visiting my blog:-)

  9. Hi Linda,
    These are such beautiful pictures-wow!!! And I wanted to tell you that I have the dreams about the houses too!!! And the rooms just keep on going and they're gorgeous...I've had the same 2 dreams for years (they're at 2 different houses.) I thought it meant the same thing you said!!!

  10. Congratulations to the lucky winner,-
    here it is raining today- inside me ,too- my little family left the island to go home,again....I so miss them.
    XO Dorthe

  11. Karen you lucky girl! These photos are fantastic! I can't believe the leaves...WOW. We don't have that problem here in FL. I loved seeing the black eyed susans even if they are withering away. I grew up in Maryland and they were the state flower. Thank you so much for putting my little impromptu giveaway in your sidebar. You've been such a great blog friend, Linda.

  12. Rats! I mean Congrats Karen:) Right there with you on the leaves, but they come from my neighbor's massive oak, seems unfair somehow?

  13. Looks like a lot of work. However, like you said no matter what the season, still so pretty. Wait til you see what my yard looks like in a couple of weeks. COngrats to the winner.

  14. Linda,
    Congrats to Karen, what a lucky girl. That prize was amazing! How did I miss out on that one??:( Been so busy with classes & kids. Your lake home is just an absolute dream Linda! Someday I would love to have a place like that to take my kids & make wonderful memories. It looks beautiful in the fall, that is of course my favorite time of year. I am nuts over the little cart you showed on the porch in the previous post. You always have the cutest stuff. Haven't shopped the blog shop in awhile, I think I need to go see what treasures you have. Did I tell you I put your shop on my resource list that I hand out at workshops? I think you have an amazing variety of great stuff. Lisa
    PS I saw what you said on Annes post. That is the NICEST thing anyones every said about me.

  15. What beautiful photos of the lake! It must be a little sad to close things up for the winter, but anticipation for the next year would be sweet.

  16. Hey Linda, we are lake people too! We kinda love it when we shut down for the winter. It gets quiet, still...

    Congrats to your winner!

  17. oh linda. what a gorgeous spot on the lake. it's kind of sad to close it down huh? i am heading to our cabin in missouri next week to clean really good for winter. have a great day.

  18. Congrats to Karen! I know she will love her treasures! Your photos are so pretty! I sure am going to miss all of my blooms. Love your aster and the Chinese Lanterns.

  19. You are right, Linda, every season has its beauty at your lake property. I've enjoyed seeing it over the past six months or so and observing the changes through your photos. Ann

  20. It looks so serene Linda. I would think this would be one of the most beautiful times of year at a Lake. THanks for sharing the wonderful pix.

  21. Linda,
    It looks so beautiful. And the water looks like glass.
    In PA, we have not lost many leaves yet, and most of them are green. This is highly unusual for the end of October!
    Although bitterweet to pack things up, I'm sure it's a good feeling to have everything snugged away for the winter!

  22. Beautiful photos Linda. It's always a little sad to see everything all put away for the winter isn't it? We'll be putting our kayaks up soon.

    Congratulations to the winner!

    Kat :)

  23. Sounds like a busy weekend. I have a hard enough time keeping up with one house, let alone two.

    Have a wonderful week. La

  24. Ah, the joys of leaf raking! The leaves are just beginning to really come down here, thanks to some nasty Fall weather. Thanks for sharing the beauty in your little corner of the world!


  25. Ahhh so peaceful and relaxing!!
    Girl--I finally finished that chair--come see!!

  26. I just came across your blog and absolutely love your pictures. I just came back from a vacation in Maine and continue to look at the pictures I took of the serene landscape as you have here. Thanks for sharing your photos!!


  27. What a gorgeous spot Linda....a beautiful retreat!
    Happy day!
    PS Beautiful pics!

  28. Congratulations to the winner. I am from Minnesota, my whole family is still thTre. My Mom is in Maple Grove! the fall there is so pretty...It's just the winter, YUK!


  29. I love the Fall and all it has to bring. How wonderful to have a lake home...Have a beautiful week!

  30. Hi Linda,
    Just came by to say "hi" and see how you're doing!!

  31. You are so right....the lake is beautiful no matter what the season. Great fall photos.

  32. Yep Fall is definitely here! Beautiful pictures!!! Love the asters!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  33. What a wonderful way to spend a Fall days. Looks beautiful!

  34. What a beautiful place. So peaceful. I love those asters.


  35. WOOHOO....CONGRATULATIONS Karen you lucky bugger....ENJOY your Treasures....!!!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  36. Lakes are so beautiful whatever time of the year!


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