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Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Friday, September 09, 2011

Meeting The Family

It was so nice to meet so many of the family on our visit to Michigan. The two most impressive, of course, were MSM and his sister. It is hard for for me to believe that his sister is 87 years young and he is 83! Don't they look good? They are both in excellent health and she is "sharp as a tack".  His sister insisted on preparing dinner at her house the first evening. That is when the "meeting the family" started.

Some of the relatives were in town for her son-in-law's birthday celebration and they stayed a few days after so I could meet them!  I met her middle child, a son and his wife that evening who were in town from Boston, Massachusetts. I also met her youngest grandson from her youngest daughter's family who came out to have dinner with us after he got off work. It was a really nice evening.

Later in the week when we went to the cottage on the lake, I met the oldest daughter and her husband who live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their daughter and two grandsons were visiting from California. They waited until we arrived to meet us and then they left for their homes. They already had been there for a week.

This photo was taken of MSM and his sister on the grounds of the Eleanor and Edsel Ford Estate that we visited one day. 


This photo of his sister bowling was taken last October when MSM went to visit his sister for a week.

After the first day at the cottage we went to dinner at Captain Morgan's in Grindstone City. Most of the restaurants that we went to served lots of different fish dinners. Perch fish was on most of the menus. I ate Walleye fish and Perch fish for the first time. It was very good.

This is the niece of MSM. She is the one with her family who manage the rental cottages on Lake Huron in Grosspoint Bay during the summer months. She is a lovely person and it was quite clear that the guests who rented the cottages were impressed with the family/managers. Most the patrons are return guests year after year.

The family works very hard to keep everything in tip-top order. They bought the property 33 years ago just prior to getting married. The renovations and improvement of the property are very impressive! They have three children and their son is a very big assistance in helping his father with the maintenance along with holding down a full time job..

It was so nice to meet  the family. We were not able to meet a nephew and a husband of a niece who were not able to come  because of employment obligations. I think it was quite special that I was able to meet almost everyone in the family.

I really enjoyed the family togetherness, especially since my life/family did not take that course.

Have a great day and HUG your family.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Have You Read It? Have You Seen It?

As I have said, I had a very relaxing vacation. In fact, I can not remember when I have felt soo relaxed. It was so wonderful having someone to take care of most everything. While we were at the summer cottage on Lake Huron, Michigan, I had a chance to start reading the "ever so popular" book, the HELP. After you get accustomed to the writing style of ebonics, it is a fast  read.

According to the Urban Dictionary - - - Ebonics is a "variation" of English entirely made up of slang and southern word shortenings. It is generally spoken in the "hood" (neighborhood) and has almost no defined syntactical structure. Also of note is the almost complete lack of conjugation of verbs ("I be", "she be", "thems be", etc) and the mixing of pronouns."

When I say relaxed, I think this next photo confirms my happiness in having only the book to think about.  When I am at home I usually am thinking about all the things I have to do to keep up with all the responsibilities of maintaining my own home on a limitd budget. As difficult as it is, I still do a lot of the physical work inside and outside. I worked so hard to buy my "little house" (eighteen years ago) and I would feel awful if it fell into disrepair and my property value would drop more than it has with the current economy! My house is my only financial security for my old-old age in the event I can not take care of myself.

I had no idea this post was going to take me to the stresses that I feel at the present time. Let me refocus or should I say "get an attitude adjustment".  I am very blessed to have a nice little home in a great location in a great little historic town.  - - - - - And, I am blessed to have a Special Man in my life who provides lots of love and a very busy social life!

My girlfriend and I went to the afternoon show together and it is always fun to discuss the movie after. If you can't read the book, at least go to the movie, the HELP. It is very insightful, tender and funny.

Enjoy your day - and give thanks.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Enjoying Tourist Life At Greenfield Village

Why do the days go by so fast?  Finally, I am posting a little more about our vacation to Michigan.

"Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too.

 In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America."

And, we had a very good time!

These sheep will be producing Merino Wool.

And this is a knitting machine. Pretty interesting.

And this is a sock knitting machine. Can you tell ? ? ?


The store had beautiful handcrafted treasures!

Of course, we took a ride around the village on the steam engine train.


Take care of yourself and have a Fabulous Day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Little Lesson About "The Thumb"

Can you see  The Mitten Michiganites have a way of communicating geographical location by using their hands!

The left palm is the Upper Peninsula and the right palm is the Lower Peninsula. All you have to do is to place your left palm above your right palm and you will have a Map of the Great Lakes State.  We spent our vacation in the vicinity of  The Thumb  in the Lower Peninsula specifically the south east area..

Does this next photo (from goggle images) help you to see what I am trying to explain? It was a lot of fun listening to "the relatives" describing to me where towns and cities were located by using their hands. I have never seen anything like that in the past. I love learning new things.

More about our vacation yet to come.

I hope you a having a Fabulous Day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fabulous Michigan Vacation

This is just a quick post. I will post more in the days to come. Arrived home last evening feeling relaxed and joyful. It was such a nice vacation. We saw many beautiful sights and spent a lot of time with the family of MSM. Detroit is his birthplace.

This photo was taken on the deck of his niece's family summer cottage on Lake Huron. They spend the summers there and manage their five rental summer cottages, Krebs Lane Cottages.  It is truly lovely. But, of course a lot of hard work for them. The remainder of the year they live in the suburbs of Detroit.

Just look at the view from the cottage !

The time we spent with the family was priceless.

This day the lake was so very still with very little movement.

And look at it this day, very active with rough water !

The weather was great the whole time we were away and we were very thankful.


I hope you are having a Wonderful Day.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Let Me Show Off My Kitchen

This kitchen redo was completed a few years ago and periodically I try to take a photo. But, I never seem to capture the colors as I see them in real life. However, this is close. The mosiac backspash (needless to say) is the focal point of my rather small kitchen. Yes, the cabinets are purple! Never in my life did I ever think I would have a "purple kitchen". But, I do. It all started with my idea to use broken dishes to create a "one of a kind" mosaic backsplash. I just happened to find some boxes of dishes at a Ross store that had some breakage. In fact, there were three boxes of the same pattern selling for $4.99 each. I loved the bright primary colors and I quickly picked them up. Now, really, how many people would want what I wanted? After all, they were broken ! ! ! 

If you look closely, you can see a stained glass hummingbird and flower hanging from the cupboard above.  I have always been fond of hummingbirds and in the past I have had quite a collection of them. You know how it is when friends know you might be collecting something, they like to add to the collection. My little house does not lend itself to lots of collections. So, I have sold a lot of them. Yes, sometimes I miss things. But, it is always a short lived feeling.

I will try to get some decent photos of the remainder of the kitchen at a later date.  It is difficult to get the lighting so the reflecxtions don't show all over the photos. I need to do this when I have plenty of time.

Well, we are soon off for our vacation to Michigan. I am feeling very relaxed and looking forward to each and every day.

 We will be spending a lot of time with the sister of MSM who lives at St Clair Shores. I am looking forward to getting to know her. I have enjoyed talking with her on the telephone.

I hope you have a Good Week.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oregon Vacation - Part One

I thought I would write a little about our nice vacation and also post some of the photos.  I hope you enjoy.

The first night of our vacation we stayed in Ashland, Oregon known for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Bard's Inn provided us with a very nice Jacuzzi Suite with a great view and within walking distance of the Downtown Plaza. Ashland Creek was very close to our suite and had a lovely little park, about a quarter-acre, named Bluebird Park. After walking through the plaza and stopping in at a few shops, we enjoyed dinner of fish and chips (for him) and Fillet Mignon (for me) at an upstairs British pub named The Black Sheep that overlooked the Plaza. The food was very good and we enjoyed everything about the casual environment after a full day of traveling. The next morning after a very nice breakfast at the Inn, we walked in the plaza some more before heading north to Crater Lake.

Crater Lake is five miles wide and ringed by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high, and the lake rests in the shattered remnants of a volcano called Mount Mazama, which erupted and collapsed into itself  7,700 years ago. It filled with rain and melted snow.  At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world.

Later eruptions formed Wizard Island and other volcanic features, now hidden under the lake. The island  is a cinder cone rising 760 feet above the lake's surface.

This was truly an unforgettable sight. The water is sapphire-blue and they say the water is so pure and so clear it absorbs every ray of the sun, reflecting only the deepest blue hues of the spectrum back to the surface.

and then north west to Steamboat Inn. 

We traveled along the Umpqua River until we arrived at Steamboat Inn which has a rich history of fishing for steel head trout and salmon. As you can see the cabin had a nice deck just above the beautiful river. The sound of the river was very relaxing.  Since my brief visit to the Inn in 1989, many changes have been made including the addition of a very fancy library for wine tasting and appetizers prior to dinner.  One of the changes that I was disappointed in was the dinner.  In the past it was featured as a "Fisherman's Dinner" with everyone around a long table, like a family style dinner. Yes, the long sugar pine table was used as well as several smaller tables for a guest number of thirty-one. The food was disappointing, mainly because it seemed as though they were trying to be current with the flavors of the present times - and they fell short. But, none the less we enjoyed our stay with the cabin accommodations and The River.

Then we were on our way to the Coast to visit and stay a night in Florence. -  -  - More in the next post.

I hope you are having a Fabulous Day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Our vacation - trip to Oregon was WONDERFUL.  We truly had a grand time. We filled our days with lots of activities, but not too many so we would not be exhausted all of the time.

This photo was taken from our private balcony where we were staying at Pier Point Inn overlooking the Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon.  It was really beautiful, especially at night with all the bright lights on the bridge and across the waterfront.

The Siuslaw River Bridge was impressive.

This beautiful waterfall greeted us at the entrance to our lodging.

The accommodations throughout our trip were wonderful. But this king suite was exceptionally lovely with the magnificent view of the river from anywhere in the room.

And, we had a fabulous Seafood Cioppino dinner at Bridgewater Restaurant on Bay Street.

Perhaps, I can post more about our trip in later posts when I have a chance to look at all of the photos.

Hope you are having a Great Weekend.


Some Additional Special Photos


Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014