Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday 07.31.2016

Another great day!

Although it was still a bit cool, and windy, it looked like it might be a better weather day....

I went for a run, breakfast, shower, and a little housekeeping.

T&KS came by in the golf cart and we went for a nice ride around the "little" lake. I enjoyed it, thanks.

Back at the GC, we all visited and enjoyed the lake. It was still windy, the clouds were slowly moving out.

T&KS left, I moved out into the sun to warm up. A little while later my friend arrived.  OHMYGOODNESS!!!!

Amazing how the familiarity was there, and we have easily fallen into step.

We were well into getting reacquainted when T&KS came back. OHMYGOODNESS!!!!  She caught Tom up on the whereabouts of the people in the neighborhood we grew up in. They left after a while.

Of course we spent the rest of the evening sharing, having supper, and we went out on the dock to watch the night sky. Totally. Awesome.

Our Lord has surely blessed us.

And you, too.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday 07.30.2016

Another great day!

Went into town. Got what I needed at each of 3 stops. I saw signs for the parade.  ???  I went home, put my items away, picked up my lawn chair, and went back into town.

Ha Ha----I did!!!!  I went back into town and watched the parade!!!

Not much to it, but it was a big deal for the small town. And there were lots of spectators, as the County Fair was going on, the Farmers Market was open, and it was noon.  The parade participants often spoke to their friends and family (by name) as they passed, having brief conversations. To the rest of us, they smiled, waved, said hi, and threw candy. Lots of it. I was back home about 45 minutes later.....

And was going to mow the lawn.

I got into the shed, and decided to sweep out the layer of sand and dirt from the floor. Doing so meant removing many items that had been just set in there. So I did, and finally got to the lawnmower.

Floor swept, items relocated to their familiar places, and I hear a car.

Sunday and Sophie arrived!!

Good timing, I needed a break.

They got unloaded, I went in for a break and to cool off a little. The wind was still a bit cool, but the sun was warm.

Back outdoors, I got the mower going. Yay!!  I was making progress in the back yard when I heard a horn honk.

T & KS!!!!  How nice!!

We all visited a bit, and I went back to mowing.  Tom offered to finish up the front portion, which I appreciated.  Thanks, Tom!

We all visited a bit before they left. I went in to shower; Sunday went in to fix supper.

I enjoyed my supper after getting cleaned up, and went back over to watch it get dark with S & S.

Tomorrow my childhood friend is coming for a visit. It's been close to 50 years since I've seen her....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday 07.29.2016

Another great day!

Still cool and windy this morning. Frank left about 7 am to a beautiful sunrise.

About 10 am, though, the sun was warming up the temperature a bit.

After breakfast, I gathered what I needed and headed out for the afternoon. First stop, Transfer Station.

Evelyn had offered me to do laundry at her house "so we can visit", and I took her up on it.  It was just one load; I had brought laundry products and had planned to do a wash at some point. And with it being so hot, everything I had worn was so icky.  It was time to get it done.

We had a nice afternoon. When my laundry was finished, we went out for food. I took her back home, and went on to the GC myself.

Put things away, putzed around a bit, and went up to the campground to visit with Jeremy for the evening. We sat around the fire and watched it get dark.  Sure was nice to spend time with him.

When I got back to the cottage, the loons were quiet vocal.  They do make some unique sounds.

Sure is awesome here.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday 07.28.2016

Another great day!

Last night, Frank called, wondering if there was any room in the cottage.

He was here in the morning!  What a nice surprise!!!

We had a nice visit today, going into town for his errands.

He napped in the afternoon. I think he just needed a break from "life". What better place to rejuvenate than at The Lake???

He'll be leaving in the morning for an appointment.

I went for a run this morning.  It was cool today--high 60's. What a difference! Nice to be able to breathe without perspiring....

Tomorrow I need to do a little housekeeping, take the trash to town, etc.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday 07.27.2016

Another great day!

Sunshine, mid-80's, humid.

Jeremy Jenny and Matilda arrived about 11. Jeremy finished inflating the "tubes" to pull behind the boat, while I helped Jenny get some medication into Matilda. M had a fever, runny nose, glassy eyes, looked like she felt miserable.

The other group arrived shortly after--a set of parents, 3 teenagers, 2 pre-teens. We had a great time on the lake. Some water skiied, some tubed. Not much wind--those on the shore said the squeals and laughter floated in from across the way....  I sure have fun pulling them.

The clouds started moving in, getting darker, as predicted. I took the adults plus Matilda (who was feeling better) on a ride around the lake. We covered the boat when we got back.

Everyone pitched in, gathering possessions, putting things away, the larger family left, and as Jeremy finished the outdoors, Jenny and I showered Matilda. She had so much sand in her hair that it ran down her back!

Clean, second dose of medicine, snack, and they were on their way.

Sure was fun.

Supper, the storm hit to the south, knocking out power south of Hale to Whittemore. We had some straight-down rain for maybe 45 minutes, most of it a light rain.

Temperature dropped to low 70's (ahhh).  I showered and had a quiet rest of the night.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday 07.26.2016

Another great day!

Today was a perfect Lake day.  Blue sky with occasional white float-y clouds, very quiet water with an occasional puff of a breeze. *sigh*

I went for a run, had breakfast, showered. Napped.

Went into town for errands, came back, short "rest",  had supper.

Visited Jeremy and fam over at the Alcona Park campground. Looks like a good set-up over there; they've got a nice site.

Back at the lake, a quiet night.

Tomorrow we're going to play on the water....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday 07.25.2016

My 61st Birthday!!

Can't hardly believe it.

Been some rough times.

Been more better times.

Thankful for each of the times,

Though maybe not

At the time.

Today was one of the Best Birthdays Ever.

Sharing it with my first-born, which hasn't happened in many many years. And with the daughter-in-law and granddaughter, which hadn't happened ever.

And yesterday, with 2 of my four brothers, and a sister-in-law, as well.

Best. Gift. Ever.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday 07.24.2016

Another great day!

Brother Bruce drove up for the afternoon--so nice!

Jeremy, Jenny, and Matilda came for the afternoon--so nice!!

T & KS & Kristen came over the afternoon--so nice!!

We all had a nice visit.  The storms skirted us--we only got a few drops, not enough to even get wet.

Kristen decided she was going to leave for home, and went on her way.

When the early afternoon storm showed on the radar that it had moved on by us, I uncovered the boat. J, J, and M went out for a ride while the others stayed and visited. Matilda was all about going fast, and when we did, she let out a belly laugh.  So fun to hear!!

We fixed a light luncheon and enjoyed the camaraderie.

After, T & KS took us all on a pontoon ride, which was also enjoyable.

Everyone left, except for Matilda, who is spending the night with me. We roasted a marshmallow, she ate it, and was very happy. Got her showered, stories read, and again.  I showered, thinking she would go to sleep then, but she was busy telling me everything that was going on in her head. The almost-4-year-old chatterbox finally fell asleep after I told her I had to work on the computer. Gosh, she is awesome!!

It's still 80+ degrees out there. Love humid summer nights....

Tomorrow the parents are coming back. Not sure what the plan is.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday 07.23.2016

Another great day!

It was way too warm to go out for a run this morning. And I didn't wake until almost 9.  And I'd be running in full sun. Nope. Not in 80+ degrees.

So I got up and ready for the day, fielding a call from the J.O.B. (can you work...??  umm, no, I'm on vacation, returning to work August 8...).

Tom had come over and repaired the paddleboat steering, again, while I was getting ready.

KS and Kristen showed up, we got the boat hooked up, over to the launch,!!!  Kristen and I rode the boat back. It runs so nice--I really enjoy it.

Back at the dock, all hands participated in screwing the mooring poles into the lake bottom and attaching the bungees. We did a fine job. Thanks so much, you three!

Just as they left, Evie called, wondering when I was coming over.  Right now!! We had a nice visit.

Back at the GC, I floated in the lake for a bit, showered, and picked up the Goodwins to go to supper.

We had delicious food at The Bear's Den.

After, we played in the boat. Kristen was mostly out of the water on skis. She'll be riding them next time she tries....

Another slow ride around the lake and back to the docks.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow is.....more of the same??  Maybe just a few degrees cooler???

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday 07.22.2016

Another great day!

Done a lot today--put up the "easy-up" awning. Yes, it was "easy up".  I did most of it, but needed an extra set of hands. There were a couple of guys a couple doors down working on a project, and I went down there to ask for help.  Sure enough, one of them came over, and knew just what to do, as he has one. Yay!

Easy Peasy.  I fits like I thought it might over the "hump" of the rear of the trailer. And provides a bunch of shade. Nice.

I had just finished eating, enjoying sitting outdoors in the very warm (high 80's) dappled shade, with the light to moderate wind blowing in, when I heard voices. I turned to see T & KS right there on the golf cart!

Surprised me--sure don't hear that thing coming.

We visited a bit, then went to their place to get the pontoon.  Oh, Yeah, we went around the lake. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks, T&KS!

After, she and I went into town for a couple items, and she dropped me back at the GC.

I fixed a nice salad and enjoyed that.

And as I was finishing putting the now-dry bed together, Evelyn pulled in.  Another nice surprise!

We sat on the swing and visited, enjoying the breeze coming off of the lake.  She went on her way, and I assembled the items needed to get the boat moored.

That done, I put the ropes and stakes onto the awning to help secure it in the wind.  Probably not the best job, but it's more secure than it was...

I was quite sweaty after all that. So bad that the flies landed on me and flew away.  I went in and had a quick shower, which also cooled me off some.

Went over to the McKinstry Cottage for a visit. We watched it get dark, and Kristen arrived, too. What a nice visit.

Tomorrow I'd like to run in the morning, if it isn't too warm. And the Goodwins are coming to help launch the boat! Yay!

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday 07.21.2016

Anther great day!

Finally made it to The Lake.

Seemed to be a long morning, then swoosh it was time to leave.  Loaded and on the road.

A fabulous massage, a stop for food, and back on the road.

All was well, though heavy rain in the Bay City area created a slow-down. I think I may have missed the larger part of the storm.

South of Standish is construction; that slow-down added another 20 minutes or so for that stretch.

All in all, I arrived just before 5.  Of course it was hot, high 80's, sunny, and not much for breeze.  It was actually very pretty here.

I decided to  vacuum the collection of dead bugs and cobwebs before bringing my things in to the trailer.  Good thing, too--the heavy rains had come in onto one of the beds, which had been moved up against the wall, and was wet.  Ugh.  And as I moved the bed away from the wall, the plastic had shifted and had actually collected a puddle of water on the floor! Got that cleaned up, wiped the mildew from the floor, then used a lysol wipe to help prevent more growth.

The mattress, and foam layer, have both been out in the sun. One is dry, the other is still pretty wet. The box spring was also a little wet, and the fan is on in there moving air around.  It should be dried out by tomorrow.

I've had a shower, and a light supper. The loons were "trilling" a while ago.

So Awesome.

Tomorrow I'll try to stay cool...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday 07.20.2016

Another great day!

Went out for a run this morning. The humidity was increasing as I was out, it felt like.  Beautiful sunshine, a bit warm.  The route I've found is quite shady, and I enjoyed it.

Took a bit to cool off, though.

Breakfast, and Frank came over to help get the boat out of the garage. Turned out that it was easy. Looks good behind the van...  The shower felt good, too.

I've done 2 loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom, packed up everything but the cooler, loaded the van, cleaned the kitchen, took the recycling over.

Tomorrow I'll hook the on the boat and head out.

First stop, massage.

So looking forward to "beating the heat" at the lake...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday 07.19.2016

Another great day!

Had a great work day, just busy enough, with The Best Co-Workers Ever.

Clocked out, took care of some business, and left.

I am officially On Vacation!!!

Tomorrow is laundry, packing, loading. Getting the boat out and hooked up, so I'm ready to leave Thursday morning.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday 07.18.2016

Another great day!

The morning half was pretty nice; the afternoon half was like trying to keep fast growing weeds from hogging the sunlight. Everybody had a bit of  "sunshine" by the end of the shift.

Left late, of course,

Tomorrow we'll do it again....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday 07.17.2016

Another great day!

Hung some things on the walls, did a load of laundry. Repotted a couple more plants, uncovered the boat again, and FIRED IT UP!!!!  Nothing better than the sound of the boat. Well, maybe when it's actually in the water...

That will be at the end of the week.

I'm pretty much ready to go.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday 07.16.2016

Another great day!

So nice that the temperature has eased--low 70's when I was out for a run.

Breakfast, shower.

Had a list of items to complete for vacation, and I went out to get them.

Success!! And many were on sale!

Frank stopped over for a short visit, helped me move some things around.

A quiet rest of the night.

Thank you for reading.  Hugs.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday 07.15.2016

Another great day!

Worked, and had a really nice day.

Had a light supper after getting home, then a quiet night.

This weekend I'll be getting ready for vacation--making sure I have what I need, organizing.  I think the list is about complete.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday 07.14.2016

Another great day!

Sorted out some clothing, several items in the donation bag.

A meeting in the afternoon, errand after.

Putzed around out in the garage, re-potted a couple of plants.

Supper in the crock pot was Awesome!

And packaged the rest for the freezer.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday 07.13.2016

Another great day!

Started out with a lot of stretching, then went out for a run.

Temps in the high 70's and sunshine. I took a bottle of water with me. And I walked some of the time when I felt too warm.

And I did it.

Cooled off, had breakfast, and a shower.

Went to the store for fresh food.

Fixed supper and ate, cleaned the kitchen, had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a meeting.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday 07.12.2016

Another great day!

The Best Co-Workers Ever and I got through the shift. 

Came home to find the "lean-to" constructed onto the south side of the garage!  It's a really nice job, and looks great. Lots of finish-type work to do yet. Maybe it will be finished tomorrow...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday 07.10.2016

Another great day!

After breakfast, I went out shopping.  Not a favorite thing to do, but there were sale items I wanted. So, I went out.

Took a while to locate the items in the store, but finally located them. Waited in the check out line, then on my way.

Next store, Meijer.

And, merchandise had been moved around, again.  Ugh.

Meandered through the store, eventually found everything on my list.

Waited in line to check out.

Finally got home, mid-afternoon.

Did a couple of things outdoors, fixed supper, ate, cleaned up the kitchen.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday 7.09.2016

Another great day!

Stretched, a lot, before going out for a run.

It was lovely outdoors--low 70's, light breeze, and lower humidity. Birds were noisy; traffic was light.

Breakfast, shower.

Went to the library to renew my card. While I was there, I walked around the gardens, enjoying the afternoon.

Back at home, I caught up on a couple of chores, fixed supper and ate.

A quiet night.

Tomorrow is groceries.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday 07.08.2016

Another great day!

Worked with the Best Co-Workers Ever.

Tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday 07.07.2016

Another great day!

Worked. Busy, with The Best Co-Workers Ever.

Tomorrow we do it again.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday 07.06.2016

Another great day!

Went out for errands while I was "clean"--before going out in the garage.

I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening out there.  Got most of the stuff organized and mostly put away. Grilled my supper while I was out...

My favorite part was putting one of those low fold-out lawn chairs that have the 3 sections, with the tubular vinyl stuff, out near the end of the driveway with a sign that read "Free".  An hour later someone picked it up. Nothing wrong with it, I just never liked it.

When I was done, I took the van to get fuel before the price jumps up again.

Back to work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday 07.05.2016

Another great day!

Was all day out in the garage and yard.  Took everything out from the other half (I wasn't going to move the boat--I'll clean that side later.)

There was more debris from the roofing job than I realized, cleaning as I went.  I sorted and tried to organize, threw some things out.

The best part was hosing it down. It was really dirty.

Turned on the fan to help it dry; went in for supper.

Got the hammer and nails, got a lot of things hung up.

And the sun was going down.

I finished up, put the rest of the stuff back in the garage. It was dark by then.

Shower, and boy, am I tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday 07.04.2016


Lots of noise the last few nights. Probably for many nights ahead, too...

A great day today!

Did a lot of stretching this morning, loosened my back of the tension that had accumulated the last couple of days. Then out for a run.

Tried a new road, which worked out pretty good.

Breakfast, and went out on the porch to read for a bit before showering.

Later in the afternoon, Frank stopped by. We adjusted the window air conditioner that had been moved by the roofing crew.

Did a couple chores, then had a (relatively) quiet evening.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday 07.03.2016

Another great day!

A busy work day, with enough help.

Sat on the porch for a bit; a quiet night.


Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday 07.02.2016

Another great day!

Worked with The Best Co-Workers Ever.

Had a steady busy day.

A quiet night.

Doing it again tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday 07.01.2016

Another great day!

Much cooler. The roofing crew arrived about 7--I was able to sleep a little longer this morning.

I went out for a run. It just so happened that the sun came out while I was out!! So nice. The birds liked it, too; they were really noisy.

Breakfast, shower.

Roofers were finished, cleaned up, packed up, pulled out about 1:30.
Yay!  It looks so nice, with both roofs being new and the same color...

I went out to the store for a few things, and when I came back, I spent some time in the garage, sweeping up the areas where there was more debris. Overall, there wasn't much. I'm eager to get in there and get my garage "put together".   The roofer guy was also going to get with the owner about the "lean to".  I hope that gets done in the next week or two. It's all bonus for me. So nice to have a landlord who actually wants to make improvements on their property.

My young plants had been moved while the work crew was here. I put them back along the driveway fence, and some already have longer "runners" reaching up and weaving through. It's fun to watch them grow.

Food prep, kitchen chores, a quiet night.

Tomorrow is a work day.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.