Let’s move onward in the re-telling of the Summer of 2015. If you remember, I was telling you about our new grand daughter and the crib re-do.
Ten days before the early arrival of our little grand daughter, my husband Mike started his two month vacation. TWO MONTHS! I was so happy he was able to do this but it really threw my schedule for a loop. As I am not working right now I don’t really have a schedule per-se but this really threw my own daily schedule wacky. We spent the first month taking care of things at our son’s home. A lot of yard work was done. A lot of dogs were let out numerous times per day and a lot of trips were made to the hospital an hour and 15 minutes away. We were all blessed with the timing of all of it as we were free to help out as much as needed which left them the luxury of spending all of their time with their new daughter in the NICU while she grew and gained strength and weight.
Eventually all got back to normal and we took a week to tour the state of Michigan. I will make you tired with my list of cities visited but here goes: Mio, Rogers City, Alpena, Cheboygan, Mackinac City, Mackinac Island, Sault St. Marie, Paradise ( Tahquamenon Falls), Petoskey, Charlevoix, Grand Haven and South Haven. Whew! Do remember that my husband has truck driving in his blood and to a truck driver, a vacation is a thing to be conquered! We stopped in Mio, Mi to check out the site of his family reunion weekend for July 2016. We have decided on this breathtaking property:
You can go to the Home Away website HERE if you would like to see more or scroll for other properties for YOUR next trip. This year we went to Michigan City, IN over Labor Day Weekend and stay two blocks from the beach at this property:
O.K. Back to the Michigan trip–I got ahead of myself there…..
One of our stops was in Rogers City, MI. All the way over on the east side between Alpena and Chegoygan. We arrived there on a cool morning while they were in the midst of cleaning up from a town festival. The fog on the water was really beautiful.
It was a lovely break in a cold and rainy day. The only rainy day we had all week.
The only other pictures that I am going to share are Tahquamenon Falls. They were lovely as always:
The trip across the Upper Peninsula is not for those of us that like our creature comforts. I didn’t think I was quite as spoiled as I came to find out.
Make sure that you use the restroom before you leave civilization, fuel up the car, and pack FOOD! We have been on this particular journey before but I had forgotten the reality of it. We subsisted on bottled water and trail mix that we had in the car the entire day. We of course came across a restroom at several places along the way but the only restaurant in town had a waiting list of other famished travelers and add a wheat allergy to the growing list of my complaints and I realized I was ill prepared. The scenery was beautiful and my husband quite liked the empty roads. Do the people that live up there take gas cans with them once a month or so when they go to town for groceries? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Right smack in the middle of the Summer of 2015:
This boy and this girl got married. ♥♥♥
Remember back in May when I had a bridal shower for my niece, Paige? Well, the wedding day arrived. It was an outdoor reception and it was really hot but it was beautiful.
It was a country theme for a couple that has moved out of town to the family farm. He farms and she is a registered nurse at a nearby hospital.
One of the things that they did that I had not seen before was this Unity Cross. Instead of a candle or a sand sculpture, they assembled this cross. Four pieces are fit into the outer framework to complete the whole cross and then locked in place. The making of the wooden pieces of the cross was done by Paige’s great uncle. A treasure of their special day, for sure.
This was the perfect time for Mike and I to have our picture taken.
The week after the wedding, I once again made my way over to the Blueberry Ranch and picked enough berries to feed the neighborhood.
The freezer is stocked and ready for this winter when I need the fresh taste of summer in a muffin or a smoothie.
Slowly but surely, I am continuing to make blocks for the Vintage Farm Girl Quilt that I started way back in May. This is a picture of nine of them. I just counted the ones I have done and have now completed fifteen so I am a third of the way done. I will make more progress as the weather grows cooler and I stay inside more.
We also celebrated our birthdays in August. On the SAME DAY! Yep, we were born on the same day but Mike is four years OLDER. I just wanted to clear that up. ☺ On the last day of August, Mike went back to work at a new job and life started to return to normal. I guess I got the highlights of the summer summed up in only two installments!
I have surely enjoyed the last several weeks of gorgeous late summer/early fall weather. The dogs and I spend lots and lots of time outside. Now that there is a new grand baby to occupy some of our time and lots of our attention, Miss Vanessa has been upping the cuteness ante in hopes of some attention of her own.
Yes, she actually sleeps like this.