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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Ok, This Is The Day!


Peace Rose in the garden. Wait! Where did July go? July flew by. It is the busiest month I know! 

July was busy growing a garden in my yard.

July was also busy growing Omena Cut Flower's garden as well! This memorial bouquet was just leaving when I spotted it in the back of this vehicle. Just beautiful. Will go to a celebration of life. It was a celebration of flowers. 

Lilies in the garden. You can see them from the kitchen window while doing dishes. Happy orange is what I call them!

Sitting on my garden bench is a huge pot, full of geraniums and yellow Petunias.

They all wave at Steve, in the kitchen window, even the ferns are waving at him. They love that he goes out and feeds the Hummingbirds. 

July is garden month. Everybody wants to shine. All the pretty colors. What a painting to be had!

Purple Delphinium. 

More flower paintings. This has been the sunniest July. Happy flowers happy me!

How many shovels does one girl need? I bought one more! A red one! Small heads, good for weeding.

The beach days count is on! Keeping track one rock at a time!

August eighth already, where did the time go? I'll let you know in the next blog post. In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful summer we are blessed with. It is a beach day and I am on my way!

Thursday, June 15, 2023

All The Way From Evart

Nothing to see here! I will say that the excavator did a fantastic job of leveling the space for the barn. 

Honk honk! We are at the top of your driveway Mrs. Scott.

Look what we brought you all the way from Evart Michigan.

We're going to wiggle this barn off this trailer.

First we need to put some wheels underneath.

Then we will drive it down the driveway with the Skid Steer.

Backing it down the driveway.

Coming around the bend!

Snugging it into the clearing.

Ramp is down and the wheels are off.

Inside view. They put the big window in for us. We had the window leftover from taking our commercial building apart, in Suttons Bay. 

The whole interior got painted white. Steve and I are thinking of painting the floor with large, black and white diamonds.

She measures 16 x 20'. 

I love the roll-up door. So easy for me to open and close.

Always wanted a covered garage sale stall!

One day it was a vacant lot and the next day a full size barn was standing there!!

Can't wait to see what Steve and I will do with it!


Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Paying My Respects

Thirsty business, paying our respects to the nations forefathers, in Philadelphia. I had the Franklin's Mistress, it was delicious, and Ben Franklin is my favorite forefather! Tim, Steve and I walked through the historical buildings and needed a late lunch after all that! The Royal Boucherie hit the spot. The Oysters were outstanding.

Had a stiff neck from looking up! All the architectural details, on these old buildings, are mind boggling.  

Nathanial Greene crossing the Delaware with George Washington. I am a direct descendant of Nathanial Greene.

The art of the colonists shows the pride of the new states.

The Second Bank of the United States in all it's simplicity.

Independence Hall.

Philadelphia City Hall was visible immediately upon exiting the Regional Rail. William Penn standing tall!

Pretty exceptional!

Commander In Chief of the Continental Forces, George Washington. 

The State House Bell, used to summon the young attorneys, who wrote the Declaration Of Independence. 

Give me liberty or give death. Patrick Henry 1775.

I feel so proud of the young men that, together, created our country. So I had to pay my "respect".

Thank you, Timothy Marshall Griffiths, for being the great tour guide.


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Side By Side

A long skinny hall on the second floor shows the contours of a true row house.

I really couldn't find one thing that I disliked about row house living and architecture. 

Tall and skinny, side by side. Sharing a wall with your neighbors. 

There are different styles of row houses. Some are called twins, where two houses share a common wall.

These one hundred year old houses have their share of interesting quirks! Like a quarter bath! Or maybe a corner bath!! In a converted stoop out the back door.

Tall ceilings make for spacious rooms in this long and narrow dwelling.

A patch of grass in the city proper.

In the day of coal burning fireplaces. The coal chute is still in the front of the house.

Lucky to find an original floor and staircase. So many of these row houses have been stripped and flipped in the last few years.

Street parking bumper to bumper. Everyone seems to show consideration for the neighbors parking space.

These unique row homes are on a hilly street. The front stoops and porches in a row. Gradually roll on down to the end of the block.

Nice, large stoops and beautiful landscaped patches of green run along the front of the row.

Come in come in! We have just moved in! 

The Rhododendrons and Azaleas in full bloom.

Peonies and Hostas under the canopies of ancient city trees.

This is the mother-in-law suite. Over looking the back yard.

A cozy TV room snugged in between the upstairs bedrooms.

The front bedroom with great big windows that let the breeze blow through.

A mini kitchen waiting for the island to arrive for under the windows.

Great room for entertaining! 

Books and paintings. A music corner for a turntable and record albums. 

This home is so cool. I found it very hard to leave.

She was built in 1925. An antique house. The stories she can recall. The little Italian lady, named Annie, who grew tomatoes in the back yard. Canning and making sauce, down in the basement, by the light of the coal chute. 

I fell in love with this one hundred year old house in the city.

Congratulations Tim and Garen on your first home. It's a beauty!



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