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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Do Not Raise Your Head Off Your Pillow

Happy Birthday Nonnie North! November 30th was my grandmother's birthday. When we were small we would all jump in the car and drive "up-north" to visit her! 

When we slip into bed, at night, we turn off the lights and open the curtains wide so the sunrise will wake us up!

This way we don't have to lift our heads up off the pillows.

Try catching the sunrise, over the Atlantic Ocean, thirty days back to back.

A different break in the clouds every dawn.

Just like in the movies!

The sun comes up out of the ocean and parts the cloud cover in bits and pieces like a kaleidoscope. 

The spectrum of colors.

Wrapping around the top of the dune.

Takes a full hour to view.

Starts out a deep purple.


Thank you God.


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

October 2023

Then there is fall. Where all the colors are enhanced by the rain. 

My white Birch tree turned a blaze of yellow just like the guy said it would! This is it's second fall and the color did not disappoint. 

The moss, on top of the round house, is lush and green from the cooler temperatures and all the drizzle. 

Our Burning Bush came alive! The leaves were such an entrenched red. 

Three ole' Jack-o-lanterns, to be carved, all in a row. 

The last four weeks have had sensational color up and down the county roads.

Interesting thing, thou, the leaves under all the color are still a bright green. So it starts from the top and works it's way to the bottom. Funny how that happens!


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.



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