Monday, August 3, 2015

Coffee Time

Good morning!

Whoa - what did you think of that storm last night???


Insane!  This baby stretched across the whole state of Michigan, west to east & started at the north end & went the full length of the state! Some of the pics I saw online were amazing of the shelf clouds.

It started to blow into our area a little after 10pm. Dream Boy was outside with LtWD & came to the door & said I needed to come out & watch the lightening show.  

Whoa! We are surrounded by trees. So to watch the lightening through them was amazing. 

But then, the winds really began to pick up.  I mean, lets bend the trees to the ground kind of winds. I knew I wasn't in Kansas anymore. We watched the tops of the trees twisting and bending & quickly headed inside, but only after we brought in the flag, the umbrella & LtWD's pool.  

Fortunately we never lost power, but some 90,000 people have. I'm grateful as this is our last week of summer school and the kids can't afford anytime off, whatsoever!

Okay - so the rest of my weekend? It was beautiful really. 

Friday afternoon I was eating lunch Al Fresco with the pooch and S#1 texts me & says, "wanna join us on the boat?" 

Well - what mama is gonna say no to her son & daughter-in-law? Especially with an invitation like that?
Even though there were white caps on the lake at times, it was a gorgeous afternoon and I really enjoyed my time with the kids.

Saturday dawned to clear blue skies and nothing but sunshine.

I started my morning at my cousin's funeral. Breaks my heart. She was only 46 and has 20 years old twin sons and a 15 year old daughter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer over 10 years ago and it has been a very long battle for her. But the service was beautiful and a wonderful tribute to who Crisi was.

I arrived home shortly after lunch and sat outside with the Wonder Dog to just decompress & wait for Dream Boy. He was at a golf outing for some family friends who lost their son 4 years ago in a car accident where a drunk driver hit their son's car from behind going almost 100 mph. Both of our boys played soccer with him either in travel or college and S2 roomed with JB's younger brother in college. The golf outing was to raise funds for the scholarship established in JB's name at Hope College.

Well, he soon arrived home and we talked for a while before working on some projects we both had going. His was to changed the inner tubes & tires on the tandem bike we recently acquired. Mine was working on editing a senior shoot. 

Around 5:30 or so we headed out for some dinner. We headed to the north end of the lake that is 5 minutes from our house and had pizza & beer at a local little restaurant across the street from the lake. We sat out on the patio & had one of the best pizza's we've had in a long time! Maybe it was the atmosphere, the lake, the patio, the summer night, I don't know - but it was just so relaxing.
And being that it was the 1st of August, I had to get a shot of us with our feet planted on said patio for my IG muse, #feetfirst2015.  

You should join me! If you're on InstaGram - on the 1st day of every month, take a shot or two or three or however many you want to show where your feet are planted on that day. Tag it #feetfirst2015 and see all the other's who have joined in as well! 

I love going back through the pics and seeing where I've been each month that year - especially when I look at my shot in February with the snow swirling around my UGGs and to this shot of my bare piggies in my Sanuks Yoga slings.

Sunday we went to church and then out for breakfast/lunch. It was so hot! The whole day was like that - it actually hit 92 degrees. We spent most of our day just putzing around the house, well, DB did. I took a nap. We were even able to sit out on the patio and enjoy it for quite a while. Since the winds were so strong the mosquitoes weren't able to land and stick. It was heavenly spending time reading outside!

So today - back to summer school, but for the last week this year!

Sunday I will be heading to Chicago-land to meet up with 2 blogging buddies for a few days, so I'm not sure if I'll be here for coffee next Monday!?!??  I will do my best to, but if not, I'll be back with stories of my adventures in Chi-town.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wonder Dog!

If you know me at all, then you know about my Wonder Dog!
My dog who can leap from moving cars and survive, because she had to poop!

My dog who can run into the path of an oncoming truck and roll between the rear axel and come out with nary a scratch. Who upon arrival at the emergency vet is playing tug of war with her leash & you, making the vet wonder why in the world we thought there was an emergency?

Well, yesterday she proved it all over again when she did this....
She walked on water!

Heh - heh - heh!

Then she just danced along to her favorite Taylor Swift song.....
Shake it off!
Shake it off!

My girl........talking about my little girl!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Garden Party

I went to a garden party,
to reminisce with my old friends.....

When I got to the garden party,
they all new my name.
Well it's all right now,
I learned my lesson well.

Can't please everyone,
so you got to please yourself.


This is what you do on an overcast afternoon. You bake cupcakes from scratch, drag out the table & chairs, dig up mom's old table cloth, cut flowers from the back yard & along the road side, make pink lemonade & have yourself a little garden party.

Even if it is just you and your Wonder Dog!


Linking up with Kathy for Song-ography this week!

Coffee Time!

Make mine iced!

Summer with it's humidity has finally settled into the Mitten. I love the heat, but not the humidity. 

Especially living in a house with no central air. But we make do - we have the window shakers in so we can sleep & I have a fan blowing on me wherever I go. 

Oh, and I spend lots of time at the dock with this girl.

Oh my Wonder Dog - all she needs here is her cape & she'd be flying for real!


I still would love to take her to a dog beach on the BIG lake yet this summer. We shall see. I'm not sure how she'll do traveling that long though. I guess the only way to find out is to try it!

I was busy this weekend working on editing too.....
I spent 2 hours last Thursday afternoon on a webinar learning how to use brushes & presets in Lightroom in a more efficient manner.

Problem is, I get sidetracked way to stinking easy.......squirrel!

See what I mean?

But, I'm having fun with it & that's what counts, right?

Saturday and Sunday we pretty much hung out around the house doing this & that.

Dream Boy cleaned up our porch so he could make a more efficient work space for his newest hobby. This started when S2 made a request for us to make his bride her wedding gift.


We got such a great response to it when we showed pictures of it, he decided to start making them to sell! He has a meeting with a local store this coming week as she wants these in her store! I've also posted them on Facebook & Instagram & now here & have sold them as well.
We have both the positive & negative of each state or US map and they are made from reclaimed wood.  The option of putting a chalkboard behind a negative cut out is also an option!  He takes special orders as well. He's currently working on a US map & adding a carved heart to the two cities from which a couple have lived together.

I've also been itching to paint.........my office/studio space. It's a deep navy right now. It's the color that S2 picked out years ago & I love it, as blue is my absolute favorite color. But it's just too dark for me now. I need to lighten things up a bit. So I've been visiting the paint section at my local Lowe's every time I frequent it with Dream Boy when he needs to replenish his supplies for his signs. I had it narrowed down to two colors, something soft & something to remind me of summer days on the beach. Or trips to the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico when in Florida. I think I found it. 

It's called Dancing Mist. Now doesn't that just make you feel relaxed and all warm & happy inside?
I painted with a sample I bought, and put two very quick coats on. It's going to take a few coats to cover the navy, but I'm thinking I'm going to like/love it! The trim will be in a creamy ivory and I think I may even paint one wall with a complimentary sandy color that I used in my bedroom. 

Welp - I'm into the final 2 weeks of summer school. So I need to push a few kids to get busy........real busy!

Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back soon!