Monday, August 8, 2011

LAZY DAYS AT THE LAKE

Wow...I make a commitment to post everyday about the little goings~on of my lake vacation and then I come back 8 days later. Internet problems, I won't bore you with them but I will say it was quite an adjustment not to sit down with my coffee every morning and read blogs. Of course I got more done and we've had a great time hanging out here and taking short day trips. When we weren't, I spent a little more time inside because of the heat and actually read 3 books. The drugstore variety...beach reads if you will.

One day trip was just over the border in to Indiana to a town called Goshen. This is The Husband standing in front of an antique store where I was able to find a lot of cute things; some linen table runners, some silver platters and and a few more beachy things to clutter up my house with.
Isn't this old wagon darling...it made the shop so inviting...
...and the entrance, too.
This was a cute little place, I wish we had bought some scones to bring home.
A little kitty also made a welcoming appearance.
Another day we went to a town called White Pigeon where I had been once before and fell in love with an antique/flower shop. I had been meaning to get back for some time and I wasn't disappointed.
There was an outdoor sale going on and we loaded up the new truck with quite a few things. The Husband bought a small picnic table and I fell in love with several big plants that I'll show you later. One is a big old jade plant that looks to be 100 years old. A few stems broke off in the truck and I stuck them in a jar of water to re~root them...is that the right thing to do?
There were a lot of goodies outside...
...and inside. Funny how you look back at your pictures and see things in a clearer way. I flock to the pillows in this shop. There is a very talented little old lady that makes them and I have several already. I can't resist a pretty pillow.
More good stuff...
And I added to my blue jar collection. I like these, they have the old lids.
I bought the peach colored pillow as it goes so well with my sofa and...
this silk flower arrangement.
Other than a big downpour yesterday morning, it has only rained a little at night so we have been very lucky with the weather. It has finally cooled off and is 75 degrees right now. The days are flying by...I can't believe we've been here a week already. We had company this weekend and everyone had a great time out on the lake except during the big storm, but we made a huge breakfast and weathered it out.

We usually take a little 3 day trip when we are up here for the 2 weeks. This year we were going to wander into Ohio and check out some islands off Lake Erie but we just didn't plan soon enough. We do have a few more towns that we plan to visit to do a little more shopping and dining in, and I don't mind just kicking back here, there is so much commotion awaiting me at home. And I can't believe it is going to be Labor Day in a few short weeks. I wish summer was 6 months long!

So that's it for now. I hope you are enjoying the hazy, lazy days of summer. I'm going to catch up on visiting blogs, I hope you didn't forget me!! :-)

56 comments:

Janie's World said...

It sounds like the lake was peaceful, relaxing and fun. Love the exploring in the little towns, doing your fair share keeping the little guy in business!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you're having a nice time Jane (minus the computer issues). Great antique shop and cute kitty! Have fun:@)

d e l i g h t said...

What a fun and exciting place this looks to be! The little shops in little towns are some of my favorites to visit!

Bunny Jean said...

Great to hear you are enjoying the last few week of summer.

I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. I never seem to remember to take my camera to cute little stores.

I will have to start keeping it in my purse at all times... but then that won't guarantee that I will remember to take pictures.....

xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's
Decor and More!
www.BunnyJeansDecorAndMore.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

Well, it looks like you had a wonderful time! I spent my Summer vacation with limited internet connection! While it was frustrating, it was also nice to not have it:) Time to concentrate on something other than the computer! Love the pillow and blue jars!

Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous day, HUGS!

Penny said...

So glad you made it to Twin Bays. That is Barb's and my favorite shop in the area. Linda(?) is so talented and I wish I had her seamstress close by. Hope you get to Wood Fire in Dowagiac for dinner. Have fun Jane!

laurie said...

such beautiful photos,, lovely trip!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those look like some great places to shop! Penny and I are going antiquing in a town nearby this Thursday and I can't wait.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love those shops Jane! Just the kind I LOVE to find and browse through! Sounds like a fabulous get away to me!

My son, Seth, told me last night he is going to Chicago with a friend next week! I am so jealous!! He is excited! My girlfriend calls him "Robin Leach"! lol I live my life vicariously through him!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Lou Cinda :)

oldgreymare said...

Glad you a re a having a wonderful time. My family used to vacation many summers up near Erie.

Enjoy!
xx
z

LuLu Kellogg said...

I could never forget you!!!

I am so glad you had a great time and I just loved seeing all your pictures!!!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Pat said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time, Jane! I have heard of Goshen and would like to visit that shop!

Love the name of the Rolling Scone. Cute!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow it looks like so much fun! The shopping and charming location- really neat!! Summer is wrapping up so fast~ enjoy it there!! Hugs, Courtney

Isabelle Thornton said...

Great post! I love your pictures and finds!
XO

Sarah said...

Jane, your lazy, hazy days at the lake with temps in the 70s sound like heaven. Enjoy your time there. As you say, summer is flying by. Actually I'm ready for some cooler days, so fall can't come soon enough for me.
Enjoy your days at the lake house.

Honey at 2805 said...

I sounds like you are having a wonderful vacation Jane! It sounds relaxing and fun with those great places to shop!

raggygirlvintage said...

You are living the dream my girl, enjoy it! That antique shop looks very quaint, glad you found some treasures there! Now focus on relaxing and soaking up the sun and don't even think about labor day!!
Think I'm gonna have the kids make some scones now after seeing that sign, yum:-)
Tracey

Mimi said...

HI!!!
The week sounds so divine, and you get 2????Lucky!!!
Loved your little road trip, I was born in Indiana but I have not been to Goshen, heard my cousins talk of it though!!!
Have fun -stay cool, it is HOT here!!!
hugs,
jamie

Linda Chapman said...

Delightful post as always! Envy your rain and 'warm' temps!! We are so hot it is awful! Hottest summer in Texas since 1980!
Enjoy the rest of your lake retreat!!

RobinfromCA said...

Oh how I envy you having a hubby who will shop. Mine would rather lose a limb. That wagon is terrific and I love the name of the scone shop! Can't wait to see and read more about your adventures!

Robin

dreams on 34th street said...

You always have so much fun and charm to share.
~Lynne
[w/l]

Karen said...

That's my kind of place!!... you're lucky your husband likes to browse too. Mine rolls his eyes and sighs. Repeatedly.

Stacey said...

That looks like fun! I'm amazed at how green and pretty everything is there. It's kind of burned up here.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Sounds like you and Al are having a nice relaxing time! Wish I could join you, that lake is wonderful and so is your lake home!
Guess what? I have a new grandbaby! Pics on my blog. We leave tomorrow for hot Phoenix but I can't wait to get there and see her!
Hugs,
Cindy

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Jane, I am so glad that it wasn't a problem with my Google reader this time! I was wondering where you've been. Cute stores, and I love the idea of the Rolling Scone. How adorable! You found lots of cute things. I am happy you are enjoying your vacation. Summer ends for us Saturday when we take our daughter to college. The youngest starts middle school Monday *sadface*

xoxoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

bikim said...

lovely !
so pretty!
happy week,
Rosa

Bayside Rose said...

Looks like you have had some fun days with so much vintage goodness.
Rolling Scone is a very clever name.
Pam x

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I posted about how I made my own blue ball jars. I love the finished project!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, sounds like you are having a wonderful time!... LOVE that antique shop!... and that cart of flowers out front is beautiful!... your new pillows are so pretty, please post more pics of your lakehouse! I would love to see how it is all decorated... and how are your gardens doing up there? Enjoy your time relaxing... xoxo Julie Marie

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I'm so glad that you are enjoying your summer. It's fun to visit different towns and check out all the fun antique shops.

hugs
Sissie

Charlene said...

Looks like you are having a great time on vacation!!! Thank you for your sweet comment on our heat & sweet puppy Elle... This year the heat is horrid. I just don't know how much more I can stand. Everything is BROWN! BURNED!!! The trees are in shock & suffering as well as all the humans. And I feel terrible for the poor animals in the fields. We have not had rain since March & even then it was so little. The closest lake to us is down 19" below normal!!!! We can't launch our boat & I asked hubby "why do we even own a boat in Texas"? Have fun sweetie!!! Charlene

Lori said...

You sweet lady are unforgettable so never fear that! Sounds like a relaxing time with just the right amount of day trips and reading. I am planning a little day trip in a couple of weeks ~ hope to find some treasures like yours.

bj said...

First, before I forget, I have been meaning to ask about your profile photo...:) tell us about what you are holding.

So so glad you are having such a nice time. I would love to hang out at a lake. Sounds like such fun.

And we would never, EVER forget Blondie.:)
xo bj

xinex said...

I love shopping in quaint towns' antique store. Looks like you are having a great time,. Love the stuff you bought and showed us and can't wait to see more....Chistine

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Jane Sweetie...
Looks like you and DH are having a wonderful time. Love seeing the beautiful little towns. Great antique shops. Can't wait to see all the goodies, especially that jade plant. I bet it is spectacular.

Happy to hear you are having a great time at the lake. Sorry to hear about the computer issues. I am right there with you. I too, have been having some issues with mine. It is on it's last leg.

Have a beautiful week sweetie. Can't wait to see more photos. Country hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Jane what great little shops and they look like they where full of of pretties! Can't wait to see all your goodies! Martina

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

The little towns look like a lot of fun...thanks for sharing them.

Blessings,
Linda

Maggie said...

Looks like you enjoyed some great retail therapy whilst visiting those little antique shops, they look like the sort of place where I could happily while away an hour or two.
Maggie

Terri said...

I love lake living!

I think exploring is one of the nicest things about summer. I can see you are making summer stretch out for you. Good job! I hate to wish away any of the seasons!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sounds like the perfect summer to me, Janie. And of course, we would never forget you!

I'm finally able to check in and visit. I wish I could tell you it's been a light hearted summer, but I can't lie. LOL! Let me just say I am grateful that Mr. M is finally feeling better. Lots of other things going on here that I won't get into now, but I am finally seeing a little daylight. God is good.

Glad you have cool weather. It's been hot as blazes all over the South. I think it's hotter in Texas, LA, and MS than here. But it's been pretty brutal. You have to grocery shop early morning or late at night. ;-)

I'm going to go back to bed. Blogging again is wearing me out. LOL!

Have fun and buy lots more cool stuff. I'm shopping vicariuosly through YOU!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rettabug said...

What a fun trip, Jane! I would LOVE to wander around a place like that. DH...not so much. :/

I have a few of those pretty aqua ball jars, too. Aren't they just the prettiest shade of blue?

I hope you can join in Cherry Kay & my "Tables For Two" party in the fall.

fondly,
Rett

Laurel said...

Lucky you...enjoy every minute of your vacation :) Laurel

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a pretty and fun post Jane:) I hope you are going to get this comment as I have been having problems leaving them on some blogs. Anyway, I am glad you are having such a great summer. It is going by so quick. Have fun!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Jane, it sounds like the perfect trip. Antiquing is sooo relaxing to me. :) I love that old wagon full of flowers and the sweet kitty. :) Sorry about your computer woes. I think I would have been in terrible withdrawal. lol Sounds you found some fun reads though, to fill your lack of blog reading. :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Jane..you have such a nice life..you really do! Are we lucky women, or what? :)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Ours is hazy but not lazy like I so wish it to be Jane. That antique shop looked awesome. Glad you are having fun.

Susan said...

It's great to see this post from you Jane. It sounds like you've been enjoying lake life and getting in some fun shopping. I like how your husband tags along and is a good sport. :)
Enjoy those lingering summer days...
- Susan

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Do you know, I have never seen one of your posts without at least 30 comments!! You have such a loyal following.....including me!!

'White Pigeon' is such a lovely name for a town. I'd have definitely gonbe there on the name alone!!

Sarahx

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Rolling Scones . . . love that!

Fondly,
Glenda

Heaven's Walk said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if summer was 6 months long....????? Wow.....what a dreamy thought! lol! It's amazing how quickly summer is sliding away. Glad you're enjoying every minute of it, Janie! :) Thanks for sharing those darling shops with us!

xoxo laurie

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Sounds like you're having a great vacation, so thanks for sharing it with us. I had to chuckle when you said you were buying things to clutter the house with. That's not really what we do....is it???? Okay, that's probably true :) but at least we have a good time doing it. Enjoy the remainder of your vacation!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love all the hidden gems you found!

I have a linky party called Wayfaring Wednesdays and you should link this post up.

JudyBug said...

What a lovely day! Mr. Dumpling and I love to do antique shops and flea markets. I think it is the adventure of wondering what you will find...and I almost always find something!

Lynn said...

Jade plants (if your jades are like the southern California plants are) will grow roots if you just stick them in dirt.
I loved your pictures. Have fun!

awal.ny said...

It sounds like a great place. I hope you enjoyed your vacation.

Gray Cardigan said...

Whenever you do decide to wander over to Ohio and check out those islands - please let me know - even if it's next summer! I am right between the ferries for both - 5 minutes to the ferry for Kelleys Island and 10 minutes to the ferry for Put-in-Bay!