Monday, July 30, 2012


Most of the family arrived Saturday afternoon and then more on Sunday.  We almost topped last year with 25 people.  I have a slew of pictures to share with you, but I'll do that in my next post.  Everyone was gone by late last night and I collapsed in bed shortly after.  The Husband is cleaning up the patio and yard right now and I have the inside to do.  Then we are going to take the wave runners out to the sandbar and chill with a few cold beverages!

Wednesday evening is our cocktail party.  It's going to be a great time reconnecting with friends we don't see too often.  I really don't have a lot to do to prepare, so the next few days are going to be carefree.  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  The weather here in Michigan is gorgeous and a nice break from all the rain.  Thanks for stopping by and I will see you in a few days. 

I'm, joining Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


The heat has been insufferable but we have managed to keep busy.  If there is a nice breeze I can tolerate being outdoors.  Our flowers and plants are paying the price, but The Husband keeps using his home remedies and we haven't lost anything yet...just fewer blooms.  We had a nice thunderstorm with a lot of rain last night so that should help. 

I am in the midst of planning a cocktail party with my neighbor, Barb.  We have a guest list with about 30 people, friends around the lake.  Pretty invitations were printed and we wrote out envelopes yesterday, so I have to go to the post office in town and get them mailed.  I ordered some fun party things from a website called Smarty Had A Party, disposable forks and serving spoons and tongs that look like real silver.  Napkins, plates that look like's a really great website.  

This weekend we have a big group of family and friends coming up, time to bring out all those inflatable toys!  The weather is supposed to be wonderful.  Now, it's time for me to get off my bum and scoot.  I will be back with pictures of the painted bath/mudroom as soon as I can.  Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Friday we leave for two straight weeks at the lake.  I am praying for good weather.  Either that or I will have to just brave the heat because I really don't like sitting indoors.  16 whole days.  I am beyond excited.  Of course I will have to get used to fishing again on the beast, and I have been a real sissy about taking the wave runner or kayak out because of the mean swans on the lake.  They chase you flapping their wings and they are by no means small birds.  

All is good on the home front.  I have so much to do before we leave.  We had son Kevin and Mary Clare over for dinner last week.  I made lasagna and stuffed shells.  Rumor has it that after MC runs in the Chicago Marathon in the fall, they are going to start a family.  I am so excited!  This and Emily getting married in May is just too much!  And...we are putting together a trip to New Mexico for this spring.  We have never been to the Southwest so I'm really happy The Husband is up for this.  I have a girlfriend that I've know since grammar school that lives in Albuquerque and we are going to see each other for the first time in 25 years.  We have been having email marathons and it seems neither of us have changed a bit.  I am really excited.  More on this later.  

I hope all of you had a great weekend.  Let's all hope for an end to the heat and do a little rain dance! :-)

Monday, July 9, 2012


Up at the lake, I occupied myself cleaning the Summerhouse.  This is not to be confused with the main house.  It is a detached separate sort of guest house with two pull down beds.  See the little porch on it?  Sitting there we have a wonderful view of the bay.

So, I spent a good part of Saturday in the heat cleaning and scrubbing, dusting and fluffing.  My little playhouse is ready for some relaxing days and evenings!

I hope all of you had a good week in spite of the wretched heat.  I will try to get around more in my visiting.  My To Do list is a mile long, but I hope to catch up on everything in the next couple of days.  See you soon! :-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Saturday night we watched the fireworks out over the lake from our balcony.  I recently started to fix up the balcony, which is off of our bedroom, a nice rug and bistro table so far.  We had the best seat in the house!  I can't seem to take night pictures with my camera so you will just have to imagine how beautiful it looked (the sky!).  Milo was a little frightened, he sat and my side and I petted him.  Layla investigated every corner of the territory for her.  

Today I am dragging.  Our section of town has a parade tonight and fireworks and tomorrow night we are going to a barbecue.  It makes me tired just thinking about it...but give me 5 minutes!

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  Happy 4th of July to all!