Wednesday, August 11, 2010


My 2 week vacation is nearing it's end but writing a post makes it all seem like one beautiful day flowing in to the next, each one bringing new and fun things to do and see. I can't begin to tell you how nice it is to not have to pack up and leave after 2 days. I think Milo and Layla have forgotten about their 'other house'. The weather has been perfect and we have have had as many quiet and relaxing days as we have had busy. I even took a nap one afternoon! I ordinarily would not waste a minute here, but it was so great to wake up, stretch and walk outside to see the calm lake and hear the birds chirping. Heaven.
I bought these little bird houses at Steinmart last year and finally got The Husband to hang them. He's not very fond of ladders. Aren't the faces precious?
So days just stretch out before me...I haven't found a good novel to start, but I will. The Husband is half finished with East of Eden, which I may pick up after him. I never read it. Time to break out of my Chick Lit mode and read a classic. Sometimes it's just nice to sit under the oak tree and read and daydream...
...or maybe under a palm tree. Yes, The Husband added two more palms to out patio, we are really in Tahiti now, baby.
And Milo loves his view from the Summerhouse where he can scout for other dogs to play with.
We've had our share of boat rides and flying around the lake on the wave runners. It's nice during the evenings and week when the lake is mostly empty. At the sand bar, where the water is only about waist high, you can hop off your wave runner and stand and have a refreshment or two...

Finally, I mentioned that we were going to an Antique Fair in Indiana and that we did last Saturday. I started out with my camera and then put it back inside the car. It becomes cumbersome and I know that you have seen tents and vendors and people shopping before. We had a great time. I had the experience of the 'one that got away'; a beautiful white chippy cabinet that went to the ladies in front of me admiring it. We spent the rest of the fair looking for something similar and it didn't happen. We made up for any sad feelings by munching on Chicken sandwiches, ice cream and lemonade. I did find this neat mesh bowl {sans veggies} and really liked it. Perfect for fruit or sewing items. junk mail...
I found this perfect, chippy window that is nice and sturdy and will look beautiful hanging above my bed. I'm not sure if I should hang fabric or something on the back of it or just let the wall color show through. Please let me have your suggestions. I am in LOVE with it.

We got back from South Haven this morning after picking the dogs up from the kennel. I think they had a good vacation themselves. Milo actually turned and ran out of the office and back into the cage area when we got there. Must have forgot to say his goodbyes. They have not been barking much....probably wore their barkers out! Anyway, I did some serious shopping in South Haven and I will share it with you in my next post. In the meantime, I hope you are having a marvelous week! :-)


myletterstoemily said...

what a beautiful spot to spend
your beautiful days!

i'm so glad you had such a lovely
two weeks. isn't it hard to go back?


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It sounds like the perfect vacation!

Kathysue said...

Aaaah!! What a wonderful place to spend your vacation. I am writing some blog post and I saw you left a comment On My Little Sweeties first home. Glad you were inspired. It is way outside my box but I had fun guiding her choices, but ultimately it was her choice. Thanks for stopping by it was so nice to see you there, Have a great rest of the week, Kathysue

Carmen said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I really, really love those birdhouses!! Also...that is one BIG urn(?) on your's just awesome. My hubby loves's not quite the same as a wave runner, but I still enjoy it. :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely place.I bet you hate to return lol.Cute birdhouses.

Happy week ahead!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
Your happiness is showing through.
I'm so glad that you are relaxing and enjoying your vacation. You have such a lovely place. Love those little bird houses too.

Can't wait to see all your good stuff.


Debbie said...

Hi glad the weather was good for your vacation. Sounds like a fun time at your lake house.
LOVE those cute birdhouses!
Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Lynn said...

How fortunate are you! A beautiful place, and a husband that buys you palm trees and goes flea-marketing with you!

stefanie said...

oooooh, I want to be you!!!

Jane said...

Your place looks beautiful and it sounds like such a peaceful place to spend some summer days. I'm glad you're enjoying your time there.

Karen said...

I love that window too!... I think I'de find a patterned fabric that compliments the rest of your room and back the window with that. You can also do a mirror back, depends what look appeals to you.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
It sound like a lovely vacation!
Those are the best kind of summer days, when you can just relax and enjoy the beauty around you!
I so love your cabin and the pretty surroundings.
And your new bird houses are adorable!
Hugs to you friend,

Gypsy Heart said...

This time sounds just relaxing and peaceful. Being around water does that for me. The window is fab ~ can't wait to see what you do with it! I cannot remember the color of your walls...perhaps try it without fabric and see what you think before adding it? Enjoy the next few days my friend. So horribly hot here it's just easier to stay inside. 108 today. :-(


Theresa said...

Sounds perfect! I absolutely love those relaxing days! I hope you will enjoy the rest of your time!


savvycityfarmer said...

I know all about south heaven haven

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Janie! What lake are you taking your vaca on? It looks very much like the lake I used to live on! :) Isn't it heavenly to get up and be able to see that sparkling water outside your window and hear the seagulls overhead? (sigh!) I'm looking forward to seeing your treasures from South Haven, too!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane....Looks like you are having such a relaxing time! How nice for you and your hubby! I love that window frame! I would put it up against the wall and see how you like it with the color coming through and then I would try some fabric and see if that looks good. I will be anxious to see what you do!~Hugs, Patti

Pondside said...

Two whole weeks - luxury! It's nice to read about how much you're enjoying the gift of that much time in such a pretty place.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Sounds like dreamy relaxation there for certain, Jane. I can feel the calmness in your post, so good for you! I've never read East of Eden either, saw the miniseries with Jane Seymour though... so know it's NOT the same!

Sue said...

This sounds like bliss to me! I'd hang the window as is, no fabric. It is pretty enough to be the focal point on its own.

Maggie said...

It sounds as if you were able to relax and recharge your batteries.
Afternoon naps are a rare treat, what a lovely place you have there at the lake.
Your chippy window frame looks fab, I would hang it "as is", without a fabric backing, so that the shape stands out more against the wall.

Elaine said...

Your lake house looks like a resort. No wonder you had some relaxing days there. And you had great weather for boating and swimming.

It will be hard to return to reality.

kate said...

sounds like heaven, i have so many memories of time spent in michigan during the summer months, on all different coastal cities!!! HOpe you having a good breeze, hear its hot up there this summer.

xinex said...

Sounnds like you are having a nice vacation, Janie. Sometimes the best ones are the ones where you just lay around and relax and enjoy the surrounding and I know just gazing at the lake would be very relaxing. I am finally home and enjoying it, watching my mom. Remember posting about that little cottage that the owner used as a painting studio? I am thinking of putting one in our yard for the same purpose so been busy working on that too. Thanks for the idea. Can't wait to see more of what you bought...Christine

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Blondie.....Sound like you have had the perfect summer vacation. Relaxing and reading, craft fairs and eating is what summer is supposed to be all about.
It is hard to come back home....isn't it???



June said...

Your Summer sounds like a beautiful dream. I'm sure I wouldn't want anyone to wake me from it! Such a beautiful place to enjoy it all.
hugs to you Jane

Anne Marie said...

Hi Jane....yes, it has gotten hotter in here now! it's 84* inside my house - ice worked for awhile though!

Being at the water looks so nice right about now -

great window find!!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Oh...I can tell you had such a lovely time. What a JOY to get away and have the perfect vacation.

Hard to go back?


Brenda Pruitt said...

If you're putting it above your bed, what about having mirrored glass placed behind it? I love East Of Eden. I haven't reread it in years. Might have to pick a copy up now.

Kat said...

This does sound like heaven! And two weeks! I can't even imagine. So glad that you had such a wonderful, relaxing time. Love the window, I think I would just let the wall color show through. But then, I tend to be a "minimalist Minnie" LOL. Thanks for sharing your trip, I feel more relaxed just reading about it!

Olive said...

Hi Jane, a nap,shopping and two weeks off all sound perfectly divine. Your window is lovely just as it is. hugs♥olive

Kathleen said...

Sounds wonderful, Jane! Nice and relaxing!

PAT said...

Looks like a wonderful time, Jane!

Monica said...

it all sounds so relaxing! I'm still working, but hopefully will take a break in September.
The chippy frame is fantastic, I'd leave it that way too.
Back to my painting now ;))

Cornbread Fed said...

I think we have the same hibiscus them! I don't have any flowers today, but it seems like they come on overnight. It's done great in the heat and humidity this year, when all the others bit the dust.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have embraced my freckles and actually love them now. :) And yes, family IS everything.

Come back again sometime! :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Jane Sweetie...
What a beautiful share today. Oh my gosh, everything looks so beautiful and relaxing on the patio. I am like Milo I would be standing and looking around, and searching for so many things to get into. I love it.

Your birdhouses are just precious. I too love the little faces. Some little birds will move in before long, and will be so happy.

Your table and chairs look so inviting. Just a glass a tea with some fresh lemon and ice, I would be good for the afternoon.

Palms trees are beautiful. As long as you can keep them under control for height, they are wonderful, but out here in Phoenix, they are so tall, they become havens for the pigeons to roost in, so they aren't my favorite. Patio size, I love them.

Love your chippy window. I like the way it is divided. My hubby and I leave message for each other, every night on our pillows, so for me, I would turn that into a black board, where we could write back and forth to each other at night. Corny I know, but I love it. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Even some of that lettering for the walls would be pretty inside of it. The window would frame the lettering.

Have a beautiful weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Unknown said...

Such an inviting respite ... love the bird houses, they are adorable. The waterways look tempting ...

Glad you are having such a fabulous getaway.

Have a lovely summers weekend ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Together We Save said...

Sounds like you have had a wonderful time!

Susan Freeman said...

What a wonderful vacation you are having!!

Susan and Bentley

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Jane,
Sounds as if you had the perfect time away...we all need lots of R&R. We are off to Italy in a few days. I shall take lots of photos and do 'show and tell' when I return !! XXXX

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

HI Jane! I'm so glad you have had some time off. that is wonderful. Love your little birdhouse? that is up in the tree. Glad you are able to have little spots around your place that are peaceful and that you enjoy. I love that.
We are enjoying our time at home too.

Unknown said...

Jane...sounds like a dreamy, relaxing time. LOL, about the dogs wearing their barkers out.


sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Sounds like you really enjoy your breaks by the lake. Lovely pictures.
Thank you for stopping by at my French Country Home again, it's always a pleasure to read your comments.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

It sounds like you had a relaxing and wonderful vacation. Relaxing times seem to refresh our souls.
By the way, I adore that lamp!
So happy you had such a great time.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Jane~
What a wonderful blessing to have a great place to seek rest and relaxation! How fun to have even more rooms to decorate!
I love your window about adding a mirror or painted glass panels to it?! Of course, it would be lovely as is, too!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kathleen