Monday, June 30, 2014


The lake fireworks show is Friday night.  I think I've told you, everyone goes out on the lake in their boats and anchor and the fireworks are shot off from the island.  We used to have a pontoon boat in addition to the speedboat but it was just too much to take care of so we sold it a few years ago.  But when we had it we could get all of our guests out on the lake.  Now The Husband makes sure he gets the kids out and the rest of us sit on the shore.  As for myself, I sit on my upstairs balcony with 2 shaking basket case sort of pups.  Even the random firecrackers going off now scares the daylights out of Milo.  And another thing we have that is so fun, a live band plays on the shore of the sandbar and everyone anchors and gets into the knee high water to dance and float and play Frisbee.  My sons actually drive our guests over on the boat group by group to drop them off.  Oh, it's so much fun!

Well, that's what I did all weekend.  I was smack dab in the middle of the garden with no shade but definitely my sunscreen and I got a little color.  The Husband worked on cleaning his grill and worked even more on the beach (he is obsessed with having the PERFECT beach).  And Milo met a 
few visiting dogs (not only do our neighbors bring their dogs, their friends bring their dogs so we always have a menagerie of hounds running around).  Milo promptly met a golden retriever,  "Edie" five minutes after we arrived Friday night and actually leaped through the creek to get to her.  It would have made for a great little romantic  video captured in slow motion with the Theme From Chariots of Fire playing. When I jogged over to drag his butt home, he wouldn't come back  via the creek.  I had to walk down the road 1/4 of a mile.  He did double duty on the lead line that night.  

So we are back home and dealing with the rain...more thunderstorms early this evening.  I was able to pull some crabgrass before it backyard garden looks like a jungle and I just don't want to deal with it until next week.  

Well, I'm glad I squeezed in a post.  I still don't have internet at the lake and I may be going as early as Wednesday morning.  So I'm wishing all of you a wonderful and safe Independence Day.  Wave that flag proudly and celebrate!! :)

Joining Tweak It Tuesday at Brenda's blog, Cozy Little House.



Helen said...

As always a great post .. lots of interesting news from your part of the world. I want those thong sandals I spy peeking out from under the lovely stripes.

Linda said...

You have certainly stayed busy!! But then you always do!! I LIKE that little table!! I am itching to paint some furniture but are waiting til after MiMi Camp to finish up the kitchen floor and redo the utility room. Perhaps in the fall.....
Happy Fourth to you!! Take pics!! We want to see!!

Poppy said...

Hi Jane,

Wow! Busy, busy, busy! I love the curves on that cute coffee table; definitely a keeper! How beautiful your lake is, must be so relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Enjoy your retreat my friend!


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Jane,

Well, it is all go with you. We are exhausted just reading about it all.

How exciting the 4th July celebrations sound to be. We love the idea of being ferried by boat to the party, this surely adds to the amusement of it all. And, without doubt, the food and wine will be plentiful, so what is not to like? We only wish that we could be there.

Your table is transformed. You have chosen a very pretty colour and it looks very good indeed as you have it placed. A definite keeper as you would say.

The work in the garden will surely wait. For now, enjoy the moment!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute table Jane, it really turned out pretty! Happy 4th of July Week:@)

It's me said...

Great furniture i like what you did with it....enjoy the week love Ria...x !

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Have a wonderful 4th, Jane. Glad you were able to get your hands on that picnic table. xo Laura

Kathleen Grace said...

Your fourth of July sounds like so much fun! For once we don't have a lot planned, but it's been a busy summer and I actually relish a day of quiet.

awal.ny said...

Love the dress. Have a wonderful 4th of July. Alaina

Rita C. said...

Well, you sure have been busy, Jane! What a great getaway, and sounds like great plans for the 4th. Loved your outfit you chose - you rocked it. I think I'd keep the table, at least through the season - it looks cute painted. :)

Be safe!

Gina said...

I think your little table is definitely a keeper! I love the shape of it!

Enjoy your 4th at the lake...looks like you're going to have ALOT of fun!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice catch up post, Jane! : ) I like the way the table looks painted. It has such a cute shape, too. It sounds like a great time for the 4th at the lake. Enjoy it! Happy 4th!

Mary said...

You're looking good girl! Love that striped skirt - everyone was wearing nautical stripes in the Baltic countries and Europe so you are in style!

Looks like life is busy now Summer is truly here - your 4th celebration will be fun, ours will be quiet but the 5th is Bob's b'day and perhaps we'll do more then. Enjoy each moment.

Came back to a jungle here and haven't tackled a thing outside as I have a wretched cold. Cruise was fabulous and will be posting more about it soon……having Internet problems.

Table looks really good - definitely keep it.
Hugs to you both - Mary X

Deborah said...

Jane you look lovely and comfy!
Nice to hear you are enjoying the summer.
That table looks so nice...its amazing how paint can change everything and freshen it up!
Happy 4th of July! Its Canada Day here today and Im off to enjoy it!
What a darling german shepherd! I had a fear of them as a child but love them now! Beautiful dogs!
Have a wonderful week my friend!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Stacey said...

The 4th of the lake sounds like so much fun! I love fireworks and watching them while floating would be pretty neat.

Your table turned out adorable and I think it's definitely a keeper. Has a great cottage look to it.

Donna said...

I love your little table, Jane! The scalloped top is so cute. Happy 4th!

Suzan Sweatman said...

I feel like I'm reading a book - a chapter at a time every time I visit - just love how you fill it in with so many details of your life.
Love your painted table - love your dress - but that lake? OMG I'd give anything to be there this week - it looks glorious!
Have a wonderful July 4th!
Hugs from Montreal, ( well over 100 degrees - we're dying here - but I refuse to say that out loud after the winter we had LOL )

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Jane, LOVE the dress! You could wear it with a red jacket and be all decked out for the 4th!

The table looks great, I really like your color choice. I'm trying to muster up the energy to go out and work in the sun . . . I'm a shade girl!

Have a great 4th of July!

P.S. I saw one of those "no dumping" signs in someone's yard in Maine yesterday! LOL

Low Tide High Style said...

I love your outfit, you look wonderful! And my favorite breed of dog is the German Shepherd, so that pic made me long for all the wonderful German Shepherds we've owned throughout the years. I also really like the new color you choose for both tables, much better than the gray! I hope you have a very Happy 4th of July!

xo Kat

Beth said...

You look so pretty, Jane! I've kind of decided I need to wear more dresses (got to buy them first). :)
The lake shots are beautiful and I'm so happy you are making all of those wonderful memories up north. Lake homes are wonderful, aren't they? My parents had one and we enjoyed the fellowship of the neighbors, boating, and skiing. And just sitting on the deck watching the world go by.
We have a little 4th of July trip planned too. Will blog about it later. Hugs, Beth

Art and Sand said...

How lovely to have the lake house and that gorgeous view.

I love the story of your husband and his friend choosing all the same schools.

A Quiet Corner said...

Jane awesome job on the table and glad you cooled off with the boat ride!!! Enjoy your holiday!...:)JP

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jane you look so god in that pretty dress. I need to get some as all I seem to wear are slacks or shorts anymore.
You really had a busy weekend with all the painting and gardening you did. So glad that you were able to finally paint your hubby's fav table.
Have a wonderful weekend at the Lake. My dogs do not like fireworks either. I have to give Waldo medicine, otherwise he shakes so badly. They have been setting them off here for the last three weeks. With all the soccer and graduation's going on they feel that they have to celebrate.
I will be glad then it's over as they set them off until wee hours of the morning and wake you up. But enough is a enough and I'm sure the 4th will be 100 times worse.
Happy 4th Jane.

Susie said...

Nice painting Blondie girl. You look very good in the striped dress and cardigan. I almost bought one of those max dresses today at the Walmart , of all places...they look summery to me. I might yet. LOL. I got some really good buys at Kohl's today. wowwee. I hope you are going to have fun 4th. I will be with all my siblings...well two are iffy...even on a good day LOL..All our family gets together on the 4th for a family reunion. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Melanie said...

I really, really like that little table - I say it's a keeper! Your lake looks beautiful...have a wonderful time up there this weekend. xoxo

Jen Vandervoort said...

You look so cool, and fresh in that dress, good choice!

What a treat to look out on the's beautiful.


Carla from The River said...

You look beautiful!! I do love your dress, I hoping to get one yet this summer too. :-)
Your plans for the 4th sound lovely.
Have a safe time and Happy Birthday America!!
xx oo

Doreen@househiney said...

Hey pretty lady! Love the dress with that sweater!

Your lake activities sound like such fun and I can tell you really enjoy your time there. Too bad summer doesn't last just a little bit longer...three or four months goes by so quickly. :(

Doreen@househoneys said...

Ok, so I was trying to correct my typo of 'househiney' but somehow I must have hit something and there it is,

I will herewith forever be immortalized as a hiney...and a big one too ;).

Maria Elena said...

Looks like you are having great fun! Love your dress!

Anonymous said...

you look amazing, love that outfit, love the sandals and love the toes lol,,,,, the table looks beautiful, keep on enjoying you summer!

Jacqueline said...

Oh Jane, sounds like a wonderful way to spend the 4th! How fun to be able to get out on the lake for the display. Sorry the dogs don't like all the noise.
Your table is gorgeous and so cute with those little legs.
I have to say my favorite shot is the gorgeous sandals you are both sporting! Love, love, love!
Have a wonderful 4th. We are finally getting on the lake next Monday! Can't wait, but it makes the weekend crazy with trying to prepare plus trying to celebrate!

Vel Criste said...

You look great Jane and your sandals are super cute too btw. Love the table, keep it! We've never watched fireworks over the lake, we should, since we still have our pontoon, but we're heading off to the city for the 4th and celebrate with some friends. I'm sure you will all have fun despite all the 'work' you had t do to get ready. Enjoy and happy 4th!

Lulu said...

Quite a weekend you had, and it sounds like you are geared up to have a very fun fourth.

Cozy Little House said...

I say she's a keeper!

Chatelaine said...

Pretty dog and I do like the outfit. Very nautical.

I don't really have a busy weekend planned but I will have my annual Wimbledon breakfast party on Sunday. Looks like the 4th will be a washout anyway with downpours expected. Lots of plans need to be shifted here in Boston.

Enjoy your time at the lake!!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I love your sweet little table! Yep, it's a keeper in my book! : - )

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


OK, you are now the 7th blog poster that has fallen off of my read list.

I am not a new follower, but I guess now I kinda am. I am just sick about this.

Kathy Moreland said...

I love the table and think it is a keeper for sure! It looks great! I'd love one like that for in front of my loveseat.

Hope your 4th is glorious!!

Debbie said...

The little table looks great with it's new color!
I love the color of your flowers, Jane...beautiful!!
I know what you mean about going out on the lake when the other boaters have gone in for the afternoon. It's nice to have a quiet lake some times. Especially when it's a nice, sunny day.
I hope your holiday is filled with fun, and family.

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Kelly said...

Sounds like you have lots of fun things planned today! I think being at the lake for the 4th of July is about the best place you can be (if it's not the ocean). Have fun and stay safe.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Thanks for stopping by Jane, my first visit I did the Empire State building too:)
Love the table and chairs you painted and the small table, hope you had a great 4th!

Debby said...

I hope you had a lovely fourth. Sounds like fun. We had a similar time at our lake cottage. Our little town has a four day celebration. Tonight is the end . Missed it all,but there will always be next year. Fireworks going off here. My dogs are over it already. Have fun. You look great.

Lori said...

Got a chance to sit down and catch up with you today Jane ~ you have been busy busy! Hope you had a wonderful 4th and that you are enjoying your weekend at the lake. xo

Pondside said...

I hope you had a grand Fourth, Jane, after all your work. The table is definitely a 'keeper' in my opinion!

Wanda said...

Love what you did with the table. Daisies just say happy, don't they?

xinex said...

Looks like you had a great 4th of July celebration, Janie. You look so cute in that lovely outfit......Christine

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Hope you had a great 4th, Jane! You look so glamorous in your shades and the fab outfit - love your sandals, too.
That painted table rocks!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I hope you had a great 4th at the lake. Good food, family, friends and fireworks must have made for some good times.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You look cute in your new outfit Jane!
And those flowers at the lake house, they are gorgeous!
And paint..oh what a difference it can make...I love that little table, it has character!
I am going to e-mail you now too.
Big Hugs,

Kathleen said...

Those beautiful purple flowers are not Ladies Slippers.
They appear to be harebells.