Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catching Up-Vacation

Here we are, Fall is moving in and I have not shared much at all about our summer.  So I am going to try and get a few posts in and do just that.  Hubs and I only had a short three day vacation this year but we enjoyed every bit of it.  We stayed on the Leelanau Peninsula here in our home state of Michigan.  We  have stayed on the Peninsula before outside of Sutton's Bay, this year we stayed in the Northport area.

 This is an older motel and somewhat dated but it was comfortable and had everything we needed including a small kitchen area and small living room.  Outside was a large yard with picnic tables and grills available for all the visitors.  Also a path down  to a small beach area.
We spent a lot of time sitting on the lawn reading and little time down by the water.  The beach area had very large rocks in the water, to large for me to walk on but hubs did manage to make it out a ways before he gave up and said it was just to cold.
The same two chairs at another time of the day looking 
out toward the water.
In the pictures above if you looked out across the bay you can just barely see Gull Island.  I had not heard of Gull Island in the 30 plus years I have lived in Michigan.  A couple that were local gave me a short story about how someone had built a house on the island and tried to live there but the Gulls won the battle and the people finally abandoned their home. If you like history like this you can read about it here.

Only thing left behind on Gull Island are the two chimneys of the home.

These are some children taking sailing lessons.  It was fun to watch them deliberately tip over their boats and have to pull them upright again.
Sutton's Bay have some very colorful shops to browse which we did spend a couple hours doing.



It was a relaxing and enjoyable time for both of us. 

A little windblown selfie with squinty eyes but the hubs always takes a good picture so I will share anyway.  This vacation was in July so I still have over a month to catch you up
 on what I have been up to this summer.

Blessings from our home in the woods.

Brenda

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday Night With Friends Results

I was working along with all the FNWF  from Gone Stitchin last night and I am late with my post on the results, which is really bad since it has been months since I have signed up to play along.  But I drove an hour away this morning to watch my youngest granddaughter play her first ever game of soccer.  She did great!  Pictures are not great but she is number 10.

No face shots and I see I did not crop the second picture very well.


I got a late start since I worked a full day yesterday and I started out with this pile of yarn.


I have been doing a block a week every Friday night from the Simply Crochet App. You can read about it on their Facebook page here.  You will find the information at the top of the page.  I did not get last weeks downloaded so I had two this week but only finished one, and just started the second one which I hope to finish tonight.


After I finish each they get added to this box in hope of having enough to put together in some way for an afghan.


So although I am late posting and I did not get a lot done I am usually always working on something along with my bloggy friends every Friday night.

Blessing from our home in the woods!

Brenda

Friday, August 29, 2014

Random Things

Seems like summer just slipped away from me this year.  Here are a few random pictures from the last month and a half.

 The view from our motel room on a short vacation that we took mid July.



Time spend with grands. I should write up a post with more about the gardens we were visiting on the day of this picture.


Some canning has been getting done.  This is blueberry butter and salsa.



I have been trying to keep up with monthly projects.  These are the Aurifil QAL blocks above for July and August.  Below are all the blocks up to date.


And here are both colorways of the CAL I am following along with on the Moogly blog.  These are going to be gifts for my mom and mom-in-love.


I have almost finished two more sets and I believe there are three more blocks to do before putting these afghans together.  I am looking forward to finishing them.

I expect your summer has flown by quickly also and I hope it has been a good one!  Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Are You Still There?

I have been missing in action here on the blog for so long I will be surprised if any of you are still checking in here.  I would like to say I will post more often but life is somewhat unpredictable for me right now so I won't make that promise.  Over a month ago I shared a birdcage here that I a planted with Sedum.  It hangs in the area the fairy garden is set up in.  I found this little gnome and it sits in the birdcage now. I told the grands that the fairies locked him up.

Then one day I got a note from my good bloggy friend Cindy Bee asking for my address. We met in person a couple of summers ago and I so enjoyed Cindy.  She and her husband are building a lovely home with their own two hands, or should I say four hands?  She sent me this sweet cardinal because she thought it would look good in the birdcage.  Well she is right, it is perfect.  I love it! 


 Thanks again Cindy! You can see the garden tour that Cindy went on  and found this pretty bird made by the artist that owns the gardens on this post by Cindy.  I hope you will visit Cindy at The Bee Lady from Hill Top Farm.
 


Blessings from our home in the woods!

Brenda

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circa 2011 The ORIGINAL Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Garden Project and Blooms, Blooms, Blooms

 I went to the local flea market a few weeks ago and picked up this vintage bird cage for just a few dollars.  I had been searching for one but they have been rather costly and selling quickly because it seems everyone is putting them in their gardens or home decor right now.


This one did get planted for my fairy garden area.  I had quite a few different sedum that I planted in an area a few years ago that are not doing well and I have been transplanting them to different areas.  So I dug some up and planted in this birdcage.



It has been a rainy summer and sometimes all that hard rain has ruined the blooms on my flowers but I have managed to get some pictures of some before they have made ragged.



















I hope that everything is blooming beautifully at your homes!  Many blessings from our home in the woods.

Brenda
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