Friday, November 17, 2017

Week Almost Gone!

Wow, can't believe my week with daughter is almost done. We do have the weekend to look forward to as I don't leave until late Sunday night. Tomorrow we're taking a long walk at a state park and then, when the doggy is all tired out, going out to eat. Sunday we are going to a husky huddle and then daughter and I are going to go do something in the twin cities while her boyfriend takes the dogs home. I love those husky huddles. It's a lot of fun to watch the dogs running around. Shasta is older and doesn't participate much but she does love running around for a little while.

We went to a smaller huddle on Wednesday night. It was quote dark and the dogs wear collars that are lit up. It's really funny to watch the lights fly around the dog park. From the road it looks really strange.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Monday, November 13, 2017


I arrived safely. The flight was straight through from Kalamazoo to Minneapolis and took about an hour and a half. A really sorry flight compared to I usually take from the US to England. As we came in to land there was snow on the ground but the main roads were thankfully clear.

Despite the cold we managed to get out for a walk.

Shasta loves the snow!

Hope everyone had a good start to the week. I don't think mine will be very productive bit it will be fun!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Time to dig out the long undies!

It was SO cold this morning when I went for my walk! I bundled up in winter coat, scarf and clothes, but forgot the long underwear. My legs felt the worst. Ouch! They got really numb from the cold. It was -7C!!! Ice was forming on the pond - very pretty but amazingly cold.

I'm all packed and ready to go. I'm off early in the morning - flight leaves just after seven - to visit daughter until next Sunday night. I'm really looking forward to it. It will be lovely to see her again.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time Flying By!

I know I say this all the time - but I can't believe it's Wednesday again. The days are just flying by. I should have plenty of time to get things done but it never seems to be that way. It's almost the middle of November and the holidays are rushing closer. I thought I was ahead of the game, but somehow time got away from me. I'm off to visit daughter on Saturday for a week so I won't be getting any photo projects done while I'm gone. It will be Thanksgiving week when I get back so a busy week there. Grrr....

I will be taking a cross stitch project with me. Another one for my Mum. I should have plenty of time to work on it while daughter is at work. It's going to be a winter design. Maybe I'll even have it finished when I get back!

I've still been getting out walking. I think that's where a lot of my time goes - sometimes I've gone for a few hours. I probably should cut the walks shorter but I know that soon I won't be going out as much so I'm making the most of it for now.

So pretty out! Today when I was walking it sounded like it was raining leaves. They were falling like crazy so I'm pretty sure that when I get back there won't be many left. Hope everyone is getting more done than I am!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday - dull, dreary, rainy

I should have known that the sunshine from yesterday was too good to last! It was actually pretty clear last night so I decided to go out and try to take photos of the moon. I managed to work out how to put together my tripod (though I apparently didn't raise it as high as it could go) and ventured outside to give it a go. It didn't go too well. Sigh. Apparently I still have a lot to learn!

The sunrise this morning was quite beautiful, but of course it's Saturday and I don't rush out to walk early so no sunrise photos. It was such a stunning colour. We did manage to get in a walk and got back just as it started to rain. It hasn't stopped raining since about eleven this morning!

We ended up doing a five mile walk - mainly because hubby misplaced his directional skills. I have none so I really shouldn't make too much fun of him lol. Skyped with Mum, talked with daughter and then settled in with a blanket to cross stitch. It's at a funny temperature today - one where I can't seem to get warm. I had to dip into my cup-a-soup limited stash and have a cup to warm me up!

Hopefully the rain will stop so we can walk tomorrow!

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Already!

This week has just flown by. I feel as though I haven't done much of anything at all! It's now November and the holidays are creeping ever closer. I have one more week at home before going to visit daughter in Minnesota for a week. When I get back it will be Thanksgiving week! Yikes! I wanted to have Mum's albums done by the beginning of December so I could get them in the post. One is just about finished, the other I'm still deciding on photos. Sigh. I thought I was doing so well.

The sun has finally come out today. It's been dull all week long. I haven't enjoyed the weather at all. I don't like the cold but could handle it better if there was sunshine along with it. Last winter seems so long when we went days without sun.

I've been going for long walks each day - maybe that's what's been taking up a lot of the day lol - but I know that winter is coming and I won't get out so much. Asylum Lake is hopping still. The leaves are mostly changed and a lot fallen off the trees, but there are still some animals around. The deer are pretty jumpy but I did see a few this week.

I think they know when hunting season is coming. Poor things. They'll be safe at Asylum Lake - no hunting allowed.

The weather this weekend doesn't look to be too good, but we're hoping to get out and about. We'll have to see.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


It was a cold and chilly day today. No snow, but more like little ice pellets. Nothing that stuck or that was enough that I could even get photos of but it was windy and cold when I went out for a walk. I was the only car in the car park.

I managed to get in some more crafting. I put photos in the album for my Mum (of her great-grandchildren) and started to sort through photos of our Cornwall holiday. Wow! Who knew I took so many photos?!

These are two other albums I've got constructed. I have to fill with photos and decorate.

This one is going to be for hubby. It will have photos of either our camping trip from June or our U.P Michigan trip from last month.

This one will either have day walks or my daily walks. Haven't decided yet. Sigh. I can't seem to make up my mind on either one. Decisions. Decisions. I'm a procrastinator. Can you tell?

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween/Samhain. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Christmas Crafting - albums

I've actually got a good start on the photo albums I'm planning on giving for Christmas so I thought I'd share a peek. They aren't anywhere near to being done - photos need to be added and embellishments, but the bare bones are done. I feel like I might actually get them done in time and not be working on them right up until Christmas.

This first one is going to be for my Mum. It will have photos of her great-grandchildren that I took while I was over this summer. It's a flip album. I love the cover paper. I ended up sending away for it from I was really pleased with both their shipping cost and how speedy my order got to me.

I'm actually not sure what I'll be using this one for. I really liked the paper set and I was on a roll so I decided to make it. I might end up putting some of our trip photos in it. I have two other 'made' mini-albums that I'll take photos of tomorrow and share.

I'm feeling ahead of the game!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dreary Saturday

Another cold and dreary day today. We went for a walk this morning and I've had trouble getting warm since.  I'm sitting with my jumper and sweats on complete with blanket and heating turned up. Brrr. We went for a walk in a place called Bishop's Bog Trail. I should have known from the name what to expect. The trail is unique - a sort of floating platform made from some sort of plastic slats that have holes in them. The platform moves as you walk and bog water spurts up through the holes. We've had so much rain that when we walked on the platform it got soaked in water so deep my feet (I was wearing hiking boots) got a little wet. My jeans were pretty wet too from spurting water.

It was quite an interesting walk but I don't think we'll be going back until it's a little drier!

Later I Skyped with Mum. I didn't think my computer was going to co-operate, but at the last minute (literally) I got Skype to let me sign in. I planned on maybe getting some crafting done this afternoon, but got caught up in a book. I am managing to do some knitting while watching Grimm. Hubby and I just started watching it. Curtains are closed, lights are on, and the rain and cold are out where we can't see them.

Here's hoping Sunday is warmer and sunnier!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Turning the Heat On

I have held out as long as I can. The heat went on this morning. I think I've done pretty well so far, but it was REALLY cold this morning. There was a frost on the ground and I even had to defrost my car before I could go anywhere. To me that means it's time to give in and turn on the heat. The cat was very grateful. That doesn't mean we won't get bursts of warm air. Michigan is very fickle. One day it can be snowing, the next day warm. The weather people are talking about that 'S' word, but hopefully it will be a while.

I do know that when the birds outside my window start to bundle up, it's cold.

I did go for quite a long walk, despite the cold, as the sun was actually shining and I haven't seen it since Sunday. I do like sunshine. Just seeing it makes me feel warmer.

 My hands got quite numb when I was taking photos so I took advantage at a sale at a nearby shop (popped in to get a couple of items) that had gloves for buy one get one half off. I'm terrible at losing them so I got a set of 3 and some fingerless ones.

I hope to have photos of my mini-albums tomorrow. They are mostly assembled. I have made these from scratch, so the basics are put together. Next I have to put in the photos and decorate.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday!