Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quiet Saturday

It is my middle son's birthday today. He turns 26. Ouch. Where did the years go? I'm not so sure anymore. We did presents and then he and his older brother went out to a friend's house. Tomorrow we're doing a bbq over at my mother-in-laws. Nothing too exciting. I remember back when they were little birthdays were a big production. A part of me misses those days and a part of me is glad they are over. Really proud of him, how far he's come and of the man he's become.

On a side note I think I'm going to give in and buy a new dryer. I had hopes of not getting one but with winter coming it's just not a reality. Our clothes would literally freeze if I put them outside and I really don't fancy trying to dry heavy work clothes/winter wear inside. It's really the wrong time of year for it to break. I hate to spend the money.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Hopefully this heat won't last much longer. I could do with a break from the air conditioning bills.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Three Broken Things - Done

Mum always said broken things come in threes. I hope she's right. I don't need to break anything else!

Yesterday - toaster
Today - mug I bought for daughter arrived broken, tumble dryer broke

Sigh. Oh well, it could be worse!

At least the walk this morning was pretty - hot, but pretty.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 hot!

Who knew that late in September I'd be complaining that it was too hot? I am. Good thing hubby didn't take out the window air conditioner - we had it on most of the day yesterday and I've turned it on early this morning. It's not even 11am and it is 25c (77c) and will get up to 32c (90f). Yikes! It's supposed to be a hot few days - up to 91 tomorrow! I thought this was supposed to be September. I was actually looking forward to cooler temperatures. I'm having to rethink the whole menu as I was looking forward to turning the oven on and cooking some hot dinners. I am going to try to blow a little of the hot air in Mum's direction as she said it's been chilly and she's already had her heat on!

It is actually looking a little like Autumn in the woods. Some of the trees are changing colour and leaves are falling.

The other day I was talking about Christmas and gift giving. I have actually started buying some gifts. Shock! Horror! An early start especially for me. Daughter has a couple of games on her list that she swears and going to be hard-to-find so I picked those up. I'm also been giving some thought to homemade gifts. I think several of them are going to be photo gifts. I have a couple ideas for Mum, one for hubby and perhaps daughter. I have a bunch of prints on the way so hopefully I won't be making these gifts on Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rainy Day

I woke up this morning and it was raining so no walk today. It's a little cooler too so I decided to turn the oven on and make some sausage rolls for tea tonight. I thought about going up in my craft room but nothing catches my eye right now - still on a holiday hangover - so picked up the knitting I was doing before leaving for England. I had the patterns row memorised before I left but it's taking a little to get going again. I'm hoping the knitting kick starts the creative juices. I really need to work out the Christmas craft gift thing.

Changing leaves adorned with raindrops.

Sausage rolls fresh from the oven - I cheated on the puff pastry.

Knitting still on the needles waiting to be worked on.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Beautiful Weekend - Camping

We were so lucky to have a wonderful weekend for our last camping trip. The day was positively hot and even the night was warm enough to be comfortable. We had a lovely couple of days. We got in several walks and got to spend the evening watching the sunset over Lake Michigan - a truly wonderful sight.

We camped at a state park. It was quite busy - there are four sets of sites on the park and most of the spots were full. There were lots of people out there for the day too. We saw quite a few people on our walks on Saturdays. It was a little too busy for me but once the evening came things settled down a little and there weren't too many people around.

Our camp site was fairly quiet. The spot we had reserved had woods behind it and to one side there were woods so we were fairly isolated. The spot was quite large compared to some of them. We had gone in the Spring and picked out a few sites we wouldn't mind staying at. All-in-all it was a really good weekend. A nice end to the camping season.

Can't wait to do more camping next year! For this year our next trip is a long weekend up in the UP of Michigan (hopefully) to see some of the Autumn colours. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Easing into the Weekend

It's supposed to be a nice weekend here in Michigan. Good thing as we are going on our last camping trip of the year. I was a little apprehensive as it has been quite chilly in the morning. I booked it six months ago though so we have to go. It's at a lovely state park that has a lighthouse and several nice walks. I'm looking forward to it.

Summer is definitely winding down and Autumn is in the air. We're planning a weekend away in a couple of weeks to travel up north and hopefully catch some of the wonderful Autumn colours. I just hope we pick the right time - too early and there is too much green, too late and all the leaves are gone! It's a matter of timing.

Yesterday morning was quite foggy. I got out early for my walk and was glad I did. I manage to capture a few snaps before the sun burned away the fog. It was lovely, almost as though someone had waved a wand over all the webs.

It was really wonderful to see. It's becoming quieter where I walk. Because of the chilly mornings not too many people are out and about early. It's lovely and quiet.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crafty Books - Christmas??!

I've been sorting through my things a bit today. I must admit I brought back far more than I thought when I packed it. When it was all unloaded - yikes! I do admit to going a little crazy. One of my favourite places to shop when back in England is The Works. There are so many great books at really good prices, both fiction and non-fiction. The one in Ipswich also carries quite a few crafty goodies. There were so many books I could have picked up. I know they are a little heavy though so tried to be good and not bring too many back. I wish there was somewhere like it here in the US.

These are the craft books I ended up buying.

There were so many more I COULD have bought. These were priced between one and three pounds! Now that I'm back I have to put them to some use.

It's still fairly early - though this year is whizzing by - but I'm starting to think of Christmas. I know I need to think about what I'm going to make. Christmas cards are a given, but what about crafty gifts? I don't tend to make a lot of them, usually only for people who I know will appreciate them. I'd be interested in finding out what others make for the holidays - if anything. Are you already thinking of the holidays? Or, like me, do you tend to be last minute?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Travel Journal

I wrote a post early on in my England visit about the travel journal I was planning to make. I usually keep all manner of souvenirs - postcards, ticket stubs, brochures etc - and usually they end up in a big where I decide later (or not) what to with them. This year I took a journal with me - something cheap that I've had for ages - and some tape to stick bits down. I am happy to report that I kept it throughout my trip. I did have to buy an additional book and have a few bits from my flight home to put in that one, but I thought I'd share some of how it ended up. It's not perfect or pretty. It's not meant to be. I kept it so I could keep track of where Mum and I went hopefully to make it easier to put photos together at a later point.

I am very pleased with this! I usually struggle to keep track of things and document anything. It is something I will definitely do again!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ouch My Back!

I think a combination of sitting too long travelling, lifting cases and bending about has done my back in! I bent down yesterday and OUCH! It's not good today either. Sigh. Got lots to do and now it hurts when I move. Oh well. I suppose things will still be waiting to be done when back is better. I don't want to mess it around too much as we're supposed to go camping overnight next weekend and I can't imagine crawling into a sleeping bag with a bad back.

Enough moaning.

Hubby hasn't done any walking since I've been gone and the weather was nice this morning, so despite the bad back, we headed out for a little walk along the beach. We had been planning a hike but I don't think I could manage climbing up sand dunes.

What a difference a few weeks makes! There were more seagulls on the beach than people.

Now I'm sitting in my chair with a heating pad on. Gives me a chance to sort through some photos and read some blogs that I've missed!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jet Lag - Back in US again, Wide Awake

I am back in America again all safe and sound and wide awake. I got in at 9pm US time (2am UK time). Made for a really long day as I started out on the coach to the airport at 5.45 am UK time (12.45am US time) on Thursday. The flight was a little bumpy but pretty quiet. There weren't too many people on the plane so I had a couple of seats by the window to myself. I tumbled into bed pretty much when I got back but at 3am I was wide awake and unable to sleep. Darn Jet Lag. I always find it harder coming back. My bad ankle is swollen but I don't plan on doing too much today so it will soon go down.

Today is playing a lot of catch up, unpacking and doing washing. Really hard to say goodbye to Mum. She turned 81 on Sept 4th. We had a lovely meal out and she got lots of presents. Really thankful to be able to spend another birthday with her. I had a lovely time. We did lots of things so I have a lot of photos to sort through. We made some lovely memories.

Last views of England as the plane took off. I love watching as we go through the clouds, such a glorious sight!

I have a lot of catching up to do with blogs. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I haven't replied a lot. Mum is on a limited budget and keeps most of her things turned off when not using so I wasn't on the Internet a lot - besides I wanted to enjoy time with her and not play online.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Finished Cross Stitch

I finished the cross stitch just in time for mum's birthday!

The backstitch in the hair took forever! Mum really liked it. We're off out for a meal with my sisters to celebrate mum's special day.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Last Week in England

It's my last week in England. This time next week I will be flying back to America. Sad and happy. I miss hubby and the grown kids but I'll miss England and my Mum. Had my last fish and chips at Felixstowe. It was a beautiful day. Far better than the rain yesterday. We spent a wet day in Ely yesterday. Cathedral was. We also visited Oliver Cromwell's house. Would have been a better day without the rain. We don't have a lot planned for the rest of my time. Mum is tired out I think. I forget that she's getting older. She turns eighty one on Monday! It well be nice to be here for her birthday.

I'm hoping my cross stitch will be finished by then. It will definitely be a squeeze. I've finished the stitching. Now the dreaded back stitching. Oh I did find six cross stitch magazines at Felixstowe today. Six for a pound! Recent issues too.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back in Ipswich

We're back home again after our week away in Cornwall. I loved it! Another place I'll have to revisit. There seems like there are so many walks and footpaths along the coast that would have just gorgeous views. It's a really lovely part of the country with just breathtaking coast lines. Our last day out was at The Lizard. Just gorgeous. The lighthouse there is beautiful and the views spectacular. I can hardly wait to sort through all my photos.

We had a good week weather wise too. Sunday was our only day of rain. The rest of week was bright and sunny and quite warm. We had expected a lot of traffic as it's a bank holiday here this weekend but our coach ride home was almost traffic free. The did at the hotel was pretty good. I had my share of afters with lots of custard. Also a lovely Cornish cheese and onion pasty. Yum.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nice Day

I loved Land's End! There is a part of it that had wrote commercialised but if you walk out past that there is beautiful countryside and lovely dramatic cliffs. It was so beautiful. I really enjoyed walking around. I took a lot of photos. Can't wait to see how they turned out.

We've been quite a few really nice places with lots of beautiful countryside. I'm really enjoying taking photos. Tomorrow were off to Falmouth.

Time seems to be flying by. I've been here almost four weeks now...two to go.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lands End today

Arrived safely in Cornwall. Rained yesterday but today is bright and sunny. We're off to Land's End today.

Got this cute chocolate fellow yesterday in St. Ives.

Not sure if I can bring myself to eat him lol.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Travel Journal

Today I thought I'd share a quick photo of my travel journey. Whenever I go on a trip I always save tickets and pamphlets and end up bringing them all back with me. Sometimes they just sit in small bags. Hanging my head in shame. This time I brought a little journal thing is picked up somewhere and some glue. I've been filling it in as I'm going along. I wish I'd done this year's ago! It's a great way of keeping all the pieces together and documenting what we've been doing each day. It should make organising photos and the story a lot better.

What's your best way of keeping track of holidays? Do you journal or organise photos?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sun is Shining!

Let's hope it keeps shining as mum and I are off to Cornwall on Saturday. I've never been before so really excited. I'm sure there will be lots of photo opportunities. We went to Felixstowe again today. Although it was a little breezy we found an enclosed spot where it was quite warm. I think I added to the tan line on my feet.

Tomorrow we might pop over to Colchester. The castle had beautiful flower displays. It's really peaceful to walk around if the weather is nice though we always seem to end up with a full day when visiting.

This is an old photo of the castle. I do miss my computer as I can't look or transfer the photos from my camera. I'll fave so many to look at when I get home.

Thanks for all the lovely comments. I'm sure I'm behind on news from the blogs I usually visit. Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday/ Cross Stitch in Progress

It's been a little brighter the last couple of days. Thank goodness! We went to Felixstowe yesterday with oldest sister. It was beautiful there in the afternoon. We sat out in the afternoon down at the end of the prom and enjoyed the sunshine. My sister is of on her holiday next week so we won't be seeing her and then next Saturday mum and I are of to Cornwall. I'm really looking forward to it.

When it was raining this week I took the time to get started on some cross stitch that I brought with me. I'm not sure I'll get it finished in time for Mum's birthday so maybe just after.

I think it's another Belle and Boo design. It's from a magazine. It is coming along quite nicely even if I do say so myself! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rain Finally Finished!

It had stopped raining! Yesterday it ended up raining all day. We stayed in and relaxed. Thankfully it ended today. We had a day out booked to Southwold and Aldeburgh so glad it cleared up. This afternoon the sun came out and it was quite beautiful. If not for the wind it would have been quite hot. We had fish and chips again - delicious! Tomorrow we are off out with my oldest sister to Felixstowe. The weather is supposed to cooperate!

Daughter sent me a new photo of Shasta. She poses so nicely!  Apparently when they were out walking they got attacked by mosquitos. I do not miss those!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rainy day

The weather has been a bit funny today so we had a day in. There was lots of rain forecast but more heavy showers and then sunshine. I can actually see some blue sky. It tends to do that a lot - clear up in the evening. If only it could be the other way round! It gave us a chance to read and for me to do some stitching. I've started a new piece I hope to share once I've got going a bit.

Had a lovely day at Bury St. Edmunds yesterday. The gardens at the Abbey were really beautiful. If anybody is close by I'd suggest a visit. It's really a wonderful place - one of my favourites. I always find a visit so peaceful. I took lots of photos I'll share later.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Charity Shop Cross Stitch Rescue

I love looking around the charity shops. At Felixstowe I found six craft magazines for a pound and several books. I like looking for crafty stuff but it isn't always easy to find. I came across this lovely cross stitch at a charity shop in Ipswich and just had to rescue it. The stitches are beautifully done.

As a cross stitcher myself I know just how long this must have taken. Does anyone else pick up crafty goodies out and about?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sisters and Mum

I don't get to see my sisters to often. They both live here in Ipswich and I'm on the other side of the pond but when I do come over we go out together. Yesterday we went to Clacton. It was actually a beautiful day. I got my feet a little burned even though I wore sunscreen. We had a lovely day out and a meal to finish. I really enjoy spending time with them. I only wish I got to visit more often. I'm so thankful we all get along and enjoy spending time together. It's always fun to catch up.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Felixstowe Fish and Chips

Arrived safely on Saturday. It's a long trip but week with it. Got to give Mum a real hug and not one shared over Skype. On Sunday we took it easy but went into Ipswich to Christchurch Park. It's a beautiful place to visit with a lovely Mansion on the grounds. Today we went to Felixstowe and I got some lively Fish and chips. There is absolutely nothing like sitting watching the waves crash on the beach and eating freshly fried fish and chips. I got so full I didn't have room for an ice cream!

No photos to share as I only brought my Kindle with me and have been using my camera. I'll have lots to share when I get back lol. Tomorrow I'll be off it with my sisters. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. It was nice and bright today. It was quite warm while we were eating our fish and chips but it was quite breezy.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flying Today

Well, everything is packed, boarding passes ready and now taking a breather before heading out to the airport. For the past few years I've been flying from the little airport in town over to Detroit or Chicago and then on to London. The cost isn't a lot more (less than it would cost for petrol and parking lol) and the airport security is really easy to get through as there aren't many people about. I'm both excited and a little nervous. Flying doesn't bother me, it is the waiting that makes me nervous. Once I'm on the plane I'm fine. I have books and music loaded. I've been saving a new physical book to read too.

I will try to post when I'm away. Mum doesn't keep her internet on all the time so usually it's once every couple/three days and mainly to keep in touch with kids and hubby. I usually talk to my kids at least every other day so it will definitely be strange! This trip always grounds me and gives me time to think away from the daily things and especially the news!

Thank you all for the lovely comments on the last post! I've been trying to do better about replying but I'm short of time today - maybe at the airport as I have a layover lol.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I packed my bag and in it I put...

Well, actually there is nothing in my bag right now. Hubby brought the suitcase up tonight and I'll start packing tomorrow. I have started to sort out things I 'might' want to take and now I just need to get it down to things I will actually wear. I'm a lot better at it than I used to be. In my carry-on I will take a book, kindle, camera, a couple of pens, tissues, money, passport/greencard and that's about it. It will be a small roll on case as I need it on my way back. I tend to bring a lot back with me lol. Need to stock up on cup-a-soup, chocolate and other goodies I can't get over here. Six weeks is a long time to shop!

I hope everyone is enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, Monday - sleepy

Well, daughter is home but not without incident. About four hours away from here her engine light came on in her jeep. From here we managed to google a mechanic shop about an hour away from her. This is a Sunday evening so not a lot is open and they all close early! Luckily, she made it to the car place before the car stopped. It's a good thing she did as when she tried to start it again it wouldn't start! Her alternator on the jeep went out.

We were worried that she would have to try and find somewhere to stay for the night. Not so easy with the dog in tow. Thankfully, the car place was able to fix her car - they stayed late - and she went on her way. I couldn't go to sleep until I knew she was safely home. No way I was going to be able to sleep! She made it back at about 1.50am (12.50am her time).

Today I've spent the day catching up on the wash, sorting things out and cleaning. I've got a few things she forgot to take so I'll have to either send or she can take when she comes in December.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday!

Sunset by the lighthouse - we went there one night last week to watch. Very pretty!

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Daughter left this morning. Now the anxiety sets in that her drive will go well. I know she's an adult (23) but still worry about her driving ten hours by herself. I'm sure she'll be all right but I will be happy when I get the call that she's made it to St.Cloud okay.

We had a lovely visit. She got to visit some of her friends again. It was good for her as when she moved she knew no-one and most of the people she works with are married with children so don't get out too much. She got to do lots here with her old friends.

I think Shadow (cat) will be happy to get rid of Shasta (dog). Towards the end of the week he had enough of hiding downstairs or in the kitchen and was growing more adventurous. Every night he would take up his sleeping spot whether Shasta was in the living room or not. One time Shasta got too close before we could stop her and the cat whacked her on her head. I think over time they would have maybe tolerated one another. As it was they mostly stared at one another, sometimes barked and occasionally hissed.

This is daughter and Shasta yesterday when we went over to MIL.

The next couple of days are tidying up, doing neglected housework and trying to get ready for my trip. I fly on Friday so it will be a busy few days! Today I'm catching up on blogs I think and relaxing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dull day? Beach or Not?

The weather today is just not co-operating. Daughter is back from Chicago and we were going to take Shasta to the dog beach again but it looks like storms are coming. They 'might' clear up by mid-morning. I hope so. We were going to watch the sun set over the lighthouse tonight too but it looks like it might be too cloudy. Sigh. The only good thing is that tomorrow looks fine. Hubby is taking the day off work as it is his birthday and we're all going out for the day.

I have a few wildflowers growing in my garden now. Next year I think I'm going to plant something to attract more butterflies and maybe hummingbirds. My tomatoes in pots are growing and I have actual tomatoes that the deer haven't got to yet but it doesn't look like I'm going to get to taste them before I leave. The pots are sitting on my back deck so I don't forget to water them!

Hope everyone has a lovely Thursday - the days are just flying by!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dog Sitting

We had a lovely weekend with daughter and her dog, Shasta. We, or rather I, am now dog sitting Shasta for three days while she goes with a friend to Chicago. In theory it's really easy. Shasta is an easy going dog and she mainly just mopes when daughter is gone. She is very attached to daughter. However we have a cat, Shadow, who does not get along with Shasta. Shasta doesn't like him much either. She wants to chase after him. He is very put out. We got a pet gate to put across so Shasta couldn't go in the kitchen and basement and it does work - to a point. The cat has decided he wants in the dining room and living room and will come in and tease her. It results in Shasta having to be put back on her lead so she doesn't go after him. I'm trying to take her for lots of walks and spend time in garden or on porch.

Yesterday, before daughter left, we took Shasta to the lake so she could play in the water. She absolutely loves waves. It wasn't a very bright day, but it wasn't too bad temperature wise and the water was quite warm.

Doesn't she look absolutely happy? She was so funny. She would want to run along the shore for a little while and then jump in the waves trying to bite them. She is hilarious to watch. This dog beach is really long and easy to get to. We got there early enough that there weren't too many people about.

On Sunday all three of my 'kids' were home. It doesn't happen very often - rarely now that daughter has moved away - so I made them get together for a photo. Oldest son (left) doesn't like having his pic taken (takes after me) but I wanted to take a few to Mum when I fly over next week. Wow, that sounds really good!

Daughter also 'persuaded' me to have my photo taken - just for her she said.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunny Weekend

Daughter arrived at almost midnight on Thursday night. It was a long drive - about ten hours with stops. They had drove underneath Chicago so as to avoid going through it. I would have been REALLY nervous if she had been going that way. Cars drive crazily, darting in and out one another and not seeming to look where they are going.

We have spent a nice couple of days so far. Shadow, our cat, is far from happy. Poor thing. He does not like Shasta (husky) and Shasta doesn't like him. Luckily it is summer and he can spend the time sitting in the basement where it is cooler or the kitchen where we keep Shasta out of. Last night when I went to get Shadow after Shasta and daughter had gone to bed, he was sleeping on the treadmill in the basement! He was quite happy to get his 'spot' back for the night up in the living room.

She loved being out walking today as it was a little cooler this morning and a nice breeze on the shady walk we took. We're taking her out to the dog beach tomorrow to play in the waves!

This is the knitting I was talking about. Now that I'm done a couple of inches it is looking better. I think maybe I'm a little hard on myself regarding these patterns and perhaps I should just give it a chance before getting frustrated that it looks too loose. I really like the colours. The pattern says it is an 8 hour pattern - it's going to take me more like 8 weeks! I'm not knitting very often as in the hot weather I am finding it too hot! Maybe I'll take this project to England with me.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend with lots of sunshine.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tidying Up

I'm trying to get the house ready for daughter - she will be here late Thursday night. I've been cleaning up my craft room to make space to sleep. When I get everything back out I am going to have a good old sort and organise. It wasn't quite as bad as I thought but could still use some tidying.

After a couple of days of cooler weather it is back to being hot and humid. Phew. It makes it horrible to get a lot done. We don't have central air conditioning, only window air conditioners. They aren't the greatest but they do cut down on the heat somewhat. I wish it was just a little cooler so I could do some more cooking. There are things in the freezer I'd like to get used up before I leave for my visit with Mum.

Dinner yesterday was Sausage Rolls and salad. Middle son was coming to visit so I made a big batch. Hubby took the last for work today.  I got those made before the house heated too much. I meant to take a photo but they were eaten before I remembered.

I've been going out for walks early morning trying to beat the heat. It seems other people have the same idea. The place I walk is really beautiful, a nature reserve, and filled with wildlife. Dogs are welcome but are supposed to be on a leash not just for their safety but for the safety of the wildlife. It's really sad to see so many people ignore it. There are good owners who do follow the signs and pick up after their dogs (in the majority) but there are a few that just don't seem to care. Yesterday I thought the dog running free was lost as I couldn't see the owner anywhere. They appeared a minute or so later. This morning a woman had two dogs off leash - both ran away from her and didn't come when she called. There are so many deer in the woods, also I would hate to see what would happen if the wild turkey got hold of a dog.

Anyway enough ranting - sorry just frustrated - and I'll post a photo I took. These are of the goose family I've been following since the little ones were born. Look how big they are getting!

See how big they have got! It's so wonderful to watch. Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Skyped with Mum yesterday. She seems in good spirits, just taking things as they come. It will only be three weeks until I'll be there and we'll be able to have a good old natter in person.

In the morning hubby and I decided to go check out a couple of lighthouses that we couldn't get to last weekend because the beaches were so packed and there was no parking. They are about an hour away. The first we stopped at was South Haven. It seems it is not in the cards for us to take a walk along the pier. It was closed off as was part of the beach as it was thought someone had fell off the pier the night before. Divers were in the water looking for a body. I heard later they had called off the search.

The waves were a bit wild. They were coming over the pier. The side of the channel that wasn't closed (not a walk out to the pier) was open and there were still people walking out there! I think sometimes because this is a lake people don't respect it as much as the open sea. The photo shows how wavy it can get!

Even at the second lighthouse St. Joe the waves were choppy. I suppose it would make nice background photos for the two weddings that were getting ready to be staged on the beach. A little windy though!

The water looked quite wild coming over the barriers. We couldn't walk all the way out (not that crazy!).

We had a nice walk in the woods today (Sunday). It is now time to get back into the swing of things - hubby is back to work tomorrow where they are really busy and I have to clean things up for daughter who will be here late Thursday night.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017


My Mum's last test results didn't come back so good. She went for a bone scan but apparently although they could tell there was something the cancer doctor is no closer to telling her whether the cancer is back or not. She has to go for another test at a different hospital in nearby county. She was hoping for news one way or another at her appointment today. I think it is the waiting that is the worst. I hate being so far away. I will be there soon as I fly over on the 28th for 6 weeks. She has decided that whatever the results she wants to go on the holiday we've booked. She doesn't want to be sick while I'm visiting. I told her I come to see her, but I will support whatever she decides. She's going to be 81 in September so I'm pretty sure she knows her own mind!

So more waiting. 

I spent most of the morning before talking to her walking, trying to keep busy and trying to ignore the lead lump in my stomach. It helped to sit by the lake and just watch and listen to the wonderful sounds of nature.

The heron was back at its perch. I thought I caught a glimpse of a muskrat but they are a little shy so no photo.

Lots of dragonflies around and too many of the pesky flies that bite me and make me swell up.

I haven't been too crafty lately. I'm packing up some of my craft room so daughter has a place to sleep next week when she visits. I have been knitting when the weather is cooler but I'm frustrated how my lacey patterns seem so loose. I knit tightly but when I do a lacey pattern it just looks too loose or maybe it's just me. Sigh.