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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

A day at the lake

It continues to be hot here!  So, it was a treat to go to the lake on Sunday.  A couple in our small group from church has a cottage about an hour north of us. They invited our group to come spend the afternoon there.  After church was done, we met up and made the drive, arriving shortly after 1.

 Deb had lunch ready when we got there, and we enjoyed it sitting out on their little patio.


It's always a pretty view when you are looking out at a lake.

 There were some swans on the side of the lake.



This little rubber duck was bobbing out there and looking cute.  He's weighted and stays in one place.  Apparently the neighbors use him to tie rafts to when they are out there.


 Speaking of neighbors, their neighbor on one side has quite the hill to climb. The Dad of the current owner put several sets of the stairs in himself, hauling buckets of concrete to make each step.  The hill was covered in perennial flowers and he did this in his 90's.  Since he's gone his kids have let it go, which is sad to see.


He liked concrete, and has several of these arches on his property.  Each one has a saying on the top.


 The flowers were pretty.



Even the ones that are really weeds!


I love cat tails too!


 We had snacks!



 And some of the group went for a boat ride.  I'm funny that way, and would rather look at water than be on it!



We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting near the lake talking and relaxing. What a great way to enjoy the beauty God puts around us!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A little of life here!

I took last week off from blogging to complete some at home studies I've been working on for an Infection Control Class I've been taking.  It was 40 hours of study that had to be done between some classes.  I completed the at home studies and tests, this week I have to go to 2 days of seminars in Grand Rapids followed with one more test and I will finally be completely done!
In the meantime, Bob has been doing some work in our kitchen and dining room.  He put board and batten on one wall in the dining room, new trim around all the windows and doors and put subway tile on the back splash.  And - he is building me a new kitchen table!

Here's what it is looking like so far! I'm so blessed by his talent.

This past Saturday, we had a wedding to go to. It was a young couple from our church and it was an outside wedding.  We were concerned because it was supposed to be very hot and the wedding was at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Well, it ended up being  cloudy day, and we even got some rain.  However, during the wedding there was no rain, a nice breeze and even a spot of sun right after they were pronounced husband and wife.  Here's a few photos of the wedding.

 It was on the shores of Lake Michigan.

 There was a beautiful gazebo.


And gorgeous landscaping!


Everything was decorated simply with different types of leaves and herbs.  There was lavender thrown at the wedding and this is rosemary tucked into the napkin.


 Hanging in the windows at the reception were these simple wreaths.


 Here's a cute little drink spot.



 Before the reception, they had veggies and dip, and these cute boxes with biscuits, honey and jam.



Yummy cupcakes for dessert!
It was a very nice wedding and a fun reception!

Speaking of weddings, there was one in our family last week!  Our son and his fiancĂ©e Nikki decided to quit waiting and tie the knot.
Andy lives in Kentucky, and they went to Nashville to get married.

Nikki was carrying a bouquet that had a photo of Bob and I, and another of her mom  tied into it.  So we were there in thought.  We're happy to have another daughter!