Monday, September 30, 2019

Another beautiful morning

We've had some beautiful mornings lately, just the type I love.  Cool with a little mist hanging over everything.  Here's a few shots from my morning drives to work.

This turkey was enjoying the morning as well!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Giving in to Fall

It's been quite warm here the past week, but the shorter days are showing that it really is Fall.  So, although I've been fighting it, I knew it was time to get the Fall decorations out.  Here's a few photos of what it looks like here.

The back door in our garage, the sunflower flag is in an old milk can from my Dad's farm.

My little note on the counter in the kitchen.

The Dining Room

The gourds are in an old wooden tool box I got at an auction.

 In the living room is the shelf that I change out with the seasons.  The dried hydrangea blossoms are from my daughter Laura.

 One of the side tables in the living room.

This is on our TV console.

I haven't gotten pumpkins to put on the front porch yet.  I don't want them to go bad too quickly in this warm weather, so that's the extent of my Fall decorating!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Friday Funny

How do you comfort
a grammar fanatic?

They're, Their, There


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cooking Thursday

We tried a new recipe while we were on vacation.  This was one Bob saw and wanted to try, but we don't usually have big breakfasts, so we hadn't tried it.  Vacation was the perfect time for this.  It was really good and I think I'll make it again when we have breakfast for supper.  It would also be great if you had to serve brunch.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Wreath

4 slices bacon, cut in half crossways
1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
5 large eggs
1 cup shredded, cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cooking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
Cook bacon in skillet or microwave until cooked but not crisp, set aside.
Scramble eggs and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
Separate crescents into 8 triangles and lay out on cooking sheet in a star formation with the pointed sides pointing out.
Lay one piece of bacon on each triangle.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese on the widest part of the triangle.
Spoon eggs over cheese, then sprinkle rest of cheese over eggs.
Pull points of crescents over eggs and tuck under dough to form wreath.  Filling will be visible.
Place into oven and bake for 17-20 minutes until golden brown.
Cool for 2 minutes, then cut between each crescent to make 8 pieces.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Country Drive

Last week we had a day when the sun was shining, but a storm was approaching and the eastern sky was dark.  It made for some pretty country scenes, so I took a little drive.

A barn and a cornfield are a beautiful sight.

 Look at that sky!

Getting darker!

A nice Fall scene - crates stacked up, ready to harvest some pumpkins.

In spite of those dark skies, we got very little rain.  This storm was more talk than show!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

So cute, but...

 Isn't this a cute little guy?  He loves to hang out on our front porch and eat acorns.

Bob is less a fan than I am, because he and his family are always making tunnels through his flower beds.
However, last week he reached a new low.
Our front porch has been showing some wear and tear.  Some of the block was deteriorating, but because we are trying to have it redone, we haven't repaired it.  I guess Mr Chipmunk found the weakened spot because when we came back from our vacation, this is what we found.

What had been a very small broken spot, is now a big hole, with a tunnel under the porch.  And the top of the porch was covered in acorns and broken bits of stone and block.  Bob cleaned it up and the next day the mess was back on top of the porch.  So, he had to fill it all in and cover it until we can have the whole thing redone.
Mr Chipmunk is now back to just eating his acorns on top, instead of tunneling.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A visit to Charlevoix

One more thing we did while on vacation was to visit the city of Charlevoix.  It's about an hour away from Traverse City.
We wanted to go to see the Mushroom or Hobbit houses.  They were built by Earl Young between 1919 and 1970.  Most of them have a distinctive wavy roof, are built of stone, fit into the natural landscaping and a lot of them have a rock fence of some type.
We were able to walk around one area and see a lot of them, then drove to see a few more.

Upon arriving in Charlevoix, we found they had lots of beautiful buildings, including these churches.
We found the visitor center, got a map and started on our walk.

 This was the first house Earl Young built for himself.  The main house is to the right.  The house above the garage is a guest house.

 Isn't this stone work incredible?

This is the original Mushroom House.

 This is the Half House.  It looks like it was cut in half.  Earl Young built it for his daughter when she got married.

 The current owner has a sense of humor and has a gnome sleeping on the roof.

 This is the Thatch house - the only one with a thatched roof.

 This was Earl Youngs second house.  If you can see the chimney, you will see that he made it to look like the concrete was melting.

This house is named Abide.

 This house was built for the owner of Speedway and is right on the shore of Lake Michigan.  It's since been sold and is now owned by the Bolthouse Farm family.  They produce lots of baby carrots!

 This home has this stone fence that seems to go on forever!

Some of the homes have mailboxes that go with their homes.

 We caught glimpses of Lake Michigan as we made our way around the city.  It was looking a little rough.

We had packed a picnic lunch and we ate it on a bench looking over the pier.

After lunch we went through this old home.  It was the home that Earl Youngs wife grew up in.

 Then it was time to head back.  It got darker and darker as we drove.

 Soon we were in a deluge!  We were happy to get back to our little cottage.

It was a good evening to read and relax!
The next day we packed up and drove home.  We had a restful and enjoyable time and some day we hope to return!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Historic Farms Botanical Tour

The next day, we did a tour of the Botanical Gardens that are now on the grounds of the farm that supplied the Hospital with fruits, vegetables, meat, milk... for many years.

 One of the first things we saw was this gravestone.  The only thing buried on all this property is here, and it's a cow.  This cow was a world champion who died in 1932 and still holds records today!

They let Bob drive a golf cart for this tour.  He had fun doing it!

 There were lots of beautiful flowers...

The barns were beautiful too!

This barn burned at one time - the darker brick is the newer part.

 They took very good care of the animals.  They had cork bricks for the cows to stand on, the barns were heated, and each stall had fresh water plumbed in for them to drink.

In one of the barns was another tunnel.  There was a root cellar here, so they were able to get the vegetables through the tunnel.

This is the original horse barn.  It was unable to be restored, so they saved the foundation and made it into a walled garden.

 This is what it looks like now.

The flowers are planted as the barn was originally laid out, with flowers in the stable area.

It's hard to see, but there are 2 Japanese Lion sculptures on either side of the opening.  They were a gift from Japan to a U.S. General and he recently donated them to the gardens.

 When you walk through that opening, there is a Japanese Garden.

 Such a gorgeous place!

Here's  mystery to end the post.  These flowers were next to a sign explaining the history of the barns.  Our guide said that flowers appear every week.  They come in a variety of containers; pitchers, vases, canning jars.  However, no one ever sees them get delivered or picked up!