Monday, February 4, 2013
Winter does not stop me from my daily walk. Wind does and temps in the single digits might but those are infrequent it seems. On those days the treadmill gets some use. But for me outside is always my preferred method of "steps" for the day. I have concluded that I have a great need for the outside air no matter what the weather may be and I always come in with a great feeling of well being after my hour walk outside. Thinking about this one day I recalled my Mother telling me that as a very young baby I was happiest lying in my buggy on the front porch just watching the leaves and treetops. Guess I haven't changed much and that it is just something in my DNA.
Monday, December 31, 2012
While Mark and I nurse our colds, we also count our blessings. Just having returned from the Holiday week starting with a nite in Detroit with our dear friends the Rices and onward to the east coast to spend Xmas with the Kohlers. Despite the fact some or all of us were feeling not ourselves at different times, we still managed to enjoy the holiday just the same. Missed Matt and Sara but plan to celebrate with them soon. Happy New Year one and all.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Today we found out that our bid was accepted on a piece of property on Lake Michigan. It has three separate structures which we will be sharing with Mark's brothers Brian and Dave in one, and Jerry and Pat Timm (Sara's folks) in the other. We will have the other. Our's is the far left on the picture and the lake (Michigan is seen from our deck as well as one taken from the top of the dune directly in front. They are modest by anyones description but we are quite excited by the whole prospect just the same. It is exactly a one hour drive from our home. As we near our retirement (Mark's as I am already) we expect to enjoy some of golden years here walking the beach, enjoying the water and the quiet sunsets. Yup, this is what we worked so hard for all these years.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Been back since Wednesday from our visit out east to see Lindsay and family. As usual we enjoyed the time spent with Lin and Dave and our two beautiful, sweet grandsons. Evan is a bright, quick, smiling, jumploving little 8 month old who knows what he likes. Dylan definately takes after our own two in the shy department. But once he gets comfortable, he'll lead the conga line and make everyone around him laugh. The pictures show the quieter sides of them both. Missing them both!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Yesterday Mark and I went to the local (Rockford) farmers market. These were my purchases. The regular zucchini, eggplant, red pepper are all things you've seen before. The other three maybe not. The 3 smaller yellows are lemon cukes. To the right are small and fragrant melons. We haven't tried those yet. The light green curled up one is a sicilian cross between zuch and squash. That I made for dinner tonite. AWESOME! I just grilled it with EVVO and herbs with pork chops and we were surprised at how great it was. This farmer had the most unusual stuff including melon that smelled like bananas. 3 or 4 really different strains of cucumbers (lemon was one) and some other things I've never seen before. I am definately going back next week just to visit this booth. :D
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Every once in awhile I see a picture that I just can't resist altering somewhat. This picture of Dylan's cousin Nora was one. She is a beautiful child by anyone's standard with her larger than life eyes and cuteness in general. In this one I pencil sketched her somewhat and added shadowing and mussed with the background. Kind of interesting I think. Her mother took the picture and she has an excellent eye for composition anyway so that helped.