Thursday, February 28, 2013


Wednesday is a Watery day and so I am posting my entry for this week. I took this last year at Lake Mi. This is the Badger that makes a round trip run from Ludington to Wisconsin once a day during the summers. The sun was shining on the side of it and you can just barely see the people standing on the upper deck as it comes into port. 
Locals use this boat to get back and forth to work and tourists use it for day trips to Wisconsin.  You can see that underneath holds LARGE semi's as well as regular cars .
It was fun watching it come in and it blows it's horn on departing and arriving so the whole town knows when it comes in. 

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Monday, February 25, 2013



While traveling a two lane road to Manistee last year I took this photo of an old run down barn that was on it's way out. I noticed another smaller one in just about  as bad a shape. I loved the shape of the smaller one. The large one had a tin roof. The roof will outlast the building despite the bad winters they have there. 

On the way back home I spotted this one..
It was used as advertising and for their farm. Place was pretty busy. I never stopped but here is the LINK so you can see what they sell. I must check it out if I get back in that area. 

For here.. we are looking at another storm to come through..this time maybe 4-6 inches of new white stuff. Me.. I will wait and see they keep changing the forecast several times a day.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


 I came across a
box I had stored all my many journals in recently. I have mentioned here before
that I have kept them since 1976. I found that one book was missing and was
heart broken, it led me into a panic trying to find it. A whole day later 
I remembered that that particular one had vanished in a move from Ca.
to Michigan. Number Two chapter started in 1979!!
In opening the second chapter,
I notice that my handwriting was pretty good. Better than it is now. I type so
much now that my actual handwriting has really suffered a lot.I was taking tests at college and going on interviews and at a loss for what direction to take. Wondering if I should make a move back to Michigan. "Looking for work is harder than working" I wrote, so true even more today.

There really are 28 chapters..28 is not yet finished) probably never will be as
I have taken to putting everything on computer now. The way of the handwritten journal is fading for me at least. I blog and keep track of things that way, and only write in the journals really significant things that happen in my life. 
In one chapter I wrote...

"Little did I know that because I WASN’T working, I would be able to make
a trip to Santa Barbara where SUE lived. Friends from  my hometown came by on
their vacation and offered me a ride there with them. I literally had
minutes to throw a suitcase together and be on my way. I had no idea
what would happen, but I knew it would be an adventure! I always
am up for one of those because you haven’t planned and don’t know
how they will go."
 I spent 12 days in Santa Barbara according to this chapter.
“It was never my intention to stay more than a week. So much had happened
and so much was packed into those days that they really just flew by.”
The memories of those warm summer days and
the sneezing from the kitten that SUE had then, will always be with
me. Cool foggy mornings near the Pacific were so strange compared
to the valley where I had been staying. The larger city and the
whole culture shock of a seaside town was so different than
anything I had ever experienced.

Ours is not to question why things happen the way they do. I was there for a
reason that I just did not know about. If you believe in fate at all,
it sure came to pass in those 12 days. On my way home on the bus I had
plenty of time to think about how my life was going to go on from there.
Job opportunities were there in Santa Barbara, but back then hard to find
something in such a short timespan. Less than a month later I was
winging my way back to Michigan for a visit, and developed Bronchitis
two days after getting there.. a few days later it went to full blown
pneumonia. Why the heck did I leave Ca. so fast kept
running through my mind?  
More later....

Saturday, February 16, 2013


All good things must eventually come to an end or so they say..our week long visit in St. Croix ends and we return home to cold stateside.  I dread the shovel we might have to use or the heavy coats we have to haul out to wear. Maybe it's time to think about being a snow bird. "SNOWBIRD" meaning..

snowbird is someone from the U.S. NortheastU.S. MidwestPacific Northwest, or Canada who spends a large portion of winter in warmer locales such as CaliforniaArizona,FloridaTexasthe Carolinas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt region of the southern and southwest United States, Mexico, and areas of the CaribbeanWell we can dream anyway..most cannot afford to have two residences to care for. If I were a snowbird where would I go for winter?? Hmmm any suggestions welcome here.            
I lived in California for 20 years, and where I was there was little change in season. It was either green and lush or dry and brown. Rain and fog or hot and hotter. No trees changing colors or sight of snowflakes unless you went TO them. You could drive to the ocean,or the mountains in winter. Nice..but pretty expensive to live there. When I returned to Michigan I found that my blood must have thinned a lot because I was freezing and others were laughing at me wearing a sweatshirt in 70 degree weather. Took at least 4 or 5 years to get used to the cold temperatures. My first winter was TERRIBLE. I just could not get warm no matter what I did. Christmas was wonderful...all white and peaceful looking..until I had to snow blow the driveway. Ahhhh I realized why I had moved to warmer territory after all. 
Well I would have to think hard on where I would want to live, is there anywhere that has a happy medium? The climate being what it is and so many  global warming changes, we all may be in a more warm zone sooner than we think. 


Thursday, February 14, 2013


WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR  VIRTUALTRIP...SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME ..I loved the water and the warmth. I found the driving on the left kind of strange but got used to it if someone else was doing the driving..that boat was really rocking at some times, but smooth sailing at others. This video is short and covers our trip just great. Someone left their goggles and flippers in the boat..that's a no no.. but looks like 

 Joe is ready for a swim!!

We must hurry back though and get ready for our Valentine's dinner on the beach.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Today we are at Buck Island, St Croix.. it's so gorgeous here. We are going on a charter cruise and doing some snorkeling. Sounds like fun. Clicking the link above you can go on the one minute tour and see some of the special scenery. 
I am not telling on any one of us..but ONE person in our group got a pretty bad sunburn yesterday. OUCH!! Hmmm don't think they will go swimming today so we might end up in the Sunny Isle Shopping center. We will stop and get some lunch 
I truly could sit here all day and enjoy the scenery but the CASINO awaits us!!
It is so regal looking..the front entrance looks fantastic. I hope we have luck inside and maybe we can manage to stay a few more days on the islands!


Monday, February 11, 2013


Anchors away blog family.. today we are taking that fishing trip
I know I will get some help from you all if I hook one
and can’t reel that sucker in. What fun!!
When we get back Sue will be playing tennis at the courts at
the hotel and we will cheer her on. By dinnertime we all will
have one of those sunset beach side buffets. 
with all we can eat. We have private chefs that will
make it the way we want it!!!
Tomorrow we will sail to BUCK ISLANDon a charter trip
and explore the island has a wonderful protected reef
that is just beautiful. 
I can’t wait!! Smile  Whoever lost these sunglassessee
me because I am keeping them safe until you retrieve them. LOL
We sure had a nice get away from all the cold.. don't know about you but think I will be staying on my beach a little while longer.. Anyone got extra suntan lotion??
Who knows what we can get into tomorrow??

Sunday, February 10, 2013


We ARE in the U.S. Virgin Islands.. there are many
islands that make up the whole.
What Fun!!
Today we are taking a horseback ride on one of the many
tours they have.  Joe has ridden ahead of us, I would
know that hat and shorts anywhere! Wink

Cindy, Beth, Carole and I made plans to shop in the duty free stores
and some
went to visit the sugar plantation on St Croix and have dinner
at a place called the Harbormaster Beach Club.
 There is a beach
barbeque floor show that can’t be beat! Island with a palm tree Ohhh the beat of
that steel band was wonderful too.
Word comes from the cold cold country that snow is really
piling up.Wink A smile comes to your face as you sit and watch
the sunset over the beach after a wonderful warm day.Smile

Long day.... tomorrow I hear someone is impatient to
get on the boat and go fishing.. wonder who that could
be?? LOL
What a view.... that can’t be beat.. See you tomorrow....

Friday, February 8, 2013


We are in a great place, ready for new adventures.
We are definitely on an island.. just look at that
view Ahhhhhhhhh it looks great!! I almost
thought we wouldn’t make it because someone
left their ID and we had to go back for it. ( ThinkingNot saying
who, but the mind has been elsewhere lately..)
Anyway.. boy that heat feels good!! We got a ton of beaches
and neat places to eat and explore. Not a lot of tourists
to deal with so we can have the place to ourselves.
I rename this place BLOGGERS  BEACH.. LOL It is NOT
Hawaii, or Florida, or Ca. Can you guess where???
We can take a  break from the tanning process and wave watching and
walk over to that white building. It’s a CASINO!! Let’s try our luck and
see who can win the most with the least amount of money wagered! Smile
Just checked the weather here it is a balmy 74 degrees and wonderful.
Beats the snow reports back home.. I know we will love it!! 
Hey what happened to Sherry??.. I heard she got lucky at the crap table!!.
ACKkk Surprised
who the heck is parasailing over my beach?? Oh.. maybe that is JOE
he said he wanted an adventure.. watch out Joe, the landing can be a
doozy!! Smile
Wonder what is on the agenda for tomorrow…oh well it is better than
home that is for sure…

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Literally been days since I have been out and about and so I think I have come down with "cabin fever" defined as "Noun....
Irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter." The sun has only been out briefly in over ten days and a snow storm is approaching. Makes me want to  G E T  A W A Y....
time for my virtual vacation. I used to do this at Spaces and it was pretty popular so
here we go... 
Ahhhhhhh  the smell of the ocean and the roar of the waves.. my kind of vacation..
wondering what tomorrow will bring...stay tuned.....