Friday, September 28, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly?
I really like to drive on vacations.  There is so much to see along the way and you never know what you might find.
2. If you could live any where in the world, where would you go and why?
Unless I could take my kids and grand kids with me, I wouldn't want to live anywhere but where I live right now.
3. Should grown women wear leggings?
I would have to say no because I have seen them worn so inappropriately.
4. If you could change your name to any other name, would you? And what would it be?
I honestly can't think of anything I would like better, so I guess I'd keep what I have.
5. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?
It's more like which ones don't I have subscriptions to.  Without actually going and looking, here's what I remember.......
1.  Fitness
2.  Self
3.  Health
4.  First for Women
5.  Weight Watchers Magazine
6.  Prevention
7.  Woman's Day
8.  More

We have a busy weekend coming up.  Two weddings and Dick is leaving on a fishing trip after the second one.  Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You Capture / Inside

I'm not real sure about today's captures.  They are inside though.
Here is Hoss inside the jeep.
The sun is inside the tree.
These are the reflections inside the creek.
Last, but certainly not least is inside Notre Dame Stadium.

Time to go inside Beth's blog!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Back on Vacation / Diamond Lake

Barely a week after we got home from our east coast trip, we were on our way to Diamond Lake, Michigan for a big family vacation.  This is the second year that we have gone to the lake with our kids and grand kids and my sister and brother-in-law and their kids and grand kids.  It is laid back and relaxing there.  Everything that our first trip wasn't.  Our summer vacations had the best of both worlds.. In no particular order, welcome to vacation part 2.

If the lake fairy came and granted me one wish, it would be that this would be our house on the lake.  I love the porches.
This is the house we actually rent.  It's really nice.  
Our nephew rented a kayak for the week and lots of people had a blast with it.  I was not one of those people, but Natalie sure was.  
Here is Myles jumping off the boat while we waited for the fireworks to start at the county fair.
We convinced mom to come up for a day.  It was nice for her to relax for a change.
Abby, Sarah and Katie.  I wish that Cindy would come up sometime.
This is what you get when you say "crazy picture" to my family.
Nick and Sarah, Myles and Abby and Mark and Kate.
Our family minus Cindy and Ryan.
My little stud muffin!
Oh captain, my captain.
The traditional "scare the crap out of grammy" picture.
Our nightly campfire.  Nobody seemed to care that it was in the 90's.
Jack was loving helping poppa drive the boat.
These three loved the boat.

We had a great time and my sister already reserved the house for next year.

Five Question Friday

Five Question Friday

1. What is one grammar issue you cannot let go without correction?
To and too!

2. What's your favorite thing about fall?
Definitely Notre Dame football!!!
(and the colors, of course)

3. What's your favorite dish to take to a potluck?
Right now, it's Cowboy Caviar.  You can use it as an appetizer or snack with chips or by itself as a salad.  So yummy and figure friendly.

4. When do you start Christmas (Holiday) shopping?
I actually start with the after Christmas sales buying a few things and then pick stuff up as I find it through the year.  I also have a Christmas Club, so I do some with that when it comes in November.

5. Did you move homes a lot growing up?
I have only lived in two houses in my whole life.  My childhood home and then the house my husband and I bought the summer before we got married.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

You Capture / Flowers

Lucky for me, I was at my mom's with a camera yesterday. Just my little point and shoot that I keep in my purse, but a camera none the less.

I love this picture and Black Eyed Susans.
Mom's mums are already blooming.

My stepdad planted Morning Glories and they are climbing all over the fence.

Mom has all kinds of violets blooming on her kitchen window sill.

I loved this weeks assignment. I guess because I love taking pictures of flowers.

Thanks, Beth!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Five Question Friday

Friday, September 14, 2012

1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?)
I actually found my wedding dress at the first place I looked. I got it at Carson Pirie Scott in Michigan City, Indiana in 1973. I was just 18 years old and obviously not very picky. Look at that dress. It so 1970's! Even though I was only 18, we did not have to get married. It was totally our choice. Our first child wasn't born till two years after we were married. I was 20 years old then.

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases NASTY smelling gas. Do you say anything or blow it off?
I would be dying to say something, but I never would. That would be totally rude.

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently?
I was walking with a friend the other night and it was getting darker by the minute. As we passed by some bushes, something rustled inside them and we ran like little kids. Scared the crap out of me. The next night, we walked in the grass as we passed those bushes again.

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream.
Edy's Limited Edition for summer...Coconut Pineapple

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels?
I have a hard time falling asleep in a hotel, but once I fall asleep I am good for the night usually.

I saw this at Love Being a Nonny and decided to give it a try. Thanks, Angela.

Who has big plans for the weekend? Hope you all have fun!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Summer Vacation / Indiana Here We Come / Day 15

July 19! It was time to head for home. Indiana, here we come!! I had the most amazing time on this trip, but I was ready to go home. I missed my kids and my grandkids. I had shot my vacation wad, so to speak. I had to stop spending money. It was time to go back to the real world and I was ready.

We had some breakfast, loaded up the truck and hit the road. Here's one of bridges heading out of Cleveland. I had to take one last picture.
We were driving along and I saw this ahead. I told Dick I thought we were driving into something. We had such good weather the whole time, I guess it was time for some rain.
Problem is, I hate rain when we're driving.

Damn, I hate when I'm right. The good news is that it didn't last all that long. We went about our driving and kept plugging along for home.

We made it home by mid afternoon. I never knew how good it felt to come home. I felt just like Dorothy. There really is no place like home! I was gone so long, I had actually forgotten that we had wood floor in the dining room. We put it in this past winter. It was a very pretty surprise. I couldn't wait to get to those grandbabies. Sarah had texted on our way home and invited us for pizza for dinner. We unloaded the truck, put a very few things away and headed for Sarah's. I got ahold of those babies and I was truly home.

It was a very wonderful and awesome trip, but sometimes the best part of a vacation is coming home to what we truly love the most!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Summer Vacation / Pennsylvania/ Ohio / Day 14

It's kind of funny how things work out sometimes. I was busy this weekend and missed a few days of doing my vacation posts. I got back to them yesterday. Today is Day 14 and it finds us in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the Flight 93 Memorial. Odd that it worked out that this posts on September 11. Eleven years after the attack on America.

I don't think I could have been more impressed with the Flight 93 Memorial. It really is in the middle of nowhere. You drive three and a half miles through winding hills to the site. There are wild flowers everywhere you look.
There are big signs like this one along the way to the memorial that tell the story of the day and the courage of the very brave passengers.

This is the walkway out to the memorial.

This is the end of the walkway.

The white wall has a square with each passengers name on it.

If you look down the wall, it follows the path the flight took through the field. The rock is where the plane actually crashed.

The clearing in the trees was made by debris from the crash. It is truly a beautiful tribute. I had been to the 911 Memorial in New York the week before and I was much more impressed with this memorial. It was just so much more personal and touching.

It was kind of hard to switch gears after that, so I was happy we had some driving time before we got to our next destination of Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, we got to our hotel before we could check in. Such luck we have. We decided to head out and check in later.

We walked about six blocks to the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Museum. We hadn't been there in about seven years, so we were ready to see all the new things we had missed.

Here's one of the cool guitars they have outside.

There are lots inside too. This is the Alice Cooper one.

There is an airplane on the ceiling in the lobby. That is the only place you are allowed to take pictures. Nothing else allowed once you leave the lobby. These people are mean.

After many hours in the rock hall, we headed out to Lake Erie just outside of the museum.

Looking down the pier at Lake Erie.

Looking back at the Rock Hall from the pier.

We were hot and getting hungry, so we headed back to the hotel and got checked in. Imagine my surprise when we got off the elevator on our floor. Can you say "The Shining"? I was waiting for the creepy little twins or Jack Nicholson to be jumping out at us at any moment. The room was huge when we got inside and had refinished wood floors. No carpet. I think that is the first hotel I have ever been to that didn't have carpet in the room. We got cleaned up and went across the street to a restaurant that I can't remember the name of, but it was really nice. We ate outside and they gave us two kinds of free appetizers after we had already ordered one. It was a nice though and everything was quite good. One of the appetizers was Lobster Dogs. They were corn dog shaped but made with a yummy lobster mixture and battered and deep fried. Yummy!! Lucky for us, the lady at the front desk of the hotel told us we had to try them. We thanked her when we got back.

That was Day 14 and tomorrow is Day 15 and our last day of vacation.

Indiana---here we come!

Monday, September 10, 2012

My Summer Vacation / Pennsylvania/ Day 13

Lucky day 13 took us to Pennsylvania. Neither of us had ever been there before. I have to admit that when I saw this sign, I did smile.

I was enjoying the scenery until we saw this.
Did they really want me to drive through a great big mountain? They sure did!

I was pretty darn happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I was thrilled to see that Pennsylvania reminded me a lot of Tennessee. Tennessee is one of my very favorite states. I love the mountains. We were heading for Ligonier. We had been told that it was a quiet, cute little town and after the hussle and bussle we had been through the last week, we were ready for quiet.

The night before at the hotel in Maryland, we had got online and booked a room at the Ligonier Country Inn. It looked really cute and homey. We got to town and were told our room wasn't ready. Come back at 4:00. So, we drove into town and found Fort Ligonier.

It was kind of cool.

There were spikes everywhere you looked.

This sign kind of cracked me up. What moat???

There were lots of out buildings.

There were quite a few covered wagons.

There were lots of cannons too.

I thought it was funny that I wasn't allowed to take pictures in the Fort Ligonier Museum when just the day before, I could take as many as I wanted at the Smithsonian.

About 5:00, we headed back to the hotel. We got checked in and went up to our room. It was kind of a case of culture shock, but in a good way.

When was the last time you saw a rotary dial television? It did have cable, but really? There was also an air conditioner cut into the wall. The bed was brass which was cool and had a pretty quilt. It was on the order of a bed and breakfast, but we had our own bathroom in our room. It wasn't billed like this on the website, but we were okay with it. It was clean and the bed seemed comfy. We got cleaned up and headed downstairs to the little restaurant and bar near the lobby that was CLOSED! We got back in the car and drove three towns over the big mountain and found a little hole in the wall steak house that had excellent food. That was a nice surprise. We drove back to downtown Ligonier and found out that they must roll up the sidewalks at 6:00 because the only thing we could find open was gas stations. We walked around the town a little and headed back to our room. Day 13 was in the books.