Sunday, May 30, 2010

Their Memory Remains

We are forever in debt to the courageous servicemen and women who paid the supreme sacrifice to secure our freedom and make it possible for us to live in peace.  As they bravely died, so we must now bravely live and continue to protect our liberty.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunshine makes the world much brighter!!

Isn't is amazing how sunshine makes such a difference in our lives, outlook and attitude!  We've been knee deep in outside projects yet something as simple, and beautiful, as this flower makes one pause and smile; there is nothing like taking time to enjoy and appreciate all that is before us.

Wishing everyone a day full of sunshine!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Now this is a barn!

The opportunity presented itself for a few days away thanks to my wonderful daughter, who stayed with her Grandma.  We headed to Frankenmuth, Michigan to take in the sites.  And lovely sites they were!  We ate the traditional food, took in the touristy shops and took lot of pictures. 

For those of you who are "caregivers" you will understand how wonderful it is to get away just to relax, do things when and if you want to, walk, talk and spend some quality time with one another.  And that is NOT to say I begrudge my role as "caretaker".   I am just saying that everyone needs a respite break.

Hubby and I are so fortunate in that we both share so many common likes and interests...and following that "yellow brick road" is one of them.   In the past, we have been known to take off on vacation for weeks without one reservation in place.  And so we did on this little "getaway".  

I was amazed at the cleanliness of this town, the homes were well kept, the lawn well manicured, there appeared to be no areas that were neglected or needed attention.  Parks were lovely (my age is showing, but frisbee golf was a new term to me!).  There is so much history here, lovely old homes, a number of  churches were open for tours, people were extremely friendly and helpful.   We intended on hitting a winery or two, but spent more time than we had anticipated at Bronners Christmas Wonderland.  We did find some wonderful Chocolate Mint Cheese (really, who would have ever thought of that!)  
(Ladies, can you tell I'm very comfortable under my rock!!)

But my favorite was this little "gem" tucked on the outskirts of town.  The home, as you can imagine, was VERY lovely!  Can you imagine what you could do with something like this tucked into your back yard?  It would make a great little antique shop, don't you think?  Or a great "man barn" with pool table, manly stuff everywhere.  The possibilities are endless.   What would you do with this little "gem"?


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dale Chihuly Exhibit at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

The colors are simply amazing!   Sculptures such as the one shown above are gently placed thought the butterfly exhibit and in various placed on the grounds. This one happens to be in a pond in the butterfly garden.  This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Meijer Gardens.  If you are in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, you will thoroughly enjoy stopping here. 

Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

 Flowers Blooming Everywhere


More Chihuly Exhibits

A beautiful way to spend a bright, sunny day!!!