Last Thursday night, we drove north with Leslie and Larry, for our annual 4th of July trip to northern Michigan. The weather has been spectacular, kindly doing all the raining after dark, dappled sunlight coming through the trees every day. Temperatures have been 75-80 degrees, although today is just a bit cooler.
The only drawback is that I have had a cold the whole time, and even though I wore a mask in the car on the way up, I managed to pass it on to Larry. He's on Day 2, which I can attest is less than pleasant.
Otherwise, we have had a lovely time reading, relaxing, golfing, shopping, and enjoying the annual events in Harbor Springs for the 4th of July: art show, parade, and fireworks.
This afternoon, I am enjoying a Tigers' game, especially as it appears they may win. The others are golfing, and later we head into Petoskey to Bayfront Park ball field to watch some softball with a backdrop of Little Traverse Bay.
I may have spoken too soon about the Tigers.
One of my favorite things to take pictures of is flowers, and Harbor Springs is lousy with 'em.
And I feel sure I have posted this before, but the sky in this shot of the Ephraim Shay house is too beautiful not to include...
So, today is Buddy's birthday...as always, about two weeks after Fathers' Day. There have been years when I have totally dropped the ball on either or both occasions, yet the man is still married to me.
This year, I feel like I hit a home run.
In March of this year, Buddy's beloved Grandma Alice passed away, shortly after her 100th birthday. He has always been very close to her, so it was hard on him when she passed, even though he knew she was more than ready, and had lived a wonderful, long life.
So, I was inspired. I sent this...
...to Michele. It's a photo from 1929, when Alice was only 17 years old (her birthday is March 1st, so she was almost 18), which had been water-color enhanced by the photographer. After a few weeks, Michele sent this...
It's 16 X 20 and it still needs to be framed, but, oh, my goodness, is it beautiful. She took a picture a couple times during the process, and I was really excited by what I saw, but I have to say, it's just incredible in person.
Because there just aren't enough co-pays to collect, I now have an appointment to see an endocrinologist. And when I say "now" I mean "in three weeks" which is the soonest available appointment. So I can continue feeling like death-warmed-over until the wheels of modern medicine grind me to pieces. Yay.
In other news, something wonderful arrived at my door this week...
That means my L110 is for sale. I have posted it on Amazon for $150 which is a great deal, but if anyone that I know and love, including YOU, wanted to buy it, I would sell it to you for $100 plus shipping. All the paperwork, manuals, box, disk, the whole shebang is here. I bought it new, not refurbished. There is also a set of lithium batteries with only about 100 pictures use (they last for 800-900 pix) included. Because you deserve it. SOLD! Sorry, kids.
My Red Wings surprised me last night, after three previously lackluster performances in a best-of-seven versus the San Jose Sharks, they managed to pull out a late, third-period win, forcing game five, back in San Jose. What are the odds they can force games six and seven as well? Detroit hockey fans are also happily watching the progress of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Why? Because this man...
...is the new general manager. To us, though, he will always be The Captain. But not that Captain.
Spring has finally made its way to Detroit, and I am anxious to get out there with Vanessa, and see what she can do. Also, Thor opened this week, and I think we may go see that today.
Busy, busy, busy!