Manistique Lighthouse

It was such a calm, colorful, perfect August evening. I was snapping photos like crazy while the guys were fishing off the pier. The painting may not be perfect, but it is brings back the flood of memories much better than my photos. Does any of my family recognize the fisherman?


Sunny days

Just memories now, but what good ones.

We were with Patt and Jim for two weeks! The “kids” were there for the first week too. Patt’s pool got used everyday…the Little’s wanted to swim just about every minute. They all stayed in another beach house, which worked out wonderfully for all. We visited Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, The Bubble Room on Captiva, Matlacha. We saw dolphins, manatees, eagles, tortoises.

Walking to the beach and viewing the sunset with a glass of wine was a daily ritual.

I’m not MIA….

Just hiding out for a while. All is well. I tried “thinking about” posting my photos to Instagram. Nah. I’m just comfortable sharing here. My old justification…I’m not in your face (or feed), you must come to this “blob” to visit me.

Here is a painting I completed in the fall, a moment to remember. Looking out from the porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.

I’ve been painting quite a bit. Some not worthy to share, but I do kinda like this one.

Good night.

Au Revoir August

August’s story starts with enjoying the dog days of summer…

And a trip to the U.P. with this wonderful family of mine that enjoys the crazy chaos of being together for over a week at the beach in a 800 square foot cabin…19 people and 6 dogs.

The cabin actually slept just 4 of us.  We had campers, tents, the boathouse and the garret for the others.  

So many great memories:

After my new wheels, no more bike walks.  Now, I ride along with my littles….

My new bike is an Electra Townie.  Its a low rider and the pedals are more forward than a traditional bike.   When I got my pretty Townie, in sparkle cream and touquoise,  I felt at least as happy as I did when I got my first bike in 2nd grade.  I’ve put about 50 miles on it so far, and look forward to lots of miles this fall.

Other fun summer things….

Watching the hornets nest outside the porch

The Hines Park Cruise in the same Jeep we dated in, on our 41st wedding anniversary.

And then…I got the call from mom,  “Debbie, I’ve fallen and I think I’ve broken something.”  And she surely did, her hip required a screw to hold it together. 

Less than 48 hours after surgery she was discharged to rehab.   September will be a month of healing for my 85 year old mom.

I’d like to share some of my August art next post.

Remember that summer is not over yet!

By all these lovely tokens,

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer.

-Helen Hunt Jackson

Goodbye July 

I’m taking a cue from a fav blog I read, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, and listing a few things that  I’ve learned this month.

Botanical watercolor. I took a three week Saturday class on the subject this month.. .totalling 9 hours of instruction and painting. I learned a great appreciation for this art form! I also learned how important drawing skills are, and how important it is to practice, practice, practice daily. I know these 9 hours really helped my understanding of mixing colors and washes. Here is a page that I painted during class…

Salad for dinner. Just about every night. We seem to  make a salad out of any protien and grain with a base of leafy veggies. So refreshing this time of year. Maybe its just a different way of arranging food on a plate, but I know we are enjoying many more veggies as a result. Thinking of dinner this way really opens the doors to creative alternatives.  

Blog posting.  I have posted almost daily for a couple months, and glad I did as I’m continuing this journal/ legacy project.  But its a bit much for me and maybe for you too! I seem to be running out of things to talk about too! Its been fun, but I could use that time in the evening to focus on projects, my peoples, or perhaps nothing at all.  I’m just being called to disconnnect.  I’ve decided to post once a month, a look back and reflection. Of course, I reserve the right to break this habit if needed! I also hope to connect and converse with more of you as a result of fewer postings….this is the most fun part of blogging for me.

Here are a few pics to finish up July.  We had the twins for 4 days over the weekend, and kept them busy!

Tailgating with all our Littles

We visited Matthei Botanical Gardens with them over the weekend

It was a hot and humid day, we all felt a little prickly.

Bad pic, but that prickly face just had to be posted…

Also boated on the Detroit River…fun was had by all

Looking forward to August adventures.