Shows of Patriotism

No matter our politics, today was the day to take pride in our country. 

While out and about today, I took note of all the individual expressions of love for our homeland.  

Happy Independence Day!

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Favorite Breakfast

What is your favorite breakfast?  One at the top of my list would have be the breakfast I had in Fort Greene Brooklyn last year at a restaurant called Olea.  This was my introduction to salad greens with eggs at breakfast, and other unusual flavors combined into a beautiful taste experience.

The New York trip was just about one year ago, and I am savoring the memories of my visit. 

If you asked my Littles, they would look at the plate from Olea and say “I not like that, Grammie”.  Here is what they prefer…

Chocolate chip pancakes, with strawberries on top (and more chocolate chips) and lots of syrup.

  I will share some of my favorite New York moments with you over the next few days.

Howell Nature Center

Patrice and I took our Littles and had a really nice day visiting the Howell Nature Center.  They had rescued but unreleasable animals….fox, deer, opossum, coyote, beaver (Lisa, Matilda was snuggled up with Wopee.  She looked very content, but not a good photo op.)  Also, a big tom turkey, turkey vultures, etc, etc. 

    The kids really enjoyed the “waterfall”, and park…they could have stayed there for hours!

    So glad we grabbed this day and made it a memorable one.

    Hello April

     

    It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

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    Time flies, sometimes we fly with it, and sometimes it just drags us along.  Lately I’ve been flying on the wings of much to accomplish, plan for, and loved ones to help and be with.  Each day has an agenda of stuff to accomplish and a list to check off.  I must admit, I find it exhilarating to be so busy once again.  It’s a happy time around here….tax season, spring, a shower and wedding to plan, and time with my favorite peoples, with a few snatched moments to work at art projects.

    march 02Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash

    I love watching the trees bud out each day, the snow melt away and the greening of our Mitten.  The birds are singing once again, and we’ve had days with the windows open.

    Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown

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    I am watching a sweet dog for a few days, Maggie, and we are enjoying a morning walk together.  She’s sending me mental telepathy here….walk, walk, walk…..this is what I miss about having a dog.  She accepts no excuses!

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    We enjoyed a few outings in March, the urge to escape these walls was great.  We went to the new aquarium that opened at Great Lakes Crossing, and to the zoo….all were interesting distractions and I especially enjoyed watching little eyes take in the new sights and sounds.

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    The aquarium deserves a blob post all its own, as Jeff captured some beautiful images.

    A few images from our visit to the Detroit Zoo:

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    It was CCCChilly, still. And the Littles were most interested in exploring the environment.

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    The zoo deserves its own post too!

    The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

    The month ahead promises to be a memorable one.  We have Jackie’s bridal shower, mid month.  Also I have this house and yard to whip into shape for the upcoming wedding reception in our backyard on May 30.   Spring cleaning, sprucing up, and various projects will be on the agenda.   But in the end, the wedding will happen regardless of how much I manage to finish.  Nothing like a party deadline to open one’s eyes about the less than lovely aspects of your home.  It’s a way to get things in shape and be able to enjoy the rewards long past the event.

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    We wish you a happy and blessed Easter!

    Metal smith

    Our son, TJ, makes wonderful things with heat and metal and creativity. Like father like son, right!  He has been busy with several big projects in 2014.

    Earlier in the year he worked on the fixtures within a new restaurant,  Johnny Noodle King.   JNK serves ramen noodle bowls, with an American twist!  We had  lunch there today.  Those noodles are to die for.  I had a simple pork ramen dish, very delicious.   Jeff had a minestrone noodle bowl, and TJ had something quite spicy!   We all really enjoyed our meal.

    I love the seaweed salad.  Evidently, we were too busy  eating to take pictures of the food.

    But I do have photos of TJ’s metalwork at the restaurant.  He is standing next to the  door he made of stainless steel and other metals.

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    I love their neon sign, and can you see the Ambassador Bridge in the background?

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    TJ also rebuilt the original formica booths by skinning them with metal.  He built the stool bases, the metal wainscoting around the interior of the restaurant,  metal work across the windows,  and the frames for the counter and bar which hold the  salvaged Detroit wood.  All woodwork  by Evan Burger and his company Tree-Purposed.

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    Hope you can give JNK ramen a try, and check out the interior furnished by local craftsmen.  We will be happy to go with you.

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    Here is contact info:

    Johnny Noodle King

    TJ Kolar, TACC Services.   He will soon have a website, but you can find him on Facebook now.

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    Rewarding oneself….

     

    That’s how I get myself to do unpleasant things.  Today I had to do medical stuff (nothing alarming, routine testing.)  As my reward, I drove to Brighton to have lunch with my daughters.  We went to Tomas Salad Shop, a little place on Grand River.  They specialize in salads of all kinds, and stir fry.  Some of you may know crazy I am for greek salad (minus the tomatoes and pepperoncini, please.)  This place has the best chicken greek salad I’ve ever had!  20141219_121310

    They only serve chopped salads! No work, easy to eat, perfect.

    As far as rewards go, usually I choose tovisit the book store, or some sort of shopping excursion.  Never was so satisfied with a reward so healthy!  But, of course, the company of my daughters was the best.

    “Fess up…do you bribe yourself into doing life’s unpleasant but necessary business.    Or do you JUST DO IT?

    Over the river and through the woods

    Today Jackie and I went on a little road trip across the Mitten.  Just being in the car with my daughter, and talking a long while with her was a gift.

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    We visited these two beautiful women, Emily and Annie:

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    Our connection started way back, and the ties are strong.  Came away refreshed and inspired.

    I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Dr Brene Brown