Monday, July 29, 2013
I'm so excited - someone must have canceled at one of our favorite spots in the campground - so we will be drinking coffee by the lake tomorrow morning!
We love our 63' Holiday Rambler that Mr. and Mrs. Lepeak "sold" us in 1986. It is the camper that I went camping with them in all those years. Grand Marais and Tawas were the spots. Mr. Lepeak would drive us up, set up the trailer and go back to work!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I did want to acknowledge her creativity has gone in directions that are so unusual and beautiful. I love that she shares with me!
I will post the lovely picture in the next few months - anticipate - it will be worth it!
Friday, July 26, 2013
After dinner we relaxed on the deck in the midst of spectacular gardens. The birds were at the bird bath and the fountain was trickling in the background.
So - here is a sneak peak of how something gets included in one of my books - John was telling a story. Then he stopped and said, "I won't go there!" Mary Beth laughed as she said, "Good, don't go there!" Then he proceeded to tell what he was trying to filter from leaving his mouth, because we all know John can't help himself. All of a sudden the fountain stopped! Mary Beth said, "Even the fountain wants to hear what you have to say!"
For sure - next book!
Anyway - it was a delightful evening.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
On our way to pick up Sheala. Her flight was delayed so it isn't coming in until 2:18 am!
Robbie is asleep in the back seat. I am staying awake by posting! Pat is his old reliable self - he's driving.
The good thing is there is no traffic!
I know Sheala didn't want to leave Conner. Hope she is doing okay on her flight home.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
There is controversy about whether today is National Hot Dog Day or not. It has always been the third Wednesday of July. However a few years ago it fell on the 23rd of July and now everyone thinks it is on the 23rd!
So, celebrate it when you want - we decided today!
Old Town Drive In in Saginaw - Mmmm.. YUMMY!
Oh Yum! Honey Custard Rhubarb Pie
Monday, July 22, 2013
We went out to dinner afterwards. I love our family. We so enjoyed our time together.
We sat on the patio at Harveys. We had our favorite waitress. The laughing and talking was so enjoyable.
Prayers tonight for our family to always enjoy being together.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
What young girl hasn't had secrets to share or secrets to keep? What does God say about secrets? The girls in the book, Webber House, provided a great platform in which to discuss ways that we should handle secrets in our own lives. With the enthusiasm of a bunch of girls and a great book to read, this combination had all the makings of great teaching!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
We celebrated Pat's Mom's 89th birthday yesterday. We went to his cousin Fed's farm. Mary Ellen and Dale, John and a couple of his kids and granddaughter, Rosie and Maurice, Monica and Roy and Cathy and Mom and Dad.
It is always nice to sit and talk with these people. They were so nice to let us crash their dinner!
It was so hot! And it is going to be almost 100 today. I hate hot!
At 5:30 I started making custard for Pat's mom. I want it done and the oven off!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
We went to Grand Rapids to take the presents to Liz and Joe from the virtual shower.
So we left early and went through the Shiawassee. Saw the biggest snapping turtle ever!
We stopped in Lansing to fix the window on the trailer. Pat had the glass replaced so he just needed to put it in the frame.
We still had a couple of hours so when we got to Grand Rapids we went to see Man of Steel. It was good, but too much action and not enough story.
Then we went to Liz and Joe's. They loved all the presents. Then Pat and Joe put the air conditioner in their bedroom window. That involved a trip to Lowes. So Liz and I got chance to talk. I know I have said this before, but I love being an aunt!
Then out to have delicious pizza for dinner.
Now we are on our way home. We just drove past a mint field. It smells so good in our car! What a great day!
We are on our way to Grand Rapids to deliver the virtual baby shower gifts to Liz and Joe.
We have lots of time before Liz and Joe get out of work.
On our way he barely missed a huge rock on the road. So we turned around and went back. He picked it up and threw it into the ditch. Might have saved someone from a terrible accident!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
My nephew Michael and niece Theresa both said we should read the first encyclical of Pope Francis. I began reading and just after getting to chapter two I read this statement over and over and over:
"Only to the extent that love is grounded in truth can it endure over time, can it transcend the passing moment and be sufficiently solid to sustain a shared journey."
I was compelled to stop reading and write to Pope Francis. I never wrote a Pope before! I wanted to tell him about Michael. After writing my letter, I went back to reading the rest of the encyclical. I am glad I did.
I was moved many times during the reading. The role of parents and Godparents in a child's life. (I am Michael's Godmother). The role of our Blessed Mother in our lives. How growing closer to the pain of others, like Mother Theresa did, brings about clarity. The closeness of marriage and how it mirrors faith.
This encyclical was started by Pope Benedict to commemorate the Year of Faith. It was part of a trilogy of encyclicals he had been writing on the three virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Pope Francis decided to finish the third.
If you would like to read the encyclical you can find it here.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
We had such fun at the virtual baby shower for Liz. Laura was in California, Theresa in Boston, Liz and her Aunt Anne in Traverse City (with her Aunt Sarah on the phone), several in Tulsa.
Cindy and Jim were nice enough to host Saginaw. Mary Lynn came with her great granddaughter, Carmella. Then Stephanie came with Carmella's brothers Deacon and Grayson. Kathy came with her daughter-in-law Kristina and three grandchildren, Ari, Ali and AZ. Caroline came with her grandchildren Javier and Ayva. Joanna came with Sheala. Bill and Julie came with Ethan and Tsipporah.
It took a bit but then we could see and hear everyone. It was so nice to see everyone! I don't Skype so it was such a treat.
Speaking of treats - Cindy made the most delicious chicken salad with grapes and celery and pecans.
Stephanie's friend opened a gourmet cupcake shop in Fenton and Mary Lynn brought cupcakes. The picture is of a partial cupcake that I thought to take after we started eating them. Seriously these cupcakes were to die for! I had an Elvis cupcake. Banana cake, peanut butter frosting with fudge ganache on top. It was yum!
Liz got great gifts.
A great day!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I just baked these for the first time. Fran, Ma's great granddaughter, gave me the recipe to use in the series I am working on - the Four Season Series.
When I was little I used to love watching a woman I cherished in her 90's make these cookies. I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven and cool enough to eat. That is how I feel right now!
I am taking my first bite - oh my goodness - not too sweet - just right - the jelly on top is essential. (Fran said to use grape jelly. ) The cloves and cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg are in perfect proportions!
I just went back in time.
1 Cup Crisco
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Molasses
1 tsp Soda
2 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
6 Cups Flour
1 Cup Buttermilk
Cream Crisco and sugar, add molasses. Sift flour 3 cups of flour with other dry ingredients. Alternate dry ingredients with buttermilk. Add the remaining flour and mix just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide into equal parts. Roll 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with three inch cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet with a standard measuring spoon press a dent in center of each cookie (use back of spoon). Place 1/4 tsp raspberry or strawberry (Fran says to use grape!) in dent. Sprinkle cookies with sugar. Bake 9 minutes at 375 degrees. Do not overbake.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
We had a wonderful time. I took a ton of pictures. Here are a few.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
One year Janet Lepeak and I went to see our friend Barb who lives in Tawas. It happened to be Janet's birthday. Back then Pat and I lived in Sanford. On our way home from Tawas we stopped in West Branch for the sidewalk sales.
The next year I told Pat the sales were so good that we should go. That afternoon I called Janet to tell her happy birthday and to say I was disappointed because West Branch had their sidewalk sales a week earlier.
Janet laughed and said "Yeah, I had my birthday last week, too!"
Never could remember birthdays! Miss you Janet!