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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Had a nice fall Saturday.  High temps were in the 50's.  Last night, I heard the garbage can lid crash from the can containing my black oiler sunflower seed for the birds.  I knew right away it was a raccoon.  I shone the big flashlight on him, and he didn't like that and took off.  The lid had a cement brick on it, but that was no problem for him.  It was the biggest coon I've ever seen!  I usually don't worry about being around the coons, but I wasn't going out with this one!  Gary replaced the lid and put a cement block on it, so now neither the coon nor I can get into the bird seed!  A couple nights earlier, Gary was letting Elmo the Cat out for the night.  He opened the front door and stopped Elmo just in time from meeting up with two smaller coons on the front porch!

I drove through Halo Burger on Richfield Road this morning, because I wanted to get Halloween coupons for Junior Shakes for the grandkids, 10 coupons for $1.  Unfortunately, they were sold out.  Then I went on to WalMart to pick up a few things.  Madilyn wanted me to come over, so I made Ghost Cookies for the kids and for church tomorrow.  You dip Nutter Butters into melted white chocolate almost all the way to look like ghosts.  Add chocolate chips for the eyes and you're done!

When Gary got home, we ate at Tom's (now called Classic Coney Island, but we, and others, will always call it Tom's).  He had the pork chop dinner, which he often gets.  He had it with cole slaw and a baked potato.  I had the Greek Chicken Wrap.

Then on to Mom's and Lawrence Welk.  Maybe now we'll watch a movie.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Today marks the fifth day I haven't eaten sweet snacks (with the exception of 90 calorie granola bars).  I lost 4 pounds, which I think makes no sense.  Of course, last night's meal at Uno was quite low-calorie.

Tonight, though, we ordered a medium pizza at Twin's.  At least those are thin crust.  I was relieved that Bridget didn't bring us desserts she had bought us at Meijer's.  Two weeks ago, she brought us a huge slice of a divine carrot cake and another slice, which was chocolate.  Last week she brought the carrot cake again and a container of raw vegetables with dip.  So tonight we were thankful (at least I was) that she didn't appear to have any desserts forthcoming.  BUT then Jennifer approached with one of those amazing desserts she makes for us there.  This one was a slice of cheesecake topped with blueberry pie filling, chocolate syrup, whip cream and two Oreos!  We're going to have to speak to them about this!

Genesee's playoff game was tonight against Rochester Hills Lutheran.  We won 54-0.  I was concerned the guys hearts wouldn't be in it due to the death this week of the mom of one of the cheerleaders.  Her boyfriend plays on the team. 

I picked up my soap that Lynn had left at my mom's for me.  Lynn makes soap and other natural products.  Several bars of the soap were my favorite:  pumpkin brulee!

New season of What Not To Wear begins tonight with a makeover of Mindy Cohn, who was Jo on the Facts of Life.

Thursday Night, "U Night", October 28, 2010

I'd been looking forward to U Night,  because we planned to eat at Uno's in Birch Run.  I had an email coupon from their website for a free entree.  Gary got the beef tips he loves, with a side salad, a side of mashed cauliflower and twice-baked potatoes.  I got the spinach, eggplant, feta pizza.  There was a choice of thin crust or five-grain crust, but I didn't specify because I never did before and I always loved it.  I should have specified because they gave me thin crust and the five-grain is what makes it a sensational pizza. 

We had a meeting at school at 7 a.m. in regards to the death last night of our much-loved bus driver, Angie.  Counseling was available for students all day long at any time.  Angie's daughter is a senior at our school.  There are 3 older boys.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tonight at 5:00 was our annual Pastor Appreciation Dinner, and the first one for us with Pastor Karen, her husband, Lawrence, and her daughter, Beth.  The dinner was delicious and was a planned potluck.  Gary had a special School Board meeting at 7:00, just a short one.  While there, he found out that one of our bus drivers, Angie Stanton, was killed along with her husband in a car accident at 6:00.  One of the two passengers in the other car was also killed. Angie has four children and the 23 year old mom in the other car has six.  It was the night of that mom's 3 year old's birthday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I didn't work with any kids at school today, but was very busy nevertheless.  It began raining after lunch, sometimes very hard, and kept on for hours.

Gary didn't get home until long after me, and I didn't know where he was.  Turned out he went to a meeting at church that I didn't know about.  I changed into a warm sweater, because I just couldn't shake the rainy day chill.  We ate at Classic Coney Island (Tom's), and I had a chicken melt pita with coleslaw and he had a hot meatloaf sandwich with chicken gravy.  Weird, I know!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another beautiful fall day!  Had a really good meal at Arby's tonight.  I had the Turkey, Bacon & Swiss Toasted Sub and Gary had the Philly steak one.  The cashier (manager) talked me into one of the new chocolate turnovers, which didn't look that sensational to me, but it was very good!

I spent hours on the computer tonight uploading my fall up north pictures from the Keweenaw area to pastycam. I had a lot of difficulty, so I emailed Mary Drew, and she wrote right back!  She said don't try to do the allowed five at once, only do two, and that worked.  Two at a time is tedious, but it did work.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last night I must have slept 10 hours!  I don't know how I managed that! 

Today was a very pleasant, fall day with warm temperatures.  Gary had my car all morning and half the afternoon, so I stayed home.  I updated this blog, worked on cleaning my desk, cleaned the bathroom sink, etc.  Then Amanda & the kids came over.

We haven't seen Stray Black Kitty since last night.

Watched Date Night.  Of course, I fell asleep and will have to rewatch the end tomorrow.

Now the tornado siren is going off.  It just ended.  I wonder what that was all about?

Friday, October 8, 2010

After my day at work, we ate at Twin's, having the Greek grinder.  So good!

Genesee won another game, not a surprise.

Thursday Night, "R Night", October 7, 2010

Tonight we enjoyed our dinner at Red Robin, always a favorite.  I had the new Mediterranean Chicken Salad. It is only $6.99 until November 7, so that was a deal!  The salad was large and made up of romaine lettuce with lemon dill ranch dressing.  It was topped with an oregano-grilled chicken breast. It was tasty, but there were not enough Feta or diced tomatoes.  The salad also contained cucumber and black olives.  Next time I would order my usual Pollo Fiesta Salad.  Gary had his favorite Bruschetta Burger with bottomless fries.  The pop there is $2.50, too pricey for something that is a negligible cost for the restaurant.

We are continuing to have wonderful Indian Summer weather, seventies every day.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monthly church potluck at 5:00.  I took pasties from up north.  We brought home a cooler full of frozen ones.  There were a lot of people there that have never came before.  Strange.  It was Pastor Karen's b'day.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Still here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Back to work.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

We are on our way home from a glorious fall vacation! Here are some pictures that I've forgotten to post.  The first will be of Powerhouse Falls on the Falls River in L'anse.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today we are sticking closer to the cabin, on our peninsula, as we will be going to the Stew Supper at the Aura Township Hall at 5:30.

First, we went out to Pte. Abbaye, the tip of our peninsula. Our peninsula is smallish, but the drive out curvy, sometimes rutted, roads slows us down. It's a beautiful drive, though! We parked in the parking area out there. The waves were high, so it was safer to walk the interior trail out to the point, rather than walking the treacherous rocks along the cliffs of the Big Lake.  While on that trail, you could throw a rock to your left or right and land it in the lake if you were a strong thrower and the trees weren't in the way!  We saw a fresh bear track in the mud, so I kept my eyes open for bear and moose (actually hoping I would see one or the other!).

This is where we ended up, with the Huron Mountains on the horizon across Huron Bay. BUT . . . just to the left were big, crazy waves! I didn't like Gary walking along there, thinking he might slip and be lost to the Lake forever.  So how come I was following behind him?  Lake Superior beckons, and you have to come!


This is just before I let out a shriek as a big wave came up on the shore behind me! I know the water is deep here, and I meant to ask a friend how deep it is, but forgot to.

I am really enjoying these new knees!

Today we also went to Silver River Falls, my favorite.  You park and walk along, descending along the falls.  So beautiful, and it smells wonderfully like cedar!  This is where I always bore my kids by reminding them that we are walking in the same steps as the Indians did (and do).

Sportin' the Kromer at Silver River Falls.

We had such a good time at the Stew Supper in Aura!  It is a thank you dinner for all the volunteers at July's Aura Jamboree.  The stew was delicious and, being a Yooper stew, it contains rutabatga.  It was served with assorted breads and homemade pie.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Today we are heading for the Porcupine Mountains, the Porkies.  Colors are always fabulous along the way on Highway 38, and this fall is no different.  Then we turn and head towards the mountains along Lake Superior's shore. It always looks cold and wintry there from inside the car.  There are some newer and nice-looking businesses along there, including an AmericInn, or whatever it is called.  We were going to enter the state park and head up to the Lake of the Clouds overlook, but decided not to.  Starting today there is a new fee schedule. Since Gary, as the driver of the car, has a July birthday, we would pay $10 for a pass that would be good until next July. We would never use it again in that space of time, so we decided against it.  I had been expecting a senior citizen's day pass of about $2 or so!

We took Pike River Road home. That is just south of Twin Lakes State Park. There are several lakes along the way, some with just fishing sites and others with campgrounds.  It is always a pretty area in the fall.

Below are some other shots I should've displayed here.

These two pictures are just before the Porkies State Park entrance.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today was our Keweenaw Day, and a beautiful day it was. Temps are warm, just like in Flint, in the seventies, but dropping every day for the rest of our vacation.  That's OK with me, it's more fall-like.  We stopped and visited with Tracey at the Visitors' Center.  We were kind of behind schedule due to calls from home.  After taking these three pictures (and more) at Ten Foot, we headed up Brockway.

We got to our favorite restaurant ever, the Harbor Haus on the shore of Lake Superior in Copper Harbor, at about 4:00. My meal began with a perfect tossed salad with bleu cheese dressing and freshly-cracked pepper. Hard rolls are also served with olive oil and herbs for dipping. I had my usual beef rouladen with red cabbage and German potato salad.  Gary ordered planked whitefish.  We both had lightly seasoned and buttered vegetables, and they are the best anywhere!

This is out the second floor window of the Harbor Haus. You can see the lighthouse

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We're on our way up north to Aura in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. First stop was McDonald's for a bathroom break & quick hamburger & Diet Coke while I begin driving.  Next stop was Seney, the best bathroom break in the U.P.!

Reading material on the inside of the bathroom door!

One of the touch and feel tables in the Seney Visitors' Center.

Our next stop was the Big Boy in Marquette. I had a Slim Jim with soup and salad bar, and Gary had the bar with, I think, a Brawny Lad.  Then we enjoyed the colors on our way to L'anse, where we stopped at Pat's for a few groceries and snacks and a pumpkin for our deck, only $2.99!  We headed on up the peninsula to the cottage, arriving at about 6:00 or so.  No raccoons in the cabin!