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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I made a run to Vanity Fair at the Birch Run Outlet Mall this morning to exchange the black jeans I bought there awhile ago. I meant to buy twill pants, but somehow forgot what I was doing that day and ended up with the jeans!  So today I got the pants I wanted, plus black capris.  I had bought black capris at Penney's, St. John's Bay, and didn't like them because they were snug at the hem when I sat.  I liked my khakis (Lee) from Vanity Fair, so I got them in black, too.

Then we went to Stacie's open house.  Good food!  We had pork barbeque, coleslaw (the dressing tasted like potato salad dressing and was unique and delicious), baked beans with lima beans in addition to the regular, cheesy potatoes, and more.

My mom was not feeling well today and had her walker handy for trips to the bathroom. I don't think I've ever seen her do that before.  Yesterday she did well on her beauty shop day and got her perm.  But the day before that she wasn't that great either.  She thinks it's her heart and she's probably right.

Tomorrow is the first day of funeral home visitation for the mom of my just-graduated friend, Stephanie.  It was supposed to be Stephanie's open house.  That is now being planned for July 9 and I will help make something.

Watched Love and Other Drugs, a Netflix movie.  Gary liked it, but I was kinda bored.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

I went to Kohl's this morning, hoping to find my favorite Lee capris in black on sale. They were all out though, so I'll have to try Vanity Fair soon in Birch Run.  Also, the deals I expected for Carter's 11th birthday weren't there.  Bought nothing, and I had a 30% off coupon!

Went to Big Lots on the way home and did better.  They had my discontinued Almay eye shadow for $2 each!  I bought the last two in the color I needed, called Steel, a shimmery, silvery, grey.  I also was able to get three plastic water lilies for the pond at $1 each, just like last year.  Got a few other necessities, too.

Ate dinner at Taco Bell with Gary and then we went to Penney's to use his $15 birthday certificate.  He got $80 dress pants on sale for $29, and then minus the $15.  I got Carter two striped polos for his birthday.

The skunks made their appearance in the backyard.

I'm reading Dear John, better than the movie, which was boring.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Today I was looking forward to lunch at Senor Lucky's in Davison with my friends from high school in the sixties: Pam and Ora.  We spent two hours gabbing and gossiping and had lots of fun.

Then Gary wanted to go out to dinner, after all it is Thursday! I wasn't hungry, though. We went to Michael Angelo's on Davison Road and split a lasagna dinner.  Normally their lasagna is the best I've ever had, but tonight it was the worst! Seemed like it was about two or three noodles stacked without much in between. Didn't even fill half the tin pan, whereas normally it fills it and almost overflows!

About 9 p.m. I got an IM on Facebook saying the mother of a just-graduated senior girl had passed away suddenly, probably from a heart attack.  Another devastating loss to one of our seniors this year.  Out of 36 graduates, three have lost one or both parents. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This morning Gary had to go to Bay City to be with a friend, and I took Lisa to her doctor's appointment.  However, when we got there, there was apparently a mix-up, so she didn't have it. 

A bit later all the Rodmans (except Madilyn) came over while Amanda applied for jobs on my computer. 

Then, of course, Gary wanted to go "get a bite".  But I opted to cook and made creamy basil pasta (with sundried tomatoes and peas added) and turkey burgers (no buns).

I went to my mom's tonight, even though my sister was there.  I figured I might as well do her pills since it's Tuesday, and my sister will be there all week.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

We've been having great weather, temps in the low 70's and no rain, and that should be continuing for a few days.  I gardened this morning.  Then we went to Senor Lucky's for lunch/dinner at 2:30.  Gary had a taco salad with ground beef and no shell, and I had an ala carte shredded chicken burrito with no beans (rice is substituted).  It was PACKED with lots of shredded chicken.  Our waitress was Stacy, so all was good!

Then we went to Menard's and I got a new hose and a 6-pack of marigolds and a 6-pack of something else, I forgot what, but it's white!  So then we came home and I weeded, planted, watered, fed, etc.

Later, the usual skunk was in the backyard with my two cats sitting on either side of it watching it eat grass!  I wish I'd thought to get a picture!

Tomorrow I take Lisa to the doctor in the morning.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

We were supposed to wear red to church today for Pentecost, but I didn't.  Gary and Amanda sang, which was apparently planned last night without my knowledge, so I had to grab Clark and hold him back.  Gracie was no problem, but Amanda sang holding Emmy.  If I knew in advance, I would've had a plan!  Then Gary said we were taking the kids to Dalton Airport to watch the planes.  Well, I thought that meant we were sitting in the car hoping for a plane to take off.  Again, unbeknownst to me, it was their fly-in and a big thing.  So we were all in our church clothes with no jackets or anything warm on our arms and it was in the low fifties, so we froze.  Annnnnnnd, of course he's known about this for days, but didn't tell me!  Then we went to McD in Mt. Morris for lunch.

Lazed around in the afternoon, not accomplishing anything.  Then Gary wanted to go to Twin's for a salad, so we did.

Spent a lo-o-o-o-ong time uploading photos to my gallery on pastycam.  Mary wanted to use some of my new photos on there.  She saw them on Facebook, but I was going to put some on pasty cam tonight anyway.  It was a difficult process, as it would only let me put on one at a time.  The multiple thing wasn't working.  So I laboriously did each one of more than twenty one by one.  I read an entire Family Circle while I waited for each to load!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another nice day with temperatures in the 70's.  I went to the bank to deposit my last check for the summer, to the library to return two books (Tatum O'Neal's autobio & Season's Revenge, by Henry Kisor, who writes novels about the U.P.).  Then I used a bogo coupon for frappes at McD and took one to Amanda.  She dumped all the three older kids drawers on the living room floor and was sorting through all the clothes to get rid of some.  Whew!  She had at least two garbage bags of little boy's clothes for Laura's new baby and three or more to be dumped at Goodwill or Salvation Army.  We sorted for hours!  Luckily, Emmy slept most of the time.

I made ham, mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus from Lake Linden for dinner.  Really good!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thirty years ago this morning,  I was giving birth!  Happy birthday, Amanda!  Amanda and the kidlets came over and hung out today while she checked on a job.  The kids made their mom a chocolate pie with Oreo crust.  Gracie wanted blueberries on top, so that's what happened! 

We took Jill truffles from the Jampot for her retirement, so we ran out of time to go to Twin's.  We went to Classic Coney Island in Genesee instead.  Gary had liver and onions and I had a Greek chicken pita.  I usually have a Greek chicken something!

Then I went to mom's and did her week's pills and wrote a couple checks for her.  Brought her laundry home. 

Spent the rest of the night uploading pictures on Facebook.  Still have to do the pastycam ones this weekend. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Began the long trip home from the U.P. today, made even longer by the sidetrip Gary wanted to take to the town of Republic and Republic Mine.  We ate at The Galley in St. Ignace.  Nice enough view but the food was just OK.  Read the entire way from the Mackinac Bridge, my library autobio of Tatum O'Neal.  That was a good book!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Temps in the 80's today have now dropped to 48! Turtle sundae at the Baraga Drive-In was the best I've ever had!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011






Stayed at the cottage relaxing until 4:00, when Gary wanted to go to St. Vinny's to buy a belt. Then we found out they closed at 4:00! Try again tomorrow. Sitting at Subway in L'anse splitting a black forest ham sub. Now where shall we go for a drive?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Today was the day of our trip to Copper Harbor. It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day.  Of course, our destination was dinner at the Harbor Haus.  We ordered our usual favorites, with Gary ordering the planked whitefish, and I ordered the beef rouladen.




We sat on the dock for awhile, enjoying the weather and waiting for the Isle Royale Queen to return.  We could hear it coming for a half hour!  When it came into view and got closer, the waitstaff of the restaurant came outside and did their nightly can-can.



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011



Another beautiful, sunny day. Temps in the 70's. Went to L'anse for lawnmower gas, groceries and cleaning supplies at Family $. Lunch was from the $6 salad bar at Pat's IGA. Restful afternoon after the mowing and cleaning. Gary spent a long time on the swing overlooking Keweenaw Bay, while I read Birds and Blooms. Lots more hummingbirds than we've seen in years. Now I'm surprised to find wi-fi at Irene's Pizza!

I'm not sure what the yellow flowers are that are lining the road to our cottage.  I meant to look more closely, but I forgot!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Glorious day for a trip to the UP! In Marquette at Big Boy right now. Sunny with temps in the eighties. Enjoyed our time at Seney; took pictures of the ospreys in their nest and swans.