Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Mo Show!

One of my many blogging buddies MO, is now on BlogTalkRadio! I've neglected to give his show a plug on my blog,(sorry mo, been awfully busy) So here's his latest,


You can listen live, or catch the show in the archives. click this link to hear the show live or follow the archived link to hear past shows.
This weeks show should be a hoot!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Live from Saugatuck! again!

Yep! we're back at Campit!
near beautiful Saugatuck Michigan!
This is just a short 2 niter.
We came to meet our friends,
Tom and Dean from Wisconsin.
Campit has themed weekends.
This was their Wild West Weekend.
They had rodeo demonstrations,
horseshoe competitions,
line dancing, karaoke,
and a big pot luck dinner.
And no, I didn't do karaoke, or line dancing. I did watch the line dancing, thinking "I can do this",
but every song, they did a different routine! How can they remember all those? And the karaoke was a hoot! some very good and some very bad, but all fun!
The first pic is our camp site,
and the second pic is me and Dean in the pool.
The weather was perfect!
And as usual, we met more nice campers
from all over. We always enjoy our visits
to Campit!



But all good things must come to an end. We pack up this morning, and head back to Lansing.
We'll be back here again in September!

Friday, July 27, 2007

funny friday

For this edition of funny Friday, (I know, I'm posting this late, so sue me) Here's a little "test".
And of course, since I can't do a post without pics, here are some of my Oriental Lilies at the end!

Alzheimer's Test

The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the Psychiatry School at Harvard University . Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.
The average person over 40 years of age cannot do it!

1. This is this cat.
2. This is is cat.
3. This is how cat.
4. This is to cat.
5. This is keep cat.
6. This is an cat.
7. This is old cat.
8. This is fart cat.
9. This is busy cat.
10. This is for cat.
11. This is forty cat.
12. This is seconds cat.



Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down.












I love these lilies! they look so exotic!
And we're off this weekend for another little weekend trip! So, stay tuned for... Live from .........?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No chillin for me

Well, so much for plans.
As I said in my last post,
(you did read it right?)
I had planned to spend my last day off chillin,
but Craig had other ideas.
He decided we needed to clean the
eavestroughs on the house.
So first, I had to get up on the roof to
brush all the stuff out of the valleys.
We have a low roof, so the rain doesn't
wash the leaves and twigs out of the valleys.
But while up there,
I noticed you get a birds eye view of the yard,
so I yelled to Craig to get my camera,
and took a couple of pics.
I also got a pic of Craig weeding the rock garden.
Look across the street and
you can see how dry it is here.
Also you'll notice some stuff
laying in the driveway behind the car.
That's another project Craig had me work on.
When we go to a campground we have
stabilizer jacks we put down.
It keeps the motor home from
rocking and more important,
if the site isn't level, we can
adjust the jacks to make the motor home level.
Well, if the site is gravel or dirt,
the jacks may not sit well,
so we put boards under them
to give them a larger foot print.


The boards we were using weren't very thick and were getting beat up pretty bad, so we bought a 2x8x8 piece of treated lumber, cut and sanded the edges and put handles on them to make it easier to remove from under the motor home.
So here's a pic of the old board we use to use and the new thicker treated wood with nifty little handles.



So I worked on the boards while
Craig cleaned out the eavestroughs.
And that's after I polished the mo-ho wheels
and rainexed the windows!
I guess I'll have to wait till our next rv trip to "chill".
Which will be this coming weekend. YAA!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

work,work,work

It's been busy at work, and I've been busy at home!
Since we stayed home this past weekend, I took the opportunity to get some things done.

First off, I cleaned the Salon. Like I do every Sunday morning. Unless we're gone and then I do it on Wed. morning. I then did some much needed weeding and deadheading in the gardens. And also a lot of watering. Been very dry here in mid-Michigan. Only .3 of an inch of rain this month. Makes for some very nice sunny weekends, but very thirsty flowers.
Next, I cleaned out the inside of the motor home. And then washed the outside, and waxed the curb side. You can't wash and wax the whole thing in one day! Too big! But now I have the one side, the front, and back waxed. so just the one other side. Click on the pic. Doesn't it look all nice and shiny?

The next day I washed and waxed Craig's baby.
It's a 1998 Honda Accord. Click on the pic.
See how happy he is in his clean and shiny car?

So you are probably wondering.......
What's Craig doing while I'm slaving away?
He caught up on his paperwork.
He does all of our business and personal bills and bookkeeping.
He also does the laundry, and vacuuming. and dinner.
Today, it's shopping, then I'm going to polish the motor home wheels, and rainex the windows. And then I think we'll just chill for the rest of the day, cause it's back to work tomorrow!
Everyone have a good week!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Daylily Post

We've been gone every weekend for the last 3 of 4 weeks, so haven't had much time to post or read, and it's been very busy at work. And what extra time I've had, has been maintaining the yard. There is always weeding and dead-heading. And cleaning the house? Will, that will just have to wait till fall. Summer is so short here in Michigan. I've got all winter to be indoors. And it's been very dry, so lots of watering.
So speaking of the yard...........
This is a picture post. 9 of my 30 or so Daylilies that are in bloom right now.








They come in so many colors and textures!



There are literally hundreds of varieties of Daylilies!

They start blooming in early summer. Some varieties bloom early, some mid, some late. So you have a constantly changing garden!



Hope you enjoyed the pics!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

On the shores of Erie

We've just returned from a trip to East Harbor State Park!
On the banks of Lake Erie, between port Clinton and Sandusky.
About a 3 1/2 hr drive from Lansing.
Left Saturday after work,
and returned Tuesday afternoon.
East harbor is an enormous park!
Ohio's largest State Park!
565 campsites!


We snatched an end site with lots of space!
See Craig by the campfire?
East Harbor sits on a peninsula
between 2 bays and Lake Erie.
So lots of water and wild life.
Saw many Deer and Rabbits.

On the walk to the beach,
(camp host said about a half mile walk,
which was more like 3 miles!)
we walked past huge masses of water lilies in bloom.
A beautiful sight!
The beach was not as impressive.
Lot's of rocks and not very picturesque.

On a day trip, we went to the African Safari.
We were expecting this to be quite lame,
but were pleasantly surprised.
They had lots of animals!
It's a drive thru park.
You stay in your car,
and feed the animals from your window.


For some cute pics of the animals getting up close and too personal,
Check out the rest of the pics here,
African Safari.

This beast didn't just want a taste,
he wanted the whole cup!
I had to fight to keep him from
getting it!
After the Safari, we headed to
Miller Ferry to catch a ride to
Put-In-Bay.
We were told it's a "must see" place.
Well, it's got a lot of golf carts,
and there's no golf courses here.



But it does have a lot of bars,
hotels, marinas, restaurants,
shops, and did I say BARS?
I guess the golf carts make
a safer mode to travel drunk!


There is other things to see on the island.
One is Perry's Victory and International Peace Monument.
An impressive tower that dominates the island.

Had a great time and great weather!
Our camping neighbors went fishing,
and shared some of their Walleye with us,( I mean me, Craig won't eat fish) Yum!

Friday, July 13, 2007

What a week!

It has been a very busy week, here in the Salon!
I only work 4 days a week, but the first 2 are 10 - 12 hrs long and the last 2 are 6 - 8 hrs long. So, I work any where from 32 to 40 hours a week, depending on demand. When your self employed, it's nice to be able to set your own hours. As long as you can also please the customers.

Wed. and Thur. are my 2 long days.
This week, just Wed. and Thur. I did,
23 haircuts,
12 colors,
1 perm,
and 8 sets.
Quite exhausting!
But the money is good!
And I've said this before, the motor home needs lots of gas!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

more yard pics

Good morning all!
Since we've been gone the last 2
weekends, I've got just about
nothing done in the yard.
Fortunately, the gardens are established
enough, so you don't see the
weeds very easily.




The gardens actually look pretty
good, despite the hot weather we've had,
and not a lot of rain.





The pic to the right is my Sedum garden.
I have about a dozen varieties here.
Even though it's next to the pond,
it's very dry, due to the stones
that surround it.



To get a better view,
click on the pics to see them larger.







These last two pics are a couple of paths
in my shade gardens.
One of brick, the other mulch.





What free time we have had,
has been cleaning the motor home.
The front is always covered with bug guts.
I suppose it's because it's so big!

We've got another busy week at work, so my posting will be scarce.
But it's good we're busy. The mo-ho eats a lot of gas!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Live from Saugatuck!

Good morning all! This post comes to you from Campit Resort. Near beautiful Saugatuck, and Lake Michigan!We hadn't planned on this trip, it was a last minute decision. We got out of work early on Saturday. Saw the weather forecast calling for low 90's. So we thought Lake Michigan was the place to be. So we did a quick packing and off we went! A short 2 niter.
Saugatuck is only about a 1-1/2hr drive from Lansing. So a fairly short trip. I must say the lake and the beach made a 93 degree day enjoyable!
It was a windy day also which helped it to feel cooler. We got to the beach early, but it was filling up fast when we left. Here's Craig enjoying the surf.

Campit has 14 new full hook-up sites in their Westwood expansion. But their wi-fi doesn't reach that far, so I'm writing this on a picnic table near the office. It's just such a beautiful quiet morning. But then, I've always been an early riser.

We're packing up this morning and heading back to Lansing. Then we'll have to repack for our next trip, to East Harbor State Park. In Ohio, on Lake Erie between Port Clinton and Sandusky.

Hope you enjoyed the pics!
We sure enjoyed the lake!

Friday, July 06, 2007

my hostas




Today,
I'm gonna bore my
non-gardening readers.
So if your not into that,
just go on to your next blog.


I have about 30 different Hostas
in my yard.
I like them because they are almost
care free,
and add a wonderful
presence to the border.


I've lost the names of most, so you'll get mainly just pictures.
And of course, pics don't do them justice.
You need to see them up close to
really appreciate them.



The very top pic is called
"Blue Angel".
A very large hosta.
With beautiful dusty blue leaves.
It matures at a height
of about 4ft tall and 6ft across.

Hostas come in many
shapes and sizes,
and color combinations.
From solid colors to variegated.
From light green to very bluish.








This hosta is called "Sagae".
It's a more "up-right" Hosta.
Not as outward spreading
as most others.









This Hosta is called "Rascal".
A very light yellowish green
leaf with a darker green edging.








And last, a "Sieboldana".
Another blue hosta, but the leaves are more ribbed and crinkled.





So there's a few of my many Hostas!
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