Sunday, August 12, 2018

Our Forest

I absolutely love our land.
I love the trees...
I love the privacy...
I love the peacefulness...

The leaves have a lot to be desired...
The clean-up after a big storm - yep, picture worthy...

Definitely from one of our walnut trees...
How do I know, you ask?
We found about a hundred walnuts when we moved the branch...


Namaste.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fun Popsicles

We bought some molds awhile back, but hadn't had a chance to try them...
Until now.

Meet the dinosaur pudding popsicles.
Turned out pretty good, though the T-Rex's picture (the second one) has a lot to be desired!

I think that I am going to try juice in them on the next visit and see how the boys like those.





Namaste.

Friday, August 10, 2018

#FridayFinds - Mr. G's Take 2

If you missed it - I have mentioned Mr. G's Barn before:


I wanted to add a few more specialty sundaes that we have tried...

Hot Fudge Cake:

P.B. Cup Treat:
 Apple Dumpling (this time with the nuts):

Grasshopper:

I will admit that we frequent Mr. G's Barn so much, that it is now known as "G's" in our house...
We have also moved from the large sundaes to the small ones...

Namaste.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Bucket List Item

I decided that it would be kewl to see all five of the Great Lakes.

A little information for those who may be interested (and my reference):
The "Great Lakes of North America" are a series of freshwater lakes that connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Saint Lawrence River. They are primarily on the Canada-United States Border (all except Lake Michigan - which is entirely in the USA).
They are the largest group of freshwater lakes by total area (94,250 square miles) and second largest by total volume (21% of the world's surface fresh water). 
Want to know more?  Click here...


I have been to Lake Erie a few times, but last month we took the grand babies for their first trip.
Since we found a beach that is only 20 minutes from our house, I expect that I'll be seeing this particular Great Lake often.



I have plans to see Lake Michigan and Lake Huron / the bottom tip of Lake Superior... 
Just not sure which one will come first and when.
Lake Ontario is going to be the tricky one!

(I didn't create the picture above, just "borrowed" it for the visual..)

Namaste.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Outdoor Remodeling

We have been in Michigan now for about a year...
Home-owners since the end of July and residents since the end of August...

We have been SLOWLY working on the yard to get it where we want.

It's been a lot of work (OB came up a week to help us get some of it done) and we still have a lot to go!

But - there are bushes/low hanging limbs that are no more...

A deck is a much lighter gray than we realized...

 A lily flower bed that makes me very happy...

 A new fire pit that is still a work in progress (I'll post about it again when it's done!)...

And so much more to do...
Hoping that OB might find his way back up north to help a bit more as I am about 60% on the road this month...
I really don't want to wait until next spring to get more done!

Namaste.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Beauty in Nature

I must admit that I can't do all nighters like I used to...
It takes a lot more to do it and even more to recover...

Recently, we found ourselves having to do one for a pool tournament...
I figured, if I was going to be up all night - at least, I could enjoy the sunrise.

This is how my Galaxy took the picture. 
I did not filter/alter it (if I did - I didn't realize that I was doing it!).


Namaste.

Friday, August 03, 2018

#Friday Finds - Takoi (Downtown Detroit)

I have been slacking a bit with some #FridayFinds...
But now that I have figured out how to get my pictures off of my phone (long story and a recent issue), I am trying to get caught up.

Granted, caught up is just a few weeks as we are hitting a rut going to the same places over and over - but never fear, there is a plan to explore in the near future!

This find is technically "Around Town" as it is about an hour from us...
But, I was in Detroit for a work event, so I was technically "Travel"ing...

A group of us went to Takoi for dinner.

It is "family style", as in you order a lot of plates and share everything...
Warning - there are a lot of pictures...
And as this was over a month ago, I don't remember any of the names.
I can tell you that due .to food restrictions of the group: we didn't order anything with pork or mushrooms in any of the dishes.

Some type of tea:



Asparagus:

Some type of lettuce wrap (a little spicy, but bearable):

Fried Rice (I think):

Forgot to grab pictures before we dug in on a few:

Lamb (I think):

Snapper:

Ice Cream Dessert (Full disclosure - I didn't try as it had coconut on it):

Overall, I loved the food!
There was one dish that, even though we ordered everything mild (for whimps like me) - it was too spicey.  In fact, no one took seconds on it (I think it was the first food picture, but not 100% sure).

Definitely worth googling and visiting if you are in the area.

Namaste.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

I Blinked...

I blinked and July was gone.
Not sure what happened or where the time went.

We did have a lot of visitors...
OB came up for a week and helped us get some yard work done.
My mom and stepdad came up for a weekend.
The grand babies came for a long weekend (and didn't want to leave)...

OK - that may be where July went!
August won't be much better as I'll be on the road A LOT...
Luckily, I am getting caught up on posts about things that happened in July to publish throughout the August...

Namaste.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

MMA - Who I Like...

I am not a big sports fan.
I have my football team that I grew up rooting for...
I watch the Olympics and Super Bowls and stuff like that...
But I am not athletic, so I have never been a fan of athletics...

MBB, on the other hand, loves to watch sports.
He is also athletic and good at most sports that he tries.

Correction: He likes to watch sports on TV, not in person (this hurt my season ticket holding heart when I met him).
His big obsession currently is MMA.
Since it is on our TV all of the time, I have watched just enough that I have found a few fighters that I like...

Want to know more about them?  Click on there names and it will tak you to their Wikipedia profile.
Want to know more?  Have I introduced you to my best friend: Google?

I used to like Anderson Silva... but the way he chose to act the last few fights (and being caught taken things that he shouldn't) has caused him to be removed from my list of favs.

The reason that I don't care for Silva anymore should be a good indication of why I do like the other three.  They are humble.  Yes - I know that attitude fills the seats for a fight... But I am not going to root for an a$$hole.
There is another thing all three have in common - they were all champions at one time.  That is not why I like them... But I probably wouldn't have known about them if they hadn't been (though I will say that I was a fan of Rose's before she won her belt).

Namaste.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Gray Areas...

Life is not black and white...
It is full of gray areas...


Whether it be in fairness or politics or even, gulp, religion...
People don't always want to think in gray areas...
But to do so is way more fair and kind and true...


If more people would look at all sides, it would allow everyone to live with our neighbors so much better.


Namaste.