Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A welcomed day off

I've noticed, since moving to Munising, the fog in the morning rolls in and out, and then before you know it, everything is clear. Kind of like the way my mind works!
My kayak has been laying around near the waters edge, just waiting to get wet other than from rain, but it's been just a tad bit too cool to get out there comfortably w/out a wetsuit. I'm hoping the weather becomes more like summer pretty soon, or like this past March, when we had 80 degrees! These rainy, grey days have not gone to waste as I have been finishing up my organizing of the new digs and making the place look like home. It's been fun unearthing treasures I've had wrapped and boxed since I moved back in January of '11 and never unpacked in the Chatham house since I was only renting and that house was for sale. I never knew when I was going to get evicted if it sold, so I didn't get as comfortable as I would have liked had it been my 'home' home.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rainy Pictured Rocks day

My daughter Amy came to visit me in Chatham Wednesday and stayed until Friday. We always make the most of our time together, so we went to Marquette Weds. evening to eat and spent Thursday being tourists visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with Brinkley in tow, of course! The weather was a tad dreary, but I am not complaining as it has been unseasonalbly warm the past week. The water was cold, but that didn't stop Brinkley!

The Au Sable falls were roaring! We spent some time hiking down the stairs, platforms and foot trail to the beach, where the mouth of the Au Sable comes out. Technically, we weren't supposed to be there....
But what's a little police tape to a prison employee?! The Park Service was just concerned about safety which is why they strung up the tape. We were safe, and no one, including the dog, was harmed in the taking of these photos.

We had a great time together and did a lot of laughing. Brinkley had a good time, too!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quilted bags for the women in my family!

I LOVE fabric, so when I saw this wonderful group of Bali Batiks at Alley Kat's in Marquette, I bought the package of 2.5" x 44" cut strips. I also bought a great handbag pattern that was perfect for these colorful strips. So I layed the strips down, choose color groups -purples, pinks, greens & blues, and followed the instructions. I'm actually going to get a total of 8 handbags out of these fabrics, as I only needed 9 2.5" x 22" strips for one bag.  I have another group identical to the ones I'm showing you here in my sewing room!  The lining fabric in the bottom photo was purchased while I was in Texas last summer. It is a great batik, and just happens to be perfect for the lining in each of the handbags. It's amazing how well it goes with each color group, and that I bought plenty of it without knowing what I was going to do with it!
I normally don't do a lot of sewing on beautiful sunny, summer days, but if it's cloudy with even a chance of rain, I'm sewing!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dogs are so funny-they never check the temperature of the water before they dive right in, and Brinkley is no exception. Lake Superior is cold right now, and may stay that way for quite some time since we haven't had tropical temps to warm things up. Ok, 'tropical' is probably a misleading term when referring to UP summers!

Summer, almost!

It's the middle of June already! Brinkley & I have been out doing some exploring, but if I had a choice, I'd forgo work to explore every day. We recently went to 12 mile beach, which I mistakenly called 11 mile beach. I happened to mention this to a co-worker and he said "You're only off by 1 mile". There are days I feel I'm off by a dozen miles! Anyway, Brinkley & I are going to go to this beach whenever we can this summer, if it ever really warms up, because it's beautiful and long!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chatham in January

My sister, Ginny, asked to see photos of the house I'm renting in Chatham, which is 17 miles from my job in Munising. Actually, a few people have asked to see photos of my new digs, so here they are. Mind you, this house is for sale and I'm not advertising it, really! I so don't want to move again, but if the house does sell, I'll certainly have to move. I like this house and who knows, maybe I'll buy it!!
Photo out of sequence, but, hey, it's Brinkley!
Notice the nicely cleared drive! That takes work, baby! So, enough of the outside, here's great photos of the inside. I spared you the bedrooms and full bath. I'll tell you this, the upstairs bath looks like the downstairs, only there's a double sink, bathtub/shower combo, same style toilet and carpeting-yes, carpeting in the bathroom! Not my favorite, but I've warmed up (literally) to it. The bedrooms are huge, but the www does not need to see my bedroom. Also, I don't have much on the walls because I don't feel like I should start putting holes in the walls! So I've hung stuff wherever there are existing holes.

I LOVE this kitchen!
And finally, the sewing room. Now, it may appear messy, but believe me when I say this, it's really creative organized chaos, but chaos is such a harsh word!
I have been working on finishing some quilts I started long ago.My favorite saying is 'the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step', which is how I look at my UFO's (unfininished objects).
The carpeting on the stairs looks dirty in these photos, but it truly isn't!
Brinkley loves it here, so much room to run around, carpeting to sleep on, stairs to bound! Well, there you have it, my home in Chatham.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Changes on the homefront

Well, I will have to change the name of my blog since sometime in the next few weeks I will be moving from the Keweenaw to Alger County, home of the Pictured Rocks! I'll be living in Chatham, a really huge metropolis with a large population. Not really. It's about 2 blocks long and one block wide, but there is a restaurant, store and a post office!!! Winter is not the time to move, but that's what happens when one must earn a living. See you on the mainland!