Today, Sunday August 30th, 7 cabins emptied out and only 3 checked in so, we have 4 empty cabins.  That hasn’t happend since June.   We’re coming to the end of what turned out to be an enjoyable season for us.  We’ve had very nice guests, there was no stress this year.  Lots of laughs and a few cocktails later I am still going strong.
Now comes the time to tell you about all the things that are planned for this fall and winter in the area so that you can make plans to come and see for yourself.

So the first thing that comes to mind is the

Fall Festival 2009

which is planned for the first and second weekend of October
to be held in Benzonia and Frankfort

So many things are on the schedule.
Here are just a few:

Fall Soup Contest
Benzie Area Historical Museum & Tour
The Honor Lions Club will serve a Hillbilly Breakfast
The 10K Betsie Valley Run/Walk
Bid on a giant pumpkin carved by  Ed Moody
Juried Mutt March
Learn to carve a pumpkin with Ed Moody
Win a bike
and the piece de resistance:

Pumpkin Chunkin Contest
This year there will be trebuchets (catapults) again trying to fling gigantic pumpkins into the bay and to see which catapult can
fling the big orange thing farther.
That is always so much fun to watch in action.
The first year when they were chucking pumpkins into the bay, Mike and Marc were out there in the duck boat, picking up pumpkin pieces out of the water. Those two had too much fun out there.

Tami Hoag

If you have gone to the  book store or even your grocery store, Walgreens and other assorted variety stores, you have seen the name Tami Hoag.  She has local, Benzie County,  connections.  I know her niece and so do you…

Melina Penne is her niece!  You saw Melina’s picture in the Thursday Night Lights post.

When you see her in this interview, she acts and looks exactly like Melina’s youngest daughter Camry

Ok this post is to prove to you
that I do know people
who know
famous people



Gloomy, rainy Saturday

Grrrrrr… has been one gloomy and wet Saturday.  Yes, it was a gloomy Friday too and Thursday but not quite as bad as today. Today, like last night, it is raining hard.
I LOVE this kind of weather only not in August.  I really am looking forward to this kind of weather after a really perfect summer.  It is fun to dress warm and go outside for a good long time and then come back in for some hot toddy.
This definitely feels like October weather to me.

Norma from the R & R Motel called me to let me know that she has had 3 rooms cancelled because their fishing charters  were cancelled due to high waves on Lake Michigan.

So the economy is bad, we get people to make reservations
(the pure Michigan campaign is working) and spend
time in this area and then the


actually predicts the correct weather?

So I went out there and gave all those stranded fishermen and women in my cottages cards to play with.  I think they’re having a good time, dealing cards and telling fish stories from long ago.

Thursday Night Lights

Weeeehoooo, we had fun last night!  The first football game of the season

Frankfort Panthers


Hale Eagles

Sechsunddreisig zu zwoelf
(writing the result in German to keep you guessing heehee) The last picture will tell if I got it right, heehee.

This was an exciting game for me, not that I am THAT interested in football, I  cant’ see as fast as they play.  I think I know what’s going on and I cheer and people look at me like I have grown a third eye.  “Oh no”, I must have cheered for something the other team did well – again.
It was fun to see my fellow parents in the stands, catching up with what we’ve all had going on during the summer.

Of course I love to see the kids play their favorite game.  Funny to think back when they started 7 years ago, all of them so small that the helmets made them all look like bobble heads. Their little legs could hardly keep them upright. Where ever that helmet wanted to go, that’s where they went.

Marc isn’t playing this year, he’s had a bad knee injury which put him on the sidelines for the last half of last season.  I think coming to the game yesterday made him think about that decision. He may just join that team after all. We’ll see what he decides.

Without further ado here are the pics

Stephanie not knowing that she'll be on the blog, heehee

Stephanie not knowing that she’ll be on the blog, heehee

the new score board

The new score board



while all that football playing was going on, there was also a pretty sky

while all that football playing was going on, there was also a pretty sky

and in front of me were Melina and Dave ( of computer wizzard fame)

and in front of me were Melina and Dave ( of computer wizard fame)

looking good

looking good – the score, not the picture of course

and better

and better

Well done!

Well done!

36 to 12

Let’s hope for a good season. Last year we made it all the way up to the Yuper Dome. I wanna go there again.  We had fun in where ever that was 🙂

What are you all reading?

Right now, I am reading
The Guernsey Literary and Potaoe Peel Pie Society

Love that book…

I read it on my Kindle™
I am sure just about everyone has heard of the Kindle.  I love that thing. I bought it for Mike’s birthday this year, because he could read
all sorts of  newspapers, magazines and thousands of books.
The newest books, if I want to pay $ 9.95 for one, which I frequently do.
I can order books from my kindle while I am reading or I can buy them through my computer. It takes only minutes to get any given book.  I should be a saleswoman for the kindle. I love that thing.

I use it because Mike never took to it.

the kindle in it's cover

the kindle in it’s cover

look how thin it is

look how thin it is


with reading lamp

with reading lamp

I forgot to tell you something

I totally forgot to tell you in my post this morning
[the post about Hull’s] that Mariah (owner of Hull’s)  is officially



Dickie Queen

She is that because she sells more dickies than any other business in the U.S.  Two or three years ago, the Disney Cruise Line ordered thousands
of white dickies from her, for the castmembers costumes.

I thought this would interest you.

Now that I have googled “dickies” I can see where you all might be confused.  Dickies are those turtlenecks that you tuck into a blouse or a sweater
not the whole garment, just the neck part.
Really weird.
Apparently it is something the older crowd likes to dress in

Shopping at Hull’s

One day, last week, LuAnn and I went into town to blow off some steam.  There were no parking spaces anywhere on Main Street, so we parked in the back of Hull’s
We marched right in the back door and found the place buzzing with people busy trying on clothes.  We did the same.  So much new stuff in the store.  I hadn’t been in there since May or so.


LuAnn trying on something that looked interesting on the hanger and in this picture from the front, but then she turned around and the whole thing just didn’t cut it any more.

see what I mean?

See what I mean? And do you see what I see?   😯

There are always the cutest socks at Hull's

There are always the cutest socks at Hull’s

cute jacket, a little too green though

cute jacket, a little too green though

I like this coat

I like this coat

Mariah's mom of Hollywood fame, heehee

Mariah’s mom, Maren, of Hollywood fame … heehee



Then we went to ” 419 ” – the coffee shop a few doors to the east.