Frankfort’s Hollyberry Fair

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving the
Frankfort Chamber of Commerce puts on

The Hollyberry Fair.

Since the weather is usually not very good, they hold it indoors
at the high school.
It is an arts and crafts fair with some surprising stuff for sale.
Some stuff is surprisingly good and some stuff is suprisingly… know!

Last year we discovered a new company from the Manistee area that makes and sells wine jellies.
You know, the kind of jelly one would pour over a
nice piece of cheese and then serve to friends in the backyard.

Today is THE day 🙂

We met for a breakfast Mimosa at LuAnn’s, then we were off to the school.

We found lots of familiar crafters and some new ones

Oh look at this lady wearing the interesting hat!
This was a fun booth.
“Those 2 Girls”
had some shnazzy hats and scarfs.  Really cool.
I had to buy a scarf and blew my entire budget for the day right there at the first booth we stopped by.

That’s my scarf below – beautiful 🙂

Hey! She’s having a great time modeling hats and scarfs 🙂

It was a busy place.



A whole table full of huge Petoskey stone stuff

Smelly things

Hand-blown Christmas baubles


Button posies


Chamber Director Joanne
who bought a cupcake for her very young daughter who only wanted to eat the icing, heehee  🙂


A raffle for a quilt to benefit the
Crystal Lake Art Center
which is moving into the old Coast Guard Station off Main Street.
They need plenty of money.


And that was our day.


While we were gone to WDW,  Cindy painted our living room.
The color doesn’t really look right though and much as I don’t want to do away with her work
(a great paint job), the paint needs to change.
To what I don’t know yet.  I asked LuAnn to come and look and she was stumped.
She suggested to get Lee to see what to do with it and Lee changed the entire room around.
Something I never thought of because I am basically too lazy to move and clean behind big pieces of furniture.
Anyway,  the room looks so different and fantastic but the color needs to be changed next week, no matter what.


Before I forget to tell you all that it snowed a little yesterday afternoon I will tell you that it snowed yesterday.
It isn’t cold yet and there was more moisture than ice in the air –
the snow didn’t stick around long enough for me to take pictures of.

Back from our trip

We made it back safely from our trip and while we were gone, boys went to play football up north. Not a successful game but there is always next year.

We had a great time while the boys’ grandma Dorothy moved in with them.  They complained loudly about not wanting her to fix spaghetti too many times so I thought I had better make things easy on Dorothy and fill the freezer with “pre-fabricated” foods.   We don’t usually eat that stuff but it made things simpler and the boys much more appreciative of what I do for them every night.

Alright, where we were, the chefs didn’t cook frozen dinners, they made special things for us and we loved every single bite they served up.  We had dinner among other places at Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe’ where we sat at the sushi bar.

The Flying Fish Cafe’, we sat right here

at the show kitchen bar

Raglan Road,  Fulton’s Crab House

Here we were sitting at the bar at Fulton’s.

and many other places.

Here are some more pictures of what we saw and where we had fun.

We went on safari at the Animal Kingdome park and saw the king of the animal world sitting on top of his hill. I hope you can see him up there on the right of the tree.

the tree of life

The trunk of this tree holds a huge theater and has been carved or sculpted with over 300 images of animals.




72 year old Jean who gave us a tour of a restaurant

And there is Mike on the back porch of the Hall of Presidents


And while we had lunch in France with a very famous rodent, we actually saw the Space Shuttle take off for another adventure

We were thoroughly entertained the whole 9 days

A Trip Report

Last year at this time, Mike and I were on our way up north to the U.P. for a football game.  The Semi Finals actually for the Frankfort Panthers and my boys were both on that team, although not scheduled to play.  They had just moved up after the J.V. season (successful season) had ended to be the Varsity’s “Junkyard Dogs”.  In other words, they were standing at the sidelines, while the older boys played.

I had never been across the bridge.  I didn’t ever want to cross the bridge. Bridges scare me.  For nearly 8 years I had to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco every day and I did not like that one bit.

Here are some pictures for you.


There’s snow coming, can you see?


What a beautiful bridge and fun to cross.  It’s so much bigger than the Golden Gate and so much less traffic on it.


In the last 30 years I have taken many of these pictures of Mike. In all of them he’s younger than in this one, heehee



Look how dark that sky is at noon!  Snow is on the way


Oh look, little cabins   🙂


oh no, too much snow coming down all at once.  It’s a blizzard


Wow, the highway so close to the lake.


The Yooper Dome in all its glory.
We lost that game.   It was an ugly game.

We will miss making this trip this year because of the timing of our Disney trip. I never thought about it. I also messed up Marc with hunting.  We are leaving on opening day of deer season.  I am a bad mother.  Where are my priorities I ask you.

Mike and I were mostly on our own while in Marquette.  We loved being there.  It is a really fun, young town with some great bars and restaurants and so many young people. It actually reminds me of what Petaluma, CA was like in the early 80’s.