Cleaning up

Today is the day the tree comes down and goes out the door.
I don’t know about you but I hardly enjoy taking down and cleaning up anything.

I have 128 glass drops and about 50 crystal icicles in various sizes to take down.   Thank goodness it’s easy this year,  I just blow on that tree and 1/3 of the needles are on the floor. This makes the glass and crystal ornaments easier to spot, heehee.

Ok, I got it done and then Ty pulled the tree through the front door holding it by the tip. That, clearly, was a mistake !

After having swept up about half of the needles I had the glorious idea to show youse guys how many there were.  So, feast your eyes on “just a few”

The second third of all needles landed INSIDE while the almost bare nakkit tree is now on the front porch.
Yup you are correct,  it does look a bit low rent, heehee

Fun weather

Yesterday the weather was spectacular.

It wasn’t too cold, the sun was shining off and on, it snowed and the wind blew snow every which way.
Swirls of snow across the bay made me stop and take pictures.
I don’t think I did a very good job though.   Another interesting thing was seeing all the shanties already in the bay,
plopped down on what looked like they were floating on small shards of ice in the water

Looking from the Library across the bay and towards the Betsie River

This is the view from Main Street towards the Library and left across the bay to Elberta and
as you can see, they are already pushing the snow in place for the snowmobile races for
Shiver by the River
taking place in February

The next three pictures were taken from the Elberta side of the bay,  aprox. 20 seconds apart.


Cool huh?

This last picture is taken alongside Furnace Ave. in Elberta,
looking toward M-22 – across Betsie Bay

Youth in Revolt

Woohooo, at the Garden Theater tonight is the free preview of Youth in Revolt for us Benzie County peeps.

You rememberWhen Hollywood came calling
The movie opens nation wide on January 8th.

So click here and enjoy the trailer 🙂

Here are the pictures from tonights premiere.  As you can see the who’s who of Benzie County was assembled in the theater.  No empty seats, people were turned away


Rick Schmitt, co-owner of the theater with some opening words

Youth in Revolt – a fun movie with well known actors.  It opened my eyes  about 16 year old boys  :0)

Before they disappear…

…the Christmas decorations, that is.

Pictures of decorated houses on  Forest – and Leelanau Avenue in Frankfort:

Some are a bit shaky as Mike didn’t stop the car long enough to let me take the pictures, heehee.





JArlene Olsen’s house





You remember this cottage

I have known it for some time but it is only noticeable during the winter months- very few homes in down town Frankfort are owned by locals anymore.  They belong to Chicagoans or Ann Arbor residents and are only occupied for a few weeks during summer.


A Christmas Dinner

Today I got a call from Jack, a friend and loyal reader of this blog.

He told me to go to school and see what was happening there.

So I did.

The most amazing sight inside the old gymnasium –

Well first I saw “Woody” – the Plumstead’s new puppy.  A companion to their old “Buzz” 🙂

And there it was – this beautifully decorated hall.

with sparkly trees, decorated by the kids

The school band is getting ready to play Christmas music while their fellow pupils are enjoying

a Christmas Dinner

The tables were set with “china” and…

…each plate had a place card with a student’s name on it

And here is my gang:  Top left is Zach, waving to me is Joey, the boy in the Santa hat is T.J. then comes Marc with that silly looking Mohawk, standing is Tallon, Ty in the blue shirt – sitting down and in front of him, halfway under the table is Luke.


It has been a longstanding tradition in Frankfort for the teachers and staff
to  serve the high school kids Christmas dinner on the last day of school.
There isn’t enough time, nor are there enough ovens in the home ec room
to cook all the turkeys they need to feed everyone which means
that some special people like Jack and his wife Pat help out by cooking turkeys
at home and delivering them to school at lunch time.

Left – science

Right – math


I thought you might like an update on how the cottages look lately.  Brrrrr……not very inviting

And how about that gorgeous tree by cottage 1.  I cannot believe how much it has grown.  When we first moved here the very top of the tree didn’t reach quite to the top of the roof of #1. I was thinking we should donate it to be the official Christmas tree in Lansing next year.

.I delivered cookies to Dorothy.  She liked the walnut cookies best 🙂

Butter, Eggs and Flour in – Magic out!

The first few batches of cookies have been created and the house smells so good.

I always have fancy plans to send out boxes and boxes of them. And in the end I have a difficult time to get it all together.   This year I am slightly ahead.   A couple of days ago  I went to get the boxes and address labels from the post office.  In  a few days everything should be ready to get shipped.

I am as ready as ready can be        🙂

The boys are mad at me (as usual) for only letting them eat mistakes – the slightly burned edges of bar cookies and the painted cookies where the design just wasn’t up to snuff.  I don’t know why I do that, not let them have actual cookies. After all, they are made to be enjoyed.  But only when I say it’s ok, heehee.

Hello, my name is Iris and I am a control freak.  I need to go and have a talk with a Dr. Phil.



So here are some of them.   Chocolate Shortbread,  Apricot Stars,  filled Walnuts  and Rugelach bars – YUMMMMMMMM