Never a dull moment (in a good way)

The short version of what’s below:

Come to Frankfort for a day of excitement.

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Lake Express at her slip in Muskegon, Michigan...

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Announcing a Special Event in Frankfort.  For one day only, on  Sunday June 5, 2011  the Lake Express is coming to town.  I’ll just post what they want you to know.
“Join us in Frankfort, Michigan on June 5, 2011 for a day of open house tours of Lake Michigan’s high speed ferry and two special excursions on Lake Michigan.

Sunday June 5th will include a variety of on-shore activities and a special opportunity to view the Lake Express up close and meet members of the ship’s crew during a tour of the ship.


The Lake Express will be available to the public for free tours from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Immediately following the morning Free Tour portion of the visit, the Lake Express will hold two special reservation-only tours and excursions. Reserved tickets will allow a limited number of people the special opportunity to experience a ride on the nation’s first high speed auto-passenger ferry. Riders will be taken on a full speed run on Lake Michigan where they will be treated to the unique blend of modern amenities and speed that have been mainstays of the Lake Express service between Milwaukee and Muskegon since 2004.

Advanced reservations for the 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. excursions are available through the links below. $10 per person – proceeds from each trip will be donated to benefit Frankfort-area community groups.


The Lake Express will arrive at Lake Betsie the evening of Saturday June 4th after completing a record-breaking speed run from Kewaunee, Wisconsin – crossing Lake Michigan in just 1-1/2 hours, the fastest ever crossing of Lake Michigan by a ferry.


Tickets will be available for pick up at the event. Reservations are recommended because space is limited.

*Reservations originally made for the postponed May event will be honored at the June event.

Visit this website for more information and to

reserve your tickets today.”

Sleeping Bear Dunes News

Good Harbor Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Something new and really exciting has come to town.

‘sbd Tours’   short for Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours, I think.

Martina Dorn is the proprietor.  She offers hiking and biking tours


sbd Tours include:

Nature Discovery Walks

Empire Bluff

Otter Creek

Empire History Walk

Betsie Valley Trail Bicycle Tour

North Bar Lake Bicycle Tour 


And all of that with your schedule in mind and for very little money.

What an amazing way to learn about this area

Here is a link to her website for more information:

sbd Tours

If you are making reservations, please let her know that you learned about the tours from Iris at Wayfarer Lodgings

I have started

I have planted all the window boxes and the little flower pots.  Now I need not forget to water the little beauties and the pots and boxes should fill in quite nicely.  There are still herbs to be bought and I am looking for thyme and sage to fill in the blanks and maybe even some chives for interest and for the guests to use when cooking. 

But I repeat myself, I think 🙂

We will start with
‘Talking Rocks’
They are located in the soap dish of the old sink in front of cottage 1

The old sink

The office window

The box at cottage 8
See that cute little mocha pot?  It came from Mariah’s junk/”mosaic-ing” box – she let me have it 🙂

And here is the box at cottage 9.
I love the way that the moss grew all around it and it didn’t take long at all. Two or three summers and voila’ it looks great.  See the little guy?  He has moss coming out of it’s turban.
Note to Mariah: See, Toots, this little guy is cute after all!

To be continued

It is time to plant!

Just wanted to let you know that I am going shopping for flower box “material” tomorrow.  I can’t wait to make them look good and fresh

There have been changes this year.  Jane Putney of Putney’s nursery passed away last November, right after my Father in law passed away. That changed everything. No more going to Arcadia to pick up great plants at Putney’s. Marc drives by there regularly and he still reports that there is no sign of anything going on 😦
I have to find a new source.  I am going to the Market Basket in Beulah tomorrow.  Stay tuned for pictures of splendid flower boxes, people. Wahhhoooooo!

The Woodland Dinner

You all remember the “Woodland Dinner”  Marc and I had made up after finding 3 whole morels. I wrote about it a couple of days ago in the Sunday Outing post.

Tonight was the night to cook that dinner.  I have to say though, Marc went out into the yard and found a whole bowl full of morels.  What a good boy he is, heehee.

So, I cooked Yukon Gold potatoes and mashed them.  I “chicken fried” the venison steaks he wanted me to make. There was also bacon, because bacon makes everything taste soooooo good.

I breaded the steaks in panko breadcrumbs and off in the hot pan they went. There also was a red wine/butter sauce which smothered the potatoes.
I used a bit too much milk so they came out a little “lose”  but no one seemed to mind too much.  Hey, I am not exactly a chef now, am I?

Not being a fan of venison unless it’s raised on a farm and cooked in a restaurant,this was quite good. My guys said it was ‘perfect’.

Anyway, feast your eyes on these plates

I am stuffed 😉

The Crystal Lake Outlet

Since the sun was shining again today Mike and I went for a short drive down Molineaux Road and to the Crystal Lake outlet.


Nice to look at but not exactly Lake Michigan beach or?

There is something to be said about working for oneself –

We can almost always take off to go somewhere. No boss to tell us ‘no’ 😉