So This Happened Today…

The chickens have been making too much noise in the mornings.  I now let them out of their run as soon as I climb out of bed and have my first cup of piping hot coffee.

Today, as I was walking by The Robin, aka #1,  I see Esmeralda sitting under the sink beneath the hostas. I was afraid that she wasn’t feeling well.
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About a half hour later I stopped back to check on my sweet Esmeralda but she was no longer under there.

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the sink in front of #1 (The Robin)

I needn’t have worried. What I saw instead was too good not to write about.  Especially since I have been complaining about the girls being lazy

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18 beautiful eggs

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18 beautiful eggs

The little stinkers, I bet there are a few more nests under some trees here and there…

It’s that time again…

Once again it is time to show some of the flowers.  I am somewhat disappointed with my inability 😯 to take beautiful pictures and to learn to take better pictures.
Some of these are rather washed out, because the sun is so bright today.  In your mind’s eye, please envision these with vibrant colors 😆

Hmmm,  this one is still deciding whether it wants to look good or just hang out and make no effort.

also not quite filled in yet are the little pots on cottages 1 through 6 (but getting there nicely)

The sink in front of # 1. There’s some Thyme in there as well as Lavender and other assorted orphans…

The sink is kind of a catch-all this year.  Ummm, did I say that last year as well?

Now comes the box by cottage 9

This box is always my favorite. The moss grew so nicely all around the outside of it.
I have planted mint, sage, pansies and nasturtiums in there for a salad and a drink 😆

Looks like a hot mess but really isn’t – the box on cottage 2

Cottage 8 – rosemary, sage, parsley – no thyme …

I can’t get enough, I want you to see each and every leaf, hehe

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

Cottage 7. Hmmmm, cilantro – not doing well in any of the boxes…

Another brilliant day today. The guests are out and on the beach and some brought their boat and are going fishing in Lake Michigan tonight

The Good Stuff

I didn’t know it when I drove by,
that there was a sale going on at

“The Good Stuff”

“Experienced Quality Household Furnishings”

the other day on my way to drop Ty off at his girlfriend’s house.  On my way back, I stopped in!!

Of course you know that I found something there for the cottages.  I find something I need every time I go there.  Even when I purposely don’t take the check book,  I find things and then call Mike to come over and bring it :).
Mike wasn’t available, luckily or maybe it should be seen as sadly,  I had some cash on me…

This time “everything is 50% off”, the shopkeeper told me as I entered.
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I found stuff for the walls of one cottage.  For a while now I have been looking for “paint by numbers” art on ebay and elsewhere but have come up with and won only one bid for a  painting of flowers so far.  At The Good Stuff I found several reproductions of paintings of flowers.


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I was thinking this little dining set might look nice in cottage 4.  – Helloooooo, it’s half off.  I will take another look at it in a couple of days.

Good Morning Impatiens

I thought you should see how much care we take with some of the adornments around the Wayfarer.

It was really cold night before last.  When the weatherman calls for “overnight temps in the 40’s”, that means that there will be frost around here for sure.

So I grabbed 6 face towels ( I hope the laundry people don’t read here) and 6 stainless steel chopsticks and off I went to cover the impatiens on the front cottages so that they wouldn’t freeze.

sleeping beauties

sleeping beauties

There they are - covered and sleeping

There they are – covered and sleeping

Actually these pics were taken in the early morning, just before I uncovered them.

Then later that day, around dinner time, Mike and I decided to go into town and grab a bite at the Coho Cafe, before bringing home 2 pizzas for the boys.

Strange "yacht" on Betsie Bay

Strange looking  “yacht” on Betsie Bay

The vegetable portion of the dinner

The vegetable portion of my dinner, heehee

And after dinner, we drove west on Main Street towards the beach where we were greeted by this magnificent sunset

How about them apples?

How about them apples?

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Frankfort Harbor at sunset

Frankfort Harbor at sunset with the lighthouse

I wish I could have gotten a better picture but it was too dark.  There were so many boats with their lights on on Lake Michigan, it was so pretty.  Almost like a parade.

The following pictures are from just a few minutes ago, when the fog rolled in across the bluff, I couldn’t resist taking these pictures:

fog in the backyard

fog in the backyard

fog in the backyard

good night all 🙂

Taste of Benzie

I jumped the gun with my announcement of the Fall Festival because first comes the Taste of Benzie.  It takes place in Mineral Springs Park, right across the street from the Post Office in Frankfort. You know, where they have the Classic Car show in June and August!

The Record Patriot writes:

“Samples from 16 eateries will be available for $1 to $3. The third annual event is sponsored by the Frankfort Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Benzie County CVB.

Participants are:  A. Papanos, Betsie Bay Inn, Cabbage Shed, Coho Cafe, Conundrum Cafe & Hill Top Shoppe, Crystal Mountain, Dinghy’s Restaurant, Dinner on the Porch, Frankfort A & W, Frankfort Garden Theater, Fusion, Glens Market & Deli, LA Cafe, Lighthouse Cafe, Mayfair Tavern and Tali Bistro” – Wow.

I have never been able to go and have a taste but I know people have enjoyed this event tremendously. So call me and make reservations – I only have 2 cottages left!

Guest requests

This is what happens when you talk about your day/season to your family.  They will go and tell other people over dinner and then those people have fun with it.  I wonder if this could be classified as “Schadenfreude”.
The following email made me fall off my chair laughing   😀

Remember it is mid August – this year the season has been long and the special requests plenty…

“Good evening,
I do trust you can meet my needs. I require a cozy cabin for one night only, Friday, Labor Day weekend. It would be well if it has a hot tub, but if not I can bring my own. Do make sure to lay in a good supply of olive oil soap, please. I insist on 800 count Egyptian cotton sheets, preferably rinsed twice in aged balsamic vinegar and dried in the sun. My two pit bulls will be with me, but worry not, they haven’t bitten anyone but the mailman in weeks. –
How the heck are you, Iris? Rita and I hope to make it up there for a weekend in September. BTW, I just fed your long suffering sis-in-law. She managed, in her weakened condition, mind you, to consume several shrimp, an ear of sweet corn, a couple of tomatoes, a large NY strip steak, and a martini or two. Do you suppose I can write her off as a dependent?
Warmly,
Michael”

And here is my answer:

“Dear Michael and Rita,

Please do claim my sister in law as a dependent. It seems that she has consumed as much food as a Laotian family would need to survive for an entire year. Come, come and spend some time here, I need new material for the blog. Incidentally cabin 5 is available for the weekends of Sept. 18-20 and 25-27.
The damn laundry is being prepared for your arrival, I will see that we get the best champagne vinegar money can buy – balsamic stains  😉 “

What good is it all if you can’t have fun, right?  This was fun and after the day I had yesterday – welcome nonsense!

Sky

We have some interesting skies here in Michigan.  I wish I knew how to take GOOD pictures of the sky.

This morning as I was messing around with my vacancy/no vacancy sign for the umpteenth time, I saw this:

the sky across Sis' field

the sky across Sis’ field

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Although it looked pretty dark and scary for a few minutes, the clouds went away and the sky is now a brilliant, lazy blue.
It rained hard last night. That’s how we like it. It is perfect for sleeping and in the morning everything has a fresh, clean new face and the guests can go and enjoy the beach or the dunes or the shops or, or, or…  🙂

And this evening this is what I saw in the north western sky

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Oh look there’s a light on in cottage 7’s kitchen 😉