Free TV with one Night Stay

Mike and I were staring at all those

TV’s

that we replaced with shnazzy,  new 29″  TV’s the other day.

What to do with the “antiques”?

Here is our solution:

Stay one night, take home a free color TV with remote control 😉

Any takers?

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Yup, that’s how we do business at the Wayfarer 🙂

The Flying Wallendas

 
The excitement never stops…
Here is what our Frankfort Chamber of Commerce has to tell:

The last of the original Flying Wallendas is soaring high over Benzie County this week.

Carla Wallenda, 76, will carry on her family’s daredevil tradition this week as part of Frankfort’s Fourth of July carnival.
Every night through July 8 she’ll be 110-feet above the ground, teetering and hanging on her “sway pole” – a steel pole that swings and bends as much as 25 feet to either side of the wire.

She is joined by her fellow performers: husband Mike Morgan and grandson Cody Wallenda.

“I’ve been performing all my life,” said Carla, who began walking a wire when she was just 3. “It gets your adrenaline going. You’re out in your own world. No matter what your problems are, when you’re out there, everything leaves you.”

The Flying Wallendas were founded by Carla’s father, Karl, in the 1920s. It’s a dangerous profession, and the family had its share of tragedy through the years. In 1962, her aunt Rietta fell to her death, and Karl died in 1978 when he fell from a wire in Puerto Rico.

Today, different branches of the family carry on the tradition all over the country. Nik Wallenda – Carla’s grand-nephew – recently walked a tightrope over Niagra Falls from the U.S. to Canada.

But Carla was in Clio that day. She watched it on television from her family’s ice cream stand.

“It was just another day at the office for us,” she said. “You can’t make enough money just doing the act any more, so we added the ice cream stand and a couple of games.”

The team spends the winter months in Florida, polishing their act and keeping in shape. Carla performed in nearly every state in the country, but for the past eight or nine years, summer brings her to Michigan to perform at carnivals and festivals around the state.

“I’ve slowed down traveling, between the cost of fuel and me having to drive a truck pulling a 52-foot trailer,” she said.

Carla has no intention of slowing down her act, and she hopes to keep performing for years to come. Meanwhile, she’s helping another generation of Wallendas take to the skies; grandson Cody is in training, and he could be performing the family’s signature “pyramid” act – a double or triple-decker of tight-rope walkers – in the years to come.

But for now, they’re enjoying their time up north.

“We love it here. I’m just enjoying that beautiful lake,” she said.

Frankfort’s Fourth of July Carnival runs today through July 8. Carla said she and her family will be performing every evening.

So, come one, come all and have a great week in Benzie County and Frankfort in particular.
I am happy to announce that the Wayfarer is fully booked 

Different Kinds of Guests

Another gorgeous day in paradise.  The weather could NOT be better and we have a houseful of happy guests this week.  Some are here for the weekend, some are here for the week. All of them seem to be happy.  I know this because they are laughing 😆

The first guest this morning was a little bird taking a bath

Ok, maybe not a guest, but a really pretty mosaic pot made for me by my friend Joanne Bartley.

I finally planted the box under the kitchen window

A group of happy campers right below.

Good morning all…

A moth came to visit us at the office door

I thought you might want to see just how large this moth is

I must say, as I am sitting here typing this, I hear laughter all around me. There are different groups of people sitting outside of their cottages , having a nice time. I am sure that the unknown guest who gave the Wayfarer such a bad review on Trip Adviser.com for exactly that, would be very perturbed and unhappy to see this right about now…too bad.

Douglas David – Painter!

Today this huge box arrived here at the Wayfarer.
It came from Douglas David.
Upon unraveling all the bubble wrap,
there appeared an original painting of our cottages.
The front row to be exact.
I could have cried  (happy tears)

The other bubble wrapped things are prints of this painting.  I believe they are  Giclee  prints of this original.
They are framed and there are 10 of them.  I will hang one in each cottage and offer them for sale.
$ 40 and it’s yours.But this is not suppose to be a sales pitch,
I only wanted to show off Douglas David’s art and talent.

Not a very good picture but you get the idea, yes?

T’is the Season

Hi everyone, can you believe it – it’s meeeeeee.
I was made aware that a small number of you are missing my scribblings.  Kathy from the Upwoods blog just sent a comment which brought me here today.

Sadly or maybe not so sad, I don’t have to be up in the mornings any longer.  Which means that I don’t see what you want me to take pictures of too much anymore. After all, the boys are now 18 years old and can get up and drive themselves to school without me nagging them early in the morning about one thing or another.

Mike and I had a Christmas Cocktail party on December 10th and I managed to take a couple of pictures before the guests showed up…

a new location for the Christmas tree

I think we had 15 different kinds of Vodka all together. The only Martinis we made though, were Snowflake Martinis

So much more booze on the buffet

the living room

the library

more alcohol to go with the goodies

yup, I baked - Apricot Window Stars, iced Shortbread candies, snowflakes and ornaments, Chocolate -Cherry-Pecan Rugelach squares, and Walnut cookies

To make things more interesting than just standing around eating and drinking too much, we had a White Elephant exchange which really was a whole lot of fun.

Here is a treat for you.  I had posted it in another blog, but none of you could find it, when all you had to do was highlight the white space in the middle of the blog…

Snowflake Martini

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Creme de Cacao
Splash of Peppermint Schnaps
Vanilla Vodka

Shake, shake, shake until frothy and cold.
Dip the rim of the glass into some vodka and then into pulverized
candy cane or peppermint candies

Snowflake Martini 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you

Stay healthy and have a wonderful and prosperous New Year


I promise to make an effort to get out of the house and shoot many pictures for you!

Excited to be an Innkeeper today

It’s  fun to welcome back guests. Some you get to know better than others.  Tomorrow my boyfriend Jimmy is coming back to stay with us, for the second time already this season. I cannot wait to see him and his brothers.

Next, a very sweet couple, who just got married in the fall, are coming to spend this next week here at the Wayfarer.  I have not seen them since before their wedding. I happen to have my favorite sparkly in the fridge and thought I should share it with them.

The moose is waiting to see them again,

Mickey is waiting to boil water for them,

The living room is waiting to be lived in,

bathroom is ready!

Sheeesh, I hope they enjoy alkihol 😆

My Lilacs

Manet, Edouard - Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

Image via Wikipedia "lilacs in a vase" c. 1882 by Edouard Manet

I want to share with you a beautiful vignette which includes some Wayfarer lilacs.

Martina from Sleeping Bear Dunes Tours came to visit me and took with her some of the lilacs from outside of cottage 7.  This is how she enjoys them.
Funny thing, I display my flowers in blue ball jars as well.

Looks great Martina, thanks for the picture 🙂