Gwen Frostic – a Benzie County Treasure

I am excited to tell you all that Gwen Frostic’s, after being neglected for many years and finally closed down for 7 months has opened it’s doors again.  Emerged from the mess has this beautiful place that is fun to be in and shop.  All the things that were created while Gwen Frostic was still alive are looking great  – see for yourselves:

It is obvious when driving by (on River Road half way between Benzonia and Elberta) that things have changed here and that there is someone at work who cares and loves this place …

Down at that level the printing is done

Just look at the neat rows of greeting cards, note pads, napkins, place mats, etc.


And there you have it, Gwen Frostic ! Go there and enjoy the art and the bird sanctuary.  Yes, there is a bird sanctuary. I am not sure how much of it is public – just ask.

House for Sale

One of my favorite houses is for sale and the 5 acres behind that house are for sale as well.  Located on River Road close to Benzonia, there it stands high on the hill looking so beautiful.

Ok, that isn’t it, hehe

Here we go:


View from the porch

kitchen. I had to take all the interior shots through the windows.

dining room

living room

The garage…

2000 sq feet on 5 acres = $ 399.900  hmmm…

How to install a sink

One day this spring when Lee, Roxie and I came back from lunch and shopping in Traverse City, we decided to stop at the Crystal Lake Emporium up there on 115 near Benzonia.  Right away she spotted the sink  – I bought it and took it home.  There it laid by the garage – until yesterday when Mike came up with the perfect way to install it in front of cottage 1

(remember to click on each picture to get the best view)

There is even soap in the soap dish

Wayfarer Lodgings soap, see?

ummm, I suppose when it rains, there will be suds?  Maybe I should replace the soap with a rock…

No, it’s not exactly a lesson on sink installations, it is the story of an antique sink that Lee found and I bought, which had to be installed just right :
Mike had Ty dig 2 holes, attached the sink to some posts, dug them 3 feet into the ground et voila…a sink is installed and it doesn’t touch the garage wall 😉

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.

Alpaca

I used to sell Alpaca – things made from Alpaca wool.  Have I told you that already?   I managed a store in Germany that sold everything Alpaca.  Dreamy coats and the most beautiful wraps, tops and throws.   Anyway,  so today coming back from shopping in Benzonia, the Alpaca were out at

Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm

on River Road.  They enjoyed the sunshine see:
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They were busy grazing and had their heads down, so I whistled and some heads snapped up 🙂
These guys look so cuddly, one could just run over there and pick one up to take home .
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What lazy lives they have.  Eat, drink, get a haircut now and then…And then I went home and made dinner – beef stew with biscuits!  Cooked it for hours with some really good stuff in  it. Yumm

Last Year’s Christmas Tree

Christmas trees

The story of last year’s Christmas tree started more than 3 years ago.

Suddenly, like I have already told you, the elk ranch didn’t sell Christmas trees any longer and it was incredibly difficult to find decent trees.  The other thing was, I – together with my partner in crime, Carol Cherriez took care of the annual benefit Christmas Ball for the local hospital 2 years in a row and had no time to look for a tree and decorate it in time to make it worth it – it took a lot of time to pull that Ball together which always takes place on the first Saturday in December.  Needless to say, the Saturday after Thanksgiving came and went and no one thought of Christmas trees or anything else for that matter until the Ball was done and over with.

So, last year I didn’t fool around with the Ball but for some reason I could not get Mike to go with me to look for a tree.  Finally I got just a tiny bit bent out of shape and drove over to Victoria’s Floral Design in Benzonia and there was this HUGE blue spruce.  HUGE is maybe an understatement, the thing was huge.  We measured and I walked around it a few times. It had been cut and deposited in the driveway in front of the store.  It was laying halfway in the snow and it was frozen in place.  LuAnn was with me and there were 3 sales people plus a driver in the store – we had enough people to yank that tree loose and get it onto LuAnn’s truck.
Weeeell, it wasn’t as easy as that.  We yanked and yanked. We even broke some branches. After about 30 minutes of yanking, the tree was tied to the truck.  Yikes, it was very big.  We got it to the front porch and there we noticed how big that thing really was.
Hmmmm….”that’s easy” said Mike, we’ll cut as much of the tree as we want off the top and use the lower branches for decorations around the house. Great.  Mike measured and cut.
I did some chores and when I came back into the living room, there was ….what?  “Where’s the tree?”  Ummmmm….I don’t know what Mike measured, I know that what I saw was the very top of the tree and then one layer of branches and that was that. The entire thing no higher than 4 feet including the 12 inch long stick that made up the top. You know, the stick that you make the angel sit on.  In our case it’s a spaceship not an angel.  I could actually look down on this “tree”.

Oh boy….what a disappointment.

So we got down some of the Christmas ornaments and doodads and I started to decorate the pitiful thing. And after a few of my crystal icicles on there, I could not go on.  I took off my gloves and sat in front of it and looked at it to see what could be done to save it.   I did that for about 4 days and then I took off the few icicles that I had hung on it and threw the tree with the tree stand outside, onto the porch, where it stayed until spring clean-up.

The funny thing is, none of my people ever mentioned the tree.

No one ever said anything about that tree not

being where they had left it for me, ready to be decorated.

They all thought it would go away if they didn’t say anything.

But it is still here.

In my mind.

In their minds.

Never to be forgotten and never to be repeated or else!

Muahahahahaha

No matter what, I am 100% certain that I will bake and decorate Christmas Cookies even this year.

YUMMMMMMM

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And we’ll have something yummy to drink too.

Wow

Today, Sunday August 30th, 7 cabins emptied out and only 3 checked in so, we have 4 empty cabins.  That hasn’t happend since June.   We’re coming to the end of what turned out to be an enjoyable season for us.  We’ve had very nice guests, there was no stress this year.  Lots of laughs and a few cocktails later I am still going strong.
Now comes the time to tell you about all the things that are planned for this fall and winter in the area so that you can make plans to come and see for yourself.

So the first thing that comes to mind is the

Fall Festival 2009

which is planned for the first and second weekend of October
to be held in Benzonia and Frankfort

So many things are on the schedule.
Here are just a few:

Fall Soup Contest
Benzie Area Historical Museum & Tour
The Honor Lions Club will serve a Hillbilly Breakfast
The 10K Betsie Valley Run/Walk
Bid on a giant pumpkin carved by  Ed Moody
Juried Mutt March
Learn to carve a pumpkin with Ed Moody
Win a bike
and the piece de resistance:

Pumpkin Chunkin Contest
This year there will be trebuchets (catapults) again trying to fling gigantic pumpkins into the bay and to see which catapult can
fling the big orange thing farther.
That is always so much fun to watch in action.
The first year when they were chucking pumpkins into the bay, Mike and Marc were out there in the duck boat, picking up pumpkin pieces out of the water. Those two had too much fun out there.