Throw Back Thursday

A year ago today (11/14/13) I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We stopped at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library; sadly it was already closed for the day. There were workers putting light on the tree’s outside the library in preparation for the coming Christmas season. One of the guys told us we should stick around for a little bit because there were going to test the lights to ensure everything was perfect for the upcoming tree lighting ceremony. Since it was a warm November evening and we weren’t in any hurry we decided to stick around to see the tree light.

About 10 minutes later the magic of the season begin at The Gerald Ford Presidential Library. The Library twinkled with presidential beauty. We snapped some photos of the scene, and all few dark again. The trees were now to remain dark until the official tree lighting ceremony, which was scheduled for later in November. It was a beautiful moment that evening in Grand Rapids, with a beautiful sunset to end the day.

The next day we drove up to Mackinaw via The Tunnel of Trees. This is an amazing drive along the lake. If you have never done it and you enjoy the back road this is a must. It was raining so I didn’t get photos.

We topped off the staycation in Mackinaw City, and Mackinaw Island. A perfect few days along lives journey.

Today is one of the most important days of the year. The day we honor the men and women who have served our country in the military. So many have surrendered their life’s so we can live with freedoms other are denied around the world. Other veteran’s live with the scars of war for the rest of their life; some scars can be seen while others aren’t so overt. Without our military we as a nation would not exist as nation. 

Always remember freedom is free! 

I found this video tribute on You Tube I hope you enjoy it and if you see a Vet today say thank you for serving us. 


Veterans Day 2014

November’s Mondays are different than others. In November here in Michigan we are getting ready for snow, we know it Will descend upon our state at any moment. In November we respect the mighty winds that roar across our state, turning what was once a summer breeze into ship eating ‘Gales’ that’s have swallowed many a vessel on our great lakes.

The most famous of ships to be ingested by Lake Superior is the Edmund Fitzgerald, made legendary by Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”. In honor of all who have died on our fickle lakes here is the video of the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

The Edmund Fitzegerald

The Edmund Fitzegerald

I just love this song by Luke Bryan ‘Roller Coaster’

Hi, can you believe we are already leave deep into what is the most coziest season of all.  That’s right it Fall; one of my favorite seasons of the year. My family just love the epic colors of the leaves changing, soon to be followed by an amazing wild wind dance that only Mother Nature can choreograph. So lets check out this time of year on the web.

Amazing Autumn

Amazing Autumn

So by birth I am a ‘Yooper’ if you don’t know what that is, it is someone who is born or lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsular. I remember how quickly fall comes to the UP, it’s glory can be brief if the gales began to pick up.

Gales on Lake Superior s

Gales on Lake Superior


Fall at the orchard is always a fun family event. Here in southeast Michigan we are home to Blakes Apple Orchard and Cider Mill; this amazing spot is also a favorite of county music singer Leanna Rimes.



So what special thing do you do to celebrate the season?

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.