Sunday, June 19, 2011

I love Sunday's

Went to church this morning. Great sermon on "scattering seeds" of God's love and knowing what will bloom in the outcome. I am so grateful for our church. We are going through a big transition as next Sunday is Pastor Ron's last Sunday with us, he's retiring after 12 years as our pastor. Our new pastor starts the first Sunday in July. We are sad to see Pastor Ron leave but excited for what the future will bring.

Now I am sitting on the front porch swing. I love it out here. I'm listening to the neighbor mow his lawn, Fiona barks when he gets close to the fence. It's a gorgeous day out here and I can hear all the motorcycles as they drive by on Red Arrow. Funny how I never paid any attention to the sounds of a motorcycle until we got ours.

It's been a wonderful summer.... so far. And it's still early, only June 19th. I am LOVING the motorcycle. Craig has mentioned that he can't believe how much I actually like it. He was skeptical that I would have issues with riding. Not at all. I've always been a weather watcher but even more so now. I'm constantly watching those temps and that radar to see if it will be the perfect evening for a sunset motorcycle ride. I can see some great memories through the years on that bike. I'm already priming Craig for a trip on the Blue Ride Parkway! And I'd love to take a color tour this fall.

We will be taking the trailer out to the cottage for the week of the 4th and hopefully spending a lot of time out there. Makes me happy that the 4th falls on a Monday this year to give us a long weekend. Sure am looking forward to some chill out time at the cottage.

Craig's been busy working/playing all weekend at the Motor State Challenge. It's a 3 day event that his work sponsors involving cars and racing. I've hardly seen much of him the last 3 days. I took advantage of having no hubby around and Friday off and headed to Kazoo for some thrift store shopping. I am a thrift store JUNKY. And being that ALL of my clothes no longer fit me I have a great time digging through the thrift shops for a new wardrobe. It is soooo much fun! I used to HATE clothes shopping. It was a nightmare for me. Nothing fit, nothing looked good, clothes were always uncomfortable, nothing cute ever fit me. Not any more! I've lost a total of 45 pounds now and I only have 5 more pounds to go. I want to be able to say that I lost 50 pounds. I cannot believe it myself! Anyway, there is such a misconception of thrift stores. Granted the majority of the stuff you wouldn't want or wear but if you are patient, go often, and can get past the stigma of "thrift store shopping" you will be amazed at what you can find. I find well made good quality stuff all the time. And the best part... it's a fraction of the price if you would buy it new in the mall. Take Friday for instance.... I spent the whole afternoon hitting a number of thrift store in Kazoo. I spent a total of $100 and came home with 2 pairs of jeans, 6 shirts, 2 capri pants, 3 pairs of shorts, 2 sweatshirts, 2 jeans jackets, a black dress coat, a purse, a hat, and I got Craig a pair of jeans, 3 pairs of shorts, and 5 t-shirts. I know people who spend $100 for a single pair of jeans. I came home with new fun stuff to wear and I certainly feel good about the prices. And it is also the thrill of the hunt that entices me. I had a blast Friday.

Hope you are enjoying Father's Day with your loved ones. As soon as Craig gets home we will be heading out to the cottage for a relaxing afternoon. Happy Father's Day!

Jordan going for her first ride with Dad.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Another great camping weekend

My love of kayaking just keeps growing. It combines so many of my favorite things........
Beautiful surroundings, nature, family time, and photography too! I love it more all the time!
And now that everything has greened up it's even more amazing!
We camped this past weekend at Potato Creek State Park in Indiana. What an awesome place. We will definitely go back to visit there again.
We were thrilled that Jordan joined us for part of the time.

There were several osprey's nesting around the lake.
I am thrilled that Craig is enjoying the kayaking too. He isn't as passionate about it as I am but he enjoys it just the same.
And he gets to work on his tan too.
We have come to a conclusion. We really like state campgrounds! For a number of reasons.... They are huge, sometimes miles and miles of land to explore. They are BEAUTIFUL! Some of the best lands in the state. They are cheap to stay at. You pay a fraction of what you pay at a private campground. We are never disappointed when we stay at a state campground. We'll be staying at them more often.

Breakfast at the campground.
Fiona wants to know where her blueberry pancake is.

Looking at this photo makes me want to get back out there.......

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer..... Bring it on

Craig went to the office for a few hours this morning so I grabbed my paddle and headed out to Hall's Lake for some morning kayaking by myself. I'm not sure which I like more, kayaking with someone or going by myself. This morning was wonderful! Only me and one other guy on the lake who was fishing out of a row boat. I listen to pandora radio on my i-phone and this morning I was in the mood for old country hymns. Just me and Johnny Cash signing "The Old Rugged Cross". I tried not to sing out loud but I couldn't help myself. I wonder if the guy in the row boat heard me. Really I didn't care. And soon I find myself all emotional and tears are streaming down my cheeks. I paddle in and out of all the lily pads. I'm surprised how easy my kayak floats through them. I watch all the frogs hop off the pads as I approach. 90 minutes later I am ready to head back home.
We are FINALLY getting wonderful weather. The sun is amazing and I can't get enough of it.
Memorial Day was spent out at the cottage with family and friends.
Great weather and great food always go together.
Loved this photo!
Hoping for 3 solids months of this.