A Look Back At August 2015 In Pictures

Wow, what a month it has been! I still find it hard to believe we pulled off such a great vacation considering the medical issues we have had in our family this summer. However, that is not all that happened in August for me…let’s have a look back.

My First Rose Water Lemonade


My first ever gyro


Feast With The Beast 2015 Event


Family Vacation 2015


Summer Sunsets

Which now leads us all to September, when the leaves will start to fall, colors will start to appear in the tree tops, and my favorite season begins…..Autumn. As much as I dislike the cooler temperatures I do love the seasonal things like pumpkin, soups, and fall festivals. We have a pretty full calendar coming up and I look forward to sharing it all with you here soon.

Did you do something exciting in August?

Tell me about it.


Weekend Snapshots: Could I Learn To Like Weekends LikeThis?

There is no doubt this summer our weekends are not about kayaking this river or kayaking that river. With no kayaking allowed (for my husband) we have been doing our best to find other activities to do on our weekends, which at times has been quite a challenge. However, this weekend we kept ourselves pretty busy.

Chores are always first, we find it makes having fun even more fun when all the chores are done. So while my husband cut the lawn I washed sleeping bags from a trip our son took to the Porcupine Mountains. IMG_1851Then for lunch on Saturday I had my first ever gyro. Forty some years old and I’ve never had one of these bad boys…what a shame because it was FABULOUS!!!!!    IMG_1857

IMG_1858 One more errand after lunch brought us to a very colorful sight in the sky. We were not aware of any kite festival but apparently some people were. IMG_1854That concluded our chores, errands, and new restaurants. I actually then spent an hour or so with a drink and a magazine simply sitting and enjoying the breeze.


Then dinner hour rolled around and neither of us felt like cooking or cleaning up the kitchen afterwards so we were lazy and had pizza and fruit while still enjoying the breeze outdoors.

IMG_1864Sunday I did something I have never done before. I met a friend for coffee at a local cafe. I know, again, forty something years old and I have never met someone for coffee…..soooo sad! I just never really have time. I work Monday through Friday very early and 11 hours a day. Then Saturdays we are normally either on the water paddling or recovering from being on the water all day paddling. During the winter months it would take a lot more than coffee to persuade me to leave my warm house to meet for coffee. So as you can imagine, this was quite a treat and a pleasant experience for me. I opted for something a little different than coffee and tried rose water lemonade. Surprising, it was really good. (My son suggested I try this since he had already had it, but normally we do not have the same tastes so I was a little hesitant)  IMG_1865

The conclusion to my weekend was a gym workout, which was awesome. I LOOOOOVE working out on the weekends. The gym is quiet, I have tons of energy, and it just feels great to end on a good note.

So to answer the question…..Could I learn to like weekends like this? Truth be told, yes, only if I have to! I loved getting tons of chores done, going to a new restaurant, meeting a friend for coffee and relaxing BUT I would have been so much happier paddling down a river, listening for the rumble of the rapid around the corner and feeling my heart beat just a little bit faster as I approached the whitewater. Paddling does something to me that no one will quite understand unless you are a paddler yourself. Seeing wildlife up close and personal, sharing a tailgate snack with friends after a day on the river,


or just being in the moment is special.


I know eventually we will be back out there I just need to be patient and it will come.