Thursday, June 27, 2013

South Haven Flowers

One of the things I LOVE about South Haven are it's flowers. Because our time was so short this visit I didn't get to take my usual walk up and down the beautiful old streets and admire the summer houses and their gardens. But I did admire the planters and pots throughout town.

Aren't they beautiful? They gave me ideas for my own planters next year.

But here's the real "truth" behind these flowers. I really wouldn't have had the time to snap any of these photos for we had decided that we would spend most of our time on the beach. Well, the first day I forgot to put sunscreen on my legs and you know how badly you burn when you're pregnant! Ugh! I was in so much pain I could barely stand any sun on my legs. And did you know you're not supposed to put aloe vera and lanocaine on your sunburn when you're pregnant? I had no idea. AND I hadn't brought any long trousers or long dresses with me - packed light, you know.

So all these photos were snapped while I dashed haphazardly into the South Haven clothing shops searching for some sort of long thing that would cover my legs and fit over my swollen tummy. In all the fancy shops in downtown South Haven I found NOTHING! Can you believe it?

I met up with JK and John who had gone to fetch the car and I told them of my plight. As we were driving to the beach we spotted a Dollar General. "Pull in." I said, quite desperate. There on a sale rack before I even when in was a sleeveless/strapless knit sun dress for $10. I quickly found a large and then held it up at waist level for JK and John to approve or disapprove. It covered my legs perfectly! They gave the thumbs up and so I bought the dress, tore off the tags and then slipped it on in the car - well, actually I had JK pull over again and I probably flashed some poor soul on the back streets of South Haven.

So that's how I got my pictures of the flower pots of South Haven. Thought you'd get a laugh out of it! =)
(JK was quite surprised to learn that the "skirt" was actually a dress later on - he thought it was a skirt all along! ha!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

South Haven 2

After breakfast in our rooms, and a nice long sit down under the trees of the hotel sipping coffee and playing "Go Fish" with Johnny, we hit the pier.

Nothing reminds me of Long Island more than the boat slips with the sail boats. These were little sail boats but still, their masts made me happy.

The little red light house - so small and cute but so useful.

And then there was lunch on the beach again...

Nothing beats lunch on the beach.

And more sand play...

Sand roads were endless and long...

I finally had to retreat to a tree on the hill over looking the beach. Two days of sun was finally catching up to me and I was beginning to feel tired and dizzy and nauseous - not good things to feel when you're pregnant. But I loved my view from the hill. I could watch the people and hear the joyful cries of the kids and see the beautiful boats head out for an afternoon's adventure.

All too soon our lovely time came to an end and we packed up to head south again. Ah, but it was good. Next time we visit we'll have two little boys in tow. It did give me pleasure to think of that and to think of John prancing around with his little brother.

Monday, June 24, 2013

All in a week...

I can't believe I haven't posted in a week! Phew! A week can go by so quickly! This past week seemed to fly by since we were taking Thursday and Friday to go on a mini vacation. Lots of things were packed into Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so that by Thursday morning we were all eager to sit in the car and enjoy the 3 hour trip north to Michigan and our favorite lake side spot - South Haven.

John wasted no time and as soon as we hit the beach he went running for the water. I couldn't help but laugh and remember the first time we brought him here. He could only crawl then, but his reaction was the same - straight towards the water. Perhaps he got a  little bit of the Ocean that resides in all of us Winslow sisters passed to us from our mother.

I knitted,

The boys made a sand castle,

We munched on lunch...

And when we tired in the afternoon we walked over to the little hotel in town, Hotel Nichols, a hotel that has been there for over 100 years no less, and checked in to our room, "The Blue Room."

Complete with a room for mommy and daddy and a little room for Johnny. Boy, did he love that.

Johnny couldn't decide what was more interesting, the room or the view below the room.

The bed and nap time won him over.

Then it was time for dinner (Gluten free pizza at Maria's Pizza Shop) and a walk about town, ending with ice cream.

Bubble gum ice cream no less. I remember the days when I loved that flavor. Oh, to be a kid!

Johnny just rode his trike around the court yard saying, "bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum." he loved it. Summer days. Nothing beats them.

We all slept well that night, tucked up in our cozy beds, tired from the sun but eager for more.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Hello Friends! Happy Father's Day a day late! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We did! Saturday morning we headed up to Zionsville - our normal Saturday morning outing during the summer. But this Saturday was far from normal.

The little farmer's market was buzzing....

And the cutest little cars (Porshe) were lining the street at the village prepared for their annual Porshe Festival. John was in heaven looking at all the cars and JK was more than happy to take him around to view the cars. John astounded us by asking the various drivers rather intelligent questions for a 3.5 year old about the cars. One man was so impressed he allowed John to sit in the car and try out the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, a little further up Main Street, Heather and Mom were joining in the annual Zionsville Paint Out. It was so cute to see them both paining and enjoying it. You can see my little knitting bag and coffee in the right hand corner of the picture. I sat down with them for a little while and knitted. It was soooo much fun.

During our painting/knitting we came across this cute little house with a "lending library" out front! Isn't it adorable? If you take a book you leave a book for someone else to choose.  What a fun thought!

After mom and Heather finished one sketch they would pick up and head off to find another spot. It was hard to choose. There were so many pretty spots to paint.

Another spot found! And to work they went on their next watercolor sketch. Unfortunately it was time for me to head home. I had some things to pick up at the grocery store, a Father's Day Pie to make for JK and a nice dinner to cook for him.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello Knitters! It's Wednesday! Time for Ginny's Yarn Along. I'm excited to see what everyone else has been up to - I haven't made much progress on my own knitting since I've been knee deep in "work" knitting.
But, here are some pictures of my little bit of progress....

My pop spot shawl is coming along beautifully. It is too much fun to work on and I always wish that I had more time to knit on it... bed time comes too fast these days.

And there's been a little trimming of the roses to do lately too....

And more knitting ... some baby knitting this time. Misti Alpaca fingering which is being knit into a garter stitch kimono! Oh, so lovely and soft!

And of course what would we do without one last look at my roses. Can you tell that I'm in heaven in my backyard right now! Oooo, it's lovely!

What am I reading? Ugh... I don't have anything interesting to read right now. So give me some suggestions! I'll be scouring the Yarn Along for some ideas! Instead I've started watching a class that I bought from Craftsy this past winter. Oooooo! It's wonderful! Which class? Oh, yes, the Fair Isle Vest with Mary Jane Mucklestone. I've always wanted to take a class from her but well, I'm just not in the right part of the country! So, thanks to Craftsy, I've now had my dream come true! It's so much fun! Now to get time to knit the vest!

ta-ta for now!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Interesting things...

I'm always on the hunt for new interesting things in the knitting world and love pouncing on "new to me"  knitterly things.

Just discovered:
Richard Devreize Yarns (former Koigu head dyer) Haven't tried his yarn yet... but doesn't it look divine?

Looking forward to:
The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes to be published September 2013 (I think I may have to preorder this one. I read the excerpt and it's just wonderful!)

Looking forward to: Adventures in Yarn Farming. Another book not out until the fall. But ooooohhhh the preview looked fantastic!

Salivating over Spring Tree Road's hand painted fiber - isn't it gorgeous? Don't you think you need some?

Very curious about this sock yarn: HD Yarns, Highlighter Sock Yarn. Aren't they wonderfully curious?

Well, those are a few things that have tweaked my interest... what "new" things peaked your interest lately? I'd love to know! Perhaps you can introduce me to a few new things.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Roses, Roses, Roses!

I'm in "Rose  Wonderland" here at my house these days. My "New Dawn" climber and my Double Pink and Single Pink Knock Out Roses have been making quite the show for me to admire.

Yes, I know, I'm a bit of a fanatic about roses. The problem with having them is... I just want more. I want a rose border, another rose arbor, and yes, a few David Austin Roses please. Isn't funny how once you get into a certain hobby your love for it can grow and grow? I have to check myself.

We have been enjoying them though. We eat dinner on the back deck, as I have said, almost every night. And, thankfully, the climber is just outside my kitchen window for me to look at - perfection.

Yes, we're enjoying the roses right now.