Thursday, July 24, 2014

Road America 2014

We had a wonderful time this year at The HAWK with Brian Redman (Vintage Cars). On the way up we stopped south of Milwaukee for the night but drove straight back on the way home (storms were coming).

Of course, we had to stop for some Wisconsin cheese curds for snacking at the track.


The variety of cars at this event is amazing. Some random pics...










Jack on benches.



We also went to Kohler. The company has amazing products and an interesting history.










Elkhart Lake is beautiful.


Next up back home - - Coast Guard Fest!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Detroit Trip

We went to Detroit this past weekend to see a Tigers/Red Sox game. As usual, we stayed off the expressways to see what there was to see on the way. Going, we took what we called the southern route and returning, we took the northern route. The southern was more scenic with several nice towns along the way to stop in.

The first town we stopped in was Hastings. It was farmers' market day.


I love dragons. This one was in the pawn shop.


Jack on bench with striped guy.


Jack on bench outside hardware store.


We stopped in a couple antique and craft stores and were on our way.

Our next major stop was in Farmington where they were having an art fair.


I have never seen this large of a selection of cross stitch and the store samples are amazing. A must see for all interested in this type of needlework.


http://www.therockinghorse.com/photographs.htm

And of course, Jack must check out the Irish pub.


Then off to Detroit. Detroit is in a world of hurt after losing 25% of the population. It seems that the final terms of the bankruptcy are being worked out. It won't be easy but I wish the citizens of Detroit well and hope the city comes back strong.

I love community gardens.




Chess


We went to the Detroit Institute of Arts. It looks like the bankruptcy is not going to touch the collection. That is a good thing. It is a magnificent collection and it would be a crime to destroy such a wonderful institution.

A few select photos.


George and the dragon.








When in the area, be sure to plan a stop.  http://www.dia.org/

Comerica Park fun!









Back at home, it was clear that Sugar was worn out from her time at doggy camp.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spring 2014

Spring this year was slow to start and continues to be colder than the norm. But my garden grows.




Finally, I was able to get my pepper and tomato plants out. With the cold snap I may have to cover them tonight.


Gardens are in bloom all over town and it is fun to walk around and watch the changes and new flowers as everything comes back to life after a brutal winter.

Tulips in Central Park


We were having issues with the rain and ice backing up in the shared driveway and it was causing the foundation to get eroded. We would have major basement water issues if something wasn't done. Crushed concrete and problem is solved. Well Jack still has to fix the foundation damage.

Before - the grass was higher than the concrete and basically damned the water into the low area.


After


It has rained just about everyday since we had it done. So we know it is working.