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28 Sep

A glimpse of my world tonight.

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I haven’t done this since I was a kid.

Happy hand stitching!

Miners Castle @ Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

17 Sep

We drove about 5 hours to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for sea kayaking on Lake Superior.

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We have kayaked before in The Florida Keys using an open faced kayak, but I have never used a sea kayak before.  The difference is an open face kayak or a sit on top kayak is what the name says, open. It is open to all elements such as getting wet from waves, etc.  A sea kayak has a spraydeck or a skirt that is used to prevent you from getting wet and helps when or if you want to roll your kayak without filing it with water or getting ejected from your seat.

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A sea kayak also has a rudder that is operated by wires that are attached to foot pedals that allow you to control which direction you want to go.  This was Luis’ job.  I enjoyed using the sea kayak compared to the open faced kayak, it was much more comfortable, faster, and glided smoother on the water.

We were lucky that the weather was decent and the waves were very small. The day before our kayak trip, the waves were 4 feet hitting the cliffs.

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Our guide, Carl from Northern Waters was awesome.  He was recently on the cover of Michigan’s outdoor magazine and was very pleasant and patient to teach us the best ways to enjoy the cliffs at Miners Castle.

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Aren’t the layered colors on the sandstone cliffs beautiful? Blues and greens are created by copper, the reddish hues by iron.

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On this day, the water wasn’t as clear as it usually is because a storm had rolled in the day before. It didn’t matter to us, we were still amazed by how clear the water was.  We could see shipwrecks below us as with paddled by as well as some pretty impressive rock formations.

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The view of Miners Beach which is just a few miles from Miners Castle. The sugar sand beach was beautiful and we had it all to ourselves.

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Bayside Gallery @ Suttons Bay,Michigan

12 Sep

While we toured wineries in Suttons Bay, we stopped into the downtown area where a very colorful corner store caught my eye.

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Don’t they look like they are signing to you?  Or is that just me? Such happy glass flowers.

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Wouldn’t all those colors catch your eye too if you were driving by?  And see those cute little owl rocks? Darn, thinking about it now, I should have grabbed one.

I fell in love with Bayside Gallery and could not leave without my very own glass flowers. We opted for the smaller glass flowers even though those 4 to 5 foot flowers had my heart, but it would probably be better to wait until we actually stop moving around and buy a house for those.  I would hate to have them break on me.

As soon as we returned home, I quickly stuck the glass flowers in the potted Mums we have on our deck.

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Wonder how they will look when snow is all over our deck… ?

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How cute is this London style telephone booth that was sitting in the corner of Bayside Gallery? Everything in the downtown area was super cute and colorful.  I really wouldn’t mind living in Suttons Bay.  Maybe one day…

Suttons Bay @ Michigan

10 Sep

The little photo shoot we had in between winery hopping this past weekend.

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Kinda neat to see how the sky changed or how the camera captured the sky throughout the session, eh?

Day 39 – Kemah, Texas

14 Feb

Happy Day of Love!

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I did something simple for his lunch today.  Just a little “Hi, I love You”!

I also included a little note and my favorite pasta, butternut squash with a garlic, sage, and butter sauce.

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Now I am waiting for him to get home from work for our dinner date at Joe’s Crab Shack.

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I am still not feeling 100%, but better than last week and I am showing off my I have lost 10 pounds smile.  =)

I love you!

Day 21 – Kemah, Texas

2 Feb

I forgot to press the Publish button on this post from this past weekend, sorry.

We had a relaxing weekend.  We didn’t drive anywhere far.  We spent most of our time at home.

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We did a little fishing.

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We tired to feed the ducks without the seagulls stealing it.

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We enjoyed having drinks and Armadillo Eggs at T-Bone Tom’s (not pictured) located next to the marina.

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We enjoyed a new dish for breakfast. Baked eggs in ham cups, found on Pinterest, tagged from a website called The Simple Delights. I am really enjoying Pinterest.  I love discovering websites with yummy food, beautiful homes, and great ideas for crafts.  Click on Pinterest to take a look at what items I have pinned to my boards.

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Homemade Nam Sod, one of our favorite Thai dishes in lettuce cups.

We invited the other co-op students for a dinner tonight at our place.  Here is a sneak peak of what I am baking today.  I will give you a hint.  Those are flour covered blueberries in the bowl.

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I will reveal the final product tomorrow.

If you are wondering what I am cooking for the dinner tonight.  I am introducing them to Cuban food.  I am slow cooking beef to make Ropa Veija, white rice, Cuban style black beans, platanos maduros, and tostones.

I am excited for tomorrow.  We will be on a four hour drive to Austin!  Hello food carts!

Day 14 and 15 New Orleans, Louisiana – Architecture

23 Jan

I am feeling the love.

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They say Paris is the city for love, but this past weekend New Orleans was all I needed.

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I am not sure if it’s because he has given me the life I have always wanted as a child.  A life of traveling and living in multiple places, experiencing different cultures, exploring cities and towns, or the fact that I have walked aimlessly through this city, stopping every two feet to take a dozen pictures, and he didn’t get upset (that was the longest sentence ever).  Instead he smiled.

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I love him more and more everyday, and sometimes I wonder if that will stop.  Until then, I will continue to respect, encourage, and love him.

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We listened to a band that played music from the 40’s while eating jambalaya at the Musical Legends Park on Bourbon Street.

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Beautiful wrought iron.

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Jackson Square artists.

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The Crescent City Connection twin bridges over the Mississippi River.

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Listened to funny mountain music while sitting on the steps of a courthouse until a wedding procession started to drown them out.

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Our first steps into the French Quarter, Luis wasn’t sure if New Orleans was his kind of place.  It smells, it’s dirty, and it is full of crazies.   After finding a nice place to sit and watch the people passing by, he began to see the beauty of the city.  Either that or it was his drink kicking in.

To me, it felt like a dirtier, crazier version of Key West.   Outside of the wild Bourbon street, all the others streets are tame.  You can look around and see all the details the city has.  I loved it all.

I gotta convince my buddies back home to take a drive to New Orleans and meet Luis and I there for a weekend of fun.  Hey guys, it’s the same driving time as Atlanta (hint, hint)!!

Until tomorrow, swamps!