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…

Sleeping Bear Dunes @ Michigan

11 Sep

We could see the Dunes in the background.  We had to have a closer look.

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After all the eating and drinking, Luis and I needed to walk it off so, we headed to Sleeping Bear Dunes and took on “The Climb”.  Doesn’t look too hard…

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After lots of stopping to catch my breathe, I made it!

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Much easier going down the dune.

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A view of the top of the dunes we took while driving through the dunes scenic road.

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After the showers we had in the morning, and the dark clouds we had throughout the day, we were given a pretty impressive view of Lake Michigan right before sunset.

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?

Harvest Stompede’s Wine and Food Pairing Tour @ Leelanau Peninsula

9 Sep

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We participated in Leelanau Peninsula’s Harvest Stompede, minus the running part.  We participated in the wine and food pairing portion of the stompede, held in Leelanau and Traverse City. We were given a huge list of wineries we could drive to along with a stemless wine glass (my favorite kind) for the wine tastings, and you are also given a small dish of whatever each winery is serving upon entry of the winery. The best part is that if you run out of time on Saturday you can continue your tour on Sunday.  Awesome deal!

On our way to Leelanau.

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Our first winery, Bel Lago served us a small mexican tortilla soup.  I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of it as I was too busy keeping an eye on the dozens of praying mantis that were overtaking the porch. Why is it that I am scared of the oddest things?  We really loved Bel Lago’s cherry wine and even took a bottle home with us along with a praying mantis. Just kidding, even though I am sure Luis would have loved to.

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Up next we drove to Black Star Farms.  This was a really nicely set up place and huge! You can stay the night or two, three, however long you want to stay in their Inn, they have horses, a barn, a cafe, a tasting room, and they make and sell cheese. We really enjoyed the layout and all the details the farm had. We didn’t leave with any wine, but we did buy Leelanau Cheese garlic cheese spread and a block of mild Raclette home with us.

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Next on our list was Chateau de Leelanau, which has a nice view of Suttons Bay.  They served us bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with onions caramelized in apple cider. So good! Wish I had a whole plate of that stuff.  I really enjoyed their Peach Fizz and I believe Luis liked their 2009 Chardonnay Sur Lie.  After our wine tasting we walked across the road to enjoy the view of Suttons Bay and had a little photo shoot.  More on that another day.

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We headed up the mountain from Chateau de Leelanau to Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.  It was the only winery we went to that didn’t have their vineyards all wrapped up which I thought was nice to actually see the grape vines. I also liked that they set up a private room for the Harvest Stompede participates to enjoy their wine and gazpacho, which was very tasty. I had never had gazpacho before, but I have always wanted to try it. The people working there were so nice and even gave me a copy of the recipe.  The other customer also thought they were nice since they kept taking pictures with one of the women who was serving us, but we later learned that the women was actually Madonna’s step mother and that was why people were posing with her. I just thought it was because she was so nice. We left home with a bottle of their 2011 Pinot Noir.

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Our last visit was to a place I have on my to-do list, Cherry Republic.  And yes, you read that correctly, our last place.  We didn’t go to very many, but we felt satisfied with the ones we did visit.

If we lived closer, Cherry Republic would definitely be my weekly weekend spot.  Not only did we try out some nice cherry sparkling wines and ciders, but we were also able to try each of their sodas made with what else, cherries!  All things cherry live here and it was all delicious.  They served three kinds of cherry cheese balls, which Luis fell in love with.  That man loves a good cheese ball ever since he tired one of my grandmother’s cheese balls one holiday visit.  They gave me the recipe for the cheese ball Luis liked the most, and we bought the ingredients from their store to make at home, which I have to make sometime this week.  We also bought a six pack of their cherry sodas; (1) cherry ginger ale, (1) cherry root beer, (2) cherry colas, (2) black cherry cream sodas. We couldn’t leave without having a bite to eat at their restaurant which had a lot of items with cherry in it. I ordered the chili which was sweet, so now I wonder if they might have added cherry to it. No matter, it was good. Even the coffee had cherry in it.  We opted for our favorite black cherry cream soda, so good.

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Afterwards we headed to The Sleeping Bear Dunes before our 3 hour trip back home, but you’ll have to wait for another day to read about that experience.  All I can give you is a little sneak peak of the view we saw of Lake Michigan while at the dunes.

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Now time for my addiction, Sunday night T.V. shows!

Happy Sunday!

Back by Popular Demand

7 Sep

I’ve been asked, err, told to update my blog.  We didn’t do much while we were home for the summer in Georgia and before we knew it, it was time to move again.

It’s been awhile since my last post and even though I am not in Georgia at the moment, but instead living in Michigan, and this blog is still called 1460 Days of Georgia, here is my story so far while in Michigan.

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After a long road trip, stopping to see family in North Carolina, Washington D.C., and Ohio,  we finally made it to our new location this past weekend.  We are now in Midland, Michigan  for Luis’ second co-op with Dow Chemical.  We will be here until mid-December and like usual I have made a long list of things to do and see while we are here.

Midland is considered a mid-sized community with a population of a little over 42,000.  Compared to Atlanta or Miami’s population this seems like a pretty small town to me.  Particularly when you show up for $1.00 tacos and trivia at a nearby bar on a Tuesday night and it seems as though the whole town is there too.

Here is a shot of the main street in downtown Midland, where most of the restaurants and shops are.

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This nicely detailed long road reminds me of Miracle Mile in Miami or the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.

Every street light has hanging flower planters and there are a variety of cute sculptures of snowmen that have been placed on corners or in flower beds along Main Street, very cute.

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A block away from Main Street, is The Tridge, which is on my list. So, after our dinner at Sam’s Pizza on Main Street tonight, Luis and I took a walk to The Tridge to take a look.

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The Tridge is a three way pedestrian footbridge built in 1981 over the Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers, The Tridge marks the spot where the two rivers meet.

We are planning on another trip to The Tridge sometime this weekend and visit the Chippewa Nature Center and enjoy the center before it gets too cold. Tonight was in the upper 60’s, which was nicer than this morning when it was in the 50’s.  And it’s not even fall yet.

I didn’t know moving to Georgia would lead me to living in so many other places other than Georgia, or else this blog would have a different title. I guess this blog can still be called 1460 Days of Georgia because, I will return to Georgia and if it wasn’t for Georgia, I wouldn’t be where I am today. So, as long as you don’t mind the confusing title as Luis and I venture around the U.S., please continue to read and continue to inspire me as you have.

Have a great Friday night!

Happy 4th!

4 Jul

This year we are celebrating the Fourth the of July a little different from last year (you could read about here).  Maybe it’s because this year it lands smack in the middle of the week, or maybe because I am not celebrating it with family, or maybe it’s because I am lazy and Luis is busying studying his harder than usual summer classes.

Answer: all of the above.

So, on this Wednesday, July 4th, we are spending it on campus at the Clough building waiting for night to fall and the fireworks to begin.  We should have a good view of Centennial Park’s fire work display from the roof deck of the Clough building.

In the meantime this is what I am doing to pass the time.

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While Luis is busy solving problems and making me feel very inadequate.

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For all I know he could be writing gibberish on the board or curing cancer.

Crossing our fingers it doesn’t rain, Happy 4th of July!

There is an Old Lady Living with Us

27 Jun

We searched for weeks to adopt a cat.  Luis wanted it to be a big, hairy, flat faced, mean muggin’ cat. I was happy to find an organization about 30 miles from us that focused on rescuing and adopting out Persian cats.  So, to Hiram, Georgia we went.

 At first we completely bypassed the skinny, scared himalayan female cat in the last cage.  We glanced at the other two Persian cats on display for adoption; a solid black female named Eva that was young and super sweet, and a bicolored female who was young and liked to play. None of them pulled at our heart strings.

We talked to the volunteer of the organization and asked if there was another location that might have more Persian options.  She quickly went to the cat we were ignoring and told us her story.

They had named her Maggie.  She was found in an abandoned house, surviving off of anything she could find.  Her hair was dreaded and matted. Her mouth was in bad shape from eating whatever she could find. They gave her a lion cut and pulled out most of her teeth, leaving her with her only “good teeth”, four teeth, top and bottom. They think she is about 10 years old. She had been with the organization for 9 months, and the volunteer, Cheryl had been taking her home for extra attention and prepare her for possible future adoption.  Cheryl pulled Maggie out of her cage and handed her to me, which Maggie instantly laid against my chest and neck and started to purr. Then Luis reached out to hold her and she melted into the curve of his chest. We were in love. It took us all of a 3 minute discussion to agree that we wanted to adopt her. When we told Cheryl our decision, she cried knowing her snuggle partner for the last 9 months was going to a forever home.

Day number two with us.

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She hasn’t left our side. She loves to sleep next to us on a pillow on our bed, runs to explore our closet the moment we open the doors, being brushed, and loves to hide in our cubes that we keep our clothes in. She loves to jump up and claim Luis’ chair once he leaves it, and loves to rub her face on our shoes.

A month later, Maggie has gained a few pounds and her hair is growing back.

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This is her I am done with you snapping pictures face.  Luis is in love with the marks on her nose, her dirty nose as we call it, and her mustache.  She is a pretty cool cat.

We never thought at first glance we would have picked Maggie, but now we are so happy she is a part of our lives.