Stand Up Paddleboarding 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 1

stand up paddleboarding 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I stand up paddleboard. This is the second summer I’ve been doing it. You can read the details on the adventure starting up last year here. So far this year I’ve been out 22 times (last year’s total was 47 times, July 22 – November 7). Mostly I’ve been hitting Goguac, but I’ve also been out on Waubascon and Graham Lake. The photo above was taken by Patrick Gault.  He was shooting photos of the Veterans’ Administration field trip. I was able to track him down through my friend Kat and he sent me a couple photos. While it didn’t really help me figure out what is wrong with my stroke, it did help me realize I should not wear those terrible, terrible board shorts in public. Ever. And maybe I could stand to slap on some lipstick or something before I go out.

New this year is an on-board computer with GPS. It’s a Velocitek Makai and it’s super easy to use. It should be more accurate than using Google Earth, and it tracks average and maximum speeds.

Last year I was starting up for the first time, and every day was an increase in ability. After being off for the winter, getting back this year has been more of a challenge. It’s also been fairly windy at the start of the season. Hopefully August will be a bit more chill.

 

 

Summer Reads 2017 Update #2

Monday, July 10, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017

We are already into week seven of our summer reads, and so it is time for the Summer Reads 2017 Update #2. I’ve been on a bit of a reading streak, and have not only added some books to the list but read a ton in the meanwhile.

Since our last update (click here), I’ve finished Trials of the Earth, The Gustav Sonata, The Wonder, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, The Book of Summer, and The Little French Bistro. That’s seven books in six weeks. Not bad.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry 
This book was at least interesting. Quite interesting. It’s told from the vantage point of a young girl, and is full of fairy tales. That being said, I can’t think of anyone I’d specifically recommend it to and I wouldn’t put it on a list of books I couldn’t put down. Most of the time I was just waiting to get through it. If you want it, let me know and I will send it to you (paperback version).

Trials of the Earth
This book was excellent. Very interesting. I’m very glad I’m not a pioneer woman. Highly recommend the book if you are looking for an interesting memoir or something of a historical nature. It’s more real and grittier than Little House on the Prairie, but then again it’s written for adults. I really liked it and I think you would too if you enjoy memoirs. Again, I’m super glad I was not born a pioneer woman. I keep mentally going back to this book. Great read.

The Gustav Sonata
Ok, this book was  interesting, too. It’s a historical novel of sorts, taking place immediately after WWII. The characters were good. The story was good. I can’t really think of anyone who would love it, but if you have wanted to read it let me know and I will send it to you.

The Book of Summer: A Novel
Honestly, after the first four books I read, I needed a bit of a break in the form of some lighter reading. My criteria for light reading is a beachy cover, a story that takes place on the coast, and nothing too serious. This book fit the description perfectly. When it was done, I found myself researching the homes that are falling into the Atlantic in Nantucket. If you are in need of a light read, let me know and it’s yours.

The Little French Bistro: A Novel
I loved this book. It was another one I selected for a light read, and it was delightful. I loved everything about it, and took photos of some of the passages so I can go back and re-read them when I need some inspiration. I loved this book so much I purchased another one of her books to read later this summer.

summer reads 2017 update #2

The Wonder
After two light reads as palate cleansers, I went back to the regular reading list with Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. It takes place in Ireland, seven years past the Great Famine. It is a fascinating read, a really interesting story line. I couldn’t put it down and read through it very quickly. Now that it’s done, I keep mentally returning to it.

summer reads 2017 update #2

What’s next? Perfect Little World, by Kevin Wilson. What are you reading this summer?

Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
Added:
The Book of Summer: A Novel by Michelle Gable

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Southwind Motel Ocala

Monday, June 26, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Southwind Motel – Ocala, Florida

Southwind Motel Ocala

SOUTHWIND MOTEL
Located on U.S. 27 – 441 – 301
Two miles south of Ocala, Florida 32670
18 Units, 200 feet off the highway. Outdoor living – Pool – Play and Recreation area. Pets welcome. 2401 South Dixie Highway. Phone 622-6461. Under management of Esther and T.O.Eaton.
ATA    CTC

New Color Card Technique, R.A. Lasater, Apopka, Fla.
73301

This lovely vintage card has the Diner’s Club logo and another logo that looks like a shield with a Greek in it. I can’t make out the writing. No idea what the ATA or CTC means, either. This card is unused.

There are older cards from the Southwind available online, listing eight units under the ownership of Creston & Orpha Six. This is the second card I have of the Southwind; a slightly older version with the older phone exchange can be seen here. The older card also boasts two more rooms.

I love this place and though I can’t seem to find it, I hope it is still standing today.

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Recent Crochet Projects

Monday, June 12, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Sweater, Shawl, Blanket – Recent Crochet Projects

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a crochet project update (and the last one, for National Crochet Month 2017 – I didn’t do a single one of those projects). I’ve been steadily working on various items. I did two sets of eight washcloths to pair with soap from Black Sheep Antiques in Marshall. They have the best soap ever…smells wonderfully, maintains its scent, doesn’t melt down too quickly. I love it. One set of eight went to the Women’s Co-Op auction and the other for the Hand Made Market at the Humane Society’s Martini Madness event.

After the washcloths, I finished up my attempt at a sweater (above photo – and not the one I was planning on in National Crochet Month, which is still not completed). I took the photo from the only angle that looks good. The sweater is unwearable. It’s two rectangles stitched together, and seamed up the sides and down the middle. As you need to leave room for the neck hole, the center of the front and back of the sweater are much shorter than the sides. In fact, the back of the sweater only comes up to mid-back, which the sides are both at hip level. Bummer. Worse yet, it came from a pattern on facebook and I can’t see any way possible the pattern would actually work out as described now that I’ve completed it. I just started a different pattern for a cardigan, also from facebook. It’s a rectangle that is seamed together in a weird way. I hope it turns out. I’m using some linen knit picks yarn I bought on sale two years ago and forgot I had. I have high hopes for it.

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After the no-good sweater, I did a quick Shawl in a Ball shawl for my mindfulness instructor. I took the extra time to block it out on the boards, which helped I think. It’s the purple color and she liked it. I’ve made a number of these Shawl in a Ball projects. They are fast, they look good, and they make great gifts. Highly recommend.

After that, I had a baby afghan to make for my cousin’s baby. It’s a new yarn for me, Bernat Pipsqueak. Each skein I used had multiple knotted joins, so I’m not a fan and probably won’t be working with it again. I understand one join in a skein. But multiple joins in each skein? No thanks. It required a giant hook for the pattern I did so you could see the stitches. It is really, really soft. I used five skeins.

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After the current cardigan sweater, I did find a pattern for another one that I might try. I got a really interesting book on crocheting sweaters from the top down, but it’s too complicated for me. I need simple blocks that don’t require a lot of counting.

What crochet projects are you working on?

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Summer Reads 2017 update

Monday, June 12, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

 summer reads 2017

I’ve been slowly working on my reading, and so it is time for the Summer Reads 2017 update, the first of its kind. I am still managing to get some done on the John Kabat-Zinn. Much of it is similar to what I learned in the eight week MBSR course through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness but it’s a good reminder to stay in the moment. I did finish Lincoln in the Bardo, which was indeed a very unusual book.

 

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I’m not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a bit to get used to how it’s written. The story is strange and it’s stayed with me after I finished reading it. I found the ending was not entirely satisfying. If you want to read it, let me know and I will mail it to you. If not, it will likely wind up at the library as a donation. I have started My Grandmother…which also seems to be a very unusual book. I believe I may need a palate cleanser of a breezy beach read when I am finished with it, so for sure I will be adding to my book list as I go. I always seem to do that.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know your thoughts!

 

Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014

Summer Reads 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017

It’s that time of year again – ready for Summer Reads 2017. It seemed to go straight from February to Memorial Day; time really moves more quickly the older you get. While I’ve been reading off and on this past winter (Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson which was really excellent, Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett which I hated, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which was amazing, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett which was ok), I never get as much reading done as during my Summer Reads project. It is a true hedonistic endeavor…I pick eight or so books to read from Memorial Day through Labor Day. I generally pick my books from Amazon.com recommendations, the New York Times Bestseller list and book reviews by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.

Anyhow, I  believe I have set my list for Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel by by Rose Tremain

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

I started adding books to the list several months ago and don’t even really remember what all of them are about. I suspect I will slide in a nice easy beach read in the mix as well. You really have to have a book like that in the summer, don’t you? I have started the Kabat-Zinn and am reading a bit each morning before I start the day. I started the Saunders book on Memorial Day and it’s so unusual. What are you reading this summer?

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014

Sandcastle

Monday, April 17, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 1

Sandcastle Lido Beach

Sandcastle
Motel Economy – Hotel Luxury – Apartment Efficiency
100% Air Conditioned
Directly on its own private Gulf of Mexico Beach at famous Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida
“You’ll be the Royalty at the SANDCASTLE”

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from Sarasota March 18, 1956 using a red 2 cent Jefferson stamp. It was mailed to Dr. James C Fox Jr, 85 Jefferson St, Hartford Conn. It reads:

We’ve has a pleasant visit here and are now beginning to think of going home
Our best regards to you
Juliette & Herm[unintelligible] Rome

Holy cats you guys, I love this card. The palm trees. The decorative balconies. The staged guests in the chairs. The guy standing in the khakis and white shirt. The billowy clouds in the background. It is glorious and I wish I was there. No wonder Juliette and Herm had a pleasant visit. But I’d never want to go back home.

Dr. James C Fox Jr was born September 20, 1895. He attended Johns Hopkins medical school and married Alice Fox. He passed away November 23, 1980 at age 85. From the August 13, 1948 Hartford Courant:

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And his obituary from the Hartford Courant November 24, 1980:

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Clearwater Beach Pier 60

Monday, April 10, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Beach Pier 60

clearwater beach pier 60

Looking east from Clearwater Beaches Big “Pier 60″, one of the finest fishing piers on the west coast of Florida. Thousands of visitors and residents alike enjoy year round swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sun bathing on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Color Photo by Sparky Schumacher

Florida Natural Color, Inc., 2652 N.E. 189th St., Miami, Fla. 33163
FNC 4955
82814

This lovely vintage postcard with the questionable pluralization of the word ‘beach’ is unused. Not sure, but it looks like the two gentlemen walking on the pier are holding hands, which might be a bit unusual for this time frame. I would love to do some stand up paddle boarding right there for sure.

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Palm Springs, California

Thursday, April 6, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Looking south along the world-famous Palm Canyon Drive which is a mecca for winter vacationers from all over the world. Along this exciting palm-bordered avenue you will find some of the nation’s smartest shops.
Color photo by H. Lowman

Copyright 1955 Ferris H. Scott, Santa Ana, Calif.
Mirro-Krome Card by H.S. Crocker Co., San Francisco 1, Calif.
PS-24

There is some mighty fine mid-century modern architecture still in place in Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.

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Oxnard California

Monday, March 27, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Oxnard California

Oxnard California

View of 5th Street, Oxnard, Calif., one of California’s fastest growing cities.

Schulze News Co., Ventura, Calif.
Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc., Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.
Color by Walt Dibblee

This lovely vintage card is unused.

The building on the corner, Oxnard Cut Rate Drugs, was located at 105 Fifth Street. And there still is a pharmacy there, but the building is not the same. In 1946 (Oxnard Press-Courier) has an ad for the Oxnard Cut Rate Drugs with Y.A. Reyes & Sons listed as the owners. Ynez Aragon (Y.A.) “Joe” Reyes passed away in November 1987. His wife was Antonia and he had sons Charles C Reyes and Robert A. Reyes. Joe was a pharmacist. Antonia passed in 1978.

Oxnard is 30 miles west of LA.

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