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Last Adventure of 2018 – All good things come to an End.

Last Adventure of 2018

     So where did I leave off? Crochet, pictures, snow and craft beer… Well I did finish the baby blankie and for the record I took over 900 pictures while in Michigan. So let me tell you about the Big crescendo of our trip, a concert! Not any concert…I’ll just cut to the chase…BOB SEGER!

     This concert took place in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena, what a great time! Bob Seger totally ROCKED the house AND he is 73 frickin years old!!! Can you imagine? He played for over 2 hours with 2 Encores!

     Before we went to the concert we went to the BOB which stands for the Big Old Building, just an incredible place! Now, After the concert, we walked to (what is now our most favorite place) Founders Craft Brewery. Let me pause here and say, these are my opinions and NO ONE has asked for or paid me to say these things. Now back to the FUN…

     If you EVER get a chance to visit Grand Rapids, DO NOT pass up the opportunity you will have a fantastic time. It is a College town (which happens to be the rival of our favorite Michigan team) so there are lots of Craft Breweries, Pub grub and Restaurants to enjoy.
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     So we end up at Founders after the concert. I am not a big beer fan but I do like dark beer (think Guinness) or Hard Cider especially if it has nitro. So our very nice waiter suggested (on our first trip there LOL) one called “Rubaeus” which is a raspberry ale. Side note on the Ales with and without Nitro, to me, if it has Nitro its not as heavy. 

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     Also, there is a place called Hop Cat and they have French fries called “Crack Fries” (that name might be changed, because SOMEONE got offended…), Dear God, do not pass these up and for heavens sake do not order anything else except a beer. Crazy Good Stuff!

     As always we had such a good time and I hope that we get to go back in the winter, I rather enjoyed the snow, even if I had to wear 8 layers!

Happy 2019!

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Camera Clicks – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

The first thing I thought of was this guy, he’s been part of our family for a very long time. He is a bit worse for the wear but Go Blue!dsc_02461304163153.jpg

While out using my big lens, lol not sure of the technical term (if there is one) for it yet, and took these; I can’t decide which I like better. Which do you like?

Camera Clicks – Flower of the Day

This is another photo challenge by Cee.

This flower vine is called Blue Pea. A very nice lady gave me some pods when she gave me some clippings of a Coral Vine.

I planted 6 seeds and 4 sprouted right away. They really are the coolest because the flower actually forms the outer pod for the seeds. 

Camera Clicks – Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

I am participating in the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge and the topic with week is “Inspiration”.

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So let me introduce one of my favorite inspirations, my Aengus! No you are not seeing things; yes its a motorcycle!

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Riding is a special thing to me, in a nutshell, driving makes you put all that stuff you have rolling around your brain, aside for a while. You get to smell all the smells of nature, some good and some not so much LOL. But when we get home, I feel like my soul has had a thorough dusting.

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I enjoy riding a lot…so much so, that I have blogged about our Vacations on the Harleys for the last 2 years, see links below.

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s (Part 1)

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Louisville (Part 2)

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Ohio (Part3)

2018 Vacay with the Harley’s – Michigan, Georgia & Home

Our 2 ½ weeks on the Harley’s (Part 1)

Our 2 ½ weeks on the Harley’s (Part 2)

Our 2 ½ weeks on the Harley’s (Part3)

Our 2 ½ weeks on the Harley’s (Last but not least Home!)

 

Last Adventure of 2018

Well I’ve found another fun thing to do, can you imagine? If you’ve read my last post about Rose from “Titanic” you’ll understand that I have many interests.

So I’ve been a big fan of Ansel Adams, who is a famous photographer and for Christmas i received a pretty fancy camera. Pictures to follow…

But first, this is the first installment of this adventure which started early the friday morning after Christmas. We headed to the airport a bit later than origannally planned. We ended up taking a tour of long term parking (The Hubs was driving) only to end up in short term parking. 😁 Then we took the new tram from the parking area which took us to the right place. But we needed to check our bags which meant we needed to go down stairs (anxiety is starting to mount, we are not late but…), there was a Disney sized conga line so we hightailed it outside to curb service to check our bags. Of course this is where we realized we should have dropped our bags first lol before taking the tour of the airport parking areas. Lol so, we made it to our gate after getting gropped…flight takes off at 6am then we had a little layover and made our final destination by 1pm.

So we are in Western Michigan and there is snow on the ground. Suddenly i am a kid again, i havent seen snow since 1980…so we headed to a craftbrewery for some libations.  Now if you’ve followed my Harley Vacay posts you know this is the usual for us, but this is the first time we’ve come in winter. I am loving it! Even though this girl has about 8 layers on, which isnt fun when you have a hot flash! Let me tell you, having a hot flash while wearing this many layers gives you a real honest to God incite on a Turkey in a basting bag at Thanksgiving! 🤣🤣🤣

In a 3 day period i have taken over 500 pictures with my new camera and i am in Love with the Night Vision setting. Please let me know what you think, heck maybe you have some suggestions….I have a crochet project to work on now.

I hope you all have had a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to come❣

What does it mean to me?

Morning everyone! So i read a post that has been stuck in my brain for a few days.  It askes “what is your blog really about?” And “How much time did you spend on you About page?” (Here is the original post: https://wp.me/p5oeKw-4c )

So, i went back and read my “About” page. I think i did a pretty good job explaining why i started this blog and my interrests. But I’d like to add this visual, if you will.

Have you seen the “Titanic” movie? If so, you’ll know what i mean when i say, Rose and Jack inspired me. You see, in the movie Jack encourages Rose to “Do” all those things she is curious about. In the begining of the movie Rose is 100+ years old and the story is told by her. What i noticed was she DID all those things she and Jack talked about.

So back to this blog.  Of course i want this blog to be successful and if you read up on how to do that, most advice says to pick one subject. I tried that, but in short i just didnt like that.  I have many interrests, like Rose, and i want to talk about all of them. I did identify a particular interrest that not much is written about but that doesn’t get many readers. 

So what I’ve learned thus far is the common denominator in all my interrests is Me. My passion, experiences and thoughts. I love Books, riding my motorcycle, crocheting, our grandchildren, shopping and a host of other things.

I am totally open to suggestions and would love to hear your thoughts. 

Our Lovie

So our granddaughter is 3 weeks old❣ WHAT, an amazing journey, so far. We are all twisting in the wind over this little being. I have seen so many amazing transformations in all of us, its been, well AMAZING❣😁

I love coming up with nicknames for the kids in my life. I have a Mooshka, who has the mooshiest cheeks, a Lizzy because she was always sticking her tongue out, a Ms. Thing because she was always in to something, a Princess PJ because she rules mightily, a monkey because he is all boy and i could keep going….but Lovie, now that one just struck me. I made a few “lovies”  while we were waiting for her arrival. And as these last few weeks have flown by she became our little security blankie.  We are all just so attached to her already. 💞

If you can envision a human pyramid with this little one being on the top with all the rest of the family holding each other (and her) up, this kid has one hell of a posse!

We are so incredibly humbled that all of her family members on bothsides, not only get along but truly are her village. To help make her one of the next generations greatest citizens, whatever her path.

Our Lovie❣

Music CD Review by Dixie 

Keith Urbans newest album “Ripcord”

When was the last time you purchased music much less an actual CD?

I just bought this CD and not only is it fantastic, but I’d forgotten just how nice it is to pick what song you wanted to listen to. What a concept, right? I mean sure, you can buy the “premium” plan for any of the music apps these days. But buy the CD and pop it in, its a 1 time expense!

So i am out doing a little Christmas shopping and i end up in the electronics department. I remember I have someone on my list that wanted an actual CD so i started looking for that isle.  Have you tried finding that isle recently? I was stunned that it wasn’t an “isle” but rather a 6′ section of bargain buys, now that, hurt me. I am a HUGE lover of all kinds of music and this hurt me because I thought I’d be able to really “look” for what i wanted. But instead, i spent 15 mins rummaging around. I did get lucky because a fella and his preteen daughter where next to me, so we shared what we were looking for and don’t cha know the young eyes found what I was looking for purely by accident. lol

Then in the spirit of Christmas i found “Ripcord” and had to buy it for myself. So I have been listening to it in the car, you know thats the best place to jam out,  and i really really like the whole album. I really haven’t sung my heart out to any song in a long time. Oh sure,  I’ve hummed or sang a little chorus here and there.  When was the last time you sang at the top of your lungs like you were 5 singing the “I Love you, you love me” Barney song? lol

The first track “Gone Tomorrow” makes you want to learn the words,  which i am trying to do, so you can belt them out while cranking up the volume! The banjo intro mixed with some Pop is a bit different but I tell you, it’s really grown on me. Not only is the message absolutely worth listening to, but it really puts you in the spirit of the message. I will say, I would LOVE to hear an acoustic version of this. ❤❤❤

On the way to work this morning, I listened (and Sang!) to the first track 6 times! The next 2 tracks “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 & Wasted Time”, I rocked out to 2 times a piece. There is 13 songs on this albumn and NONE of them disappoint. I strongly urge you to check it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you like to read books then you’ll know what i mean when i say, “You need a copy of this” so you can touch it and look at it anytime the mood strikes you. ❤❤❤