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Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." (Colossians 3:15a NIV)
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Little Black Dog.....................


THE LITTLE BLACK DOG

by Elizabeth Gardner Reynolds

I wonder if Christ had a little black dog,
All curly and wooly like mine:
With two long silky ears and a nose, round and wet,
And two eyes, brown and tender, that shine.
I am sure, if He had, that that little black dog
Knew, right from the first, He was God;
That he needed no proof that Christ was divine,
And just worshipped the ground where he trod.
I'm afraid that He hadn't, because I have read
How he prayed in the garden, alone;
For all of His friends and disciples had fled
Even Peter, the one called a stone.
And, oh, I am sure that the little black dog,
With a heart so tender and warm,
Would never have left him to suffer alone,
But, creeping right under his arm,
Would have licked the dear fingers, in agony clasped,
And, counting all favors but loss,
When they took him away, would have trotted behind
And Followed Him quite to the Cross.


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My little Faithful doggies. We have always had poodles and I have loved them all. So Thank you Poppett, Charlie (not shown) and Bonnie, Buttons, Bambi, Bridget, Bodi, Bijou, Bella and Brea for your devotion and all encompassing love.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Saturday up north...........

On Saturday it was a beautiful day. Probably one of the few left. So at 10am Gerry, Tristen and myself went and picked up Reina. Laura had to work so we were watching her for the day. Once she heard we were going to East Jordan she got all excited and wanted to go back to Raven's Hill. So we set out with a few stops in mind. First off was Guntzviller's Taxidermy and Museum. There is a shop selling touristy things and furs (yeuk) and moccassins etc. I would not normally go to such a place but they do have an interesting museum. It covers all North American (Michigan) wildlife and also Native American items. Big displays of arrow heads etc. Worth the stop. I had to laugh though because the lady was standing in for the owners and didn't know how to open the cash register so that saved me some money.
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They enjoyed it but it didn't really hold their attention for very long.
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So we moved on. The next stop was at the Twisted Fish Gallery. That stop was for me. They have a sculpure garden and art galleries. Lots of things to buy for the garden. Tristen was having a rather naughty episode resulting in a cuff from me and he had to sit in the car howling while Reina and I went and looked at the art. She enjoyed it and didn't have to be told not to touch. Tristen has his fits or temper or whatever but he does get over it quickly.
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In summer the gardens themselves are worth stopping for and the sculptures are all for sale.
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The next stop was Elk Rapids, let them loose at the park and I went off to take pictures. They loved that.
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After we had wandered around and the kids had worked off some energy and were hungry, the next stop was Friske orchards. There I bought us some awesome pizza and a donut for after. They were doing orchard tours. I had concidered that but we had a mission. I was not sure I could find Ravens Hill again.
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We didn't linger too long, the had a look at the goats and did the usual fun things they enjoy there and we were off headed to East Jordan. We stopped at the Glass Blowing studio. I bought a lovely white pumpkin.
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This time around Tristen was very interested. Last time it was "boring". Then again, last time was mid July and stifling in there. This time it was pleasant and he really got into watching and asking questions.
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I even had the sense to ask directions to Raven's Hill..........and we made it there with no trouble. This was the highlight of their day. We saw a few things we missed last time. We went to the main house first and Tristen got going on the drums, all of the drums, very loudly. We were waiting to go into the animal exhibit.
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Reina was still not into the snakes. The spider stayed in his cage
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The school house is popular and this time we found the tree house. I don't know how we missed it.
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We did go so I could take pictures of the colours, I had expected it closer to peak than it was, but it was pretty.
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They wanted to know if they were real dinasaur bones
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Gerry took a few pictures. "Stand under the tree he said" it was facing the sun, so he didn't know why the kids could not pose haha.
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Well it was a great day out and fun was had by all. Tristens first bad mood was gone and he enjoyed the rest of his day.
It was a quiet trip home
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Entertaining Tristen........................

I know that chances are we will not see Tristen grow up. You never know, it is possible and I hope that we do. Even so we will be old when he is in his teens. I am 68 now and he is 5. So do the math. My intent is to do as much with him now as I possibly can. I want to build memories for him, I want him to have the best childhood that I can possibly give him. Finances are not good so it wont be a question of spoiling him in that way. No........I believe time well spent is what he should remember. No guarantees because I have no idea what sort of person he will become. At this point in time both Gerry and myself are in pretty good health. I hope that continues but I don't intend wasting any time.
So.........Last Tuesday Laura Herman, his aunt, and myself went to the Dennos museum here in Traverse City. Laura has been on the weekend and saw that they had a quilt display as well as work from one of my favourite local photographers. As well as that was a childrens exhibit that she thought Tristen would like.
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There is a lot of interactive pieces there, he liked the bed of nails
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He loved this computer screen that would change the image to crazy images.......he made me have a go and got a kick out of me making a fool of myself. Sorry no pictures.
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He also enjoyed the mirrors.
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He loved the musical parts and we had a band going he had us all play an instrument and oh boy what a noise we made to his delight.
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All noise makers
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He wanted to know why someone killed the bear. I could not answer that.
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The next place we went to was the Childrens Museum. On Thursday it was raining and Gerry was home so we decided to take the opportunity and go see what it was like. I had intended to do that for awhile. Tristen had been there before. He was excited. He was running around like a Banchee in the wind. He was the noisiest kid there and didn't know what to do first.
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Pull ya sleeves up Tristen........he had his fingers in everything. I had to have him sit for a few mins to calm down. He actually got into the little boat and was fishing, another smaller child joined him and it seems they buddied up. Tristen made him first mate.
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They moved to the larger boat and had a great time in that.
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There were other things there that he took a look at but he was most interested in the boat. He loved playing with the other little boy and was very reluctant to go home. At least now we can get out of places without the screaming and tantrums like you do with a 2 year old ....phew!!! He really didn't want to leave. I guess that was a hit so we will have to go back.
Anyway all for now. This has been a good year for finding new things to do. Now to line things up for the winter. That wont be so easy for me.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hiking weekend...................

On Saturday Gerry, Tristen, Reina and myself went out for the day. Laura had to work. It was such a lovely day, sunny and cool, but warm when walking. So I have wanted to check out the trail that goes up "The Whaleback" The Whaleback is a forested hill that lays near Leland. From a distance the hill looks like, well, a whaleback. It is said there is a nice view from up there and we like the woods.............so off we went.
This is a picture of the Whaleback from the website where I found the Leelanau concervancy web site (anna-pentuik)
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So we began.
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It was not a difficult hike, but the trail had loads of tree roots and Tristen would not slow down and tripped.
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They found lots to explore as they usually do in the woods.Fairy houses and marks made by animals
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A nice lady offered to take our picture at the top
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we had a full day. After the hike we went to Northport and had our picnic.
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We wandered around a little but there was an art/craft show going on and they close some of the roads making getting around a bit difficult. So we went off to Peterson Park. The kids stayed in the playground
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Gerry stayed with them while I went down to the beach and had a good half hour or more alone. It was bliss.
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I found Petoskey stones
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The next shot is looking down on the beach
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Bout kilt me on the way back up with my hoard of stones. Phew!!!
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After the hike earlier the steps from the beach (easy going down) did me in. Got a picture of the kids in the tree that our kids climbed and the grandkids climbed before them. Tristens mum climbed it so I wanted a picture of him where she once was
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We finished off that day by going to the Native American Museum. I had wanted to go for a long time but could never find it. When we were at the Pow Wow I asked so it was easy to find.

Sunday Laura had the day off and called to see if we wanted to do anything. Well it was a nice day so yes of course. Reina had had fun the day before and wanted to go again. So off we went. Gerry stayed home. One hike was enough for him.
We decided on going to The Alligator. We had wanted to do that all summer. As we were going by we stopped at Gallaghers, got some veggies, apples and blackberries. Donuts for the kids and Laura none for me..............
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The Alligator is named so because the shape of the hill looks like an Alligator.
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At the trail head are some kilns left over from days gone by.
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As always the kids had fun in the woods. The trail was long, very long, or seemed that it was. We saw a few critters here and there and I will cover that in another blog. There were a few people about, being such a nice day people wanted to be outside.
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We finally got to the top and this was the view. There was a couple who had put up a hamock. I think they had probably hoped for a quiet afternoon with their dogs.
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We didn't want to disturb them but had not gone all that way for nothing. The view was worth it
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We had intended to go to another look out but it would have been about 2 miles round trip and the kids were whooped. So we started back down.
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There was a meadow right in the middle of the forest, they explored that. Funny how kids are like puppies they travel twice as far as we do by running back and forth.
We finally got back down and were glad we didnt attempt the other trail. It was a long walk after going the day before as well.
So what next. We didnt want to go home just yet so we set off for Port Oneida. We took a different road on a whim. I had been along it many years ago and long forgotten where it went. We took a side road and found a beach. It was beautiful. One couple sitting there so we went up the other end and spent a good hour looking for stones and beach glass. Very rare these days due to all stuff being in plastic or cans. We didn't want to leave.
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The sun had began to go down and we knew we would be late home so now to find a place to eat. We did. We got home just after 8pm and it was dark by then. Straight to bed for Tristen and I was whooped.
I didn't want to make this a really long post so I gave some links to the places we stopped if you want to read up on these beautiful places, I am so thankful for living in such a beautiful place.