What a great show the moon put on last night!
Nature in my back yard.
OK… here it goes. I’ve been a little quiet lately on this blog thing. The news… no the world seems to have gone crazy lately!
First off, there are 7000 Guatemalan’s heading for our border through Mexico, to enter our country illegally (NOT LEGALLY). The Mexican government is giving them no aid, HOWEVER, they are letting them march through the country on their way to the United States. The goodhearted Mexican citizens are aiding them with food, water and shelter. Why would anyone pack up their children with no plan to march over 1000+ miles to escape their homeland? I do understand its a 3rd World impoverished country with a corrupt out of control government. Imagine if the United States became what these 3rd World Country’s are. Where would we pack up and march off too, and would we risk the health and lives of our families to do it? The smart ones are now turning back. On the good side, the whole thing brings to light the wrongs in their country, and now perhaps something can be done to their benefit if they choose to stay in their homeland, or maybe they can apply to enter the United States in a legal manner. It just seems to me like this whole situation was set up as one big passive aggressive bully tactic.
Oh wait… but in the United States its quickly becoming pretty scary… if we disagree with one party, bombs show up in our mailboxes; people get shot at while trying to participate in a bi-partisan baseball game. Men (and women) use their power to get away with sexual assault and rape, in some cases. Some loose their jobs, some don’t… Lives get destroyed in the process running for public office; Female Journalists get fired for commenting on “blackface”, while other Male Journalists dress up as women for Halloween with no repercussions. Why does this make me shake my head? I have no desire to promote racism, or sexism in any way. But it’s a slippery slope once you put these two situations side by side.
Mentally ill people are walking into school buildings and mass shooting children, and complaining that they were bullied in the process. Some adults even reinforce their actions, blaming the children who were shot at for being bullies. Our schools have become locked down safety houses during the day. Unfortunately, we need the security, along with the mental health programs to deal with the PTSD that occurs along with these events. When did our country become this?
Wanting to be the opposite sex has become surgically possible and accepted, and in many cases, even covered by insurance, when cancer survivors, and diabetics risk being denied coverage just for getting a disease they never wanted in the first place. Sorry folks, just my opinion… if you want to be the opposite sex, and you can afford the surgery, more power to you. I’ll be the first to give you a big ol’ happy hug in celebration. If the majority of middle America lives paycheck to paycheck, how can we afford to make this our priority?
So, soon we get to vote. Here’s my take on what how I am voting: Humanity… yes, we need humanity more desperately than we ever have. We also need common sense. Parents need to be involved in raising their children, just like when we were kids. We need to watch out for our senior citizen’s that worked so hard all of their lives. We need educational programs on all levels, including skilled trades, or we will become a nation of outsourcer’s, with no good jobs available. We need those jobs to have good quality affordable health insurance, so we can depend on quality healthcare options. We need representatives that can work together and listen to opposing opinions and perhaps even agree now and then to come up with great solutions. We need reasonable humane and LEGAL solutions to immigration into our country in order to protect our National Security.
Lastly, we all need to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and pull our own weight. Turn off the news for a day or so, so you don’t get pulled into the drama of Washington DC., and get out there and vote! If you don’t vote… don’t complain! Don’t bother sending me any bombs if you don’t agree with me either. More than likely, my ticket will be split where I see fit.
Now that I have all that off of my chest… I may be able to get some sleep tonight, without turning on the news!
October 24, 2018 Picture of the day!
Cheers to the bridge walkers through out Michigan today… Whether it’s the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, or the Aarwood Bridge… It’s been a great day! Photo credit:. Becky Shepherd… September 3, 2018. Aarwood Bridge, Rapid City, Michigan.
Ugh… it happened this weekend. I got that feeling… that rainy day, cooler temperatures, stay at home and watch movies and do laundry all day feeling! Fall is sneaking up on me. I know its right around the corner, because it keeps reminding me in the most obvious ways.
Leaves are turning colors… it’s raining more often than it has in the past month… the outside temperatures are slowing falling. I need a sweatshirt when I sit outside at the campground. So now I have to admit it! I love the fall colors. I love sweater weather (but I love summertime more). I love staying home and feeling cozy, padding around in my kitchen creating warm delicious dishes in my crock pot.
So guess what… I’ve decided that I’m going to enjoy this weekend of summer weather, and then focus on the beauty of Autumn in Northern Michigan.
Things to do in Northern Michigan during Autumn…
- Winery/Brewery tour. Anywhere you go in Northern Michigan, there’s a wide selection of craft brews and spirits. Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau County, and The Chain of Lakes region from Elk Rapids through Bellaire are wonderful areas to taste your favorites AND enjoy some of the most incredible views of the fall colors.
- Don’t put that boat away just yet! Color tours via water are amazing. One of my favorite fall cruises is from Torch River through the Chain of Lakes into the Intermediate River to visit the quaint town of Bellaire. Colors generally peak the first two weeks of October, and USUALLY the weather is good enough to throw on a light jacket for the day trip. The trip is an annual favorite for locals too!
- Visit some “Foodie Towns”… Traverse City has tons of restaurants of all cuisine’s… it’s becoming a good place to visit for a variety of dining experiences. But I do have a few favorites outside of T.C. A few of my favorite towns that are just a short drive from Traverse City, are Glen Arbor, Elk Rapids, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Northport, Leland, and Petoskey, just to name a few. If you get out an explore these towns you will find great dining options like, Art’s Tavern, Pearl’s New Orlean’s Kitchen, Stafford’s Weathervane, Cafe’ Sante, Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, and the Cove.
- Get out and enjoy outside… Yes… there I said it! We all need that fresh air and exercise. We have bike/walking/hiking trails everywhere in Northern Michigan. Personally, I can’t wait until the TART (Traverse Area Recreational Trail) trail extends towards Elk Rapids!
- Camping… there are so many great places to camp around here! There’s nothing like a great campfire and roasting s’mores. It’s not just for summertime, afterall. Timber Ridge Campground in Traverse City offers year round sites and cabins. My summer experience at Torch Grove Campground in the Torch Lake area this summer has lead me to make some new wonderful friendships that made my summer the best, so why not keep on camping until the snow flakes fall? Check out some of the best campgrounds in the area at https://mynorth.com/2017/07/10-best-northern-michigan-campgrounds/.
So, don’t just hibernate until next spring… get out there and enjoy our beautiful spot in this world! Enjoy those vibrant colors…