Happy Independence Day!

The 4th of July has always been a favorite of mine…  Wonderful fireworks all around Northern Michigan!  But there’s more reasons that its a favorite.

Happy Boat Dogs

img_6635My favorite wine and a sunset on the water!img_6637Boat time with friends and familyimg_6644Dinner served boatside

img_6656Beautiful sunsetimg_6659My happy place… the captains chair on my pontooon!img_6662Patriotic Boaters

Beautiful skylines and warm nights!

img_6673Beautiful clean clear watersimg_6674Splashing through THE Sandbar… yes…  It’s the world famous Torch Lake Sand Bar.  This is where I grew up… and where I celebrate the freedom of our country every year.   img_6676

Enjoy every minute, and appreciate whats around!  Never take these things for granted.  It’s all great!

Happy Birthday America!

Weekend fun… transitions from winter to spring in Traverse City!

A lovely glass of Pinot Blanc with Lunch at McGee’s 72…

Check out the views and enjoy a glass at Marivinyards on Old Mission Peninsula.

Pose for a selfie at Peninsula Cellars, and have another glass of wine…

Visit The Oosterhouse’s Bonobo Winery and soak in the views…

And watch the icebergs float by on East Bay…

Life in Limbo… waiting to close!

So… this selling my house thing is a bit frustrating right now.  Closing was supposed to be last Friday.  But, Wednesday I was told that a domino effect was taking effect.  The people buying my home are in limbo as well.  Their buyers are causing the delay in closing with their finance underwriting.  All of this means…  everyone is packed and ready to move…

Three families, six frustrated real estate agents, and me… especially frustrated, because I had to cancel my movers, and delay all of my utility changeovers.  So I had to pull a rabbit out of my magic hat.  My driveway now has two enclosed trailers parked in it, that I have nearly single handedly packed (last night I broke down and borrowed muscle from a couple of great guys I know…).  All that is left in my house is my dog, and my mattress that I sleep on.   AND we all wait for the clear to close… again.

The home I am buying… the sellers have already moved out.  I’m sure they are frustrated as well.  But, I’m told things like this do happen.  It’s a little difficult to keep my eyes on the prize at this point… but I’m still holding firm.  Today just may be the day I go home after work to pick up and dog, and run away to my camper until it all goes down.

In the meantime, Daisy Mae needs a home…  lets get this show on the road!  🙂

Welcome to this thing I call my life… :)

I grew up in idealistic small town America, aka Elk Rapids, Michigan.  This place is known for its beautiful Caribbean blue water lakes, friendly neighborhoods, and educational excellence (maybe I’m just a little biased on those opinions… ).  My best friends still live there, just as I live close to the area.  The cold gloomy winters drive me crazy, but the rest of the seasons are simply amazing!  The friends from here who have moved away, all come back in the best of seasons for visits.  We all gather in town for fun and laughter…  these are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.

Of course, there are other parts of my life that are great too…  and I assure you throughout this blog process, I will definitely write about them… and post pictures!  I love taking pictures, so be on the lookout for some fun photo’s!  I’ve become addicted to travel and learning as much about the places I go as I can.  This years adventures include Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Greenville, NC, and of course, the Southern Tier of New York, where my family business has a remote office.  Of course, in the winter season, I may have to slip in a week or two of the glorious sunshine in the Southwest Florida region as well!

Is my life perfect?  Absolutely not… and on occasion, I may be inclined to write about those imperfections.  Just a heads up…  I occasionally suffer from situational depression and general anxiety.  I have my coping mechanisms, which usually consist of the “grab life head on and shake it as hard as you can” method.  Sometimes I piss people off… sometimes people piss me off… It’s life!  All you can do is be the best person you can be the next day when you wake up.