Thursday, February 27, 2014

Frozen Lake Michigan

 We recently went up to the cottage in Northern Michigan to see what a 100 inches of snow looked like and to see the very frozen Lake Michigan. This winter the Great Lakes are 90 percent frozen for the first time in over 50 years. It seemed so strange to see the lake that hosts so many summer activities frozen for miles and miles. People are walking out on the lake near the Charlevoix lighthouse.

In the summer a ferry boat runs 26 miles out to Beaver Island to deliver people, supplies and mail. This winter they been running snowmobiles all the way out there for mail delivery. Hard to imagine the lake is frozen that far out.

Looking out from the beach. 

This is the same view at sunset in the summer.

We drove down to a spot along Lake Michigan to see if we could get a better view of the lake. We hiked down this long road to get to the lake. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out but it was only 10 degrees, as they say up north it was a little "fresh" outside!

This was the view we were greeted with snow, ice and frozen water as far as you could see. You can see the people walking out on the lake. Once we got down there we realized those folks were friends of ours so they helped us with a few photos.

If you read our blog on a regular basis you might have noticed we rarely post pictures of ourselves. I've made an exception here, I feel like I am in my winter disguise! My hubby and I are standing in front of frozen waves.

The frozen waves.

I'm standing in front of an ice tunnel that was formed from the motion of the waves. In some sections of Lake Michigan the waves have created ice caves.

More frozen waves.

Michigan truly is the Winter Wonderland! We feel like we may have seen a once in a lifetime event created by mother nature.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vintage Valentines and a Before and After

I love the little vintage Valentines they have such a sweetness to them. I can't resist the cards when I run across them at vintage stores. I have some of my collection displayed in a holder that I found at a thrift shop and made over.

I found this at a thrift shop for $3.00, it is not old but a vintage style. Notice the ugly tan knobs on the right, half of them were missing so a picked off the rest. A little bit of white paint and I have a whole new look!
Before and After

So sweet, I like the dark haired children, they remind me of my daughter.

I'm sending out my own Valentines. I love the new Valentine's Day stamps the post office is offering.

Are you sending out Valentine cards this week? Do you save the cards that you receive? At one point I had carefully saved most of the cards I had received but stored them in the basement. We had a mouse that found my cards a wonderful meal, needless to say they had to go. I was not happy! I'm now storing my favorite cards in a safer place.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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