Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Latest....

Very busy week. And continues....I hosted the Presbyterian Women's Luncheon for the 3rd year in a row this past Wednesday, It's a bring a salad luncheon, always decorated tables by a hostess, and a guest speaker.  We average around 75 women at these luncheons and it's always been a fun thing for me to do. I was asked to chair the luncheon 3 years ago when I wasn't even a member of the church. That immediately prompted me into becoming a member and its been and continues to be a loving and spiritually fed relationship. I've decided to not chair again next year, 3 years is enough. I give the opportunity to someone new.

Last weekend was my friend Marti's, 5K run brunch to raise money for Purdue University Cancer Research Center. She calls it her 5K because normally she would run or walk a 5K to raise money, but she opts for a more personal and more delicious way to raise money. In order to enjoy the delicious brunch she serves, we are asked to donate money toward this very worthy cause. In the last 6 years this group of women that attend and others who donate and cannot come to the brunch have donated $21,000.

I'm off to Michigan tomorrow morning to meet up with a photography friend of mine in Mackinaw City, MI.  Winnie and I met last summer in Chicago at the photography convention held each year in June. We immediately became friends and have since been on a photography trip together, photographing the Michigan Lighthouses last September. And now tomorrow we meet again for a few fun days of photography together. Winnie is from Michigan so she will be my tour guide to all the fab places to photograph. It's a bit cooler up there than its been here. This week has been warm, almost too warm, 91 on Tuesday, and now the 80's. Checking the forecast for the trip and what to pack, it's obvious I'm going to have to bundle up and not take my 2 piece, obviously it won't be needed. Forties and fifties with a possibility of rain, so keep your fingers crossed the weather won't stop our adventures.

We have had horrific winds the past couple/3 days. It seems to be dying down to normal, but man, it was whipping the trees to the point of breaking. Lots of dead limbs fell to the ground and I think my sweet clematis which had grown so well and was full of blooms, received one too many gusts and snapped. Now the top half is all wilted, full of buds, and the bottom half seems ok. But darn, just when they were beginning their blossom season. That's the thing about nature, it gives, but it also takes away.

I'm skipping bookclub tonight. First time I have done that in a long long time. I didn't have time to read the book and I'm still in need of packing for tomorrow. Shame on me, for not being better organized. Organize seems to be a foreign word in my vocabulary, something I just don't understand.

The porch is back in service again. A big thank-you to my son-in-law, Sam. I always tell him he's my fav, course he's the only one I have. Sam arrived early Monday morning, took my Christmas boxes (yes, I had stored them on the back porch) to the basement, removed all the porch furniture, then began the cleaning process. We were (notice I said we, I did a little) done by early afternoon. I also conned him into digging up a huge hosta and moving it to a new location, getting all my pots out of the garage and placing them in the appropriate spot, and helping me to set up my little gardening fence. I've enjoyed my coffee on the porch for the last 3 days. Love my porch.

Planting will begin after my trip to Michigan. Didn't want to put anything in the ground until I return so I can baby the newly planted. Hope your spring has sprung and that you are able to enjoy the newness that comes each year.

Until next time....


  1. Have fun in the Mitten - it will definitely be cooler up north! Thankfully the winds have died down & you won't have to battle them while driving.

  2. With so many photos from you gals going to Michigan it may have to be put on my travel agenda. Have a wonderful trip and I look forward to seeing your pictures and hear of your journey when you get back.

  3. Sounds like you've been a very busy lady and blessed to have so many friends! I adore your photography and look forward to your Michigan photos! Hope you have a wonderful time with perfect weather!

  4. I love the look of your porch which you have arranged so nicely with that striking red polka dot mug! Your clematis is breathtakingly beautiful and the colour just wonderful. So sad about the strong winds snapping it, but it will grow back and still be beautiful.

  5. Have a great time in Mackinac. That is a haul of a drive! We are on the east coast it was 99 in Rhode Island yesterday, too bloody hot! This weekend will be cooler here, and probably cold by the time I get home again. Yay for your porch, it is a lovely place.

  6. Your photography has blossomed into professionalism my friend!!! Gorgeous indeed! Hugs, Laurie

  7. Gotta LOVE that SIL . . .
    Porch days are the best . . .
    Next to having it cleaned and ready to Enjoy!

    Happy Mackinaw City visit with your friend . . .
    Enjoy photographing some gems . . .

    I like your friends 5k . . .

    Gloves and a scarf might be a good 'dea . . .

    Would love a tunic like yours in blues, whites . . . lovely.

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  9. I'm swooning over that red and green! Have a great time!

  10. Have a wonderful trip, Deanna!

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