Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We have been traveling!

It seems like forever since I posted anything on the blog.  We have been away for two full weeks and busy with wedding stuff, now I feel settled enough to get some documenting done.  

We traveled this month to Canada, mostly because of the current currency exchange, but also because they are such a bike friendly country.  We visited Montreal, then drove to Burlington, VA, then back to Canada to see Ottawa. 

This rainbow showed up from no where on our road trip from hell.
We started our journey on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 am sharp.  Well, that is when Dave said he would like to leave by, but true to form we left at 8:10, because we are always 10 mins behind schedule.  I should clarify, I am always 10 mins behind schedule.  We proceeded to drive to Montreal and can I say the ride from Hell ensued.  We were stuck on the 401 for 4 full hours, sometimes stopped but mostly traveling at a 10 mph speed.  It was grueling, Dave mentioned that if we had left on time maybe we wouldn't be can guess how that went over :) Canada was celebrating their 150 years of statehood and everyone wanted to travel to the Toronto for the fire works and festivities, I can't blame them.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What's up Wednesday!

Hi Everyone!  It's the last Wednesday of the month and that must mean it's time for What's Up Wednesday.  Each month these questions will be answered...just to give you some insight as to what we have been up to :)
1.  What we are eating this week consists of protein and vegetables for lunch and dinner and eggs or steel cut oats for breakfast.

Corn on the cob taken off the cob and placed in freezer for later use

We ended up making a Jello poke cake for a neighborhood party, Dave ate all of the leftovers!
2. What am I reminiscing about?  A year ago my little girl got engaged and now (in less than a month) she is getting married. 

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3.  I am loving the Kelsea Ballerini CD.  I checked it out of my public library and have listened to it 15 times already!  
4. We have been busy staying home and seeing our friends.  We saw the Mt. Clemens fireworks last Friday night and had a blast!  
5.  What am I dreading?  I really don't like to get dressed up, with that said, I am a bit panicky about being the "Mother of the Bride" and having to get all dolled up.  Makes me a little anxious.  
6. I am still working on a YouTube Channel discussing books I have read and other media.
7. So even though I am anxious about Olivia's wedding, I am also really looking forward to it.  It will be a beautiful celebration of their love. 
8. I just finished A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell.  Absolutely wonderful!!  I am writing my thoughts down so I can share them on the blog and the YouTube channel. 
Sandra Brown, Mean Streak
9. You already know what I am listening to, so I will jump to What I am wearing.  Jeans and comfy shirt.
10.  This weekend we have lots of local biking planned, probably a 40 mile trip on the Macomb-Orchard Trail.  Dinner with friends :)
11.  Lastly, I am looking forward to spending time with friends and relatives at Olivia's and Zach's wedding!

Many other bloggers are answering the same questions today.  You can check out their responses here.   Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Your kids SHOULD take advantage of the summer reading program the Public Library offers!

All public libraries offer a summer reading program and YOU should definitely get your kids or grand kids signed up.  The program works like this- the child reads for 15 mins. a day and records his time on a calendar provided by the library.  Each week the library offers a reward for the student for reading and recording their reading time. It's a win win for you and your child.  I remember when the girls were young and I would sit them down on the couch and instruct them to read.  I would also tell them that after reading we could go outside and play. I loved it because the house was quiet and both girls were entertained.  Olivia would end up falling asleep and Lauren and I would continue reading in silence-it was magical.  I have such fond memories of each of us looking at pictures books and reading chapter books.  One story that we read aloud was Beverly Clearly's Dear Mr. Henshaw, a book about a little boy who is writing letters to his favorite author.  This starts off as a class assignment, but when Mr Henshaw actually writes back, a friendship is forged and the letters become very personal.  This is such a lovely story about a young boy looking for guidance and friendship and he finds it in his favorite author.  Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Award in 1984.  You can never go wrong with a Newbery Award book- they are always books written for the young and always seem to contain a moral lesson. 

 More on the Newbery Award and a list of the book winners

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Mash-Up!

Such a good coffee and conversation spot
Photo of Rochester Mills Beer - Rochester, MI, United States. DUSTIN is showing his classy beard for November!
Dustin- one of our favorite bar masters!
Hello Friends!  Had another beautiful weekend here in Michigan.  Dave had Friday off so we started our day with a relaxing coffee before we headed off to the health spa to get a good workout in.  We had doctors appointments and bank matters to take care of in the afternoon, but in the evening we were able to have fun and meet up with our friends, Jim and Sandy.  We ended up meeting them for dinner and drinks at one of our favorites- The Rochester Mills Brewery.  We love their craft beer and we are never disappointed with their seasonal selections.  We both enjoyed the Porter and also loved their salmon with seasonal veggies!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Mash-Up!

We are experiencing a heat wave here in Michigan- temps up in the 90's.  I ran early today just to get it done before the heat started to rise.

This is what we were up to this weekend- 

On Friday, Dave brought home a pizza from this new place called MOD Pizza.  After working all week it was so nice just to relax, eat pizza, and have a glass of wine.  The concept of this new pizzeria is interesting.  They offer you 30 topping choices for your salad or pizza, all at the same price. Yup, no more cost if you get a plain ham pizza or a total decked out Hawaiian pizza.  The sauce was amazing and they had the best crust I have ever eaten on a pizza before.  I highly suggest you give them a try.  We ordered carry out, but next time we will have to enjoy the pizza in the dining space-they even have craft beer!  We had a race in the morning so we watched an episode of House of Cards and turned in early. 
Photo of MOD Pizza - Rochester Hills, MI, United States
Photo of MOD Pizza - Rochester Hills, MI, United States. My Caspian!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Asics Gel DS Trainer 22 Running Shoe Review

Happy Feet!
Asics Gel DS 22 Trainer shoe review. I purchased these running shoes a week ago at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids, MI. Gazelle has a great selection of shoes, expert help, and great service. Before I visited Gazelle, I had done some research on three different shoes.  I tried all three and put them thru their paces on Gazelle's in-store treadmill (which video taped my foot strike) and decided to purchase the Asics Gel DS 22 Trainer. My first 4 mile training run with them felt good. Today I ran a 5K race in them. The shoe was supportive (light stability), cushioned enough, and light weight (8 oz). I think they're best suited for tempo training and 10K or mid-distance races.

 The shoe retails for $120.00, Very satisfied so far- Dave.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another wonderful weekend!

Hi All!!  Just got back from Grand Rapids!  We left on Saturday morning so we could get to Olivia's bridal shower by noon.  I had to be dressed and ready to go and on time!  I am always late, Dave made sure I got there on time :)  The shower was wonderful!  Zach's aunts put on the shower and provided all of the homemade food.