Sunday, August 24, 2014

VACATION! Gettin away from it all......

VACATION
Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure.

Yep this year we took a vacation.....rest and leisure....
we loaded the boat
threw Marley in the truck
headed for the UP  "Yooper land"










The 3 bears showed up at the restaurant for my birthday supper!






 
We stayed in Bergland  Bay
at
AJ's Walleye Resort
Lake Gogebic 
the UP's largest inland lake

 
 
 Mike fished 


 Marley napped......
and
played ball



 
We then moved Eastward to
Coleman's Resort
on Lake AuTrain
 
a five minute drive to Lake Superior
 


 
more fishing and lots of nature greeted us there
 
A bald eagle calls the lake his home.....you could hear his screeching all day
 




I was kept busy making hummer food......what a joy to sit and watch
 
 

Mama turkey feels right at home parading her brood through the yard and hanging out sunbathing....
 
 
 
Marley and I did beg a boat ride....
I loved the colors of the water
 and
the flora growing under the surface
 

 
 


 

time flies so fast......




there were signs that autumn is upon us...

my favorite August snack
oh the trips we had in the Colorado Mts gathering these beauties


 
 
Kodah says
ya all come back!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fall Weather....in JULY!

 
 
 
Here in Iowa we have been enjoying "Fall"
with lows in the 40's at night
the windows are open
it's been a sleepers delight....
according to the weatherman
all must come to an end...
the humidity is back
the temperatures will be back to normal
so we are enjoying our last day.
the flower beds are busy blooming...

 
I added a few more flowers and junk too!


 
the daisy's are all blooming.....
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 




Lantana




Petunia's




Geranium's






I have lots of Lilies .....so many yet to bloom
 


 
 





 
I thought it was interesting how the petals of this one folded back so much
 
 
I found a new color of cone flower
this one has a peachy bloom that turns more pink as it ages
 
 
 
I am even growing color coordinated mushrooms......
 
 
 
Phlox an old time favorite
 
 
 
 
New for me this year   Hen and Chicks

 
I love coral bells and have many varieties of them
They are a favorite of the hummers too
 
 
 
 
I always leave some milkweed for the Monarch's
first come all the little bugs
the Monarch was fluttering around the plant last night

 
 
 
Marley says thanks for stopping but we really need to play ball now.....
 
 
 
 
 
 I just have to add this one.....even after dark the gardens are beautiful