Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dreaming of...

Ah! How can one dream of Christmas when this is just the second heat wave {a tiny one at that} which was really only considered a "turn on the air" time because of the HIGH humidity. We really have been blessed here with a very comfortable summer. My only disappointment is that it went way too fast with not one trip to the beach. For us to get to a good beach is only 3 hours away, in Michigan~ my shoreline of choice! If you have never been to the shoreline of Michigan on it's west coastline... please plan on one! Petoskey, Harbor Springs... Mackinac Island... all the way south to the Indiana boarder.

The Michigan shoreline holds a delicious secret! It has nestled into its rolling hills a fruit belt that is highly respected. Think strawberries, raspberries, cherries, BLUEBERRIES and apples to name some. South Haven even has a Blueberry Festival with Travers City hosting the Cherry Festival. Each of these festivals have their schedule up for next summer's fun. But wait, summer is not over yet, so get to the beach everyone and you can still enjoy the fruit all fall (oh the fall color in Michigan is beautiful!) stop by American Spoon Shops or get one of their catalogs (catalogs are my favorite, they use artists for the art work) or shop on line.
Lake Michigan is definitely a place where I draw inspiration and energy. The waves nicely meeting the shoreline with the perfect "crash" sound, the dunes, the sand the seagulls and the joyful sound of families making memories!

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This photo subject is one of my inspirations I have around my home... Christmas is never far from my dreams... stay tuned :)

Cheers to you all for a wonderful start to the school year and to wonderful celebrations to finish off the summer.

Hugs,
Mary

8 comments:

Sugar Bear said...

For the first time in my life I can honestly say I am looking forward to the end of summer. Out here on the east coast the first half was all rain and now it is humid and ick! Bring on fall!
Karla

tales from an oc cottage said...

I am always looking forward to Christmas!

m ^..^

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

Enjoy the rest of Summer.
As you say before we know it, Christmas will be here.

Hugs
Carolyn

Kathleen Grace said...

We are in SE Michigan, but we have made the trip west and it is so beautiful! Christmas? nononononoooo! That means winter and I am just not ready!

Susiebelle said...

Mary~I am a native Michiganian, and while I love my mountains, and my desert, I truly love nothing more than Michigan in the fall! Well...maybe Christmas! <3
~Jane

Shanae said...

I'm dreaming about Christmas too... the Christmas craft magazines are starting to come out!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

We can't even think about Christmas yet!!!!...or going back to school in about 10 days...Yikes!!! Can we live an eternal summer???

Merci-Notes said...

Ok Ladies!!!
What a lovely conversation you all have had with one anther at the comment forum!!!
I am jumping for joy :) :)

Susiebelle,
Fall is coming :)

Hugs,
Mary