Thursday, June 15, 2017

Recipe for a Perfect Weekend

Take six friends and a big, happy dog.

(photo selfie by Mike Smith, reimagined by Judy Winter)
Add bright sun, more than a dash of wind and a great big lake. (Or, a big GREAT Lake!)

Combine one lakeside town that was new ingredient for most of the gang.

Mix in lighthouses and seagulls.

Add one harvest moon.

Stir in one campfire...

... and bake over loads of embers with a beautiful glow.

In a separate bowl mix sunsets.

One at a time.

Season with a beach walk with beautiful views and sparkling blue water.

Oh, add another for good measure! You can't have too many beach walks! Even if they are slow gentle ones! (Sometimes, that's the best kind!)

(photo: Michael Smith)
Let the mixture rest while you take a nap in a wicker chair on a shaded front porch...

...or paint a ladybug...

...go antique shopping...

...or grab an ice cream!

Add a little musical soundtrack. Classical guitar is an option!

And to add a little spice to it all, include a little drama. Try a pinch of renegade bees...

...or a small mechanical issue. (OK, so I left the oil cap off when I added some, drove three hours and it sort of blew up all over the car. And that's never a good thing. Don't do it.)

But we got it cleaned out. There's always a mess somewhere.

But donuts help.

Add lots of smiles (and a selfie or two)...

...and plenty of cameras.

And a dash of relaxation on a quiet Sunday morning.

Garnish with flowers.

Taste for final approval.

And there you have it!

A recipe for perfect weekend with friends!

And dogs.

Life is very good indeed!

Sharing with Pink Saturday!


  1. Taking a gardening break and just love this post. Looks like a fun weekend with lots of summer good times. :) I am still waiting for the fire pit and a boat ride but I think it will be soon. The smiles make it though. Good friends, and of course a dog to complete the fun! Thank for sharing. I enjoyed this. Hugs-Erika

    Oh and yes, you mentioned some familiar looking paper in one of my recent posts, and you are correct. really enjoying that stash of cool papers. :)

  2. What a wonderful, wonderful time you had, the photos all look so gorgeous, and you all look really happy. Hugs, Valerie

  3. It looks like a good time was had by all.

  4. Jeanie, that certainly does sound like a sweet weekend spent with friends. Your pictures tell the story perfectly. That sunset is glorious, and I've never seen a taller light house before. Oh, I want one of those doughnuts. I know I've told you this before, but your pictures are simply wonderful.


  5. Oh my! You packed a lot into your time with friends. Love all of those happy smiles...well, except for those sleeping! heehee! Hugs!

  6. Nothing beats time with friends. This was a fun post to read.

  7. Oh, my gosh. I wish I'd been there. Looks like you all had a great time. Donuts make everything better. It's a law.

  8. Jeanie what beautiful photos. You are absolutely beaming with joy. I am glad to see that you had such a lovely weekend.

  9. Jeanie, what a perfect weekend. your photo's were wonderful, great terrific friends. What could be more perfect. Sounds like all of you had a great time.

    Love the sunset, you really captured it. Thanks for sharing your amazing weekend with us.


  10. looks like a glorious time was had by all! how fun!

  11. I not only loved the photos, I enjoyed the way you mixed them with your descriptions and your flair for words. It made me feel like I was right there with you, also on those walks, at the beach, enjoying the wonderful food, and taking in the sights and sounds only you could describe. Your photos were fantastic and your words painted a picture of a perfect weekend.

  12. This was a great post, Jeanie! Was that your first campfire of the year? Everyone looks like fun. Why is your poor friend on crutches? -Jenn

  13. Now, that looks like wonderful fun. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  14. Loved seeing your Ludington weekend with friends . . .
    You tell it perfectly with photo and one line . . .
    Or was it one line and photo . . .
    Must check . . .
    (One line and then photo . . . CHECKED.)
    Looked like a perfect weekend . . .
    Wonderful summertime post!
    Having a great time on a Great Lake!

  15. "You can't have too many beach walks!" Oh, I love that, Jeanie! That could have been the title for your post too! This is such a good recipe--the BEST--treats at every turn! I'm all teary eyed, and this should be what every weekend feels like. The smiles... :) Hope your friend on crutches will soon be standing tall again...but what a trooper! Oh, this was a feast for us all--thank you! ((HUGS))

  16. Summer means FUN for all aged-kids, even those on crutches. Laughter, music, light by day and fire by night, it's what dreams are made of. WOO, someone's having FUN!

  17. That sounds like a very good recipe for a great weekend indeed, Jeanie. It looks like you all had a lot of fun and enjoyed each others company and the activities. Beach walks, antiquing, ice cream and donuts ... I'm all in.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo Julia

  18. Well this was fun , looks like a good time was had by all ( other than a little oil under the hood) lol . That moon photo was just gorgeous !

  19. Now that sounds like a perfect weekend to me... Glad you had such a wonderful time!

    Although, you could have probably done without the oil thing happening...

  20. Looks like you had a marvelous time, yay!
    So happy for you. Good friends and fun times are the best.

  21. Oh my....looks like you had a great day. Beautiful and lots of fun.

  22. This sounds absolutely lovely. It's a weekend I guess everybody would like to spend every now and then. Weekends with friends are certainly some of the best kind!

  23. What a joy-filled post, darling Jeanie, you've truly lifted up my spirits with all the cheerfulness you've shared, my heart is filled to overflowing, thank you, sweet friend !

    Wishing you a most beautiful end of your week
    I'm sending blessings across the many miles

    XOXO Dany

  24. Sounds good to me :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to find you. I've looked around and this is definitely my kind of place, can't wait to come back.

  25. With ingredients like these, it's a great dish no matter how you cook it! Thanks for the delicious post, Jeanie. :)

  26. Hi Sweetie Pooh! Oh, yes, I want this recipe! What a lovely time you must have had! Hope you're doing well but I can tell by your smile you are!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. Girl.... You live such a happy life! :-) I love seeing your photos, they make me happy~

  28. Hi Jeanie,
    I am now a follower of your blog. Thank you for your visits to mine! What a lovely recipe of friends spending leisure time together. A celebration of being happy, yes? Rita

  29. What a perfect weekend. I would cherish a weekend such as this. I am looking forward to leaving tomorrow afternoon for a couple days with girl friends. Can't wait for sunshine and friendship and laziness.

  30. This looks like the perfect getaway! Where were you guys? Look ideallic! Bummer about the oil cap - sounds like something I could have done as I can be a bit scatter brained!! Being away with friends in a beautiful location sounds just perfect!

  31. Cute post Jeanie! Your recipe is perfect!!

  32. Jeanie, Any port along Lake Michigan with friends, makes for a wonderful time. I really enjoyed reading this and I can't wait until my BFF and her husband come to visit us in August. It's been awhile since we've been to Ludington, but at one time I know they had tons of antique shops!

  33. I would say that you all had a wonderful time. It is great to get together with good friends and make great memories.

  34. Jeanie, what a beautiful weekend with friends. I love that you love life and enjoy it to the fullest! Donuts always help!

  35. What a lovely weekend! Donuts and dogs are definitely a key to success. Here's hoping you have many more perfect weekends this summer!

  36. Jeanie, everything looks wonderful. You all must have had the best time. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for making Pink Saturday special.

    This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one with the most clicks".♥


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