Thursday, July 18, 2019

Postcards from the Lake: Good Days

Lake time continues with more good days. More sunshine than shadows, but the shadows are lovely!


Rick got in his first major ride of the season on a real road (versus a trail) with big hills.


Let's just say I'd rather he didn't, but there's no way I could stop him. He has to ride.


This ride is about 60 miles. He packed a little lunch -- cheese, nuts, fruit and some shortbread -- for the park where he'll stop before turning back.


Here's a sight you don't see everyday -- an ice cream truck. I could hear it coming down the street.


And here's a sight I DO see everyday. This girl is loads of company!


Friends Kate and Mike stopped by for lunch on the way home from a friend's further north.


The good news was that Rick could stay a little longer during the week than usual which was a treat (scrabble and rummy games and good barbecued dinners). He also did yeoman's work around the cottage and I was of practically zero help. Can you say "grateful"? I am.


 I was also luckier at the farmer's market today than I was last week. Not only these beauties...


 But some very sweet, late strawberries, too. There's a whole lotta fruit-eating going on up here!


The bad is that I have been somewhat sidelined with a nasty ear infection (or something) that makes my head swim and ache. Hopefully I can see my doc when I get home next week. Still, I've enjoyed some walks, the water, the beautiful (mostly weather. And the evenings have been lovely.


But there are signs all good summers will come to an end.


I'm not ready.

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44 comments:

William Kendall said...

It sounds like an ear infection... could it be vertigo?

The cat does make for good company, and good shadows. Is she Batman?

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Sorry to hear that you are suffering a little, Jeanie. As for Rick's ride, I am sure there is some hard-wired gene in there that is compelling him to do it. I need the trim around my garage doors painted - maybe he can ride up here and do that! All in all, it seems that life at the cottage is quite idyllic. One day, I have to beat the pants off you at Scrabble!

natalia20041989 said...

I love going to the farmwrs market, cherries looks yum☺

My name is Erika. said...

We have cherries and strawberries here too. YUMMY! So sorry to hear about your ear. That can really take the fun out of a day for sure. But it still sounds like you have made the best of it, and gotten Rick to do some needed chores too. (smile). I am impressed with 60 miles. He is quite the rider. Hope you feel well enough to enjoy the rest of the week. Hugs-Erika

Linda said...

I get your hesitancy in regards to the ride. I would feel the same way.

Go Rick for staying in shape and doing what he loves.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Swimmer's ear? Yup, go to emerg. or a clinic or something and get it looked at so you can enjoy the rest of your time there. Oh, those cherries!! Looks like Rick will be fine, he has his banana phone if he runs into trouble! -Jenn

bobbie said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Valerie-Jael said...

Glad you are enjoying your time at the lake. Hope Rick stays safe on his bike. The fruit looks gorgeous, it's my fave food just now. Stocked up with blueberries and gooseberries today. Hope your ear is soon better. Hugs, Valerie

NanaDiana said...

I am not ready yet, either! Not nearly ready to be winding down summer and, yet, for us- it is half over at this point.

Love all the cottage photos and glad hubby could get his ride in on a 'real road'.

Hope the ear problem is nothing serious-but how miserable to have that happen. xo Diana

Miss Val's Creations said...

Cute cat shadow. Her eyes have such gorgeous color. Congrats to Rick being able to get back out there! The fruit looks amazing!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Hope you feel better soon. Eat some strawberries and relax. Thanks for the great photos. Have a happy weekend!

Sami said...

That's quite a big ride for Rick.
I love cherries and strawberries, we have them at the supermarket right now, the cherries are from the States and very expensive!
We get ice-cream trucks here on weekends.
Hope you feel better from your ear problem soon Jeanie, take care :)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie, lake living looks lovely. I bet Rick is glad to be back on his bike, but I would worry too. One good thing that is probably a lot of what is keeping him young and active plus all that lovely fruit.. I like your pretty little companion..Happy Summer..xxoJudy

Susan Kane said...

The fruit looks so wonderful. I could consume those!

Sorry about the ear. I've done that, gave me balance issues. Get it looked at soon!!

Sandra Cox said...

So sorry about your ear infection. That's no fun.
How amazing to see an ice cream truck:)

Evi Erlinda said...

The fruits are so fresh.
I hope you get better soon Ms Jeanie

DUTA said...

Terrific picture, the one before the last one! Blue surrounded by dark shades: the blue of the sky, the blue of the lake, and the blue of the three hanging light fixtures.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope your ear infection gets better! That is such a terrible nuisance and painful too. Glad Rick could get in a good ride! Beautiful photos and fun times! Enjoy your time at the lake!

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

The heat index is going to be so HIGH this weekend I hope Rick stays put, but when you think of what he's been through with his leg, I can see why he's itching to ride.

If you notice any double vision with that ear thing, get yourself to a med center without delay.

krishna said...

Hope you'll feel better very soon!

Prims By The Water said...

Great score from the farmers market...so love the water views.Janice

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

So glad Rick is up to such a long ride! Sorry you are feeling so poorly. Please take care. I love the bright blue paint on the cottage. So cheerful and happy. Love seeing the ice cream man making a stop nearby!

peppylady (Dora) said...

berries do look good.
Coffee is on

Karen said...

oh oh, do you perhaps have swimmers ear? Take care of yourself.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness Jeanie. Summer is just getting started here.

I have a question. Could your ear infection be from swimming? I know when I was a lifeguard, we had to check to make sure we got all the water out of our ears. If not, it required a trip to the Dr for removal of both water and any wax that might have built up. Hope you get it fixed soon.

I don't know about you, but here our temps are extremely dangerous. For the next four days they are predicting heat indices as high as 111 F. Stay in, stay safe, and keep Lizzie cool, too, dear.

Your fresh fruit looks wonderful. I could eat all those cherries and the strawberries, too.

Get better soon!

Pamela said...

What a special place. Your farmer's market fruit looks luscious.

Iris Flavia said...

The shadow is lovely indeed :-)
Great to see the bike-pics!!! 60 miles, by golly!
Oh, here we do have ice cream trucks throughout the summer. But Ingo says... nah, you never know, you might get salmonella, if not cooled correctly etc...
Such a cute face and, oh, those eyes!
Those yellow cherries look interesting! I just bought red ones yesterday... summer :-)
Oh, hope your ear is better soon!
A lovely pic with the laterns and the lake.
Nonono, summer cannot end yet, it hasn´t even really started (over here)!

Tracy said...

Hi, Jeanie! Good to catch up with you a bit! So glad to see all the good happening/being enjoyed there! It's been "another week" here and all sorts again lately, so I'm behind... again! ;) Sooo sorry to here you've been "under the weather" too... Hoping very much the ear discomfort/infection will be short-lived and that you'll be feeling better again soon! LOVE the kitty cat shadow at the top! So good Rick was able to have that first big bike ride! I don't wonder you being worried about him, though... Forever Yum--what a great name for ice cream truck! LOVE the blue Rick's been painting on the cottage! We just painted a pair of old wooden garden chairs a similar color! Oooo...all the fruit--sooo good! It's been a great year here for soft fruit & berries, so we've been enjoying too...mmm... Happy Lake Days, my friend! Be taking good care there... ((LOVE & HUGS))

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie, so sorry you are suffering with an ear infection. At least you have a pretty place to recover. It is great Rick is healed enough to go on his bike ride, he must be happy. The fruits stand are popular now, the cherries and strawberries look delicious. Enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Good for Rick getting a good ride in, and good for getting some maintenance items checked off your list. And it's always good to have friends share your love of the lake house - both two-legged and four. ;) There's always much to be grateful for.
The signs of the coming season are somewhat welcome here, further south. It's really stifling hot, even at 7am when we've taking our walks. It's been kinds fun exploring new things around town, but we're both ready to take advantage of the lock & leave benefit and plan a trip soon.
Enjoy the summer days at the lake!

Joanne Huffman said...

Enjoy!

Shelia said...

I pray you feel better soon. Oh, I miss hearing the ice cream trucks. The fruit is so delicious right now. I could eat 100 pounds of those ranier cherries! My favorite. It's been so hot hear and I was thrilled to see your visit to me. Take care of yourself.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh to be on a lake again! I miss my childhood home. Those fruits look yummy. Hope your ear infection clears up soon.

Victoria Zigler said...

Hope your ear infection gets better quickly. I also hope Rick's passion for riding doesn't have him over-doing it. His lunch sounds wonderful though.

Glad you're enjoying your Summer while it lasts.

Olka said...

Oh, the shadow is cute, indeed :D
The first withered leaf? It's really fast!
Some of the flowers in Poland aew still blooming!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hope your ear gets better quickly.

Great buys at the Farmer's market.

All the best Jan

shoreacres said...

I envy you that fruit. We've had a good year for our fruits, but I love Ranier cherries, and haven't found any good ones in the stores yet. They can be hard to get, that's for sure.

I couldn't imagine Rick going for a ride, but then I remembered: you're in Michigan. I'm sure it's hot up there, too, but the humidity may be less than here, and it probably is a little more comfortable. There's been quite an absence of dog walkers, bicyclists, just-walkers, and such in the past couple of weeks; we're in the dog days now, and people have shifted into full-summer mode. Even the marinas are empty now -- except for the idiots who've decided working on boats is the way to go!

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Jeanie, so good to see Rick well and off for a big ride. Your photos are great and the fruit looks scrumptious. Love the color of blue on your trim and seeing Miss Kitty enjoying herself. It is hard to believe we will blink and fall will be with us. Have a wonderful weekend!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I'm not ready for summer to end, either. It always goes so fast. Glad you are enjoying it, well, except for that ear infection. Hope you are feeling better soon!

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, I certainly hope you are feeling better! Oh, those cherries look so delicious...sigh!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I saw some orange leaves on trees on my drive to my garden yesterday and thought 'nooooooo!! Too soon!!!' Hopefully fall is a long ways off. I will admit that I was fantasizing about cool fall nights/mornings when we have a 110 heat index on Friday. It was so horribly hot and humid. We walked 3 blocks to the library and liquor store with Paul in the stroller (Paul and I stayed outside while Phil bought me a bottle of white wine!) and that walk did us in. Paul was red-faced and I was covered in sweat. Gross! But after some heavy rain, the weather is much nicer and we've been able to keep the air off for the last 2 days. I actually needed to wear a sweatshirt when I woke up yesterday morning which felt soooo nice! But stay put, summer! I need more sunshine and warmth!

I am sorry to hear you have been sick, though. I'm glad Rick was able to help out more around the cabin so you could rest and relax. I have never had an ear infection (knock on wood) but I have heard they are horrible. Poor Paul had them basically for 4 months straight until he got tubes. :( I hope you are on the mend by now!!

Barb said...

Can't believe Rick is on the bike already! Bob went out once but is holding off for now - a few side effects from his radiation make it difficult. I hope your ear and respiratory issues are cleared now. Don't get vertigo!

crackercrumblife said...

Your posts are making me miss going up north! Lol. So much fun. That is a long ride! Good for him. I would want a nap at the end though if it were me. Lol. :)

Marilyn Miller said...

Hope by now your ear is feeling better. How wonderful for Rick to be back on the bike. Sweet Lizzie! Sweet Rick for painting! And fruit eating is a favorite hobby of mine in the summer. I must have whatever fruit is in season. Today it is cherries and blueberries!

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