Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Postcards from the Lake: A Jolly Fourth

Finally! The lake! And just in time for the Fourth. Lizzie spent most of the evening in the linen closet but the "real" fireworks were great. (I wasn't so thrilled with the "independent" versions! Too close!


We got here early in the week. There is nothing better than that first grilled out dinner up north!


That first night's sunset was pretty fabulous!


Of course there is loads of work to be done on the house. We accomplished quite a bit while Rick was here and I have a rather long list myself!


But it looks like summer! Flowers and lakes and all things good.


My cousins were here for the holiday. Rick was glad to have David help us wrangle out a problems in a NYTimes crossword!


After too many years, we connected with their daughter, Heather, who was here with her friend Mike, a great guy! Good to see another generation at the old family cottage down the way.


And we celebrated Bonnie's birthday!


I made the wonderful Swedish visiting cake from Marie's blog for the celebration. It's super easy and was a real hit!


Then came time for the fireworks, which were on the sixth. We have a ringside seat, right across the lake from where they shoot them off.


And yes, they were terrific. (Note the crescent moon in the sky!)


I leave you with another sunset.


They're pretty lovely up here!

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45 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Maybe when you and Rick get really old this whole scene will be like On Golden Pond! I used to own a cottage in Muskoka and enjoyed it while my daughter was young, but eventually I got tired of taking care of two properties and going to the same place weekend after weekend and sold it.

Evi Erlinda said...

The Swedish visiting cake looks yummy and everyone look happy :)

Thank you for beautiful red sky sunset photos.

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

I love that area of Michigan. There is nothing better than a cottage on a lake, especially over the 4th.

Pam said...

Seems like you and hubs are doing well. Hope so anyway. Looks like you all had a great 4th. HAHA...me, spent it in the house and that night, along with several before and several after I tried to care for shaking dogs! haha

jo(e) said...

Ah, summer! And what a beautiful place for enjoying it.

Pam Richardson said...

I love your postcards from the lake and it looks like your holiday was just perfect!

Iris Flavia said...

The first one looks like a heart, how nice!
Oh, and the sunset!!! Beautiful! Perfect combination.
Looks like you all had a lot of fun :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photos, great pictures of the fireworks and the moon. Lovely get together, too.

handmade by amalia said...

Looks like you're having a wonderful summer. Good for you. I love the fireworks!
Amalia
xo

My name is Erika. said...

It must be fantastic to be back at the lake. I should reword that. It is fantastic-I can tell by your photos. Looks like you had a super 4th. I didn't do fireworks this year and I missed not seeing them, but your photos make up for that. Good shots Jeanie! Hugs-Erika

Miss Val's Creations said...

That sunsets are amazing! Wonderful family photos. How awesome to be able to sit by the lake and enjoy the fireworks.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Perfect vantage point for those fireworks! Ahhh, that's the life, Jeanie! -Jenn

La Table De Nana said...

What a spot!♥

Lynne said...

I haven’t left an Oh My for quite awhile!
Family, flower power, grilled food, cottage touch ups, relaxing, fireworks . . .
OH MY . . .
(Enjoy dear Jeanie . . . how is that pneumonia . . . feeling better?)

Joanne Huffman said...

Looks like the start to a wonderful summer.

Sami said...

Beautiful fireworks, amazing sunsets and outdoor eating, what could be better?
Enjoy it Jeanie.

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like a perfect holiday. Family, a sweet kitty furkid, fireworks, and good food... What more could you want?

DUTA said...

The sky up and the lake down, form a beautiful framework to your 4th of july celebration with good food and companions.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!

William Kendall said...

The sunsets and fireworks are a sight to behold!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Pretty idyllic! SO glad for your wonderful time.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Fun times. We have a cousin with large acreage and a pond that we can ride on bumper boats and much more.
Every so often they have a family reunion party and it’s great to see everybody. How nice you got to view the fireworks with a ringside setting!

The French Hutch said...

What a wonderful time this must have been. All things are nice at the lake. I'm sure your first outside grilled dinner was delish and the cake looks sooo good! Nothing like a grand fireworks show on the Fourth. Enjoyed all the photos..........

R's Rue said...

Love this.

Sandra said...

What could be better than watching fireworks at the lake and Swedish visiting cake. Which is making me hungry, I might add;)

Mae Travels said...

It's good to see you enjoying life and relaxing a bit. I hope you are in tip-top shape!

best... mae at maefood.blgospot.com

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Wow, Jeanie, it's beautiful there! Love the sunsets, fireworks, food, friends and all of the joy! Love seeing the fireworks and the moon over the water.

Prims By The Water said...

There is something mesmerizing about watching fireworks! Beautiful sunset too! This side we get the sunrises. Janice

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Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jeanie, it is so beautiful. Relax and enjoy your time there..Happy Wednesday..xxoJudy

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thanks for your last visit, Jeanie. I am enjoying the zinneas and time spent in the garden..Happy Wednesday..That sunset is gorgeous..xxoJudy

Running on empty said...

Get well soon, Jeanie!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yay for lake time! Are you feeling better? I hope so! Glad you had Rick's help around the cabin. There's always so much to do when you open the place up. I remember that from back when we didn't go to the cabin in the winter.

I did not see a single firework this year! I heard plenty, though! I guess a guy down the road from my parents spent $4k on fireworks. Crazy. What a way to burn up a bunch of money! :P I like fireworks but I like them less now that I'm a mom of a toddler! Luckily paul slept through them. he sleeps in a bunkroom (in a crib) and the bunkroom has no windows so it's quiet and dark which is perfect for a baby!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Looks like you had a great 4th Jeanie, and the sunset over the lake is gorgeous! I know what you mean, there is always work to be done at vacation houses! Your Visiting Cake looks delicious!
Jenna

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks like fun times with the family at the cottage and on the 4th of July. I love the firework images and your beautiful sunset. The flowers are lovely. Have a happy day!

shoreacres said...

I'm really intrigued by that Swedish visiting cake. Despite the stories all over the web about friends who had friends who had Swedish friends who made it, I grew up in a Swedish household in the midst of a Swedish community, and I've never heard of it. My grandmother baked every day, and she never made it. Maybe there are recipes that came from different parts of the old country. I did check the recipe and it looks wonderful.

When I first saw the handles on the salad tongs, I thought they were shishkabob skewers, and I wondered what in the world you people were grilling up there!

Sandra said...

The sunset is glorious.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my, your photographs are gorgeous … I especially like the one of the fireworks and the moon.

Glorious summer days.

All the best Jan

Pamela said...

It looks like a fabulous summer weekend.

Anca said...

It seems you've had a wonderful time. xx

Olka said...

Oh, it's such an amazing place!
Full of tranquility and coziness <3

Jenny Woolf said...

Well this looks just perfect! And guess what, I was planning on making one of those cakes for Tony's birthday but I could only find a slightly wacky vegan style one, OR one which is in US cups and had a couple of ingredients I couldn't find. So you can imagine how pleased I am!

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh I just saw the recipe is in cups after all... ah well, it's still simpler than the vegan one. :)

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Jeanie, looks like a perfect summer spot. I don't think I would leave.

Marilyn Miller said...

I love your visits to your cabin. How fun it would be to watch the fireworks right from the beach. And the sunset at the end is just sooo very special.

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