Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer in the Keweenaw: Part 1?

The very beginning of summer, when the trees were not yet in full leaf.

The last couple of days have been positively autumnal: temperatures in the 50s and even 40s and lots of gray and drizzle.  But I refuse to believe that summer has ended, so I am declaring this dreary weather just a mark of the end of the first part of summer and the beginning of the second.  (That is, I am hopefully whistling in the dark [rainy clouds].)  So here are some of the highlights of Summer in the Keweenaw Part 1.  Let's hope Part 2 lives up to its forerunner.

First, the absolutely best thing that happened this summer was a visit from my brother Ben and his family.  Since this is the first time they have come to see us at Lake Medora, I have to give them top billing.

We had so much fun.

Though some did find it a little exhausting.

Along with the Sombergs, we had great visits from Tony's sister Mags and her husband Ken.  Here is Tony and his sister.

This year Mags--believe it or not--made friends with two dogs.

We went on a picnic but forgot the bread.

Ken sketched.

And I made evil strawberry shortcakes.

We also had our terrific Louisville friends Doug and Susan.  No pictures except of the wonderful meal Doug helped provide (bringing the meat from Louisville!).

In June I had a 67th birthday

And Tony and I had our 27th wedding anniversary.

In between all that I had fun with Cindy 

At her new house

Playing with her dogs.

Enjoying time with her friends from the Philipines Group

Listening to Cindy on ukelele and Ian and Ken on guitar. (In Cindy's amazing new detached screen porch.)

Listening to the amazingly talented Gary Bayes perform.

Making lots of ice cream.

The nymphs have all departed now.  We still are so lucky to have great friends in Houghton and surroundings, but nobody living in our house or two driveways away.  One last set of friends (Hurray!) will be here at the end of September/beginning of October.  But we now in a much more "by ourselves mode." waiting for Summer Part 2.



Tracy Altieri said...

What lovely family pictures! Happy bleated birthday and anniversary - hand on to those remaining summer days!

Debra Journet said...

Thank you Tracy! It was warm enough to swim today (though the water was on the chilly side).

Caree Risover said...

A little late, but happy birthday

Debra Journet said...

Thanks. I wish the whole birthday thing would just go away--though I do like the presents.