Lake life

One of my favorite things in life is water, so I love spending time at my parents’ lake house.

Their house sits in between the water and wooded bluffs so it’s quiet and peaceful, perfect to take a nap in the hammock or just watch the wind blow over the water.

Or go for a hike to explore the flora and fauna in the woods.

Last weekend we had the bluest sky I’ve ever seen!

Fun to end each evening with a beach bonfire at sunset!

Cheers to summer!

A Walk on the Beach

I grew up near Lake Michigan so we spent a lot of time at the beaches when we were kids. These days, I like to take advantage of any chance I can get to visit the beach. It was really foggy in the morning, so it was cool to watch the fog over the water. The water was still freezing cold, but it was so refreshing and relaxing to walk on the beach before the crowds got there for a sunny afternoon.

Bradford Beach Milwaukee

fog at Bradford Beach

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Hope you’re out experiencing some adventures during these last days of summer!


Field Notes: Weekend at the Lake

I just spent a fabulous weekend at my parents’ house on Lake Michigan. It was chock-full of eating, shopping and adventures. The weather was nice so we could took the boat out for some sightseeing from the water and swimming, even though the water was breathtakingly cold.beach view at the beachsandals on the beach coneflower pathwaymonarch butterfly frittilary butterfly

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door county ice cream factory ice cream quilt little sister bay sunset sister bay sunsetWe used to spend a lot of time playing and exploring on Lake Michigan when we were kids, so I always miss it since it’s the closest thing to an ocean around here. Hope you’re out enjoying these last few weeks of summer!



The Beach

When I was a kid, my family used to go to the sandy beaches on Lake Michigan for the day to picnic, swim and play in the sand and waves.

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I thought it would be great fun to show this beautiful area to my husband so we made the two-hour drive this weekend to one of these beaches called Kohler-Andrae State Park.

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the beach at Lake Michigan

It turned out to be a nice windy day with lots of puffy clouds in the sky and big waves that crashed onto the beach. We walked and walked and walked, soaking up the fresh air, watching the waves and looking for beach artifacts.

the beach at Lake Michigan

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This beach has some really cool dunes and lots of beach grass to help keep the shoreline intact.dunes at the beach at Lake Michigan

It also has really fine, soft, powdery sand so it was fun to walk barefoot on the beach and try to avoid getting soaked by the crashing waves.
feather on the beach at Lake Michigan

the beach at Lake MichiganI wish we lived closer to these sandy beaches along Lake Michigan so we could go there more often. It’s a great place to escape the rat-race and get some R&R.

Hope you’re making time for fresh air, field trips and adventures these days as summer transitions to fall.


Weekend at the Cottage

Sorry to disappear for a couple days! We spent the weekend at my parents’ cottage on northern Lake Michigan, which always makes me happy.

My brother ran the half marathon for the third year in a row, so we were there to cheer him on.

(Note that the time in the background wasn’t his finishing time – he did much better than that! I needed to wait until he was cooled off and ready for a picture.)

I always love exploring in the woods along the water and beachcombing. It’s heavenly looking for the most perfect rock, watching the gulls and ducks, and daydreaming over the water.

We did a little shopping (so proud I didn’t buy anything), a little eating, and a lot of relaxing!

We haven’t seen my family in a few months, so it was good to get together.

I didn’t do any sewing, but I sold the last tote bag from my shop and my mom ordered a purse, so I have a few sewing projects to get done this week. Hope you all had a nice May Day and weekend!

Weekend Away

We are headed north to my parent’s cottage for the weekend. It’s a 4.5-hour drive, so I am looking forward to losing myself in my new book. Considering I read the first book in one day, I will probably finish the next one pretty quickly. But I might need to re-read the first one because I read it sooo fast.

the beach in Door County

(the view of the beach from the cottage)

I am looking forward to kayaking, biking, hiking, ice cream, and bon fires on the beach. I am bringing along a quilt that I need to sew the binding on, and my art supplies too. 

coin quilt to finish

I hope we aren’t too busy so I have time to daydream over the water. Hope you lose yourself in something wonderful this weekend!