Friday, March 24, 2017

OUR WEATHER TURNED OUT BETTER THAN EXPECTED, A MORNING GLORY MUFFIN AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF RIGHT HERE IN OUR PARK

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Our weather day turned out better than predicted with a light fast moving shower passing by shortly after 5 a.m. this morning.  Although cloudy and damp this morning it was not enough to keep me in the house and we did get up to a balmy 56F by mid afternoon.  Nice:))
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STILL A LOT OF ICE PILED UP AT BAYFIELD’S HARBOR MOUTH
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A FEW KINDA COLD LOOKING FISHERMEN ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BAYFIELD RIVER THIS MORNING
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It was our carport’s storage area that garnered my attention first thing this morning and I spent maybe an hour getting things ship shape in there.  All the car waxes and stuff came out of our living room and back into their carport cabinet for the summer.  Kelly moved some of her clothes from the rig into the house and I managed to finally get a few boxes and things out of the Big EEE’s bins.  Turned the outside water back on and hooked up our front yard lights for another season.  My lower back and legs were killing me again but no matter, I was enjoying what I was doing.
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Around 9:30 or so I was beginning to feel the cold dampness a bit so decided it was time for a muffin and a hot coffee.  Needed a few photos for tonight’s post anyway so Pheebs and I hopped into the Jeep and slipped the short mile and a half or so into the sleepy little lakeside village of Bayfield.  I remembered a coffee shop on Bayfield’s main street that I too often forget about and it’s called the Charles Street Market.  Wow was I ever in luck because they had a fresh batch of Morning Glory muffins just fresh out of the oven and still warm.  Morning Glory muffins were always my fav years ago but they are hard to find.  Coffee was excellent too and the lady in there was very friendly.  Two thumbs up for Bayfield’s Charles Street Market.
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Pheebs and I decided to take ourselves for a drive around Bayfield and see if anything had changed over the winter.  I was surprised at the number of new homes going up not only on existing streets but on a few new streets as well.  Lots of beautiful homes for sale.  What an absolutely marvelous little village Bayfield is.  Always has been for as long as I can remember.
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BAYFIELD WITH IT’S MANY OLDER AND UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS IS A REAL TREASURE AND WHAT A  PLEASURE IT IS TO LEISURELY DRIVE AROUND THE MANY CEDAR LINED STREETS AND SIMPLY ENJOY ALL THIS LITTLE VILLAGE HAS TO OFFER
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THESE TYPES OF HOUSES KIND OF TYPIFY THE NEWER EMERGING BAYFIELD
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WHERE SMALL QUAINT LAKESIDE COTTAGES ONCE STOOD THERE ARE NOW LARGE STATELY HOMES
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I WAS SURPRISED TO DISCOVER A WHOLE NEW SECTION HERE CALLED ‘FAWN CREEK’
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SOME OF THESE HOMES MUST BE WORTH BA-ZILLIONS OF DOLLARS
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SEEMS TO BE A FAIR AMOUNT OF NEW HOUSE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON
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SEEMS LIKE IT WAS THE COLOR YELLOW CATCHING MY EYE TODAY
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HEY THERE’S THAT ‘CONTAINER HOUSE’ AGAIN
We also drove ourselves down around the south harbor to check on the lakes ice and to see how work is coming along on the wharf where Bayfield’s fishing boats always pull in.  I’m not sure what they are doing there but I see some new construction along the wharf as well as workmen working away.  No sign of any fishing boats.
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HAD TO GET OURSELVES SLOWED DOWN TO A COMPLETE STOP TO LET THESE 2 GEESE SWAGGER THEMSELVES ACROSS THE ROAD
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WHATEVER THAT YELLOW MATERIAL ALONG THE TOP OF THE WHARF IS, IT’S NEW
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WORKERS CAN BE SEEN WORKING AWAY AT THINGS
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We were back home about an hour after we left so I resumed my outside activities.  With temperatures steadily climbing it was so nice to hear birds happily chirping and especially the Robins.  There is just something about Robins chirping that heralds Spring like no other sound.
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OUR PARK’S POND AND OH HOW NICE TO SEE SOME SUNSHINE THIS AFTERNOON
Pheebs and I took us for a short walk over to the Park’s pond across the road after supper and I was again surprised at the number of Goldfish swimming about.  There were schools of them and I think they were just as happy as every other living thing today with these milder temperatures upon us.   Expecting a rainy day it sure was a nice dose of Spring Tonic we all had ourselves.
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IT’S ALMOST LIKE SCUBA DIVING OFF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
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EVEN THESE GOLDFISH SEEMED HAPPY TODAY…..PROBABLY BECAUSE THE PONDS RESIDENT GREAT BLUE HERON HASN’T ARRIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD YET
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Must say again how happy we both are to be back home in our sticks and bricks house.  The spacious unending hot water showers, washer and dryer at our finger tips, big kitchen with lots of cupboards and counter space and here’s one of the biggies…..we both have our own space.  That along is worth a thousand words.  Kelly watches her night time TV shows in the living room and I can listen to my music while I work on my blog in the sunroom.   And we can do this without ever bothering each other.  In the closeness of the Motorhome at night I always have to wear my headphones while Kelly watches her shows.  And in this cool and colder weather how nice it is to have the house so toasty warm without ever having to worry about running out of fuel or driving somewhere to fill the propane tank.  No water tank to keep filling either and oh how nice not to have to worry about emptying gray and black water tanks constantly.  Yes indeed it’s nice to be home but you know what……in 6 or 7 months from now I will be chomping at the bit to get back on the road and head for the great Southwest once again.  No I’m not counting the days yet but at some point I will be.  Silly me huh:))
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AND HERE COMES PHEEBS RACING AROUND THE POND
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A TUFT OF BAMOO GRASS FROM A CLUMP  I PLANTED BY THE POND A FEW YEARS AGO
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Always wanted to be a procrastinator, but never got around to it.
My friend has kleptomania, but when it gets bad, he takes something for it.
Never be afraid to try something new, Remember amateurs built the ark - Professionals built the Titanic.
Love is grand - divorce is a hundred grand.
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common, they should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.
One of life's mysteries - How can a two pound box of candy make a person gain five pounds.
Time may be a great healer, but it's also a lousy beautician.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom, sometimes age comes alone.
Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
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The doorbell rings. A man opens the door and there's his mother-in-law on the front step.
She asks, "Can I stay here for a few days?"
The man says, "Sure you can." And he closes the door.








12 comments:

  1. Those houses are huge, Al! Four car garages, oh my. I do like that bungalow with the big porch and the fieldstone pillars. Still prefer our RV though!

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  2. You know, Al, we are in Sticks and Bricks--mostly sticks and we are enjoying the same things. Now, when I think of having been in the motorhome for 13.5 years, I actually get a feeling of anxiety. Feeling claustrphobic manifested after that many years. We do talk about how much we enjoyed our travels; thankful that we started at a "young" age; and reflect on the wonderfulfriends we made along the way. During our travels, we observed RV'ers who reached about 72 years of age start to feel the wear and tear of traveling. Hopefully, you'll beat that number! Carry on.

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    1. You have hit a very good point. I am 70.5 and have been on the road full time ten years. It is seeming to me that I want to become a part time RVer in the near future. The full time is wearing thin but living in my RV is still my preference. I am thingking Al And Kelly are doing it just right.

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  3. Those new houses are really large, but you know I like the older houses with more character. Its funny how we enjoy being out in the rv for a good while but then we are glad to be back home.

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  4. Those are huge houses, much prefer our RV still as long as we can.
    The morning glory muffins that I made in my restaurant were the number one sellers. Oh so yummy.

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  5. Bayfield is a very pretty town. The tall yellow house is my favourite but I'd love to walk through all the rest. Love the huge porch on the first one too. I'm sure you are feeling great in your home now and I'm sure as you say, the feelings will change when you get the itch. :) what a warm day you had!

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  6. Looks like you have your own Chloride right there in Bayfield. Such a beautiful place to live and the houses are so colorful. You got some rich folks living there too. Some of those houses are top of the line. I'm looking forward to being home in a couple days myself. I hate to say it, but this RV life gets old after a few months. Don't think I could ever be a full-timer.

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  7. A space of your own is not merely nice, but essential. This being together 24/7 once you're retired is for the birds! I sure noticed those big houses too, some pretty wealthy folks in Bayfield. Love that first picture at the top.

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  8. Yes I agree with you Doug. We seriously considered going full time back in 08 but in hindsight I'm glad we hung on to what we had and simply continued as Snow Birds. As much as we love RVing it seems the older we get the more tiring those sometimes long months become. We are always raring to get going in the Fall but also raring to get home again by the time March rolls around. If we lived in a more moderate climate we would now leave later in the Fall and come home earlier in the Spring. A couple days from home I bet is feeling pretty darn nice to you right now:))

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  9. That last house is more like it...

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  10. I like the container home,I like small homes. I had never heard of Morning
    Glory muffins,now I will be making some for sure.

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  11. I never thought, in a million years, that my husband would be the one who loves to just STAY HOME! I thought it would be me. Nope, I'm the one who wants to get out. He, however, is content to just stay home and not venture out. ???? !!!!

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