Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family...Deer Camp...Life...

Last week, I took Thursday off from work so I could pick my mom up. She rode down with my Dad to his cousin's house in Ionia for deer camp. I got there around 10 in the morning and we spent the day hanging out. My Dad's cousin lives on a dairy farm and they have hundreds of acres of corn fields.

My Dad and my boys (one of the other or both) have been going to deer camp for at least the last 6 years. I don't even think it's about the deer so much any more as it is about the family fellowship and good times. I had a great time and I was only there for about 7 hours!

Their yard became camper central and their kitchen was transformed into a well oiled feeding/eating machine. The day we were there, there was around 18 or so people. The next day, opening day, they had over 30!

I got to see everyone enjoying each other and catching up on what had happened since last year. I also got to play a very cut-throat card game called Shanghai with 5 other ladies and we all got beat by a soon to be 92 year old!!! She is my cousin who used to get my brother and I ready for school in the morning while I was growing up, the same one I run into from time to time at garage sales! You'd never in a million years guess her age when you meet her, she gets around like she's 60!

After cards and lunch, we took a little road trip to an estate sale and a couple of thrift stores. Then my mom and I headed back to my house. I think we may have started a new tradition...when Dad goes to deer camp, she'll ride along and I'll go pick her up to spend a few days with me!

I tried to get some pictures of the cows but they weren't interested in coming too close, and I forgot my good camera at home-so all I had was my phone...

We stopped in Lansing on the way home and had dinner at a place called Finley's of Lansing. We were both thrilled with our dinner and the service. When I got back to work and mentioned the place to two friends, they said they were surprised because they remember the place as having gone down hill, but after my rave reviews, they plan to try it again.

We had a super busy weekend. We went shopping, had lunch out, got a pedicure, went shopping again, worked on some of her church stuff, and just hung out together-something we don't get to do much. It was fun! They were supposed to leave Sunday afternoon, but with the storms that went through and the high winds, they knew they'd never get across the Mackinac Bridge with their camper so they stayed Sunday night and left Monday morning. The winds were still howling, and the trip that normally takes 4.5 hours took closer to 7! They had to be escorted across the bridge!

Since then, I've been busy with work, and volleyball and just regular life stuff. I just found out one of my volleyball leagues starts on Monday! I thought we still had a couple of weeks until it started! I'll be on a new team this year- playing with a couple of friends from work and a friend I play with on Wednesday nights. I think we're going to have a really fun time. My team from last year isn't happy with me for leaving, but they had 8 players scheduled to play this year-so that meant a LOT of sitting out. Whereas my friend's team only had 4 when they contacted me and they'd already paid the fee and were told they couldn't get a refund. I honestly thought I was helping both teams, instead, one is thrilled and one is ticked!

I don't really have any plans for this weekend, hoping to just relax a bit-no games to go to, no good looking estate sales calling my name--just a free and clear weekend!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I am cooking for just the four of us. It will be quiet, but nice to have all of us at the table at the same time! I am making a turkey on the grill, stuffing with mushrooms, water chestnuts and turkey sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, butternut squash, pumpkin pie, pumpkin mousse, cranberries rolls and salad. What's on your menu?

The following Saturday is cookie day! My cousins and I are doing an all day baking/cookie exchange day. It's our first ever, and I hope it becomes a long standing tradition!

Is it just me, or does it seem like it shouldn't be this late in the year? I can't get used to the idea that it is almost Thanksgiving!!!

My in-laws seem to be settling in nicely in Florida-thanks for asking!

Here are some pictures of my week last week...


 This was from a picture on the wall in their house-it's an aerial shot of their farm.

 They were still busy bringing in the corn from the fields!

 None of the girls wanted to get too close to me.

This was a little antique shop we stopped at. They had a whole stack of Edwin Knowles plates in Fiesta colors. I almost bought them, but talked myself out of it when I tried to think where I was going to put them! 

 They even had a Knowles plate outside as part of their decorations.

A bag full of Santas, a Christmas card holder and 7 embroidered tablecloths for less than a dollar each and a vintage dishtowel.

 This is the dinner salad---the special salad. A little extra charge, but well worth it!!

 Fresh bread with the meal-yum!

This is an online win...Harlequin individual creamers...I didn't even notice the crack on the blue one when I took this shot. The seller didn't notice the crack, and it wasn't in the listing, but when I contacted her, she refunded me the full amount. 

Sweet Leona-LOVE her soo much!!!

My Dad took some farm pictures for me, but he is on Yooper time and hasn't gotten around to sending them to me yet...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Hope you have a great time with family and friends!!

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