Well, I wrote this blog once, and as I was putting in the tags somehow I hit the back button and lost the entire blog! :( But, I am determined to share my long crazy day with you, so let's get started once again!
I spent the day with my dad and this afternoon I got him outside for a walk! I thought some fresh air and warm sun would do us both some good! Of course, I can't go for a walk without taking along my camera!
We started with a visit to JJ's favorite tree! I got up close and personal! I have posted sunsets behind this tree for years now! Today I found out it is an Elm tree! It is one of only 2 left on the property because of an Elm disease! I didn't even know that trees could get a disease, but apparently they can!
JJ, @bizarreland , I still think you should give this tree it's own special name! If you choose one, I will get all of the kids to use it! Someday my grandchildren will call it by your name! (:
These pretty little clover flowers are everywhere! They are edible and taste very sweet! (:
This is the first well drilling machine that my Grandpa Keiser had when he got started in the water well drilling business back in 1944! It is a cable tool rig made by Bucyrus Erie, and I believe that he said it is a 1938 model! I could be wrong about that! Bucyrus Erie now mostly makes parts for cranes! That is rather cool because my son is a crane operator! (:
This is the derrick that would go up in the air if it were mounted on a truck and drilling a well! This rig now belongs to my brother who plans to restore it to it's original condition! I was excited to see and photograph it!
Skip forward to the early 1980s! This is what is left of one of our water trucks! It is the last year that Dodge made these big trucks! It used to have a large water tank on the back that was used to turn the bits that drill down through the ground on a rotary drilling rig! You can still see where "Keiser Well Drilling" is painted on the doors, but I don't have permission to post that!
This is the back of the European barn that was my grandfather's!
If you look in the center of this photo you can see a bird's nest! This nest is there year after year! I don't know what kind of birds it belongs to! You can tell by the newer pieces of straw that it was rebuilt and used this summer!
This is the tongue from a covered wagon that my grandpa put up on the side of the barn and it is still there all these years later!
This is Jordan's 1974 Chevy, Camaro! It is stored here until he can get settled in life and restore it to it's original condition!
I can't post a photo of the Camaro without including the "Mable-Mobile"! This is Trevor's 1988 Buick, Skylark! It was his first car, and although she is only fit for the salvage yard, he just can't part with her! She got her name the "Mable-Mobile" because this car was ordered by and specifically built for an older lady named Mable Topel who was the original owner! There is a plaque on the dash that says so! RIP Mable Topel and Mable-Mobile! (:
My last photo of the walk is a Queen Anne's Lace! I love these beautiful wildflowers! Our fields are usually full of them, but this year there are only a few! Nature is sure messed up in the Big Mitten! It is also called "Wild Carrot" because the root looks and tastes like a white carrot! It is safe to eat! We know this because the Poison Control Center told us so! Nuff said! (:
When I got home, Kay decided that she wanted to grab some dinner at the Subway in Alanson!
Here she is enjoying her meatball sub! She treated me to dinner and ice cream! Thank you Kay! I love you much! (:
When we came out of Subway this little moth was sunning himself/herself on the passenger side window of my car! We have had no butterflies and few moths this year, so I was excited to see him and get a photo! Kay was NOT impressed!
For dessert we went to the Creamery and got some of the BEST ice cream in Northern Michigan!
Just inside the door there were teapots and tea cups! These two were our favorites!
This is the Creamery on the inside! It isn't unusual for them to have a line all the way outside in tourist season! They even have double chocolate covered peanut butter Oreos! I haven't tried them, but thought that they looked yummy!
This is my poor attempt at holding a big ice cream cone in one hand and my camera in the other! JJ I don't know how you do this so well! That camera is heavy! (: I cheated (I do that much too often) and had a scoop of Bear Claw with a scoop of Tiramisu on a homemade waffle cone! It was YUMMY!!! Messy too, but I didn't mind! Kay had a bowl of Tiramisu!
This is The Depot restaurant from the outside! I have posted photos of the inside many times! It was the actual train depot back around the 1900s, and has been kept all original! Sadly, the food there has gone downhill since the original owner moved on to something else, so we don't eat there anymore! :(
We were driving back to Pellston just in time to shoot down Robinson Road to my favorite "secret" spot in time to shoot the BEAUTIFUL sunset! We have had so many this year! I have several more shots that I will share eventually! I liked this one best!
I am sorry this is so long, but that is what my day was like! I got up at 9am (Yay! got to sleep in) and am still going at 1:30am! No wonder I am so tired all the time! (:
Once I got home I talked to Jordan for an hour or so! Then at 11:45pm Trevor called and I accidentally deleted my blog! Two hours later, I think I have it all back down!
How was your weekend?