Brothers (I would assume) Alex and Jon.
The back also has some other writing but I believe it is a different language (and scribbly).
Jim and I found an autograph album during a recent visit to one of our favorite antique malls. It isn’t full and I already have one so I wasn’t even going to consider buying it… till we saw this page.
Jim said that the fancy printing on this page was worth the $12 they were asking for the album. And so it became ours!
Actually there are only a few pages with writing on them and the dates range from 1886 to 1903 and almost all who signed it seem to hail from Maple Rapids, Michigan, which we had never actually heard of, even though both of us are lifelong Michiganders.
My mom went all on and on about last weekend and enjoying the little bit of time up at the cabin and the peace and bliss.
For real though… she was a little sad.
You see, I turned seven last Sunday. Even though I LOVE going to the cabin the truth is… I’m not as full of energy as I used to be. I mean, I still love a great game of blue ball and I enjoy a long walk. But for the first time since I first started going up north with Dad and Mom, I just didn’t feel like playing constantly.
Jim and I seized last weekend. We took what we could get and the gettin’ was near perfect.
We left Friday afternoon and headed up to Jim’s family cabin. Just Jim, me and Duke. We had to meet a customer on the way and since it was nowhere near the expressway Jim decided to take the scenic route for most of the trip north. We arrived about 10pm and settled in for the night.
I lazily resisted the urge to get up early on Saturday and that set the stage for the rest of the day. We left the cabin three times on Saturday. We went to town for breakfast and back to pick up something to cook up for dinner, and we walked down to visit some friends who were up spending a long weekend at their cabin down the road.
In between, we sat outside on the bench swing and read with this view to gaze upon in between pages:
It was a little chilly and eventually we headed back in for a snack and I decided to curl up under the blankets and take a nap. A few minutes later I could hear snoring sounds coming from the living room and knew that Jim had fallen asleep in his favorite recliner. We both had nice little snoozes.
It had warmed up a little so we decided to take some chairs and go sit on the dock and read a bit more. This was our view:
I think it was just what we both needed. A day to unwind. A day with no plans. A day with the peace and tranquility that comes with being up north.
Although we weren’t able to spend as much time with our friends as we would have liked, we were happy to know that they were enjoying their time at their cabin. They truly needed the getaway.
Sunday morning Jim and I were cleaning the cabin and getting packed up. Northern Michigan has some great radio stations and as I was getting our things packed up Jim turned the radio and this song was playing:
I have carried that song through this week which has not been the kind of week you would want to have after enjoying such a wonderful weekend. But then again maybe the wonderful weekend has helped carry us through the not so wonderful week.
My parents need help. They really do. This is a conversation I heard recently while they were watching tv before going to sleep:
Mom: I just watched this show the other day. Is this abc (meaning the tv channel)?
Dad: I don’t know
Mom (noticing the little abc icon in the corner of the screen): It is. It’s channel 7.
Dad: I think it’s channel 7.
Dad: Channel 7.
Mom: I just said that.
This happens often.
I’ve been thinking (I believe I’ve mentioned before how my family hates when I say that) and I have some thoughts:
I’m exhausted right now. Our power went out last night. Our power rarely goes out. Even during the great power outage of 2003 (I think) , our power was only out for about eight hours. I consider us lucky. But the past two days were hot ones and our non air conditioned house had gotten pretty uncomfortable. I was hoping for a nice breeze to help us sleep without our fan, but it was not happening. Oh well, makes me more thankful for something simple like my oscillating tower fan, which we probably won’t even need tonight because a cold front has moved in. I cannot sleep if I can’t see what time it is so I can’t even guess how many times I put my glasses on to look at my cell phone to see the time.
I’m really happy that our work necessitates the use of a generator that my husband kindly hooked up so that I could shower last night. Because he knows what’s really important to me! And then he turned all the power off to the house so we didn’t know that the power came back on about 2:45 (which is what I found out this morning from our son). I could have gotten a solid three hours of sleep! When I woke Jim up at 6 to let him know that our yard light was on which meant our power was on and he got up to turn the house power on, he then said that now we could sleep with the fan on. “What sleep?” I asked. “It’s time for me to get up!” He and Duke slept in because neither of them had slept much either. Lucky them. I can’t complain. He had a full tough job to get done today.
Facebook. I’ve been on facebook a lot less lately thanks to my new job, but I do still hit it up a couple of times or so a day. I comment occasionally, not usually expecting a response, but I do have to say that I made a comment not too long ago and I did expect it to be responded to, much like the subsequent comments were on the same thread. Oh well, the next response back from me would have contained an offer of help. So if you’re one of my 171 friends (no I do not know that off hand, had to go look) (and don’t automatically think I’m talking about you because I’m pretty sure you don’t read my blog) and my family has done several favors for you, but have stopped… take a look inside your own self because there’s a reason. I’m not usually this way about kindnesses or favors, but honestly there IS a reason. And there IS a limit. Sorry.
It’s now 60 degrees and raining. I plan to be in a better mood tomorrow.