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Autumn Adventure

I have finally gotten around to uploading some of my pictures from when we went up north for opening day of bow hunting season. My husband is the hunter, not I. I prefer to wander around, soaking in nature and adventuring with the dogs. This was just after Ozzy got his staples removed and he was ready to get out and stretch his legs.

We head back up there mid-November for rifle season. Knowing the area, I will be coming back with snow pictures then. Hope you enjoyed these. 🙂

July 2021 Vacation

I finally got around to sending myself the pictures from my vacation back in July. The plan was relaxation, exploring Michigan and trying new beers in celebration of Mr. C&M’s birthday. He’s a big craft beer fan so he did a lot of drinking of beers he’s never tried and beers that we just can’t get in our area of Michigan. He says the birthday was a huge success and now he doesn’t want to drink any beer for awhile lol.

You don’t want/need pictures of all the breweries we went to so here are some of the pretty points of the trip:

Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula – Highly recommend.

Mackinaw Island – We didn’t take a lot of pictures outside as it was pretty rainy half the day. This was the big beer goal. Inside of the Grand Hotel is a bar called The Cupola, Short’s Brewing Company does an exclusive beer that you can only get at this location so of course, Mr. C&M just HAD to have it. The Grand Hotel requires you to pay $10 per person if you’re not a guest of the hotel just to walk around it. With the right swagger, acting like you belong there, no one questions your presence and you can get in for free. At least, that’s how we did it. He says Big Porch Ale is totally worth it. The butterfly house is a lot of fun too.

Sunset on the Mackinaw Bridge.

A whole day was dedicated to the dogs having fun. We hit a lake for swimming and followed that up with ice cream for everyone.

My dad bought me an informational book about the Upper Peninsula for more places to check out. I’ve done some traveling in the U.P. as we Michiganders call it, but a lot of it was when I was much younger so I want to get back up there and see what other adventures we can get ourselves into. Honestly, just driving place to place in the UP is fun as the scenery is just breathtaking pretty much everywhere you go.

It was a much needed getaway from day-to-day life and helped refill the gas tank so to speak. It also reinforced my desire to just sell everything, get a camper and travel. :3

Reset Achieved.

Do you smell that? It smells like August this morning. That means my hiatus is officially over! I am ready to get back to blogging. I should have content for the next month without even trying very hard. There will be a vacation post, a book review or two and hopefully a recipe besides my usual ramblings.

This coming week is finals for Accounting and then I am free for 3 weeks until school starts back up for the Fall semester. I passed my Public Health and Disease class two weeks back now. That class was mostly about Covid so it was rather easy. While on my 3 week hiatus from school, I have big plans around my house as well. I need to make some good progress on the bathroom and set up a desk area for school. I currently take up about 1/3-1/2 of the dining room. :3

I am not taking any school courses next summer if I can help it. The summer is just too busy to be locked inside, LEARNING.

To reset my brain before finals, and to get out there and enjoy the outdoors, I went for a hike by myself on our local trail while my husband took his little brother kayaking down the river. It was the peace, quiet and beauty I needed. Until the mosquitos came and made me their personal slurpy machine.

The goal this summer was to get out hiking more. I did achieve that but not quite on the level I was hoping. Of course, there is still summer left and autumn is my absolute favorite so we’ll have to squeeze in some more outdoor adventures before the snow hits.

Exciting new adventure status: this coming weekend, we will be doing a paranormal investigation in an old prison in Ohio. I will definitely have to post about that.

How was your July? I lurked in the shadows while on my hiatus, liking and commenting on things here and there but tell me something exciting I may have missed!

Second Week of October

Welcome back ghouls and ghosts to the next stop in the October train of fun! Spooky movies, tasty treats and autumn adventures were had!

2 out of 5 stars – This novel frequently comes up on horror story lists so I read a sample, it seemed like it might be something so I bought it. Ultimately, it was kind of a dud. It’s not bad but it’s not much to write home about. The ending made little sense. So all-in-all, I would avoid this one if you’re looking for a spooky read.

I also purchased Malice of Crows for $1.99 in ebook format.

Mr. C&M and I hit the movies hard this week and it’s been great:

We’re both huge Chucky fans and only sick curiosity and the fact it was free on Prime got us to watch this. That being said, it wasn’t the train wreck that we had expected. It’s an alright movie but it’s no original.

Somehow, in all my life, I’ve never heard of this movie. It’s 80’s horror perfection and I loved every second of it. Highly recommend.

Another classic 80’s horror movie that I had somehow missed. (This whole endeavor has made me realize that I may have to continue this horror movie extravaganza far past Halloween.) I also thoroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

For all the years that I have been with Mr. C&M, he’s talked about an edition of this movie with Type O Negative music over-layed it. This year he finally tracked down a copy and purchased it. (Only later to find out that it was on YouTube for free. Doh!) Again, I had never seen this, original or Type O version. It was fun.

That can of pumpkin was nagging at me from the cupboard so before heading out to see a couple of people, I whipped up some pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. It’s a recipe that never fails and you can find it here.

We ended the week with a nice hike through some local trails with a friend and his dog that are moving out of state soon. The day started off very cold but it warmed up while we were on the trails. It was a beautiful day and we hiked 2.5 miles. We thought this might actually wear Samus out but she took a nap and woke up ready to play again. :3

How has the last week treated you??

Covid-19 & Mental Health C&M Edition

Mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a hot topic everywhere, why not here too?

Yesterday I woke up and I just HAD to go do something outside that didn’t involve my yard. I had the realization that I haven’t been more than 5 places since quarantine began, including my house and work. I’m not whining by any means. Whatever needs to be done to get this thing over with, I am down to do. I just really wanted to get out in nature and absorb some sun rays.

Mr. C&M and I loaded up the kayaks and hit the river mere minutes from our house and it was exactly what we needed. We had just got our kayaks 2 weeks before so we had not tried this trail yet. It was really boring at first but after porting at a mid-way point, the river picked up and we had a lot of fun trying not to crash into banks and trees.

It was also really good to see some wildlife besides the squirrels in my backyard.

On top of a couple hour break from monotony, I’ve decided that I really have to cut back on my phone screen time. Social media is really good for no one these days. I’ve decided to split that time between reading and catching up on movies/documentaries.

Ignited Moth and I haven’t seen each other in 5 months so we decided that Friday nights are now for drinking and FaceTime. I can’t wait to start that this Friday. We’ve also decided to do a buddy read of Gideon the Ninth starting August 1st since our book club has died off during the pandemic.

I am hoping that starting all of this will make me less grumpy. Especially since Mr. C&M wants to start a low carb, low sugar diet this week. I’ll need the extra attitude boost lol.

What are you doing to keep yourself from becoming a Grumpy Gus??

Where the Crawdads Sing – Book Review

Published Date: August 14, 2018

Publishing Co.: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Where the Crawdads Sing is undoubtedly, beautifully written. The descriptions of the land, wildlife, and ecosystems bring the narrative to life, both entertaining and educating you in one finely weaved tapestry of the environment.

Kya’s family is what the town calls Swamp Trash. They’re not treated as part of the community, but like strangers to be whispered about behind their backs. One by one, as family members slowly disappear, young Kya is left in a small shack in the marshlands of North Carolina. No one in the community tries to help her. None of them care, they just grab their children and walk in the other direction. Everyone except two boys, one the son of a ship’s captain, the other the town’s star quarterback and the black man who runs the dock where people in the swamp gas their boats. Why is it important that I mention that he’s black? This is set in the 1950’s and the racism was flagrant back then. So when the white people of the town turn their backs on a small white child, but a poor black man steps up and helps her survive, I think it’s worth pointing out. People are good people based solely on their character, nothing else.

When the quarterback mysteriously dies at the bottom of a fire tower, the town once again begins whispering about the Marsh Girl and his secret relationship with her. The son of a prominent family, half the town swears she’s guilty and they’ll vow it in a court of law. Not for the first time, Kya is fighting for her life.

While I did enjoy reading this, I felt that the plot was drawn out for far too long. Which, when you think about it, is pretty impressive for a book that’s only 384 pages long. So my final verdict is; read it if you want, it is enjoyable but, it’s not something I’m going to be thrusting at people I know and insisting that they read it.

Holly Jolly Manatees

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Well to be honest, I’ve been back for a couple of days but I needed to recoup from my vacation.

Where did my family wander off to you may ask? Naples, Florida, to spend time with my adopted uncle. We drove there and back. That’s twenty hours one way. It was rough but a cool experience that we don’t ever want to do again. Lmao.

The first day we went on a hike through the cypress swamps in the Everglades. This was a really cool experience offered by the National Park Service for free. They do it once a week during their dry season but you have to sign up for it ahead of time.

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Playing in the Forest

If you’ve never played in the forests of Northern Michigan, you should take the time one day and really give it a try. I went back to my old hometown of Gaylord, MI this past weekend to visit my dad for his birthday. It was a weekend to be all about him and what did he want to do? Go two-tracking in the forest. Something we used to do on a regular basis when we moved to the area and knew no one. And since I had been feeling a severe lack of nature in my life recently, I was all too happy to oblige.

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Owl Facts

People post really stupid shit on Facebook. I’m sure you’ve all seen it more times than you care to count. So I decided that on my personal page I was going to start posting interesting facts. This way people learn things instead of reading countless stupid political opinions of people talking out of their asses about things they don’t really know about.

I have what is developing to be, an unhealthy obsession with owls. (See top of blog site for proof. I don’t like the layout of the page but there is an owl so it stays.) My first interesting fact ended up being about owls. I know a lot about owls and there were new things I was still learning. It was so exciting! What is more Halloween than owls? I mean, they puke up the fur and skeletons of their victims, so naturally it seemed appropriate that they get their own blog post.

  • The eyes of owls are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.

  • Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation.

  • A group of owls is called a parliament. This originates from C.S. Lewis’ description of a meeting of owls in The Chronicles of Narnia. (I knew the group name but not it’s origins!)

  • Owls feed the strongest baby first. That means if food is scarce, the youngest sibling starves to death.

  • In ancient Greece, the Little Owl was a companion of Athena, the greek goddess of wisdom, which is one reason why owls symbolizes learning and knowledge. But Athena was also a war goddess and the owl was considered the protector of armies going to war. If Greek soldiers saw an owl fly during battle, they took it as a sign for coming victory.

  • They are also seen as a symbol of death. From ancient times and on, they have been linked with death, evil, and other superstitions. Owls have been associated with witches and other so-called evil beings. While this may sound like Halloween fun, many cultures still have superstitions about owls and in some places, owls are killed based on those beliefs.

  • In Japan, there are owl cafes where you can hang out with owls while drinking tea.

Who, who, who’d have thought learning was so exciting?!

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