Ship in a glass, playing with money and other weekend tales

Ship in a glass (that would be the Isle Royale Ranger in a wine glass)

 Clearing my throat a bit…going to share some of our weekend fun with you!  Hope you don’t mind.  

Yesterday proved an interesting day.  Let’s go backwards.   

Barry and I went on a “date” up in Houghton.  We first stopped at the Thirsty Fish bar attached to the North Shore Grill above the Best Western.  He sipped one beer and I sipped one glass of wine.  Later we enjoyed a dinner at Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant up in Calumet.   

Playing with the tip money


 I couldn’t help playing with the darn camera.  All it takes is one glass of wine and I’m talking wild & crazy about blogging and photography.  Poor Barry is a saint.  He actually listens.  He actually cheers me on as I take photos through wine glasses at the Isle Royale Ranger.  He grins as I line up the dollar bills for the waiter and photograph them.  

It’s obviously an illness.  

Quincy Smelter (being preserved as part of Keweenaw National Historic Park)

 The Quincy Smelter (and Mount Ripley ski hill) greet us out the window.  The National Park Service is fixing up the old copper smelter.  Some day we’ll tour the grounds and oooh and ahhhh over the old site.  In the meantime, I babbled to Barry about the day when his boat will finally run and we can drive close to photograph the old buildings.  Probably next summer.  Hopefully next summer.  If his boat ever gets fixed and sea-worthy.  

 We also picked up his new bass amp at Good Times Music store in Houghton.  We shopped for our organic vegetables at the Keweenaw Co-op.  Stopped at Wal-Mart.  

And–you will never believe this–we lost one another.  I used to have nightmares about losing the kids in Wal-Mart, but never the husband.  Yet it happened.  He headed off to buy Veggie Burgers in the freezer section and I looped over toward the toilet paper.  “See you later!” we blithely called.  

Five minutes passed.  Ten minutes.  Fifteen minutes. No sign of husband.  Where….?  I cruised the aisles and headed over toward the Mother’s Day cards and shampoos and green onion seeds.  No friggin’ husband.  

How could you lose a guy in Wal-Mart?  

I mean, seriously.  How could you lose somebody in Wal-Mart?  

 Finally, down one of the grocery aisles, I spotted the Lost Fella.  (Um, he would have called ME the lost Fella.)  He was walking and talking animatedly with our friend, Anni.   

Anni, the dear, had read this blog during the week I was in California!  She was also in that western state with her daughter.  It’s a small world.  It is indeed.  

The last picture in this series was taken at Roland Lake near Skanee.  I stopped by work at the Arvon School on Saturday morning for about an hour.  It was like grand central station there.  We’re preparing for our centennial (100 years!) and we’re painting the interior before our big celebration.  

I had a coffee date with a former principal from the school at noon, with an hour to wait until our java-sipping.  She intended to show me how to use an aeropress coffee maker.  I couldn’t wait to visit her, but thought it polite to wait until the appropriate hour.  

Stopped by Roland Lake and wandered along the shore, admiring the spring scenery.  Marveled at all the instructions on the dock.   

It’s been a good weekend.  Hope you all enjoyed hearing about it!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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19 Responses to Ship in a glass, playing with money and other weekend tales

  1. Doris says:


    I know the feeling…loosing a hubby at Walmart. Mine doesn’t listen where to meet.LOL
    Enjoying all of your pix, as usual. Only you would even think of taking a photo of the tip……..what a creative mind you have……..

    • Kathy says:

      Doris, you’ve lost a husband at WalMart, too? Maybe they should have some sort of common meeting place for all of us to find each other!

  2. Snoopykg1 says:

    Hi Kathy
    I am finally back among the living, after a bout with a migrane/vomiting that delayed my trip back to Chicago a day, and my hubby cutting the phone cord in the back yard, and then no Internet!

    I love the wine glass and the ship. The dock is interesting, no fun!


  3. holessence says:

    Kathy – I, too, love the ship in a wine glass; that was extremely clever! What a fun weekend.

    I taught a breathwork class from 1-3pm today at HolEssence. Here’s a link to the updated Breathwork class page with brand spanking new photos from today’s class:

    Laurie Buchanan

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, it was a fun to take that picture! Just think of the series you could do through wine and beer glasses. By the way, now I have another class which would be fun to attend at HolEssence. Breathwork! Sounds wonderful.

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Kathy, I love the ship in the glass photo. I am glad the wine and your husband help with such creative ventures LOL As for Walmart, I try to avoid shopping there whenever possible but when I do I keep a close eye on all my buys, including hubby 😀

    • Kathy says:

      Jessica, Yep, know what you mean about avoiding shopping there. However, there are just some things that we needed and no where else to find ’em… Ha ha, good job keeping your eye on your hubby! I THOUGHT mine was safe… 🙂

      • Jessica says:

        I just noticed I spelled “Boys” as “Buys” in the last sentence of my comment. LOL I did not buy my hubby all Walmart Haha.

  5. Dawn says:

    There’s a WALMART in Houghton? LOL! Obviously times have moved on…

    Of course I love the ship in the glass photo.

    Can I come home now? I’m getting homesick…though it wasn’t really my hometown..just one of my homes over the years.

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, not only can you come home…we can also meet each other and go for a walk somewhere! Better idea: you can show me some of your old favorite places where YOU liked to go hiking. Deal?

  6. Cindy Lou says:

    Speaking of your boat, Johnny and I went to WalMart on Saturday and saw the boat sitting in Chassell – after being fiber-glassed?!? We were wondering how it was going as you hadn’t mentioned it lately. Weird that we used to have it and now you do!

    My ‘husband-management’ technique for Wally World is to either leave him in the car – makes it MUCH faster to get through there without him. Or…I leave him standing with the cart in a general area while I whip around the nearby aisles and get stuff! He also is a very patient man! Don’t you love a patient man? 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy Lou, there is SO MUCH I left out of this day. So very interesting you should mention the boat. We visited it up in Chassell at Bob Anderson’s shop before our visit to Houghton. Then after our visit to Houghton. Barry hiked himself up in the boat and proceeded to bail water out of the craft. He wanted ME to hoist up into the boat and help, but I couldn’t manage the leap. And he almost pulled my arm out of the socket trying. The boat will NOT be sea-worthy this year. I can guarantee it. But just you wait until the summer of 2011. Maybe we’ll have to invite you out for a cruise!

  7. amy says:

    beautiful first photo…I’m also a big fan of graphic letters in landscape(last pic.)…yay you and your blogging endeavors!

    • Kathy says:

      amy, I loved the way those letters looked against the landscape. That’s a good way of putting it. They looked so contradictory, somehow. I had taken photos of that dock in winter before and never even noticed the written instructions. Of course. They were under snow.

  8. We had a bit of summer over the weekend here. Very little rain but hot and humid. Very July-like.

    The photo of the Isle Royale Ranger through the glass is a nice touch of creativity. It also made me wonder if you have ever visited the Isle Royale? I’ve read about it for years as an advocate for timber wolves.

    The rest of your weekend sounded like a nice get-re-acquainted with hubby after traveling all over the US without him trip. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      You’ve hit the nail on the head, Scott. Barry and I were reconnecting after my cross-country episode. The poor fella hadn’t even been ANYWHERE and we had to go SOMEWHERE. He is an avid fan of Isle Royale and goes there every summer on his friend’s fishing boat. They are in the Isle Royale Fishing Association’s annual fishing tournament and have even won first place. At least once. Maybe more than once. He loves that island to pieces. Someday I may get there.

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