There are three birthday cards waiting to be opened at an auspicious moment. One from my mom, one from Barry’s parents and one from our son (who is on a camping/canoeing trip up near Saranac Lake in New York). Our daughter’s card should arrive today, winging in from Portland, Oregon, unless some camouflaged armed federal agents decided to abscond with it.
Last night we celebrated this birthday at our friends’ house up in the woods of Herman. We socially distanced on their screened-in porch, the wind growing cooler and cooler as the evening progressed. Deb made meatballs with local beef, baked bright orange sweet potatoes, homemade corn relish, and a lettuce salad fresh from her greenhouse. Finally we patted our bellies and finished the evening with fresh raspberry crumble from their raspberry bushes at Chuck’s farm.
Both Barry and I stepped on the scales and jumped off immediately this morning–one too many pieces of raspberry crumble for this one!
Deb and Chuck met us at the door wanting to see the new 2020 Chevy Malibu (which I may have mentioned last blog post. *grin*) Yes, it’s silver. Yes, it has a rear backup camera. Yes, it actually says it’s registered 39 miles per gallon since it left the dealership. Yes, we are very happy with it so far!
Yesterday morning we awoke to zero electricity. No power, kids. In fact, when I called to report our outage the recorded message warned of transmission failure affecting three counties.
We’re still piecing together what happened. Some people have reported a tornado touched down over in Pelkie, but around here it looks like straight-line winds. The Stannard Rock Lighthouse out in Lake Superior closer to Marquette registered 76 mph winds.
Because Barry is a newspaper guy, we had to jump in the car and survey the nearby damage. I snapped the following pictures from my phone. The Second Sand Beach road trees looked terribly damaged and falling over along a two mile stretch. Five power poles had snapped and fallen along First Sand Beach.
Our power happily turned back on after 11.5 hours, thank all the lucky stars on the planet. However, there are still folks without electricity in our three-county area. May their power be restored soon.
Last year I posted a birthday blog and promptly quit blogging for months and months and months. Don’t think that’s going to happen this year. Am really enjoying writing and sharing photos again.
As always–on my birthday–I want to thank all of YOU for being in my life. May you be blessed fully, every single one of your beating hearts.