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The End of Summer…

It is the eve of the first full week of school…I have actually been back to work for almost two weeks, but I have been in denial. I love to see all the students (I work as a K-5 school librarian) in their new clothes and backpacks, but it is hard to have to set the alarm. I like living a life that is not timed by clocks and bells…

I ended my summer in the best possible way: a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with my husband Michael, daughter Sadie, and her friend Zoe. The trip was far too short, only four nights, the weather was perfect-high eighties during the day and seventy or below at night. Had my first campfire on the beach-this will be an annual tradition, but next time we will remember to bring flashlights for the trip back to the car!

I think a firepit for the backyard might be in our future! I hope I can feed the fire within as I start my ninth year in the library. May your fall be filled with sunny days, crisp nights and new adventures!


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Just got back from an eight night camping trip to beautiful Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina. I have always loved camping. And we are real campers–that means tents, and in this case no electric hook-up.

Now this tent is a palace and my husband, Michael, is wonderful to camp with, so organized, all I have to do is pack the linens and towels. But this trip laid us low… Temps in the high 90s during the day, only about 80 degrees at night and high humidity.

The only thing that made it bearable was the beautiful water–80 degrees and a wonderfully changing surf with two high and low tides per day. Michael enjoyed hunting for shark’s teeth every morning; he found over a hundred during our seven day stay.

But frankly, we were in survival mode most of the time. The heat limited our enjoyment of the wonderful seafood. But we had our favorite fried dill pickles at the MoonDoggies Cafe in Port Royal, wonderful crab cakes at Boondocks, and incredible shrimp and flounder at The Shrimp Shack.

So are our camping days over? No way, we set off for northern Michigan in seven days! And this trip will be graced with the awesome trifecta of daughter Sadie, and her friends, Katie and Zoe.

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(Post written July 12, tried to add a video of screaming motors, found out that costs extra, bummer.)

What do antique outboarders do when they get together?

Hangin' at Constantine

They hang out selling their stuff and flock like vultures as the trailers pull in…but there are treasures to be had!

Michael found one of the three motors he is still looking for and put in the judging tent. The motor pictured below, a 1949 Johnson HD25 2.4 hp engine won 2nd place for Best Original Antique Outboard.

Michael's prize winner

What do motor widows do? Most stay home. I like to schmooze, so its fun for me to meet all these guys who share this obsession. There are a few women and some girls and boys who are motorheads, too. I had a fun dinner conversation with a “Trekkie.”

I’m going to line up a few yarn shops to share with my partner on our travels. He can’t complain, it will be air-conditioned.

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I am writing this from Three Rivers, MI where my husband, Michael, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of fellow antique outboard motor enthusiasts who are attending a meet and swap in nearby Constantine. Tomorrow I will sit in the shade, reading or knitting, enjoying the sights (motors and boats), sounds (from the sweet putt-putts to the screaming of the racing engines) and smells (blue smoke and bratwurst). (Actually it is hot dogs and hamburgers, but I like alliteration and bratwurst.) I won’t be able to post pictures until after I get home, because I forgot the camera cord!

It is great to have a husband who has obsessions-antique outboards, aluminum boats, gardening, rocks and minerals. I was going to say that my interests aren’t as expensive, but I suppose if I added up my sewing, spinning, knitting and beading supplies over the years, I could give him a run for his money. (Yes, a bad pun.) His obsessions keep him busy and happy and if I go to the Constantine Super Meet, he will put in some time with me at a fiber destination.

Even though it can get beastly hot and humid here in the Midwest, I love the smell of clover in bloom, the sound of crickets and cicadas, the taste of fresh berries and sweet corn. This is our third year at Constantine and it has earned a place as one of our rituals of summer. I will be bringing you more of my summer rituals in future posts. In the meantime, why don’t you share some of your summer rituals with me. Leave a comment below.

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