Complexity: floral, bureaucratic

Queen annes lace CU

I love the laciness of Queen Anne’s lace. Perfect name.

I loved spending a half-hour this afternoon floating and bobbing in the lake. It’s warm. Shallow lakes do that….

I really love that our good friends from NE (as in, New England) arrived today. Soooo great to see them.

Our travelers opted to short-cut through Canada instead of looping down around Lake Erie, and with whatever (bombing? Ebola? Friday-ness? Latin American immigration problems?) they waited one hour to do the border thing and cross into Canada, and TWO hours of waiting in line to cross back into the USofA. And all of a minute for them face-to-face with the customs/immigration folks in both cases (if I have it right). Sheesh.

Local economics

Manistique lighthouse

Hey, a Great Lake! This is Lake Michigan, near the northern shore; the other end laps on Chicago’s toenails. I like this limestone bed that I’m standing on—it acts rather like a shelf along this section of the shoreline. That lighthouse is modest; it’s on the pier off Manistique aiding navigation into and out of the small port. Mostly it’s used by pleasure boaters these days, although the park where I was standing to take this is named after a ship that went down in the late 1950s, about 23 miles offshore. Twenty-foot waves are tough on marine craft.

Two summers ago, if I remember right, it looked like the paper? mill in town would close—a huge blow to this community, which otherwise is managing to hold on with a high school, small harbor, and I think a small clinic. Turned out that at the last minute it was sold, and continued in operation.

Meanwhile, over in Gulliver, the yard seems to have the largest stockpile of logs we’ve ever seen there. Acres. Not sure if it ships into Manistique, or farther west. Pretty sure, though, that the logs leave 1) by rail, and 2) towards the setting sun.

Civic doooo-teeee

GA voter sticker upside

We civic-duty’d this afternoon. At our precinct, we had three offices to vote for. Run-off election…actually, seems amazing that three three three slates weren’t settled in the primary.


Architectural space hallway

Did a wee (and I mean wee) bit of thinking about the power of the Internet in connecting people who otherwise would not encounter one another. Not ground-breaking, that thought, but worth contemplating for several reasons. I was considering how/whether it makes for a significantly different dynamic when considering how civilizations and societies function.

Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, is this broad, empty hallway in a busy well-populated office building this size mostly to satisfy fire regulations? That’s a lot of square footage that can never be rented….

Traditional southern fare

Oregon grape bud

Some days I face this page and draw a blank. It’s not that I can’t remember what I did, it’s that it seems too mundane.

We DID dine at the Colonnade*, though. Guess that was pretty darned special. My first time.

Many people describe the Colonnade as a restaurant “that time forgot”—what I was first introduced to as a “meat and three” place—that is, three sides—with rolls and butter delivered right away. Now, they’re mostly like the Colonnade, and they’re “meat and two” places (in rural areas, the coffee/iced tea is usually included). Anyway, not sure if they’re checking to see if anyone is actually reading their website when they note: “The chef adds nighlty specials which may feature kangaroo, fresh fish, or a special twist on our southern features.” (Yes, that’s the spelling.)

That’s more southern than I usually think of as “southern fare”….

* Cash or check only; no credit cards. Soooo traditional.

And the logic is…

Bike caboose

Seems like a workable combo, until you consider that the train-management probably wouldn’t like a bike tethered to the railing—insurance worries, I’m guessing.

The secret is that this caboose is parked, and seemed to be the office of a bike-messenger business.

BTW, that cream-colored canister is for spent butts.

Fringed wall art

Upsidedown deer head art

Customarily, on Friday evenings we’re homebodies. Tonight we ventured out. We saw ART. SCAD art. Specifically, the SCADpads.

I’d hate to say this to Them, but the art I most enjoyed was Mother Nature’s sunset….

This architectural detail from one of the pads I found disturbing not for the windings, but for being upside down.

Bovine vacation wear

Bessie beachbound

Bessie’s headed for the beach.

Plus the plants are obscuring the poor hoof-modeling James mentioned….

Yard art

Yellow submarine cardboard

Found this yellow submarine (pretty sure of this ID) hanging out on a front lawn in the neighborhood when I was out before the heat of the day had built up. Or is it a tank?

Library trends

Library apple maybe

First trend: this tree is laden with blooms, and they smell heavenly. Sorry you’re missing it….

Second trend: older couples each with a small device, using the library’s fast pipe to cruise whatever on their phones/devices. We also see a combo with one laptop and one device. I have not noticed the two-devices phenomena here in the hinterlands before….