Home Sweet Ri’vah 6/11/2014

We’re home!  We’re home!  We drove into our carport around 4:00 this afternoon, and two very tired humans, with two very excited pooches, breathed a sign of relief we’d all made it safely home once more.

It must have been raining a lot since we've been gone because the grass is that shade of green it gets in the summer when the rain has been plentiful and the sun has been less than scorching.

It must have been raining a lot since we’ve been gone because the grass is that shade of green it gets in the summer when the rain has been plentiful, and the sun has been less than scorching.

This will be a very short stay for us at the ri’vah this week.  The washer and dryer are both going strong, and I’m just taking things directly from the dryer and placing them back into the suitcase.  We won’t pack as much this time, as we’ll only be gone three nights, but Ted and I both have appointments tomorrow so I’m trying to get most of it done tonight.

We split the driving duties this trip, something we should have been doing for years, but my husband thinks I drive too slow (In a 70 mph zone, I drive 75-78.  Does that tell you anything about how fast he drives?).  Anyway, Ted got to rest a little and take a few naps on the road.  Maybe we’ll continue this sharing the driving thing now!

We’re both looking forward to getting to Florida on Friday and going to see our new house.  I can’t believe the last time we were there the foundation wasn’t even poured, and now you can stand on the second floor.  We’ll be doing our electrical walk-through Friday afternoon, so we’ve been thinking about where we need outlets.  Y’all chime in if you have suggestions for outlets in places they don’t normally go – I know we’ll probably forget something. 

Jordan’s dance recital is Saturday afternoon, and the rest of the time we’re just going to pretend we’re on vacation, put up some beach chairs in the sand, and soak up the salt air and sunshine! 

We’ll be back on Monday, the 16th, and I’ll get back to my blogging routine on Thursday, June 19.  I can’t wait to show you all the photos from Mackinac and talk about our trip!

There’s one photo I just have to show you today though.  Jill sent it to me yesterday. 

On Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m., Mackinac Island's replica of the Statue of Liberty was reinstated on her brand new pedestal at the Mackinac Island Marina.  It's so amazing that American Legion Post 299 raised every cent of the money needed for this project with donations from people and businesses - mostly in $10 and $20 increments.  Kudos to Paul Wandrie, Sr. for his dedication to this project and his patriotic spirit!

On Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m., Mackinac Island’s replica of the Statue of Liberty was reinstated on her brand new pedestal at the Mackinac Island Marina. It’s so amazing American Legion Post 299 raised every cent of the money needed for this project with donations from individuals and businesses – mostly in $10 and $20 increments. Kudos to Paul Wandrie, Sr. for his dedication to this project and his patriotic spirit!

Thank you once again for your travel prayers, and let’s meet back right here on Thursday, June 16th.  Be ready for TONS of Mackinac goodies and news from the beach house!

God bless.

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12 thoughts on “Home Sweet Ri’vah 6/11/2014

  1. You can’t have too many outlets! There was a hallway the builder asked if I wanted an outlet and I said no, why would I need one there? Yeah, I would love to have one there now. So wherever is suggested, go for it!

  2. Outlets in a closet or two. I keep a rechargeable flashlight plugged in and ready to go and it’s out of the way. If your kitchen cabinets don;t go all the way to the ceiling, put one or two up above. Then if you want to put something electrical up there (TV, radio, light) it’s easier.

  3. I always enjoy your posts so much although I rarely comment. I am with you in spirit on the Island and know you’ll love being closer to your grandchildren when you are in Florida. Glad you’re home safe and sound and hope Ted has no lingering aches and pains from his fall.

    Re outlets, I found the most troublesome situations are the outlets placed where furniture is likely to go and thus make them inaccessible. Having them closer to the edges of the room rather than in the middle of walls would have been better. Need many outlets at the back of kitchen counters. So many kitchen gadgets need them these days. One of my best placement choices was an additional switch for the outside lights in the bedroom. How often do I forget to turn them off until I’m ready to get into bed and realize they’re still on? Don’t want to go back to the family room to turn them off. Good luck. Building is an exciting project.

    • Carole, that’s an awesome in idea about the switch in the bedroom for the outside lights! Thanks so much!

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  4. If you have a fireplace in your new home, electrical outlets on either side of the fireplace mantle come in very handy for decorating and illuminating works of art.

    Thank you for continuing to post on the Island. Hope Ted is healing from his fall!

  5. Don’t forget outside. We have a plug out on our patio at our cottage and also here at home. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Florida

  6. Another vote for outlets above kitchen cabinets. I lay a string or two of Christmas lights above the cabinets all year long and it casts the most attractive night light. Make sure they’re connected to a switch. Hope Ted is feeling better – safe travels!

  7. So happy your home safe and sound even though you are gearing up to head South once again. Glad Ted got a little R&R on your trip home and hope he’s feeling better.
    Can’t wait till next Thursday to see pictures of your new home and, of course, our beautiful Mackinac Island!
    On a side note, I had a wonderful surprise this morning….an email from Mike Forrester, Mackinac Island Blog, that I’d won a 5 sliced box of Original Murdick’s Fudge! Very unexpected and such a treat! I thinks your trip up to the island and your working on the blog for Murdick’s brought me some good luck, ha!
    Well, safe trip to Florida and look forward to your next blog communication 😃!
    Joleen

  8. I decorate my bay window with a lighted display at Christmas time. I have always wished I had an outlet in the window so I wouldn’t have to string the lights to the wall outlet.

  9. Brenda! Brenda! Brenda!

    Oh, can I give you some good ideas on electrical! Yes, we all have a hall light that we can switch on to illuminate the hall, but what about the closet you are about to open? If you must cut cost, DON’T do it here! You must wire every closet, that once you open the door the light will come on! They wire it inside the door jam at the time of construction. There is a button that depresses when the door is closed and activates the overhead light inside when the door is open! LOVE IT!!! You will become so spoiled by this simple affect! The overhead light in the hall does not always emit enough light to see inside closets. A must for pantries, linen closets, hall/storage closets. DECOR: If you have any artwork you would want to highlight, lighting above paintings and in niches is a nice touch. CONVENIENCE: Outlets on one or both sides of your mantel, in upper niches, bookcases, etc. are also a must. Reading lights above your bed with a switch at bedside is wonderful. Porch light – great idea! Motion activated night lights wired in strategic places for safety. Inside pantry to charge certain appliances, a power strip in a dressing area of the master bedroom for all of our tech gadgets. EXTERIOR: We have electrical up under the eaves to attach Christmas lights to. These are activated by a switch inside that controls the porch lights, circle drive lights and up-lighting in gardens on a timer for dusk & dawn activation.

    Well, I hope this helps!! I just wanted to help you spend Ted’s money!! Hey, It’s just money, and you will love the convenience, believe me!!! Do it now, before it’s too late! We miss you guys SO MUCH!!! Love ya, ~~Patty

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