Squirl's Nest

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Michigan? I thought I was in the state of Bliss

Well, we got to Ichabod's folks' house on Saturday morning. It is so quiet here. The temperatures have been up to around 90 lately which is warmer than normal for this time of year. Luckily, the house is covered by tall shade trees and is very comfortable.

This is their house from the driveway.

Here's the backside of the house. At least, I consider it the back. This is a very old house that has been added to in a piecemeal fashion over the years. Anyway this is the porch that leads to the big yard.


Here are some shots of the yard. It is beautiful but this year has been drier than most. I don't think the pictures really show how dried out the grass is, but there should be way more flowers.





Here's a weird angle shot in the living room of the bay window. It used to have a window seat that Cassie, the beloved Afghan, used as her very own. She's been a bit miffed since they remodeled.


There were some Catalpa trees in the back that were still in bloom, too.

I still haven't gotten any shots of Cassie that I can use. I tried to take them in the house but it's been too dark. Anyway, there will be Cassie pictures and pictures from Harbor Island over in Grand Haven coming up.


Blogger SierraBella said...

Wow, you're in heaven!
What a great place, makes me want to do more with my yard.
We have two young Catalpa trees (a friend started from seed,) but haven't seen blooms yet.
Have fun!

Sun Jun 26, 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Looks like a nice quiet place to put your feet up and have a cool drink. The photos are beautiful.

Sun Jun 26, 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

What a lovely place. It looks just made for relaxing. Enjoy everything.

Sun Jun 26, 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, I don't know how old these trees are. This is the first time I've ever seen the flowers up close. Didn't know they had the yellow and purple inside.

August95, it is and we just did. We each had a glass of wine as we sat by the bonfire.

Susie, thank you. It is very nice. We are enjoying. :-)

Sun Jun 26, 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Man, I wish THIS house was "comfortable." HOT, way HOT.

Sun Jun 26, 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, with the heat we're having in Michigan yours in Kentucky must be waaaay worse. I remember, as a child, that Kentucky could get really hot in the summer. Ugh.

Sun Jun 26, 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

It does get a little warm and humid. Nasty is a nice word for it.

Sun Jun 26, 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, I hate hot and humid. It's been humid here, too. Kinda close to that big old lake. :-) I don't envy you Kentucky heat, though.

Mon Jun 27, 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

*muah* perfection!

Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures!!! I think you're right down the street from our friend's house cuz I do believe I drove past that place yesterday on our way to breakfast. Remind me to ask you about that :)

Mon Jun 27, 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, thanks. We'll talk. :-)

Mon Jun 27, 08:38:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Ooh, nice pics, Squirl! What a lovely little vacation. So pretty and peaceful.

Mon Jun 27, 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Ladybug, yes, it is nice. I only wish we could've gotten off work, too. Oh, well, at least we can sleep at night. :-)

Mon Jun 27, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

That is a very cool house and neighborhood. Glad you got some pictures, but I am going to hold my breath until we see some pinup photos of Cassie.

*takes a breath*

Mon Jun 27, 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

What a beautiful place. Looks like something from a magazine.

Mon Jun 27, 03:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, breathe, breathe. I wanna get a few more pictures before we have to finalize and then reformat that disc. His doesn't have a data cable that hooks up directly, just a miniCD. At least it's not my camera. I haven't taken in the last two rolls of film and I still am having trouble learning to focus. :-(

Kranki, thanks. It's a very old home but they've done loads of remodeling over the years. The yard is so nice. In the ninety degree weather we even had a bonfire last night. We had our glasses of wine. We were all set. :-)

Mon Jun 27, 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Very peaceful, I hate noisy neighbors as well and I think running off to the shade and the flowers is a perfect getaway!

I have noisy teenage boys, take me with you!!

Mon Jun 27, 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jess, I wish I could have you over here for a few days. You'd love to play with Cassie, too. It is nice and quiet.

Mon Jun 27, 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

You have got to tell the tale of singin with the chickens dude! I love that!

Tue Jun 28, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Great pics!

Hope you get some good ones of Harbor Island and Grand Haven, haven't been there in years!

Tue Jun 28, 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, I got a picture of Bart, the cockatiel last night. I hope it turns out. Then I can show a picture of my singing buddy.

GreatWhite, I don't know when you were last at Harbor Island but I think they destroyed it. They have soccer fields there now. We used to walk through the weeds and flowers that came up to our asses. Birds and rabbits all over the place. Well, there's still some wildlife as you'll see in my pics when I get around to the Harbor Island post.

Tue Jun 28, 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Ahhhh... after reading about your loud, annoying neighbors who aren't courteous enough to keep their voices down when people are Trying to Sleep! Geez Lo Peet!
*oops, gotta reign in my anger there*
Anyway, after reading about the noise, the pictures capture that sense of peace and quiet, and coolness. How nice and shady it all looked.

And, the catalpa tree blossoms are beautiful! Good photography!

I've never heard of that kind of tree before, but it looks really nice.

I like learning about new plants and trees, as you might imagine.

Tue Jun 28, 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...


It's just fun to say.

Catalpa catalpa catalpa catalpa

(what, she's my sister. Is she gonna ban me from comments?)

Wed Jun 29, 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, I'm with you on people being quiet while others are trying to sleep. I don't even like to be rudely loud in the middle of the day.

Thank you for the compliment on the photography. I'm thinking about getting a digital of my own. No, not a Tweedle Dee (if anyone's wondering what that is you need to read Danielle's site) but something that will help me with focusing.

Catalpa trees are more common in the South East. People do plant them here, obviously. They have a different kind of foliage and beautiful flowers in early summer. We both like to learn about new plants/flowers. :-)

Bucky, I know. Catalpa is really a fun word. I do that too.

Wed Jun 29, 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

So pretty and peaceful! All except for Bucky...quacking 'catalpa' all over the place like Ol' MacDonald's duck... And you hardly even busted her for it! I wish MY sister were that nice!! Oh, right....I don't HAVE one -- well, I guess that explains why she's never that nice to me, eh?

Wed Jun 29, 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks Eclectic. It is really nice there. Too bad you didn't have any sisters. Some sisters fight, but Bucky and I had enough of an age difference that we didn't fight over clothes or anything like that. She did turn out to be a bit of a tomboy but, still, she was a sister and not another brother. :-) Catalpa. Not as bad as Aflack.

Wed Jun 29, 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

True. Nothing's as bad as Aflack! :-)

Wed Jun 29, 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

What about Aflac's Catalpa?

Wed Jun 29, 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

I remember our family heading over to that house quite often. I always enjoyed the company of the Ichabod siblings. We all had so much fun as kids running around at the football games.

Fri Aug 05, 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

House sure has changed over the years. My parents still head over for wisits when they can.

Fri Aug 05, 01:56:00 AM  

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