Harry began bringing me to Michigan when we first got together in the mid 1990s. And I loved it. Not only because of his warm, wonderful family, but also because it reminded me so much of where I grew up in Massachusetts. I then began to realize how much I missed the North and all it has to offer. And yes, even the winters.
During the past two summers that I've spent here, I feel like I've come home. It's difficult to explain, so maybe I shouldn't try. I just know that I have felt more at home here in Michigan these past two years than I have felt in the 32 years I lived in Texas. That's not to dis the state of Texas. Not at all. Texas is a beautiful state with many blessings to offer. I have many wonderful friends in Texas that I miss when I am up North; But for me, I really feel at home here in Michigan.
Harry and I have built a beautiful home and a wonderful life here in the Mitten. But this coming Saturday, the 26th of October, we close up the house and return to Texas for the winter. To say I'm sad is an understatement. But knowing that we will be back in the spring somewhat eases the hurt.
Going forward with this blog, I will attempt to document some of this past summer and all the wonderful adventures and experiences we've had. It's all been so much fun.
Additionally, anyone who knows me knows just how much I love to cook and how passionately I feel about good food and where it comes from (just note the books in my library). Part of this blog will be about the food I prepare for my family and friends. And since I don't have a garden here in Michigan, I can't write about that as I did in my Diane's Texas Garden blog. But I do have beautiful landscaping around my home and will share that and the beautiful wild Michigan flora and fauna as well.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit me often. Here are a few photos of Harry's and my home, the surrounding property and our beautiful Howard Lake.
|View of the lake from our porch|
|My view from my kitchen|
|View of the house from the lake (we just took the dock out---that is what's stacked on the back patio)|
|And the best view of all :)|