Back to my routine and eating better for one.
Why does all the food taste better up there?
My mom made Zuppa Toscana.
Like at Olive Garden she explained.
Since I don't go to Olive Garden I wasn't familiar.
But I asked for the recipe and will be making this very soon.
It was delish.
Izzy had a ball.
Rick worked hard.
And Peggy got sick.
Thankfully only a 24 hr bug.
But nothing is worse than not being home in your own bed when you aren't feeling well.
We saw on the news that we were having a Nor'easter at home. The weather was as cold as it was up north. So at least it wasn't 65 degrees at home while we were in the tundra.
Sunday before we left we got to see a friend and her dogs.
Meet Ziggy. Ziggy smelled Izzy's butt and wanted to play.
Izzy was being shy. Look at those eyes - too damn cute.
These two beauties weren't so thrilled with Izzy. They really wanted Izzy to know that one was the pack leader and the boss. One just wanted to be a dominate male. They were fine once they all learned their places.
Rick and I really enjoy all the nature trails at Presque Isle and we took Izzy and headed out to one of them on Friday afternoon.
When I lived there I would cross country ski on these trails all winter long.
I used to LOVE cross country skiing. There are a ton of trails there.
This day we chose...Dead Pond Trail.
As you can see by the trail sign - you can hike, cross country ski, snow shoe but you can't ride your bike on this path. I used to see lots of deer down here when I skied.
Sometimes too close for my comfort.
As we traveled down this trail Izzy went off into the woods and explored.
We had seen some fox earlier in the day so we were hoping we didn't run into any of them while on the trails or traipsing through the woods.
A little story about foxes down in this area.
When my nieces were very young I took them down to the beach.
As we were leaving an area near the boat houses we saw a mom and her baby fox.
There were 2 little ones with their mom. Cute as could be.
I stopped the car so the girls could see them.
The girls had just watched a Disney video of The Fox and the Hound I think it was called.
They wanted to get out of the car and go pet them.
I tried to explain that these fox were wild and you can't go pet them.
Their fox mom was there and she would think we were trying to hurt her babies so she may want to hurt us. That made the oldest cry. She kept telling me that I was wrong they were nice and she begged through tears to let her get out of the car to pet and play with them.
Thank God I had child protective locks because she actually tried to open the door.
I could not reason with a 4 and 5 year old that these fox were not cute Disney characters.
I promised her ice cream but they didn't care.
She was crying and gasping and being all dramatic and then told me I was so mean.
I wasn't going to be her favorite Aunt anymore.
She was full of snot and tears and my goodness this was making her mad.
Honestly I felt terrible but I wasn't about to let them out of that car.
She would not talk to me all the way home. We got ice cream and only her younger sister would speak to me. She said thank you as I handed her the ice cream cone but she would not look at me. Boy I knew she was mad.
Now at age 21 she and I have talked about it and she remembers it she says as though it was yesterday. She told me she thought I the meanest Aunt in the world because in the movie they were nice and cute. Good ole Disney.
Since living in the south I miss maple trees. The beautiful color of maples in the fall.
I saw them everywhere this past weekend. Sadly the colors are way past peak season.
So there weren't a lot of my brilliant deep reds that I love.
I looked down and saw one lone red maple. Nature saved it just for me.
It was small and faded but at least I got one.
We headed over to the boat houses after the trail.
When I was a kid I used to think it would be so cool to live on a house boat.
But these are way too small for me. We'd be on top of one another and not in a good way.
And it's not like you can have a dog and just let her out to go. Although Izzy would love swimming to shore to go to the bathroom. And in winter you can just walk across to shore.
But I think these are only inhabited in the summer months. Although I could be wrong.
I imagine these canoes belong to the folks who live in these itty bitty homes.
Similar to parking your car in front of your house I would imagine.
These aren't like the ones in Seattle that are far nicer and larger.
Those I may be able to live in.
It also isn't as cold in Seattle as on Lake Erie either.
No howling winds and lake effect snows and 4 degrees below.
So that alone would make living there easier.
Could you live on a small little house boat like this?