elkhart lake

Singing His Song!

Singing his Song!

The last few mornings when walking by the lake I see a cardinal sitting on the green, wrought iron fence that runs along the brick walkway in front of the Osthoff Resort. He looks so pretty against the green and the blue water background.

Yesterday I didn’t see him, but I could hear him. After a bit of following his song, sure enough, there he was at the top of the lamp post, just singing his heart out!

The weather for this 4th of July holiday weekend in Elkhart is absolutely perfect. In the mid-70s to low 80s. Can’t ask for better than that!  And I’m sure Mr. Cardinal agrees.

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It Snowed in Elkhart Lake, WI Today.

It Snowed in Elkhart Lake, WI Today
Photo credit: Pam Gleichman

Out on my morning walk the sky was bluer than blue. Not a cloud in the sky. The sun warmed my skin as I pushed the stroller down the street containing my precious cargo, Miss Gidget, the dapple dachshund with special needs.

We came upon a field of wild flowers where we were greeted by a yellow finch. We watched with smiles on our faces as he glided up and down in the light warm breeze.

And just then it began to snow! “Oh look! Mr. Yellow Finch, it is snowing!” I exclaimed. “You best find a place to take cover.”

He landed quickly on a tall weed as it swayed in the wind. Looking up to the sky, a silly grin spread across his tiny, sweet face.

“Oh dear friend” he said. “Those are not snowflakes but rather wishes. Catch one in your hand, make a wish and it is sure to come true.”

“Oh, of course, silly me!” I said my face turning lightly red.

I took a moment to do just as he said. I caught a wish and lightly held it in my hands as I closed my eyes and silently said my wish.

I opened my hands and the wind gently swept it away.

Down the street, and then up, up, up to the sky went my wish –my wish for Mr. Yellow Finch to always have a place to glide free, soak up the sun, and take delight in a world where there are many good things.

And I wished the same for every living being on this earth.

The End.

YOUR TURN…Make a Wish!


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Under the Spell of Enchanting Summer. Pictorial Tour.

Saturday morning, walking around my garden the roses are so close…(so close!) to blooming. As pretty as they will be when they unfold their petals opening to the sky above, I do love seeing them in this tight bud stage. And Oh! It reminds me of my all time favorite quote:

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

Summer has sprung to life this past week. I’m not sure where Spring went, but I’m not complaining and find myself under the enchanting spell of summer. I thought you might like a pictorial tour of what has my heart singing this holiday weekend. Enjoy!
Under the Spell of Enchanting Summer. Pictorial Tour.

Miss Gidget is very happy with her new bed I bought just for the purpose of her having her own special spot on the deck. While we are grillin’ she is a chillin’!  And just an update on her walking. She is walking better but still quite wobbly.  But no longer pulling herself along. So great improvement!


A few weeks ago I spray painted this baby gate that goes across the opening of our stairs of our deck. With Gidget having IVDD, she can’t do stairs. But I love how the red of the geraniums plays off the green and my new Adirondack chair cushions. Color! Color! Color! Makes my heart swoon.


If one “kid” gets something new, well you know that means the other “kid” needs something too, right?  It was time to “retire” Lambchop and Monkey toy and well, it was actually waaaaaay overdo. But now Miss Kylie has a new Monkey friend in her favorite colors of perwinkle and green. Oh wait! I think those are MY favorite colors!


I love how the sun was peeking through the deck railing causing this shadow affect on the exterior wall of my writing cottage.


And what’s chillin’ out on the deck without a little lovin’ from Papa?  Hey look, Papa! I got a new toy!


After a lovely time on the deck last night, while reading on the couch, Gidget snuggled beside me, it was fun watching a summer storm come through. The photo is a bit fuzzy, but I kind of think it adds to the mystery of a storm. And do you see the moon on the left hand side under the tree branch? And it looks like Mr. Eli, the neighbors Golden Doodle was out for one “last potty break” before the storm hit.


This mornings strolling, while Gidget was rolling in her stroller, I came across this patch of white flowers on the outskirts of a woods I walk by. I’m not sure if they are wild or a weed. But none-the-less, they sure are pretty aren’t they?


Over the railroad tracks that lead downtown to the hub of Elkhart Lake purple flower weeds are in bloom.


And the lake – oh, the lake! Never disappoints the eyes. I always love seeing a lone fishing boat – just adds to the enchantment of this beautiful place I live.


And past one of my favorite houses downtown. Can you see the stained class windows in the background? But it was these flowers that simply took my breath away! In fact, I really did gasp out loud. They were sooooo pretty!


Summer in Elkhart Lake never ceases to put me under a spell. And one that I never want to end. But no sense worrying about that as it has just begun, so I shall relish in all its glory.

Hoping your holiday weekend is a good one wherever you are!  And a very special thank you to all the veterans who have served and who continue to serve.

And as always, the veteran close to my heart is one who I always think of with extra fondness this Memorial Day… our family soldier…my brother, Keith. Here is he is with his daughter, Sara, who I can hardly believe is graduating high school this week. Just another reminder how precious time is.

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. -Jeff Miller


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