RVery Best Nest

Come join Joe, Mallery & I, as we travel around the USA in our RVery Best Nest. God's Favor has been chasing us down, and we are enjoying all of His blessing's, that He has created for all to enjoy!





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Happenings In June 2017

                                                                June 2017
We had to go to Traverse City for an appointment, and Joe found this boat on Craigslist, so we stopped to check it out! It was a 34 foot boat. It is a start to educate us on bigger boats. Way to big and not well kept!
What a nice way to start your day with a view like this.

While we are north, our kids and grandkids are enjoying their beach home town.
I don't know if I ever posted our home after we sided it. It went from brown to yellow. Much cheerier!
We decided we wanted to buy a wave runner, so we had been educating ourselves on them also.We had been looking at older and cheaper ones, but were told by the mechanic who winterizes our boat that the older models have more issues. On this day we drove to Harbor Springs to look at a newer model on Little Traverse Bay.
Joe brought his life jacket to take it out for a spin.
Off he went. This being the first time driving one, he said it felt a little tipsy.
I like the color because it stands out when on the water, not because it matches our house! You know you want to be seen when out with bigger boats around you. The neighborhood that we looked at this wave runner was very high end, with beautiful big old homes with tons of character. I took a video of the neighborhood as we left, but it doesn't seem to want to work. If it works for you let me know. It is showing up a blank white square for me.


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A summer storm developing just north of us, like always.
It looked pretty ominous!


But all we got was a short heavy down pour which we needed to water our grass. The towns north of us, had high winds and storm damage.
June 23
This year has been a much cooler summer. Joe loves it this way. He says he moved north to get away from hot sticky summers like that of Iowa!
We always get Mayflies in early summer. They cover your cars,

and your house.

All the dots on the house are Mayflies
They are aquatic insects, also called Canadian soldiers in the United States, or Shadflies or Fishflies in Canada or Michigan. Their early lives start in water as nymphs and then emerge from the water as flying insects as adults. Their adult lives are very short once on land. They don't bother you, but are permanent fixtures for a while.
As July approached, the Farmer Market in Boyne City becomes a zoo for parking.
And so does the traffic in front of our house. What once was a quiet street with occasional cars in winter and early Spring, becomes a very busy road with traffic moving way faster than the 35mph speed limit posted out front. Our neighborhood gets in arms about the speeders and calls are made to the city. A sign machine is placed down the road with each cars speed lite up showing the driver how fast they are moving. ( But that doesn't seem to deter their speeding. This evening, Joe went down and took his camera and took pictures of the drivers and the speed they were going. He said it was fun watching the drivers look at him and then  hit their brakes, as I am sure wondering what the "H" he was doing.
Well we did purchase the wave runner, as we knew  someone else was going to look at it the next day, and we were going into high boating season. Nothing lasts too long on the market if it is a good buy during this time of year.
The same day we  picked up the wave runner, we also picked up the kayaks I had purchased a few weeks earlier. I had to have special car top bars put on top of the car at the local dealership. Then  Joe had to add the kayak holders to the installed bars. It just so happened everything was ready to be picked up on the same day, in Petoskey and Harbor Springs north of where we live. We are ready for summer now!

The wave  runner lift that we purchased with the wave  runner was delivered by the broker who sold them to us for the owner.

A few days later, Joe asked one of our neighbors if he could help Joe put the lift into the water.

It went fairly easy, as they put boards on the rock wall and tied a rope to the lift and slid it into the water.
Joe's first time out as a owner of a wave runner. I decided to wait to ride on the back until after he felt comfortable on it by himself. It was enough of a learning curve just docking it on the lift. Once you turn off the motor, the wave runner goes with the waves. At the moment, he is still just throwing the rope to me on the dock, and I am pulling him to the lift until we get this all figured out. Each time he went out, the wave runner felt less tipsy, and he felt more in control of it!

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Spring Time Happening in Northern Michigan



                                                    May 10, 2017

Last summer the mobile home that is to the left from our house finally sold. It had sat empty for many years.The new owner painted the garage. We were like, OK this is different.
After a week, we decided to go behind our house to look  for moral mushrooms again.
When the Trillium wild flowers are out, it means moral mushrooms are to be found.
There were not a lot of the Trilliums behind our house, but enough to know there were morals around.
While Joe mushroomed, I walk the woods  and took pictures.

A leafless bush had a nest of something inside it.
Not sure what was inside, but something was moving inside.
Joe found about 20 small morel mushrooms.
The next day, Joe fried them up,
with some grass fed lamb chops and vegetables.
Well our neighbor finally got approved by the city council to tear down the old mobile home he bought, and to rebuild. I guess it was quite the ordeal.
A few days later we went back to the woods behind our house and the crawling insect were very visible this time. From my research, I think these are Eastern tent caterpillars. Pretty much a pest to trees and their leaves, but nature balances them out with predators.
Joe's find was a little less but the mushrooms were bigger than the last group. If we were true moral mushroom-ers, we would go more toward Petoskey as they get a lot more rain than we do, and the woods are blanketed with Trilliums.
View of our neighbors lot with mobile home gone from the road.

Like most storms, they go to  the north and south of  us, but we still get beautiful cloud formations the the lighting from them.
Before picture of our neighbors property viewed from our property,

and after mobile home gone. Then at least 40 trees were removed from his lot.
While we are in Michigan, Tiffany, Blake, and Lennox fly back to Iowa to pick up her grandfathers car, who passed away a month prior.
 An early morning view out our living room window, during my morning Bible reading time.
I have been busy this spring/summer painting 2 sets of dresser drawer, and 2 shelves, that we bought from our home's previous owner. Since we didn't have any furniture, we asked them if they would be interested in selling us some of their furniture. Unfortunately they were hunter green. Two years of hunter green is long enough!
Another early morning view!
Weeding out the snow on the mountain plants that has been taking over my hosta plant bed, has also been on the spring/summer chores.
I pretty much ignored weeding the flower and plant beds the last 2 summers, so it has been a frustrating job! Snow on the mountain, also call Bishop Weeds is extremely tenacious because it send rhizomes under ground. I can see this is going to be a ongoing job trying to irradiate this plant because it is impossible to remove all the rhizomes under the existing wanted plants. But at least I have started.
On May 30th we got our dock in. We were schedule for May 9th, but we were going to get freezing weather during a few nights, so we canceled. Unfortunately, it was hard to get back into the schedule after dropping out.
The guys were smarter putting in the dock this year.
Instead of walking down the rock wall, they walked down to the end of the docks as they put them in.
Then the shore station and boat went in.
While we are in Michigan, my mom and sister flew to Florida to see my sisters grandkids and mom's great grandkids. Mom is 90, so every picture is special these days, so I posted it in our timeline.
On our second boat outing we took our neighbor Mindy and her friends from down state Michigan.
 One morning, I had just got up and was checking my calendar. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw something move from the laundry room to the kitchen. After a few moments of,  "what do I do now?", I quickly grabbed my phone that was in the laundry room and ran to the living room and jumped on the couch. The mouse ran from the kitchen back to the laundry room. I wasn't seeing things! I called Joe. He was still in bed. Dang, his phone rang in the dining room. It took me 6 calls before he got up and answered the phone. After filling him in, he quickly put a board to block the laundry room entrance.
 Joe notice the mouse kept coming out from under the washer and just standing by the board. He grabbed the top of a container that had roasted chicken in it the night before. Joe put the container top over the mouse. Then I put this flower pot with rock on top. Joe went out to the garage and got a sheet of metal and pushed it underneath. He was going to take it out like that, but I insisted to mask tape the container top to the metal sheet so that it didn't get out. Once outside he let it go. Our neighbor, when heard we let it go, thought we were nuts. He said they are pest and should be killed. I don't like to kill things if I can get them out. I know it might someday get back in, but I'll take my chances. This is the third mouse this spring. Joe caught another one in a box in a corner. The first one got in a mouse trap. Joe's a good mouse catcher! Joe thinks they got in during the winter during construction. Either way, I continue to look for any holes or cracks they may get in. So far we have had mice, honey bees, yellow jackets and spiders. Everyone keeps telling me you are in the Northern woods of Michigan. I love it up here but not too crazy of the nature creatures! I am still a city girl when it come to bugs and pest. Our contractor keeps telling me the more we zip the place up the less we will have these issues. I guess I had better get used to life in the country/woods!