Sunday, November 1, 2015

There's a new kid in town

Friends and neighbors, Doug Buter and Karen Koll, are doing something exciting and very cool at their home.

They've opened Studio 442 and filled it with beautiful things including jewelry, furniture, floral pieces, edible goodies and more.

They are located at 442 Cutler Street here in Allegan and will be open weekends through the holidays and then . . . ?

They're on the corner of Pine and Cutler.
Something to sit on.

Something to hang on your wall or door.

Something to place your pretty things in.

Something to sit and admire.

Something to hang around your neck.

Doesn't this bring back the old beaded curtain days?

This would look great any time of the year anywhere.

Perfect for admiring yourself which I like to do . . . often.

Storing socks or pencils in I'm thinking.

Multi-purpose shelving.  Multi-purpose jars, too.

A tisket, a tasket.  Sorry, couldn't help myself.

A trio looking for a home.

More pretties.

Even better viewing in person.  You need to check this place out.

Studio 442.  Stop in either before or after my open house next weekend.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Be careful what you volunteer for

So I'm sure you all remember that I'm a Sign Language interpreter.
99% of my freelance work is medical - doctors' offices, dental offices, hospitals, etc.

I do, however, do a teeny bit of legal interpreting so when an all day legal workshop came along in Grand Rapids recently, I jumped on it.

It was a fantastic workshop full of great information whether I do legal 'terping or not.

A portion of the day included a tour of the holding area in the lower level of the Grand Rapids courthouse.  We saw how they transfer people from the jail to the courthouse and where they "hold" them before being brought up to the courtrooms.

So there we were - huddled together listening to the very nice police officer describe how the whole process goes.  He asked for a volunteer and before I knew it (and what it involved) my hand shot up and I said (in a loud voice) "I'll do it."

Ouch!  My knees!
I was sucking it in - didn't want him to think I was too chubby for the belly chain.

He looks satisfied and I look puzzled.

So be careful what you volunteer for - you might end up in chains.
"Your honor - I plead the 5th!"

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday morning walk with Augie

I honestly feel like Mother Nature has given us a big fat kiss on the mouth with this fall.

Augie prefers taking his walks along the river front so we did both boardwalks this morning.  Always thinking, in the back of my mind, (which is quite crowded these days) that it might be the last beauty before the "you know what hits the fan."

The blue sky was amazing.

Our historic iron bridge in the background.

I was hoping I could capture the diamond-like beads of water on this grass but it didn't turn out like I wanted.  Still pretty though.

The Old Regent Theater doing a photo bomb.

The yellows were amazing this year.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Winery names

So recently Petey and I were driving around northern Michigan, the Traverse City area, and I noticed something about the wineries.

Well, first of all - holy cow there are a lot of them.  On every corner.  Ok, there aren't really corners in the wine country but you know what I mean.

What I really focused on were the fancy-pants names.  Like Chateau Chantal and Chateau Elan.  How about Bowers Harbor and Hawthorne.  Also Brys Estate  and Black Star.

Very dramatic and foreign.

Then my thoughts turned to alternate American/midwest names like:

                                  Vinny's Vines
                                  Grapes Are Us
                                  Mad Martin's Merlot

I'm sure I'll come up with more and you'll be waiting, right?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cleaning the fridge

When was the last time you cleaned out your refrigerator?  I mean empty the sucker and remove the shelves and bins.  Toss what you think might be an old potato and scrape the dark green (lettuce?) stuff off the inside walls.

If it's been less than a year since you performed this task, don't even bother answering.  I don't want to know you.

I want to hear from others like me.  The ones that keep putting the job off because really?  how dirty can the inside of the ice box be?

OMG!  Where does that crap come from???

I decided it was "clean the kitchen" day this morning.  I thought starting with the appliances was a good way to kick off the job.

The stove didn't take too long and, no, I didn't clean the inside.  Yes, I have a self-cleaning oven so wouldn't you think I'd use it more often?  Appears not to be the case.  Kind of like the windows that tilt in so that you don't have to go outside with a ladder to wash them.  I need to get around to that before the snow flies.  Or not.

Anyway, the fridge took longer than I thought because I decided to go "all the way."  I even struggled to remove those damn bins in the bottom and took them out to the driveway for their bath.

My shoulder aches and my back is a little stiff but worth it.


I told Petey we're eatin' out tonight.  Can't dirty up the place.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New computer chair

It was time for a new computer chair.  The one we had served us well but had a boo-boo that even duct tape couldn't help anymore.

So off to the "zoo" to shop.

We narrowed the selection to two and decided we'd really miss arms and we were ready to switch from black to brown.  Yea, let's take it home and put it together.

As I was taping a "free" sign to the old one and getting ready to wheel it to the curb we both realized it didn't have arms and wasn't black.

No wonder the cop shows always talk about eye witnesses being unreliable.  

Taking items to the curb is fun.  We guess how long it will be before someone grabs said item.

We weren't around when it happened; dinner at the bar down the street.  I think we were gone about an hour and the chair wasn't there upon our return.

It was a good day . . . except for the fact that we now know we'd make horrible witnesses.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Changing times

As most of you already know, I'm a Sign Language interpreter.  99% of my freelance work these days includes medical appointments.

The other day I was "terping" for a client and I started thinking about the specialty field.

We're very fortunate to have many specialists that practice here in little ole Allegan but it didn't used to be that way.

When I was a kid and my dad practiced medicine here he was a GP; general practitioner.  He set bones, delivered babies, diagnosed serious illnesses/conditions, etc.

The only specialist, to my recollection, that we had in those days was a general surgeon.

The other big change for Allegan is the Allegan Medical Clinic.  My father was a "stand-alone-doc."  Now, with the exception of two physicians (that I know of) everyone is hanging out at the clinic.

Another little issue (I'm not complaining - just an observation) is that the medical people don't have the opportunity to look you in the eye anymore.  Everyone has a laptop that needs tending to.  All your history and current problems are entered with no eye contact.

There are many benefits to the new setups, for sure, it's just a change and difficult for many.

There's no looking back so we need to buck up and move forward.

                 The "boy doctor" came to Allegan in 1949.