Saturday, June 09, 2018

A Weekend Getaway

On May 19th, Doug and I headed to Michigan for an afternoon visit with family, followed by an enjoyable evening at the home of a couple with whom we had become acquainted through Bonnie, a dear friend from our church. 

Bonnie's sister, Kak, and Kak's husband, Dale, own a beautiful property near Jackson, Michigan. They invited us to join them and Bonnie, along with another friend from church, Vicki, and Vicki's cousin, Greg, and Greg's wife, Sue, for a cookout and an evening of fellowship and singing.

Kak and Dale's lovely home sits on several acres of wooded land. A long driveway passes through a stand of evergreens, past a flagpole, between two ponds, and past a small guest cabin before leading to the house itself.

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Bonnie (left) and Vicki relaxing in the house





Doug (left) and Dale chatting while waiting for the fire to reach the right temperature for cooking the barbecued ribs


Relaxing around the tables after the wonderful meal

After eating and visiting for awhile, we all moved into the cabin for a sing-along. Vicki and her cousin, Greg, come from a musical family. Both play instruments and sing. On this occasion, Vicki played a ukelele; and Greg played a bass violin.

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Vicki and Greg (top left); Greg and his wife, Sue (top right); trying for a shot of the whole room (bottom left); Bonnie, Dale, and Kak (bottom right) 

After singing for awhile, we took a break for some banana split dessert, Bonnie's special recipe, after which Greg and Sue left to go to their own home, which was nearby. Bonnie, Vicki, Kak, and Dale all headed up to the main house for the night. And Doug and I prepared to spend the night in the cabin.

The cabin is one room, plus a small alcove used as a closet/dressing room combination. There is a sleeping space in a loft, plus double bunk beds. And the couch also makes into a bed.

Doug and I opted to sleep in the bunk beds, with him on the bottom bunk and me on the top. Getting me up that ladder and into the top bunk proved to be more challenging than we had anticipated and resulted in much laughter in the process. Part of me would have liked to see a video of that; but the other part of me was praying that Kak hadn't set up a hidden camera somewhere in the cabin. I'm sure it would have become a YouTube sensation.

The weekend was topped off with a visit to Kak and Dale's church the next day. It was a wonderful time of worship with friends and the perfect ending to this weekend getaway. 


  1. WOW! The home looks lovely and the cabin is just delightful. I can only imagine what it would have taken to get me into a top bunk.Hmmm---maybe the floor would be better suited for me.Glad you had fun in the process.

    1. It was a gorgeous place, Ruth. But it would take a lot of work to keep it up the way they do. Their grandchildren love to visit, though; so that makes it all worthwhile. I still smile when I think about what I must have looked like trying to get into that top bunk. ;)

  2. It sounds like a perfect weekend. The home and cabin are gorgeous.

    1. It was fun, George. Not sure I'll make that climb to the upper bunk again, though. ;)

  3. Oh my, its looks like all had fun. That's the best vacation. I would think that ladder is harder than it looks. Yes a video lol

    1. The video in my mind is all I need, Kim. I sure don't want anything out there for anyone else to see. ;)

  4. Sounds like you had a very special getaway with good friends. Their place looks lovely and I love the cabin in the back near the peaceful. It is always fun to gather around music and sing and just enjoy good fellowship. Glad you had a great weekend...and ended it with worship.

    1. I think you'd have loved their place, Mike and Gerri. And I expect they'd have found a place for you to park your Ollie, too. It can be challenging to find a good church these days, but they seem to be in a good one.

  5. It sounds like it was a great meeting with your friends, Linda, I especially love that singing and ukulele playing part. I wish I could hear that!

    1. Well, I do have a short video clip of the singing. Let me see if I can figure out how to share it with you.


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