Thursday, May 21, 2009

Holiday Weekends

So, here in Michigan, all the schools have figured out that everyone takes friday off anyways on Memorial day weekend, so tomorrow, the kids have no school.  You see, just about everyone here in the great state of Michigan has a "place up north".  It could be a double-wide on an acre of nothing, but chances are it is by a lake or in the forest.  Heaven on earth.  So everyone and their mother is going up north tomorrow.  Actually saw someone taking off today with boat in tow.  Go for it.

I shall sit at home and not be in traffic.  I will grill out and spend my time doing a lot of sitting in the sun.  It is supposed to be about 70 degrees this weekend, perfect.  Not too hot, not too cold.  I don't know what I would do if we had a cottage up north (even double wides are "cottages").  It seems that everyone has to "open" up their cottages, which takes a lot of work.  Then at the end of summer, they have to "close" their cottages, which is also a lot of work.  There is the whole travel time and all that jazz.  That being said, everyone seems to love to go "up north".  They actually have t-shirts that just say "UP North", go figure.  I don't know if this is a phenomenon any where else, but here, we go up north.

So I embrace the "home" vacation.  A whole bunch of nothing.  That is my idea of a great weekend.  I will marinate some kind of meat and throw together some kind of salad and there will be cookies and fruit salad.  I may get motivated and make some brownie kind of thing with ice cream.  I believe in watermelon and grapes eaten on a blanket on the grass.  There will be some kind of pick-up baseball game in the neighborhood and there is nothing better than watching little girls turn cart-wheels in the back yard.  I love it.  And I have saved myself at least five hours in the car with my kids asking "when are we going to get there".  I may paint my toes, but that will be the extent of my getting motivated.

What are you doing this Memorial Day?  Share the love.

God bless you and yours.


Baby Z's Mom said...

The Flatlanders go up noth too, to Wisconsin. Personally, being from AZ, up north doesn't float my boat. Here in IL where I live (20 mins from WI) going up north is the same as staying home. I have woods in my back yard, why would I want to go to different woods with the rest of the world? At least in AZ going up north meant a complete change in scenery and temperature. I miss that up north for sure. We will be staying home, grillin' & chillin' and sprayin' for bugs!

Dawn Cartwright said...

Oh-you don't know what you are missing! We vacationed "Up North" for over 20 years, never blessed enough to be able to have our own place. Do you not remember your trip to Miley's- Heaven on Earth? At least it was for us. I am counting the days til I get to go back. But "stay-cationing" ( stay at home and enjoy!) is the new in vogue thing, so you are right there with it! Love nad miss you.