At 7:00 a.m. it's still pretty dark here. That's going to take some getting used to! My deer friends were back in the yard this morning. It's becoming a normal thing for them to show up in the evenings and mornings, and I'm more than OK with that! This morning, there were even some babies out there.
W: This has become Joel's perch each morning. He sits out in nature (humidity) and communes with the deer and the squirrels (and Facebook).
J: It's nice and cool in the mornings, and the deer always show up in the evening around 7 p.m.
W: I did not drive 2000 miles to sit in 90 degree heat with humidity, but that's what we're getting. Michigan is being cruel, and I can only hope Maine will treat us better! Thank goodness I packed a few pairs of capri pants.
W: My family has been pretty much obsessed with Fudge Du Locke fudge since I was born. The company, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (aka "the Soo", where I was born) has been around since 1964 and it defines fudge as far as my taste buds are concerned. Back when I still lived in Michigan, I was absolutely tickled to discover that the same fudge was being sold right down the road from my house at the Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen in the Yates Cider Mill. Since Joel could not recall having been to a cider mill, that went on our to-do list. In addition to hot cider (which was wonderful even though it was over 80 degrees that day) and donuts, we just had to pick up some fudge. As I chatted with the man at the counter, I explained how this fudge was "a thing" for my family, and had been for my entire life, that I was born in the Soo and originally discovered it there. The man, who turned out to be Zak McClellan, told me he was born in the Soo as well, and that Fudge Du Locke and this fudge shop are owned by his family. Well, knowing that I just had to get his picture! He was the nicest guy, all smiles, and said it made him so happy to hear what I had said to him. My mom, aunt, and cousins are going to be SO jealous! I'm buddies with *the* Fudge Du Locke guy!
J: I'm sure I went to a cider mill when I was younger, I just don't remember it! Actually, I remember not really even liking cider as a child. Well, as an adult I can say it's pretty awesome. The perfect way to taste the fall season (sorry people, it ain't pumpkin spice anything!). Cider and donuts... MMMmmm.
J: The fudge guy was nice, but he reminded me of Will Farrell, whose comedy I don't really care for... except maybe in the movie Elf. Speaking of Elf, after the cider mill, we went to a place called Old Canterbury, which is basically like Trail Dust Town in Tucson but it has a King Arthur/Castle-y vibe. The place was dead, but they have this shop called "Always Christmas." I love Christmas and I listen to Christmas music pretty much year-round, so this place was perfect for me. When Wendy and I travel, we try to pick up an ornament from wherever we visit. Well, this seemed like a pretty good place to pick up an ornament!
W: After the cider mill I had to go to a local high school to film an episode of "Pet Flix", our dog rescue's local TV show. I was being interviewed as the founder/director of the group, which was very cool for me. I was ready for it, I swear, but some questions were asked out of order and at some point my mind couldn't keep track of it all and completely shut down. I recovered quickly, and thank goodness for editing (I hope, anyway), but it was harder than I thought! From there we had to go to a board meeting for the rescue. It was at the home of one of the board members, who happens to have three young kids. In no time at all, the shy little ones were swarming all over Joel, showing him their toys, bringing him plastic food, and sharing all of their stories. It was so cute, but I totally failed to get a picture! The dad is a hard-core Patriots fan, like Joel, so they had some bonding time while I attended the meeting. We ended the day at a pub with the two ladies who work for the rescue, and stayed were there until 1 a.m.! I am not a night person, but my brain is still on AZ time (and we were having a great time) so I managed to stay awake.