Summer events are here

May 16, 2019

Pat Maurer

After a chilly weekend, it seems the warm weather highlighting this great month of May is back again.

Mother Nature sure played a trick on us late last week, with snow flurries on Friday morning up at the camper.

It was a windy cool weekend, but we went north anyway and got our 5th wheel stocked and cleaned and Sister-in-law Marlene’s cleaned and ready for her arrival from Florida later this month or in early June.

We have been lucky here on the Tobacco. No frost (so far) to kill the blooms just coming out on the Magnolia tree in the yard by the river. I have seen several others around the area in full bloom, but there’s only a few blossoms on our little tree so far.

Memorial Weekend and the unofficial beginning of the summer season (for the Maurers anyway) is now only a short week away.

Hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend this year. Since we went north and got to see family again, it was pretty nice, even if it was a working instead of relaxing weekend. We did host a visit from brother Jim and nephew Brian and niece Kathy on Sunday night and went out for breakfast together on Monday morning before packing up for the trip home again.

Now the fun begins. It seems as though every single weekend in these summer months is set aside for something special – this weekend for a visit with granddaughter Mandy and great grandson Marlon who arrived from California Wednesday for a visit with the Michigan family.

I think this great-grandma is going to be spoiled this summer because in July we will be hosting great-granddaughter Amelia’s first birthday here too.

And with the arrival of Memorial weekend, our official camping season will begin again with a long holiday weekend in Roscommon and another visit with family and friends there.

During our much too short Michigan summers, we try to get up north every couple of weeks for a long weekend. It’s a great, relaxing getaway with no yard work or house work. But then the hubby, who can’t stand to relax for long, always finds a few “projects” to do while we are up there anyway. In fact I’m pretty sure he has already started his “to-do” list for the summer months both here and up at the camper!

For me, up north means visiting, reading, napping and walks in the woods. I am really hoping that this will be a good year for huckleberries (wild blueberries) so I can add berry picking to my list too. They make the most awesome pies…

On our weekends around home in my spare time, I plan to be working on a quilt on rainy days and planting some flowers while Jack spruces up the yard when the sun shines.

We will also be having a downsizing yard sale in the next few weeks. It’s amazing how much stuff accumulates when you have been married for nearly 53 years and living in the same place for 34 years. (It makes me feel ancient to even type that, but as Jack likes to remind me “We’re old folks now.”

Around Clare County there will be loads to do over the next couple of weeks. Yoder’s Amish Quilt Auction and Craft Show will fill the weekend this Friday and Saturday with thousands coming for the semi-annual event just east of Clare, and Harrison will hold its annual Car and Motorcycle Cruise and Show and Mud Bog Saturday and Sunday next weekend. There is also a Gun and Knife Show at the Clare County Fairgrounds in Harrison on the 25th and 26th and Farwell’s annual Figure 8 Derby is at the Farwell Fairgrounds on May 25th and their Memorial Day parade and ceremonies May 27 with a 10 a.m. parade leading to the traditional ceremony and presentation of wreaths in the Village Park.

Memorial Day ceremonies are planned in Harrison at Veteran’s Freedom Park too, and in Clare, the Veterans of Foreign War’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on the 27th after a ceremony at the Clare City Park and winds up at Cherry Grove Cemetery.

After that June is only one more week away.

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