Today’s activity plans were to attend the Color Cruise and Island Festival here in our hometown of Grand Ledge, MI. There are lots of fun activities that take place on our historic island including displays and demonstrations from historic times and a riverboat to take passengers up and down the scenic Grand River. This is a great time of year to show off our famous ledges and tree lined river with all the beautiful fall colors. Looks like Mother Nature has other plans for today. Earlier in the week the forecast was for a beautiful sunny fall day. What we got instead was a forecast of day long drizzle, rain, and probable storms. Not a great day for outdoor activities.
We had planned on participating in the classic car show that is also a part of this event. We own a 1973 Olds Delta 88 Royale that has been in the family since it was new. This was the last hurrah car show for us this year. Time to tuck the classic away for the winter. With today’s rainy forecast we decided not to take the car out of the garage. We are not as bad as most but classic car owners hate to take their cars out in the rain. It takes time to get a car all shined up and perfect for a show and the rain makes that impossible.
Instead I have numerous other things I can be doing. I could prepare some future blog posts, finish up my clean and organize my office project, and then there is the ever popular clean the house and do laundry. Since we have a craft show next week I also need to spend LOTS of quality time with my crochet hook making Scrubbies and other items I will be selling. Must be time to get to work...enjoy your Saturday!
Today is Friday, October 13th making it Friday the 13th. It’s a day for superstitions and bad luck. A common superstition is not to let a black cat cross your path or it will bring you bad luck. Black cats have long been associated with scary, witchy things and bad luck. But I have not found that to be the case. Being a former black cat owner I always felt like ours protected us especially on Friday the 13th. Black cats are sleek and sophisticated looking but beyond that they are just a cat.
There are numerous benefits to owning a cat. Cats make a great companion and help people deal with loneliness and loss. Cuddling a cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and stress. A cat’s purr has been known to heal bones and reduce swelling and infections. I know I have benefited many times from purr therapy after a long stressful day.
In Michigan we are lucky to have four very different seasons. Since I have always lived in areas where there are seasons, it is hard to imagine not having them. It is fall now, harvest time, and that started me thinking about apples. We love eating apples year round but right now apples are plentiful with lots of varieties to choose from. Michigan is a big apple producing state with over 900 million pounds of apples grown here every year making us the 3rd largest producer of apples in the nation. With over 16 different varieties of apples to choose from, you are sure to find one that you like. This infographic shows the types available. Peak harvest time starts in August and goes into October. Different varieties are ready at different times. You can find apples everywhere this time of year, local grocery stores, farm markets, roadside stands, and of course you pick apple orchards.
Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are loaded antioxidants, and filled with fiber while being low in sodium and calories. Eating apples can also help you reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. While it is always tasty to just bite into a big juicy apple, the other wonderful thing is all of the recipes you can find to use apples in. Michigan Apples offers lots of ideas to use them in main dishes, side dishes and desserts. You will find their ideas here.
Hope you have enjoyed this information on Michigan Apples, go out and find your favorite variety today.
Until next time… Linda
For More Information on apples grown in Michigan, visit their web site: Michigan Apples
Hello! I am Linda Holton from Holton Handicrafts. I am partner to my hubby The Lathe Junkie, mother to two grown children, two fur babies, and four grandchildren. I love to craft and write and have a large variety of interests. On my blog I share with you my experiences and fun ideas for You, Your Pet, and Your Home with lots of other fun thrown in.
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