I can say with 100% certainty that I never expected to see a camel- two, even!- walking down my town's Main Street here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Normally, the parades around here have a few horses and maybe some dogs on fire trucks and stuff, but this parade had a mini-menagerie: horses, dogs, camels, and alpacas. Not to mention the non-animal attractions of your typical small town parade: giant tractors, Shriners on go-carts, muscle cars squealing out their tires, the high school marching band (where Daughter #1 made her debut as drum major), and pre-adolescent gymnasts tumbling in the street. The parade was to commemorate the "last" U.P. State Fair (the State has cut all funding for the fair as a budgetary measure). There were even bagpipers (my favorite).
It was nice to see this display, especially since I will not be going to the Hog Capital of the World for Labor Day this year. An ill-timed mandatory conference will be keeping me busy in Denver, keeping me from my annual pilgrimage to Illinois. *grumble grumble grumble*
Other than my summer program being complete, rushing to get annual grant reports finished, and having no time for just sitting in the sun, I am training for another marathon , and getting ready to send Mr. Fix, Daughters #1 and #2 back to school. Yay! I'm so ready to get them back on a regular schedule, you know? They don't do so well with unstructured days.
I did have time to run up to Marquette for an afternoon, and stopped and treated myself to some beautiful flowers from Garden Bouquet & Design . See?
A giant Dinner Plate dahlia and some Love Lies Bleeding were matched up with some of my own garden's standard dahlias and cannas (sp?). So lovely, and a nice bit of decor for a mid-week Ladies' Night Birthday BBQ with My Favorite Redhead, My Favorite Local Celebrity, and My Favorite Shiksa (who not only celebrated a birthday, but a close to her single life, too!).
Have a great week, and enjoy these last bits of Summer.