Monday, June 3, 2013

Ready for Summer!

We came to work, but we also hoped to play a little...we were expecting spring, but ready for a little summer...and Grand Haven didn't disappoint for us a few weeks ago!  It was great to be back at Ruth's, only the second visit since owning the house, but it felt like home as soon as we walked in, and even more-so when we left again a few days later.  Fun moments putting finishing touches on the house as we approach summer rental weeks.  The farmers market had opened the week before and we walked away with some great local treats!
Tomatoes, asparagus, a cherry scone (breakfast!!), handmade basil & garlic pasta, a sweet smelling bouquet and a planter to welcome guests for the front door!

The local antique mall was a great find that I can't wait to go back to again, endless treasures and lots of great deals to be found!  Look for a post on this alone coming soon... but for now I will share some of favorite finds that we added to the house!

The street signs I have to give credit to dear family friend and Ruth's manager John for finding in a back corner of the antique mall.  Lafayette and Prospect are two early streets in Grand Haven.  If you are familiar with GH you might better know Prospect as Five Mile Hill, and if you are not familiar with GH, I highly suggest you check out Five Mile Hill when you visit!
The dresser was another fun find - it had been originally purchased from a local department store by the dealers wife's parents when they got married!

                                 We also spent time planting flowers in the flower boxes, a sweet and fun job that simply reminded me of the many hours I spent in the yard with Grandma Ruth growing up.  My parents had even found a couple of wind chimes that Grandma had up at her house in Colorado for years that we hung it the yard.  Now when the breeze blows off the lake it even sounds like childhood memories at Grandma Ruth's!  There were so many elements of this weekend that reminded me of Grandma.  Getting to put all the finishing touches on things gave me great joy - to imagine the guests who will walk through Ruth's this summer.  This was something I feel like I learned from Grandma.  She paid attention to the details, from the hand written note for recitals, to perfectly tied bows and ribbons on packages to little craft projects we did together.  Speaking of craft protects look for a post on the pallet wood signs I painted for the house, and an engagement party or two for friends here in Virginia - such a fun trash turned fun treasure!

Last but certainly not least, we played a little too!  The sun was shining, it was kite festival weekend at the beach and not to mention Ruth's also had their first guest joining my mom and I for the trip!  My mom's cousin Kathy from Nebraska came and worked and played with us!  So we had to introduce her some of our favorites like walks on the boardwalk, the light house and beach, pronto pups, ice cream, fish, Duncan woods, 5 mile hill and much more! Thanks to Kathy for taking vacation time to come work with us! Make sure to check out Inside Ruth's Retreat for all new pics of the house!
Let's just say she was a little confused why all these people were waiting in line for a Pronto Pup...  but she quickly understood and asked if we could stop back by again the next day!

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