Life Along Lake Michigan

Summer in the Midwest

By: JanesVacation, 12:59 AM GMT on May 20, 2012

Summer seems to arrived here in the midwest. All of the spring flowers have died away and the summer annuals have replaced them. I hung up my hot pink geranium yesterday and planted 2 flats of annuals in the ground where the sprinkler will help me to keep them watered. 3 large pots of colorful annuals round out my summer decorations.
The rest of my garden will soon be abundant with hostas, buttercup, yellow and orange daylilies and in July the back eyed susans will make their appearance. We had a mild winter, so we are assuming Lake Michigan will warm quicker than usual. No ice formed this year and the temperatures have averaged above normal for May. Many years go by when I just dip my toe in the "big lake" as we call it. Our pool has a heater that warms it to 82+ degrees, far exceeding any temperature the lake could ever achieve. At best, 75 is about the peak temperature in July for Lake Michigan. A bit chilly, even for a Northener like me!

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Tulip Time in Holland, MI

By: JanesVacation, 2:46 PM GMT on May 06, 2012


It's the beginning of tulip Time in Holland, MI. It is a celebration of the Dutch heritage of our city. The fireworks over Lake Michigan kicked off the annual event last night and the streets this week will be filled with locals dressed in traditional Dutch costumes and performing their klompen dances in wooden shoes. Parades on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday round out the colorful celebration.

later this week, I have a half day off of school. Thursday afternoon is the traditional day of the Children's Costume Parade. The local schools participate by providing the children and teachers a half day off to dress in their traditional Dutch costume and parade along the main street accompanied by the local marching bands. The Holland High School bands plays Tip Toe Through the Tulips as they clickety clack along wearing their wooden shoes. Colorful and fun for all!

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I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!