Jul. 5th, 2016

Hey, I have some great news for you all - this entry isn't going to be a laundry list of money miletones and sewing accomplishments!  Yay!

My parents came to visit in June. I have been meaning to make this entry for a while.  We spent a few days working in my garden, but I'm going to save that for another post.

We also drove to Niagara Falls (only about 4 hours from my house in MI if you take the shortcut through Canada) and spent a few days enjoying the tourist traps there, eating and wandering around.  None of us had ever been before and it was a good time, though I'm not sure I'd recommend it to others.  The most interesting part to me was comparing the Canadian side to the US side.  The Canadian side had a lot of clean nice hotels, beautiful waterfront, nice restaurants,  beautiful landscaping, helpful people, great transportation system, etc.  The US side was a dirty aging National Park with sullen teenagers working the ticket stands and planters full of weeds.  It was kind of shocking to be confronted with US vs. Canada that starkly.  Very interesting to have such a natural wonder of the world on a country border like that.

Pictures, assuming I did the cut right. )

That's about it; I didn't take many pictures.  (I didn't take any, actually, these are all Jason's or my parents.)

Hopefully I'll make a big post about the garden, soon, though I'm missing 'before' pictures so it's hard to give you an idea of how much we really accomplished.  Some exciting things are happening, not just 'coming soon' but actually happening, whoo!  I need to catch up on these little vacation posts so I can get back to that.

I can't even tell you how nice it is to have something to post about other than money and tears.  Thanks so much for hanging in there with me during those tough couple of years.  Barring some new disaster we are pretty much out of the woods.  Strawberry salads, garden plants, fun fabrics, very small weekend trips, and steam games are all back in the budget, and life is much more fulfilling as a result. <3

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