A day out

Post 38/2021 Saturday 4 September . . . “How nice to have a day outside,” a passerby said as we waited for our lunch to be served outdoors at Maria’s Restaurant in South Haven, Michigan on Friday. “How nice to be out of the house,” she added.

The day began with breakfast at Hilltop Restaurant in Middlebury, Indiana, where we met cousins from Illinois and relatives from Indiana. Nice spot, tasty, but noisy with all the chatter and clatter from surrounding tables (including our table of eight).

My choice at breakfast was baked peach oatmeal.

From Middlebury we set off on backroads for one of our favorite destinations, South Haven, MI. The blueberry season is mostly over; we picked up apples and plums. Wandering backroads, even with the odd detour, makes for such a relaxing drive.

For lunch, Captain Lou’s on the Black River had no outside seating so we opted for Maria’s A Taste of Italy, one of our favorites. Like other businesses, they are short-staffed, but we passed the time nicely at our shaded sidewalk table.

Marty’s choice for lunch was a Traverse City Salad: lettuce blend, feta cheese, dried cherries, Craisins and cinnamon roasted walnuts with homemade raspberry vinaigrette. We took half of it home and shared it for supper.
My lunch choice was the appetizer version of mussels: butter, garlic, and scallions, in Maria’s demi sec wine sauce. Nothing left over.

After lunch we popped in at Black River Books, where we’ve bought and sold books numerous times (nothing to sell or buy this time, just a pleasant chat with the proprietor who is hoping upon hope that a couple interested in buying the business will do so), stopped for a haircut at Combs Barbershop (where the barber still hot-lathers and shaves your neck), and did the mandatory stop at Sherman’s Ice Cream.

Oh yes, Sherman’s has never skimped on their servings. This is a regular size waffle cone, Marion Blackberry; the next size smaller would be the smallest, called a baby cone. The phrase, “Sweet Indulgence” comes to mind. We sat in the shade of an evergreen tree and, just like kids, giggled and smacked our lips spooning and licking up the whole thing.

The drive home left us feasting on the countryside, stories of migrant ministry child care that Marty did in the South Haven area in blueberry season during college, our recent move, and our plans for the week ahead.


Our move within Greencroft Goshen about a week ago went well. Finally, our modest earthly possessions are in one place, on one level, with one box a day still to be opened with decision whether the contents will stay or go (the decision may take more than a day). Happily, all is manageable.

Hail Guest!
Hail guest, we know not who thou art.
If friend, we greet thee hand and heart;
If stranger, such no longer be,
If foe, our love will conquer thee.

From a Crofter's Door, Wales

On the Greencroft Goshen campus

Silently, the Wellness Center beckons, “Stop in.”
View from the Greencroft Community Center.

May we find familiar and new ways to indulge body, mind and spirit in the day by day challenges and joys of life.


4 thoughts on “A day out

  1. Dear John and Marty Lovely to read. Blessings Etienne

    Revd Etienne van Blerk

    Priest-in-Charge The United Benefice of Carbis Bay & Lelant Diocese of Truro

    The Vicarage Porthrepta Road CARBIS BAY St Ives TR26 2LD

    01736 796206 07795985942


    1. Thanks, Etienne. Marty tracks the temperatures between here and Cornwall and often your afternoon temps are our morning temps. Thanks for remembering Marty’s birthday at St Anta. Hearing Happy Birthday sung from across the pond was a real blessing.


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