Doodads — visit to Grand Rapids, MI

 

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Today I learned how to do my own covid test.  The other ones my older son did when I went to his place first before going on to younger son and his wife’s house to visit and see my baby granddaughter.  Somehow I got the times mixed up and showed up at older son’s house an hour *early* instead of always late.  He was ready but no response to the text to younger son could we show up early.  This meant no, so we decided to check out two different things. 

The first stop was the labyrinth right down the road.  We found out quickly that nobody shovels or walks it in the wintertime.  This makes it great for taking a few photos.  The windchimes were singing a duet with the wind. 

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The other was the Meyer May House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It’s been on my bucket list forever.  I plugged it into the phone and saw it wasn’t that far from where we were so we moseyed on over.  The maps voice had said it might be closed by the time we got there.  I wasn’t even expecting it to be open.  I walked around outside of the house and snapped a few pics before a voice spoke behind me.  Next door is a huge beautiful home they call the visitor’s center for the May home.  The gentleman said they were just starting the video and then after the video the actual (free) tour would begin.  We didn’t have enough time to stay, but a nice lady came out of the visitor’s center and handed me an informational card and said I could reserve a tour spot online.  I thanked them both and said I would do just that.  Next are the few shots I got of the exterior.

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By then it was time to head over to see Baby M and her parents.  She’s getting around well now.  Crawls and pulls herself up to walk along things with ease.  It was so fun to sit down on the floor and play with the toys with her.  My DIL brought out her favorite book, Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish, or whatever it is called.  She showed me the one pic that the baby adores and tries to kiss.  I showed her the picture in the book and her little face lit right up.  My DIL and I started singing and playing toy percussion and she started bopping to the beat.  She’s enough to melt this granny’s heart.  God is Good. 

24 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Glad you had a good time. I love the homes he designed…I’ve never been in one but I’ve seen streams running through a few and all sorts of cool designs.
    Is that a sun dial or a bird bath in the third pic down?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve never been in one either but I plan on going into this one now that I’ve gotten a glimpse. Imagine living in a house with a stream running through it… Not sure on that sailboat thing, it could be a sundial?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I would love the stream…if I remembered it right the stream went to a natural pool so you could dive in out of your bedroom.
        I think it’s a sundial

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  2. Sounds like you had a great day, Lisa. Playing with the baby must have been fun. These windchimes make really pretty sounds.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was, Christian. Windchimes are a love or hate type of thing from what I’ve seen. I see you are in the love category 🙂

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  3. wjwingrove97 says:

    ❤️❤️

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  4. Sadje says:

    Getting to play and interact with your granddaughter must have felt amazing. 🥰😍

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, it was. And seeing my son and DIL and my other son interact with her is also a joy. ❤

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      1. Sadje says:

        I can totally understand.

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  5. Irene says:

    Oh, what a glorious day you and your family must have had, even the weather looks perfect. Your granddaughter sounds so cute and interactive.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Irene, it was the best day ever ❤

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  6. I used to live in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s a good place to move away from.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL. I think you told me that before. It’s a nest of Republicans I know that much. Unfortunately that’s where my DIL’s parents live and she is very close to her parents, so slim chance of them moving 😦

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      1. I still hold a soft spot in my heart for Grand Rapids. It’s always reminded me of that Grateful Dead song Shakedown Street when they sing “Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart. You just gotta poke around.” Yeah there’s a lot of trumpsters and it has a conservative mindset, but there is still some good which exists

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  7. Beautiful pics Lisa!
    👏👏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! And no editing other than cropping (and reducing image size) on them.

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      1. wow… so cool!! 💖💖💖

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  8. memadtwo says:

    What a treat! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! It feels like things are turning back to some semblance of normalcy. ❤

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  9. What a wonderful day you had, Li! Nothing beats time with family with favourite pursuits thrown in. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Best day in memory, Punam ❤

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      1. May you have many more such days. 😊

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