We had a problem. Ellen called and said that she had hurt her neck and couldn't go skiing or snowshoeing for a couple more weeks. For her to not be able to ski is like if I can't hike. She lives and breathes to ski. We thought we might have to just have a big pity party.
Just hiking is problematic right now because there is enough snow and ice to make trails difficult. What were we to do? We agreed to just walk around the closest village to her for a while. It's a quiet burg in the winter and we could just walk the streets. Well, she rummaged around and found a flyer for a self-guided walking tour of many homes and buildings. Who-hoo! We were in business!
The detail above is from a Greek Revival style home, built in 1858. It is on the oldest, continuously occupied house in the town. Hey, this is the midwest... nothing REALLY old here.
This was built in 1869 in the Queen Anne style by a Michigan state senator.
This is a classic Victorian home. West Michigan is littered with them because the harvesting of the white pine thrust many men into great wealth, and of course the lumber was cheap. You should have seen this house about 10 years ago. It was a wreck, but a couple have made a valiant effort to restore it. So many of these big homes have just fallen into complete disrepair because it takes so much money to save them.
This Victorian detail is from another, smaller home from the same era (1890-1910). For those readers not so familiar with American architecture, Victorian style has lots of gingerbread (fancy) trim, towers, and big wrap-around porches.
This is a local interpretation where a house built around 1890 had this porch added in 1928. The owner hand picked stones from the Lake Michigan beach and spent the next year building these pillars by hand.
In addition to these examples, we also saw lots of "Michigan farmhouses," "Lake Cottages," and two homes that were built from kits ordered from the Sears Catalog in 1929! So we walked around the village (Maggie too), for an hour and a half, and had a great time! I thought I knew this town pretty well, but I really learned a lot!
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we ended up at Ellen's house. She is part of a group that is quilting a quilt to be auctioned for Hospice. So we did a little bit of work on that (just so I can say that I helped), and then she knit baby booties for a friend, and I worked on Loretta's afghan for a while. No pity in our party at all! So that was our excellent adventure for February.
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