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    February 14, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    […] Kristy K. James is always good for stimulating conversation (IYKWIM) but did you know she lives in a fun tiny area of Michigan? […]


  2. Karen McFarland
    February 10, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Okay, okay, I believe you Kristy! After your post I want to visit Michigan. And the one thing that cinched the deal was the surfing, cause my digs are in Surf City! Seriously, my wish is to see Mackinac Island. You do live in a very cool place. 🙂


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 11, 2013 @ 4:24 am

      LOL…funny, Karen. Yeah, I have to admit that being in Lake Superior (which is too cold to swim in even in the summer) in the middle of winter isn’t my idea of a good time either. You should come with Debra, then we can all go see the island. 🙂

      And yes, thanks, I do think I live in a very cool place. Literally sometimes. Tonight it’s 43 degrees…if it stays there today, I may have to grab a lawn chair and work on my tan. 🙂


  3. Debra Kristi
    February 9, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I’ve never been but my father always wanted to go to the Grand Hotel – ever since we saw the movie. I’m sorry he never made it. I know a certain husband that would love to dive all the wrecks in the lake and the pictured rocks look amazing. That sing-a-long was a lot of fun. But the Da Yoopers, ya, they might be best left at home. Just saying.


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 11, 2013 @ 4:22 am

      Aww…but Da Yoopers are famous, Debra. Jeff Daniels wrote a movie called Escanaba in Da Moonlight, though I will admit you probably have to be a Yooper…or a guy…to appreciate it. My brother loved it. I didn’t love it quite so much. 🙂

      I’m hoping to get to the island this summer. I’ve never actually been there, but the one time I thought about it, I asked one of the guys from the ferries that take you there where the life jackets were (my kids were still quite small). He said if one of them fell off the boat, they’d throw something to them. So I decided I didn’t want to go after all. Looking back, I like to think he was just being a smart mouth.

      My sister dove down to one of the ship wrecks once (her scuba diving hobby was pretty short-lived). I guess it was really cool.

      So you come out. Your hubby can look at dead boats and we can visit the island. 🙂


  4. Rebecca Enzor
    February 8, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    This makes me miss my home state! Except for the snow, which I hear you’re covered under right now 🙂 Great job highlighting the beauty of Michigan!


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 11, 2013 @ 4:13 am

      I think they’re covered over up north more than we are here, Rebecca. Mid-Michigan hasn’t gotten a whole lot of the white stuff the past couple of years, which is a shame. If it’s got to be cold, might as well have plenty of snow.

      And thanks! I love this state. 🙂


      • Rebecca Enzor
        February 11, 2013 @ 10:29 am

        Ahhh, ok. My parents are in GR and were dumped on this weekend! And I agree, if it’s going to be cold, it might as well snow.

        I saw in another comment that you haven’t been to Mackinac Island yet?! You must go – it’s beautiful! Hubs and I were married up there and it was perfect <3


        • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
          February 22, 2013 @ 3:46 am

          Wow…I am WAY behind on the comments. I’m sorry!

          I think they get more snow along the lake shore…or at least if they’re closer to it than I am. Someday I’d like to buy property on Lake Michigan because I love it over there. 🙂

          I really am hoping to get some time away this summer, and Mackinaw Island is one of the places I really want to visit. How cool that you were married there! 🙂


  5. Kitt Crescendo
    February 7, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    My dad was born and raised in Michigan, so I used to get up there every summer once we moved back to the states on a permanent level. Many of my aunts, uncles & cousins are still there. They laugh at me because they know the moment I get there I have one thing I crave…A Coney Island burger and gravy fries. Sooo bad for you, but sooo good! The only family reunion I was able to participate in was actually held at Mackinaw. Loved the weekend we spent there. It was absolutely beautiful. (Michigan is so underrated)


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 11, 2013 @ 4:12 am

      Okay…so where do you get a Coney Island burger and gravy fries? And what exactly are they? Apparently I’ve missed out on some local cuisine. 🙂

      You are totally right about Michigan being underrated. We do have a little bit of everything. I never even touched on things like Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (our version of a desert). That was where I learned that running down a huge, sandy hill was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (as in, do it once and you’ll NEVER want to do it again…cause you have to get back up again). 🙂


      • Kitt Crescendo
        February 11, 2013 @ 8:47 am

        I guess they’re most popular in Jackson, Flint & Southeastern Michigan… My dad was born & raised in the Flint area. They’re actually best known for their hotdogs. Any time I’ve heard of them, Angelo’s has usually been mentioned.

        As for your dunes…yes, those & Indiana’s were popular go-to areas for us, too. They’re great!


        • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
          February 22, 2013 @ 3:44 am

          I live in mid-Michigan, and don’t get to those areas very often. I’ll have to remember to check those out the next time I go to Frankenmuth though. 🙂

          I didn’t know Indiana had dunes, too. Of course I could care less about seeing another sand dune. On the trip I learned the hill lesson, I learned another one. I was sitting on the seat in the rear of the buggy with a couple of cousins. One suggested we raise our arms up in the air when the driver sent us airborne over the next hill. I’m sure we all wore bruises on our backs for weeks. Another once in a lifetime experience. 🙂


  6. John
    February 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    A great tribute to our home state Kristy! We both live in the sticks… Wife and I are seriously considering moving to Nevada asap though. Had enough of the cold and grey. After 52 years, I’m ready!


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 7, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

      Thanks, John. Yeah, the cold does get a little old after a while, doesn’t it? But I’ll bet you miss Michigan like crazy if you do move. 🙂


    • Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing
      February 7, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

      Oops. You live in the sticks too, hmm? I have friends from ‘real’ cities who laugh when I tell them that there are a total of 8 traffic lights around here. Seven in one city, and 1 in a second. Three are fairly new. 🙂


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