A little change of scenery.....

This past weekend I was visiting with my old neighbor at her home in Michigan. September is very nice in the Grand Rapids area, warm days and cooler nights. It was refreshing to escape the humidity of SW Florida. There are sooooo many apple orchards in the area, and she chose one that she had not been too.  So here are just a few pictures.  No pumpkin patch or pumpkins.  Enjoy!  
Where have I been.......stop on over to Instagram and check out my photos. You can find me at:  judyfriend     (all lower case). I'll be back, refocused and energized! 

Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 is a date that I will remember for a long time.  It is like 9/11, we remember where we were and what we were doing at a particular moment in time. The days leading up to September 10 were very busy, not only in my personal life, but at the office and with our staff.  Making sure that before we left that Friday we had all our equipment away from windows, stuffed in closets and covered with trash bags, just in case.  Everything was moved but the desks.  It had been a long time since the desks were that empty, almost like we were moving either into or out of this office.  Also, keeping in contact with the staff to make sure everyone was safe.  The plan was that I would text everyone several times a day and they needed to respond to me that all was okay.  They did a great job keeping up with this throughout the storm and afterwards. Leading up to the weekend, I had been preparing at home.  Making sure my truck had a full tank of gas, going to the grocery store to mak

At peace...

It is amazing what a calming feeling being near or on the water has, at least for me.  It is peaceful, it removes whatever I had on my mind and gives me rest. This picture was one of my earlier sails this year.  Every time I see this picture it takes me to that moment in time where I was at peace.  I hope you are having a great day and that you find something that gives you as much peace as this moment did/does for me.

Learning something new....

They say as you get older you should continue to learn something new to keep your body and mind active.  Well, I certainly qualify for this. In December, I took sailing lessons, it was fun, frustrating and fantastic.  This has been fun on so many levels.  Just being on the water takes me to a very relaxing space.  Along with learning to sail comes taking pictures of the adventure, which isn't new, but taking videos is something new and then what do you do with all those videos. Well, you learn how to create something with them, which I did. I have created a YouTube channel to share this new adventure.  My friend and I are avid coffee drinkers and not decaf, which we incorporated in our channel name.   Our channel name is DeepSixDecaf . So after about 3 weeks of pictures and videos today I was able to post a video. Please stop over to the channel and take a look, here is a link for you.  Thanking you for taking the time to check it out!  Stay tuned for more adventures o

Where has the time gone.....

How is it that the end of the year is so close?  I wish I knew what the heck happened to this year but I will not waste any time thinking back as to where did the time go. So, what have I been up to. Well, I have been playing around with my DSLR camera more than before, although I have not posted a lot of pictures, that will happen next year.  I have been watching, probably way too many, YouTube videos on sailing and boy are they great and amazing people.  I started to teach myself how to edit videos, which can be challenging.  It is amazing how many people have said enough of living a life dictated by others just to make the all mighty dollar for stuff they thought they needed but really didn't.   They sell all their stuff, buy a sailboat and head out for the adventure of a lifetime!!  So, I have taken sailing lessons and joined a sailing club.  No, I'm not ready to cross the Atlantic just yet, however you just never know!!!  I have passed the two required classes in ord

Just a picture -- no words....