Tag Archives: family and friends

  “Which way to turn?”    “Towards the Light”, so said the Monarch, the Prophet, the Seer, the Revelator, James ‘Jesse’ Strang to his poverty-stricken, misplaced, flock of polygamous misfits as they followed their King along the Big Lake through the woods.   The year was 1850, and the snow was flying (So was the […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Who knew? The only thing i know about that city is that John Ramsay’s family had a home there. I can’t believe I know that factoid.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I had no idea until I started chatting-up the locals. A few old-timers said they were always standoffish.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Such a fun read! I’m gonna start my own religion. How hard can it be? Just think of the most ridiculous story you can come up with and say it’s a message from God. I’m onto something…ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I believe you meant 1850 instead of 1950 in that one post. That would have meant she really old when she got the divorce from a ghost. Other than that, a fun read. I hope you’ve seen my latest.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I LOVE a back story! The who’s and how’s and why’s of a place. Thank you for finding this one! I had never even heard of the town, let alone its somewhat spotty history. Fascinating!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I do too! I sought out the ‘backstory’ with the locals and the hysterical society while the fam was cruising the bay. Such a beautiful place with a fascinating history. So glad you enjoyed this!ReplyCancel

  • Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau - Glad you enjoyed your time in Charlevoix the Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Bickley Stommen - This Michigan girl loves this! The history, your humor and your photos! Hope you got that dress! Can’t wait till my next visit up north ReplyCancel

  There’s no need for an alarm- they wake you up instead. Like clockwork.     Their feet are pounding through the floor above your head. Their voices can be heard beginning with soft chatter and then building to the inevitable screaming match.   “That my book. She can’t have it! It all mine! Mine. […]

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  • Tammy - Fear is the best weapon, second only to guilt. Buahahahahaa!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Spoken by a true Catholic- or is it- UNDERSTOOD by a defrocked Catholic, which would be me.ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I completely endorse this message. If you need help with scaring them, let me know. It would be my pleasure.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Even though I am quite good at this- assistance may be needed. I’ll let you know.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @Thank You Honey - LOL. They good thing is they go home! Then you’ll laugh about the whole thing and even miss them? Maybe? Ok maybe not! They will definitely be talking about Aunt Cheryl for a long time and you’ll be the hero!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- I miss them already. Mostly just seeing them pee their pants though! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Love this! I’d have to come up with something else to scare my younger son though – he’s not afraid of bugs 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ghost stories always did the trick with my kids. No. Wait! CLOWNS! Bring in the CLOWNS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) - This would probably scare ME more than her! 😉 My daughter loves all the ickky creatures out there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The Insectarium is amazing. Very hands-on. They just added a butterfly pavilion which is glorious! If you and yours are ever here in NOLA you shouldn’t miss it.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - hehehehe!! I bet they tiptoed whenever they were walking past you after that!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - All I had to do was put my hand in a pocket and they stood still. Brilliant. heheheeeReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I love having a house full of kids. I like to tell scary stories at bedtime.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I love it too Janie, but their mother wouldn’t let me tell scary stories so I had to do it during the day. Still worked!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Tee hee!

  • Gary Sidley - I like it! Fear is a potent motivator (and, more relevantly in this case, de-motivator). My approach is a bit less subtle – like “shut the f*ck up before I stick your head down the toilet!” (Only joking; no hate mail necessary). ReplyCancel

  • Princess Rosebud - Fear CAN be quite the motivator lolReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Boy I am so glad I don’t have kids!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They are a handful! We went from zero to full blast in a second. I’ve got to get good at this again before my own grandkids are born! God willing.ReplyCancel

  • Esther Lombardi - Love it! Great pics 🙂 I want to go! Looks like lots of fun… ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Fortunately, I never had that problem. I was always up before the children and I only had two. ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - When our children became teenagers my husband paid them back every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. yelling “Housekeeping”! Such fun!ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - You had me with the giant, scary butterfly! I love the way you think! He,he!ReplyCancel

  They saw each other across a busy room.   He smiled.   She dropped her chin, and the corners of her youthful mouth pulled up ever so slightly.   His uniform made the walk even more enticing.   She began to part her lips.   His voice was pleasant.   Her hair smelled like […]

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  • Jan Ross - I will never forget that my wedding dress cost $50 at a moonlight madness sale at a local department store. It was beautiful – and, for heaven’s sake, you are wearing it once!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactly! My mother made mine- and it was stolen from the drycleaners- it was THAT good. -sigh-ReplyCancel

  • noel - Wow, beautiful post, yes being original and making something unique is the best experience along with a great bar!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hey Noel! Nice to see a new face!!! I’ll met you at the bar. -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Towns - Cheryl,
    I just got so choked up!! I am so worried about how I will put on weddings for my girls. This looked absolutely perfect! All the best to the bride and groom!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It was wonderful Betsy!!! Very simple but meaningful. Nothing over-the-top, but all the right things in the right places. And EVERYONE chipped-in in some way. Not with $ but with time/effort/skill. I truly meaningful event. Melissa never looked more beautiful. I couldn’t stop crying!!!! And THANKS for stopping by and leaving a comment- finally! -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Wuebker - Awww, sweet photos! Looks like a lovely day. We did our wedding on a small budget, too, and I believe they are way better than the extravaganzas. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - Love that photo booth – and you both look gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Great post. There’s nothing quite like a family wedding. I’m still trying to get my head around your “unicorns with rainbow farts” quip. ReplyCancel

  • Running Mama - Beautiful. I especially love you saying just say the budget and accept it. I got married at City Hall. Of course a party with loved ones would hav2 been great. But I have so many friends and family who did that and are divorced. Glad we were realists. Still married 12 yrs later…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Wonderful! !2 years is an awesome number!!! Sometimes the best things come in small, simply wrapped packages- Oui? I’m feeling very French tonight….ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Perfect! I still say the best fun is the kind that doesn’t cost anything! My wedding cost my parents less than $200.00!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - My wedding dress cost $35 at Loehmanns. There were less than 20 people at the ceremony which was followed by deli sandwiches in my parents’ small back yard—-but we went to Peru for our honeymoon. Fast forward 31 years. We gave our son and his fiance a substantial cash gift for their engagement to use for whatever–house, travel, savings, whatever. They added to it and had an elegant, upscale wedding—all the bells and whistles. All we had to do was dress up and show up.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Now, that sounds good! I’d love to just ‘show-up’ at our kids weddings, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. They are both counting on me to ‘make it happen’ though I’ll advise them to keep it intimate. Problem is, the hubby has a slew of people he wants to invite! The HUBBY! HahaaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver - I bought a gourgeous dress, hoop, veil and shoes for$120. Originally $2700. The girl had just divorced the cheating husband after 3 months. I catered my own wedding. Never recommend this I was so exhausted we didn’t ah…consummate our marriage for three days. Did have the open bar…bringing my maid of honor home with us after a big fight…priceless…wedding $1000 bucks we paid for not our parents. Donated the dress to Goodwill everybody needs to feel pretty on that one day. I had actually just put a pic of it/me and my MOH (now deceased) on FB yesterday! 23 years ago!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh, I LOVE the idea of donating the dress!!!! What a wonderful gesture! ANd you catered it? Smashing! (not so much the three day recovery- hahahaa). Now, I’m off to your FB page to take a look! Thanks for stopping by Rena!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Shitastrophy Herzig - Cheryl – you could make anything look fantastic. I have seen the amazing photos of your table scapes before. This looks absolutely amazing. How wonderful for all you – oh and yes on open bar. ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL I still have my mother’s list for the cost of my wedding. Including everything it hit an amazing $15,00. She even counted the cost of my wedding dress (she made it). One reason your daughter won’t wear your gown is the simply fact, she would never fit into it. I still have the dress (hat and veil are gone), but even my granddaughters are far too large to consider it.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Janke - What a lovely setting for a wedding. I love the photo booth.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It was so fun! Everyone put on different hats and masks and had their pic taken. Such a clever idea! My sister just found some old picture frames, glittered them, and we hung them!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Henning - haha! My son’s wedding is coming up next month, and he+bride are going low key and doing fairly well staying in budget. The number in attendance grows, however, and the hosted bar is a given. (Moderation for Mom, so I can stay on me feet ’til the wee hours. That’s what I keep telling myself.)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s funny how no matter how much I imbibe at a wedding I never get crazy or get a hang-over. I think it’s the adrenaline. As for the growing guest list- I think that’s a given. Kids. Thanks for stopping by Kristin!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Hermanson - Oh our dear Cheryl! Only you could master the words to paint a perfect picture of this perfect union!!! So many of us who knew you Haddocks remember your talents are endless (I’m older…don’t make me print your jr pic) What a beautiful day, full of love, coolness, creativity and a bar! So happy for Marty and Leah.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HAHAHAAAAA. Spoken like a true friend! It WAS so cool! Everything went off w/o a hitch. I swear Melissa and I could stage an inauguration! HAHAAAAAA. Love ya gal!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Jones - Your ideas are great and the photos tell the story — with imagination you can make any venue romantic and grand!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes! It just takes a little imagination, elbow grease, and two very dedicated sisters working in harmony! Hahahaaa Thanks for stopping by Marilyn! I appreciate it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Wow. You do some pretty amazing work. And these are fantastic ideas. I bet my former father-in-law wished he thought of these before he dropped $25,000 on a wedding that lasted only 4 years.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - What a gorgeous setting. Makes me want to throw a wedding….not…but you know what I mean.ReplyCancel

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers - I think people spend way too much money on weddings. And I think this trend came about to fill a lot of people’s pockets–which isn’t a bad thing unless the person having the wedding doesn’t also have the money. Totally agree about the bar; splurge there. And use any money saved towards a house down payment.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There you go! Or pay off college loans. EeGads.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - What a gorgeous wedding! I know people who have spent a great deal on weddings that aren’t as nice as this one. Everyone should read this post 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Michelle! You really don’t need to spend a fortune to have a ‘good’ anything don’t ya think? People can get so caught up in the price tag- when it’s the LOVE that matters- and the bar! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • How To Throw A Wedding For Next To Nothing - What The Flicka? - […] This post was originally featured on Cheryl’s blog, A Pleasant House. […]ReplyCancel

  It’s Summer Time and the livin’ is easy… except when it’s complicated.   This is my mantra. George Gershwin got it all wrong. He probably couldn’t even swim.   It should go like this: All together now…   Summertime, and the livin’ is complicated. Mass travel sucks and tempers are high Oh, your daddy’s […]

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  • Lisha Fink - I think we were in the next condo. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If that were ONLY TRUE! I may have had a better time Lisha! EeeGads.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I’m laughing so hard the dog left!

  • Penelope Lemov - What a way to capture the “joys” of inter-generational, international travel. I’m still humming your tune–even as I posted a blog on similar theme this morning.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - The essence of the down side of travel, neatly encapsulated in a poem. Burnt ass, frayed tempers, long lines at airports; I recognize all of these. And a fine quartet of womanhood on display in that photo (just saying!).ReplyCancel

  • Terrye Toombs - What a way to start a Monday – with a smile. Thank you Cheryl. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - You’re so funny Cheryl Nicholl! Love this.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Yeah. I’m pretty much going to go with your version from now on . . . 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Catchy tune. Plan B sounds good. Everyone in the picture looks happy about Plan B.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We were- eventually. I was happy from about an hour and a half into being denied access to our original flight! I said the universe was trying to tell us something. Everything was so messed-up! Oh well…..ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love you for this from start to finish.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So cute Sue! I love you from start to finish! If you only knew the ‘details’. Holy Crap what a bunch of jerks- all over the globe!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Great, now I’ve got Summertime playing in my head, over and over again. ReplyCancel

  Two weeks ago…   me: Ben… BEN! Don’t forget we have tickets to JazzFest and are meeting Beth.   Ben: Do we have to?   me: It was your idea!   Ben: Really?   me: Oh boy.   Ben: I only want to go with you.   me: Too late.   Ben: I don’t […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Ahh….marriage! LOLReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- you either roll with the punches or it rolls over you. Hahaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Hahaha! I love it! Give him heck, Cheryl! xoReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He’s honestly clueless to most of his inane conversation. I think he’s just burned-out by the end of the day, which is why I burn is dinner! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - OMG! Change the name Ben to Tim and this is a conversation I’ve had a million times in the last 8 years. There is comfort in knowing someone else has the same situation.ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - HAHAHAHA, so funny and so trueReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Men. Need I say more?ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Men. What else is there to say?ReplyCancel

  • Jhanis - Hahahahah! Torment! But the fun kind. Sometimes. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My eyeball muscles are very strong from rolling them so often.ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Shitastrophy Herzig - Why does this all sound sooo familiar;)ReplyCancel

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