Lakehouse fun with Jane (Blondie) and Al!

Hi All!
Dan and I got to spend a wonderful week-end with this lovely couple!
Jane, many of you will know her from her blog, Blondie's Journal and her husband Al.
Jane and Al are simply the best and opened their lovely lake home and showed us the best time!
This was our third get together since we met through blogging and they have become very good friends of ours!  We so look forward to our time together.  I have to tell you that blogging friends can easily become real life friends and that it is worth meeting up if you have a chance!

This is a partial view from the back side of their lovely lake home!  Jane is very modest about her great decorating skills!
Honestly, she has a lot of talent and it shows!

Their kitchen...isn't it just charming!  I think it fits perfectly in a lake house!

A view of their dining room table.  Al made steaks for us Sat. night and we dined in here, what a treat and a feast it was!

Here's Al firing up the grill for one of our many delicious meals!  And Jane was always busy inside preparing the side dishes, she is such a great cook!

A sample of our menus!  LOL!  Actually we had steaks and chicken and brats and Jane made a wonderful chicken salad for lunch one day.

The guest cottage.  Now isn't this the most adorable thing?   Such a charming little place and Jane has it fixed up so cute!  We slept inside but we could have spent the night out here because they have two twin beds that pull out of the closets...like a Murphy bed.

Wonderful charming places to sit and enjoy the scenery!

Some inside views of the guest house..... I simply loved it!

Isn't that shabby white table perfect in here!

My favorite spot is that little window seat!  It's also Al and Jane's dogs favorite spot to be too.  Jane and Al have two of the cutest little furry friends, Milo and Leila, and my hubby and I just fell in love with those cuties!

On Saturday, Al and Dan took the wave runners out for a cruise around their beautiful lake.  We had gorgeous weather with highs in the mid-seventies and lot's of sunshine.   A perfect day!

Hubby and I relaxing in one of their arbors!  They each have their own and I believe this one is Al's.

Saturday afternoon we took a beautiful ride around the lake.  There are so many gorgeous homes, some of them are truly mansions, I just wish I had gotten more pics of them.
AHHH!  Now this is the life!
We have plans to get back together soon because our time always seems to go by so quickly~
I need to get them up to our home and we may go back to Galena in December!
Thanks Jane and Al!

And thanks everyone for coming by to visit me!  I am behind on my blogging but I hope to get some visiting done in the next few days!


  1. Good morning, friend!

    Is Dan as excited as I am about Russell Wilson coming to be the QB for our Badgers??????

    I used to watch him when he played for NC State, LONG before I knew we had a CHANCE to get him. He's really really good.

  2. Ahhhh! That is life indeed, Cindy! I am so glad you took pictures to show more of Janie's charming lake cottage because as you said, she is so modest that she never shows more than a little bit of it. I think this is the most I have seen of it and I love it. I can tell you really had a great time. Thanks for sharing!...Christine

  3. It looks like you had a great time! That is a wonderful lake home!

  4. It looks like you four had such a relaxing and wonderful time at the lake!!

  5. I know you all had a wonderful time Cindy. Jane and Al's lake home is beautiful. I love the guest house!

  6. Wowser! I would say she's modest. Jane's guest cottage is a work of art. Darling from the word go. Looks like you all had a great time together. I think it's wonderful you've stayed in touch from the first meeting. I'm so glad you took all of us along on your lake ride... hugs ~lynne~

  7. Oh- I just knew she was a gorgeous and REAL person. I am so happy that you had so much fun getting together. I suppose you will be meeting for your annual winter fest too? Galena? xo Diana

  8. Cindy, this looks like perfection!

    All of it, the cottage, the lake, two couples now friends all because of blogging.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Sounds and looks like you all had a fun time and some good food.

  10. What a darling guest cottage! It certainly looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time together! Love the his and hers arbors!

    I agree with you about blogging friends becoming real life friends. I met with two bloggers (at different times) this past year. We have all become friends and get together whenever our schedules allow. I will be meeting with another blogging friend within the next couple of months and I have a feeling that we too will become friends outside of blogging.

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    ~ Tracy

  11. I'm glad you had a good time, I am jealous, but glad!

  12. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...it looks like you guys had the best time!!! I loved getting to look at all of your photos, dear friend! What fun...to get to go boating and ride the wave runners!!! Ohhh my gosh...I really do love Jane and Al's lake house! It's gorgeous, isn't it? I think the kitchen is fabulous...love, love, LOVE IT!!! Jane really is a very creative and talented designer! I love everything that she does...ohhh...and their little guest cottage is...case and point! Isn't it just yummy delicious!!! Girlfriend, I am so envious...I would have loved to been there with you and Jane! You both are such dearhearts!!! I'm just tickled pink for you both...that you had such a fabulous weekend, dear friend!

    Sooo...what are you up to this week? Do you have that sweet little granddaughter? Well dear friend, thanks again for sharing your fun photos! It was such a treat getting to see ya'll! Missing you!!!

    Love ya,

  13. Awesome visit! I love the kitchen! I haven't ever ridden on a wave runner but it looks like a lot of fun. The boat ride looks amazing. I love the guest house. I just like saying "guest house". What a fun phrase! You two are so sweet, I am so glad you two got to meet up again!

  14. I don't recall seeing that cute little guest house before. It's just darling!

  15. Ok...I'm thinking I could just live in that wonderful guest house!! Lucky, lucky you Cindy - looks like and sounds like a perfect summer getaway! Glad you shared some of the fun with us! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  16. What a wonderful weekend with friends. Thanks for sharing the photos. ~ Sarah

  17. Cindy, this looks like so much fun! All of you look so great! I'm in love with Jane's guest house. If she's posted it on her blog before, I must have missed that post. Their boat isn't bad either! I know you all had a fab time. laurie

  18. Well it certainly looks like you guys had a great time. How fun is that?
    Gosh I wish you guys were closer. We'd have such fun - I just know we would!
    Any chance you are going to get a little pooch of your own now? (hehehe) I think Addison would love a little pup!!!


  19. Oh, Cindy! What fun! I love seeing Jane's lake house...so pretty! And it looks like you all had a wonderful time together! Thanks for including us! Happy week!...hugs....Debbie

  20. You wrote such a sweet post, Cindy, and I have to admit that you have taken much better pictures of my home than I have! I think the reason everyone thinks they have never seen the guest house is because I have called it the Summerhouse. I do enjoy my "get alone and away" time in there!

    I'm so glad you and Dan got to visit and I hope we can make this an annual summer thing. it was just so much fun! I miss you already girlfriend!!

    Jane, Jan, Janet, Blondie!!!!

  21. Oh how fun! It just looks like the perfect weekend and such great company! The guest house is so darling and I'm not at all surprised that Jane has it all decorated beautifully!

  22. How fun! I am so glad you were able to get away like that, they look like such nice people. I LOVE the cottage too, so cute! :D

  23. Cindy, This was a really fun post! I enjoyed it just reading it and I know you enjoyed it many times more being there, in a great place, with great people!
    Blessings, Beth

  24. Looks like a fabulous time with friends! Glad you had a fun time!

  25. Oh you 4 were having WAY TOO MUCH FUN.
    Jane's Lake house is very charming.
    YES, blogging friends are the best right Cindy?
    I'm waiting for my girls to get here. Only 24 days to go.
    News on mom in my post tonight.
    I've missed you.
    You sure did SCORE on all those toys WOW!!!
    LOVE your colourful metal chairs too. I've been spray painting like crazy too. We have the same taste.
    Happy 4th of July my American friend.

  26. What an awesome visit! Jane is just the sweetest thing...and her cottage is adorable.... and is there anything better than a fella firing up a great, big grill? :-)

    So glad you had a great time.

    Have a great Fourth!


  27. Cindy, What a fun time! Jane's lake home is lovely and such a great place to relax with a blog friend.

  28. Looks like you had a great time! How generous of them to have you there.
    Yes, get them to your place, but before the snow comes! :)

  29. Hi Girlfriend...

    Just stopping by to say hello and see how ya'll are doing! Wanted to wish ya'll a Happy 4th of July, dear friend! Thinking about you today!

    Lots of love,

  30. Hi Cindy, looks like you had such a wonderful time visiting Jane and Al... I just adore her!... how fun you get together often, and the lakehouse is the perfect place... you are right, she is great at decorating... I also love your sweet granddaughter in the post above, what a cutie!... xoxo Julie Marie

  31. Wonderful that you two met in Blogland! Blondie is the best so I'm sure you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  32. I just love reading about your get togethers with Jane and her hubby, you're right, blogging friends who become real life friends are amazing! I adore getting together with mine, it is always special.

    Jane's guest cottage is WONDERFUL!

    I want to thank you for your kind condolences on my cousin's passing. Another followed a week later and I'm just getting back to blogging and visiting all my friends. Looks like you've been having a ball!


  33. Beautiful lake house... Love those white wicker chairs... !! A lovely place with a view.. !!


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy