Harold and the Purple Crayon

The written word. One of my passions since, well, elementary school. I think it was Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson that first caught my attention followed by the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald. Then later I remember discovering the Nancy Drew series and Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Those female characters were so independent and daring. I was hooked! Continue reading “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Where I Am From

 

Freedom Monument in Riga Latvia
Freedom Monument in Riga Latvia

Starting a blog for me has been a thoughtful process. Should I or shouldn’t I? Approaching “an advanced age” has had me wondering if I have shown my ‘true’ self to the people that matter the most to me. Do the people I care about really get me? Do they know what makes me ME?

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New Roof Top Bar at Homewood Suites Hotel

Water’s View

Homewood Suites Grand Rapids MI
Homewood Suites Grand Rapids MI

Bill and I stopped in at the new Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton that just opened Thursday, July 15. They have the first rooftop bar downtown so we thought we’d check it out. The outdoor awning, on Ottawa Ave., announcing the location of the hotel is prominent and very crisp and new. There appears to be on-going construction in and around the building. There was a mass of loose wires coming out of the building wall at the front door which was odd and unsightly. Inside, the main lobby is stunning, very contemporary with clean lines and a minimalist waterfall. The open stairway leads to the second floor and the front desk. We were greeted by two employees who quickly informed us the rooftop bar was open and we were personally escorted to the top floor via elevator by one of the front desk staff members.

Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

The view of downtown Grand Rapids is beautiful. On arrival we were the only patrons. The Water’s View Roof Top bar has a variety of seating: barstools at the bar, multiple upholstered sofas, tables and chairs. The bar area, where we sat, offers heating lamps which were nice to have on since there was a chill in the air. There are two contemporary dark gray tiled gas fireplaces, but, of course, not on in mid-July, but won’t it be cozy in the Fall?  There were two bartenders and we were quickly greeted and offered drink menus which included a variety of wine and beer, including some outstanding Michigan-made options.  They also offer high-end liquor. We ordered a vodka tonic and gin and tonic – $8 each.  No specialty drink menu as of yet.  Our drinks were served with a smile and a side of caramel corn and mini pretzels.

Rooftop Bar at Homewood Suites Grand Rapids MI
Rooftop Bar at Homewood Suites Grand Rapids MI

By the time we ordered a second drink there were 10-15 patrons enjoying the view and a fresh beverage.

On our way out we stopped to take a peek at the lobby and eat-in area.

Homewood Suites Hotel Lobby
Homewood Suites Hotel Lobby

Beautiful refinished old hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and the contemporary furnishings gave it a very welcoming feel.

As we left the building via the Pearl Street exit we were shocked to see huge groups of people wandering down the sidewalks,  crossing the street and congregating in the parking lot. It became obvious the PokemonGo craze was in full force in downtown GR.

 

 

Hello world!

I have taken the plunge…

…into the world of blogging! This is a journey I have been thinking about for some time, but the unknown always made me hesitate(all those scary technology words!). Ah, but no longer! I don’t know where it will lead, but I hope to fulfill a yearning to become better connected to the world, learning along the way, making new friends and sharing positive ideas.

Latvian vase, dish and marbled rye bread with birchwood spreader
Latvian vase, dish and marbled rye bread with birchwood spreader

I am so glad you have stopped by! Life of Little Rye is about my life living in the Great Lakes State of Michigan as a first generation born Latvian-American and empty nester. I will be sharing things that I love, like good books, what is ‘being Latvian’ to me, my horticultural endeavors in the garden, musings on current trends, perhaps the latest misdeed by our cocker spaniel and probably a story or two (or way more) about the men in my life: my husband, Bill, and our two sons, Aleksandrs and Erik.

Cheers!

Astrida