Category archives: Olio

Downriver Arts & Craft Holiday Sale

On December 7 I will be at the Downriver Arts & Craft Holiday Sale from 10 to 4. This event is at the WCCC Downriver Campus at the Prechter Educatioal & Performing Arts Center, 2100 Northline, Taylor. If you're in the area, stop by and say hey.

A Touch of Cancer - Part 2

  Well, I am well past Day 1 of the treatment.  In fact, I’m half way through the chemo and the radiation.  I get the last round of chemo next week – just in time for Thanksgiving – so I won’t be having the usual turkey dinner.  I could, but I sure wouldn’t be able to taste it.  God, how I miss my taste buds.  I didn’t realize how much they meant to [...]


I always find it difficult to call beautiful butterflies like these insects.  Somehow the name just doesn't fit them.  But insects they are.  They are in the order Lepidoptera and according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, there are "more than 155,000 species of butterflies, moths, and skippers."  Butterflies are familiar to us because they fly during[...]

Tell Me Why

This one will take a bit of explaining. It's a composite of several photos/backgrounds that I took or created in PhotoShop for an entry into a show called How Many More that addressed the topic of gun violence in America. The show was in March at the Lawrence Street Gallery.  It was a hot topic, and we got a huge crowd in for opening night.  On June 2, which[...]

Those Eyes - and then some

In keeping with the photo a day challenge topic, I'm doing a catch up since the week has been extraordinarily busy.  When I stopped at Bananas, the next topic was water fun (8th).  I added this picture of a man paddling his kayak along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Paddling the wild beauty of Lake Superior along this lakeshore is still on my bucket[...]


Here's a fellow either loading or unloading bunches of bananas on/off the boat.  I shot this picture at Puerto Bocas del Toro in the Republic of Panama when we visited that captivating area in Jan 2014.  Why am I posting these old pictures?  Because I am (1) finally getting to them and (2) I joined a Facebook group called Photo a Day Challenge.  Each day is [...]

September Sentiments

Well, here it is 9-11-2015.  Fourteen years ago today I was at work and heard the news that some planes and flown into the twin towers.  The office buzzed with anxiety, people wondering what was going on, and (since I worked in the defense industry) security heightened within our building.  Just about everyone congregated in the cafeteria to gape at the news[...]

Episode 2 of Cheese & Burger Move In

Cheese & Burger continue to keep us entertained.  Cheese (the male) sits on the perch and sings his "hey baby" song.  I've seen two birds, but lately just Cheese.  The naughty sparrows keep trying to invade the home, but fortunately, they're too big to get inside.  When I was positive the birds were out and about, I opened the back of the house to see wh[...]

Cheese and Burger Move In

Day 1 - Today a pair of chickadees (Cheese and Burger) moved into the purple birdhouse.  It's a two story building, and I think they've decided to occupy both floors.  They didn't need a moving van, but I did see them bring in some furniture - no TV so at least I know they won't be tapping into my cable.  LOL  We were anxiously awaiting their move in as they[...]

The Saving of Homemade Cherry Preserves

Jen decided to make homemade sour cherry preserves. First, it wasn't easy finding a recipe. We finally found one in the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Jen made the preserves. They didn't come out all that good; they were runny and overly sweet. We combined a couple of recipes we found on line - one from Martha Stewart and one from Those two recipes helpe[...]