Whiling away a Friday afternoon

What better way is there to while away some time with friends than tea at The Whitney on a Friday afternoon?  I can't think of anything.  We decided to have "tea" to celebrate our birthdays.  Considering they range from January to August, it seemed about time we did it.  It also helped that we finally managed to find a date in our schedules that was open for[...]


Garlic (Allium sativum), also known as the stinking rose, is now resident in my garden.  I planted three bulbs of hard neck Spanish Roja garlic last Saturday.  Those three bulbs, when separated, came to about 35 cloves.  With luck, I'll have lots of fresh garlic to harvest late next spring. I tried planting some garlic cloves I had hanging around the kitch[...]


Well, yesterday was the big game between MSU and U of M.  We all know the outcome so no need going into it here.  Four of us knit wits, however, spent the morning working on "spirit hats" for our team of choice.  Three of us worked on MSU hats despite the fact that two of the knitters were definitely rooting for U of M but knitting the MSU hats for friends. [...]


Our Michigan trees provide us with a brilliant display of color.  The various greens of summer turn into glorious golds, robust reds, burnished browns, and opulent oranges.  We’re lucky to live in an area where Mother Nature decides to haul out her box of crayons and treat us to one last colorful fling before Old Man Winter sets in for the long haul. Thre[...]

Spectacular Southern Spain

Southern Spain Photo Album finally finished.  Still want to do albums for the rest of the trip to Spain and France.  Not enough hours in the day!  How did I ever find time to work?

Saving Nature One Garden at a Time

SAVING NATURE ONE GARDEN AT A TIME Recently, I attended the MSU annual Garden Day where the keynote speaker was Doug Tallamy, author and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the U. of Delaware.   In his address, Bringing Nature Home (also the title of his book), he discussed how our “gardens are part of the ecosystems that sustain h[...]

My Aldo Leopold Bench

When I spotted the Aldo Leopold bench a couple of years ago while visiting the Adirondacks, I decided my yard needed one.  Not just because Aldo Leopold is iconic in the field of wildlife ecology or because his book,  Sand Country Almanac, is a classic in American ecological literature but because the simplicity of the bench calls me to sit down and just enj[...]

Meanders in Michigan

Since we decided to stay around home this summer, our goal is to explore some of the places in Michigan we haven’t seen and maybe revisit some we haven’t seen in years.  For starters, we checked out Sleepy Hollow State Park .  We had not been to this park before, so we explored a bit.  It’s a nice park but not one I’d need to drive about 100 miles to visit a[...]

What to do on a hot afternoon . . .

Yesterday, I had a real "girlie" day.  A facial by Susan Chamberlain in Royal Oak (on Main Street just south of 13 Mile) relaxes and soothes me on any kind of day.  On a hot day it's particularly nice to enter the cool, dimly lit skin care room and let Susan take over my face for a while.  Her skilled fingers and pleasant demeanor bring a long aaaaaaaaaaahhh[...]

Monday, Monday . . .

As we normally do, we started today out with morning coffee and a three-mile walk with Harley and Oz.  Those two won't let us get away with just sitting around trying to wake up.  We have to be out and moving no later than 8:30, or our furry little pals follow us around the house.  Talk about a guilty conscience--these two personify it and put it in motion. [...]