Ahhhh, sunshine & warmer temps

This weather makes me want to stay outside all day long.  Yesterday was perfect for a nice long walk in the woods.  The dogs hadn't had their date with the groomer.  We need to start getting in shape for the upcoming 62 mile walk in May.  What better way to do that, give the dogs their exercise, and enjoy the weather?  Another trip to Orion Oaks park.  Ozzie[...]

"Jest" a hat

I'm not sure what prompted me to pick up some baby yarn and decide to make this hat, but I did.  Best of all, I actually have someone to gift it to.  Knitting this hat didn't prove a huge challenge (thumbs up for that), but sewing it together certainly did.  I think it took me almost as long to sew it as it did to knit it.  Now I just hope the giftee will [...]

A walk in the park

Instead of going to see Alice in Wonderland as planned today, I decided to spend this gorgeous, sunny day outside enjoying the weather.   So we put the dogs, Ozzie and Harley, in the Jeep, grabbed water for all of us, and whizzed north on I75 to Orion Oaks Park.  We trekked to Lake 16 and up and down many of the trails.  Ozzie leading most of the way.  Har[...]

Views from the corner garden: the voo doo lily revisited and . . .

I dug up one voodoo lily in November, cleaned it off, wrapped it in newspaper, and stored it in a box in the basement.  Last week, I brought it out of storage.  It had already started to grow and had poked its way through the newspaper it was wrapped in.  So, I put it on a shelf in the sun.  I haven't watered this bulb - nothing.  It is magic!  Pictures of i[...]

Views from the corner garden: What is it? A voodoo lily, of course!

The mystery unraveled over the past couple of months as I doggedly tried to determine the name of the plant in the picture.   This plant has lived in my garden for about 11 years, and I have always known it as a Nile Lily.  However, when I searched for Nile Lily on the Internet because I wanted to find out more about it, I got Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.[...]

Snake bites

We spotted these two snakes while hiking in the mountains (Sierra Madre Occidental I believe) south of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico in February.  When we first came upon them, we couldn't quite make out what was happening.  At first, it looked like the snake had its tail in its mouth.  As we got closer--we could tell they weren't poisonous, we could see that t[...]

Joke for today

An acquaintance sent me this joke the other day.   The picture in my head was so vivid I couldn't stop laughing.  I laughed for a minute at least. I was on the subway, sitting on a newspaper, and a guy comes over and asks, "Are you reading that?" I didn't know what to say. So I said, "Yes," stood up, turned the page, and sat down again.


Went to the Autorama at Cobo Hall Friday night for the first time in probably a million years.  Quite a sight/site to see.  A superb contrast to the comings and goings of Ajijic (but thatwill be another post on another day). Anyway, son-in-law Jimmy has his 1963 Biscayne (aka the second-coming of the Bob-lo boat) on display at the show.  Jill and her friend[...]

Wednesday in Ajijic

First, hurrah!  The Saints won. Monday was a gorgeous day in Royal Oak--sunny, no snow, and not too cold.  After we finished packing, we took the dogs for their field run.  Last one for them until we return.  Gayle drove us to Flint airport.  Operating on Detroit Metro time, we got to Flint an hour earlier than necessary.  Where DTW needs you to be there [...]

Super Bowl Sunday

February 7 – Super Bowl Sunday for all you football fans out there.  Although I’m not a football fan at all,  I’m hoping the New Orleans Saints win.  A win for the Saints is a win for the Big Easy.  It needs a positive stroke, and I like NOLA.  I doubt I’ll watch the game, but mentally I’ll be cheering for them.  Besides, packing my bags takes priority. As [...]