Winter again, still




A snow day, literally and figuratively, falls from the sky-unbidden-and seems to be a thing of wonder.  -Susan Orlean



Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. –Andy Goldsworthy


Halloween, then and now


There are my three children, way back when, enjoying the canopy of our long gone maple tree.  The Giving Tree.

Digging through old boxes, looking for Halloween photos.  A daunting task.  But I did find a few.


(Note Jackie’s shoes, above:  “I can do it myself!”)

Here we are a few years later, posing with a big, bad pumpkin.  This was a tradition.  First hunting for the biggest pumpkin, and then drawing designs and finally carving.


Here we go back far,  late 80’s (I wonder who was babysitting)  with my mom and dad, Jeff and I.  Saints and Creeps!


This year, we attended a couple fun evening events with the Littles.  Do you think I would remember to take photos?  Right.  But I did remember when we went to ZooBoo, at the Detroit Zoo.  Thing1 and Thing2 move at the speed of light…one is always a blur…..



I’m hopeful for a great photo with the whole bunch on Halloween.

One year, when my oldest grandson was 4 or 5 years old, he asked me where all my Halloween decorations were.  From then on out, I decided I would not be Grandma Grinch.  I try to decorate for the seasons and holidays.    Adding to the fun and slight scary aura of Halloween, I made a couple things for our home and  to capture little peoples imagination.

My old blueprint cabinet, the first thing one sees as they walk in the side door:


Mr Chillingsworth is a fabric panel, and I love how he fits right in the cabinet.  The top of the cabinet is a little collection from over  the years…my shrine to All Hallows Eve.

I also made a table runner.  My friends shared their fun fabrics with me.  Thank you Gail and Julie, I could not have planned it better.


And looking at the back, Gail’s fabric has me ready for the next holiday!


Judging from the reactions of my grandchildren, my efforts added a bit of intrigue to the season.

Backing up a bit

Back to April, the month in pictures…heaven forbid I miss a month of memories!


Easter traditions and festivities:

Easter menu watercolor







A trip to the Detroit Zoo:











On April 19th we had Jackie’s bridal shower at Steph’s house.  I had a blast seeing all my favorite peoples, and meeting so many from Kevin’s family.  We had lasagna and salad, and cupcakes!

I lifted these photos directly off of Facebook, thank you Alicia for remembering to take photos!

Jaclyn and Alicia, the most wonderful and helpful maid of honor one could have:

Jaclyn and Kevin’s sister, Emily:

They seem happy with the quilt I made for them:

The last weekend of April, Jeff and I escaped up to the cabin


….very early spring up there:







Many other events and details of daily life are recorded for posterity in my journal…the pages won’t forget and definitely helped me remember!

Thanks for revisiting April with me!

Wedding Blues

Seems everything is blue around here week after Jaclyn and Kevin’s wedding.






Every bloomin’ thing is blue around here, except the people!    The bride and groom are so happy, and consider their wedding day to be an omen of good luck for the years to come!

But, the wedding reception could be called a disaster.  It could be called that if it were some other bride and groom.  But they and all their guests made it a beautiful occasion.  We all refused to let the weather “dampen” our celebration, despite the torrent of rain, flooding of the tent, and resulting mud.  We embraced the occasion….danced under the garage extension my husband wisely built, we placed wood blocks and bricks along the muddy paths as stepping stones.  We huddled together under sheltered areas, enjoying the evening together, unwilling to yield to the cold and damp.

My SIL Lisa posted a wonderful tribute to the evening, here and more here .  A worthwhile and entertaining group of photos!  Many thanks to you, Lis’ for taking these photos, and writing the posts.  Many good memories are recorded.

I have yet to sort through the photos I have, and we are waiting for the professional photos to be edited.  I will soon share more photos with you.

Have a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to relaxing a little!

Hello April


It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

march 02

Time flies, sometimes we fly with it, and sometimes it just drags us along.  Lately I’ve been flying on the wings of much to accomplish, plan for, and loved ones to help and be with.  Each day has an agenda of stuff to accomplish and a list to check off.  I must admit, I find it exhilarating to be so busy once again.  It’s a happy time around here….tax season, spring, a shower and wedding to plan, and time with my favorite peoples, with a few snatched moments to work at art projects.

march 02Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash

I love watching the trees bud out each day, the snow melt away and the greening of our Mitten.  The birds are singing once again, and we’ve had days with the windows open.

Every April, God rewrites the Book of Genesis. ~Author Unknown


I am watching a sweet dog for a few days, Maggie, and we are enjoying a morning walk together.  She’s sending me mental telepathy here….walk, walk, walk…..this is what I miss about having a dog.  She accepts no excuses!


We enjoyed a few outings in March, the urge to escape these walls was great.  We went to the new aquarium that opened at Great Lakes Crossing, and to the zoo….all were interesting distractions and I especially enjoyed watching little eyes take in the new sights and sounds.






The aquarium deserves a blob post all its own, as Jeff captured some beautiful images.

A few images from our visit to the Detroit Zoo:


It was CCCChilly, still. And the Littles were most interested in exploring the environment.




The zoo deserves its own post too!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

The month ahead promises to be a memorable one.  We have Jackie’s bridal shower, mid month.  Also I have this house and yard to whip into shape for the upcoming wedding reception in our backyard on May 30.   Spring cleaning, sprucing up, and various projects will be on the agenda.   But in the end, the wedding will happen regardless of how much I manage to finish.  Nothing like a party deadline to open one’s eyes about the less than lovely aspects of your home.  It’s a way to get things in shape and be able to enjoy the rewards long past the event.


We wish you a happy and blessed Easter!

Happy New Year!


Wishing you a year full of good moments, happy times, and close connections!


I wandered through my files of photos for the year and picked one from each month, just for fun:

January-Two month old babies


February-North Captiva, FL


March-Arlington, VA


April-Easter on the water


May-Treasured Friends


June-Enjoying summer


July-Up North


August-U.P. North with Family


September-Driveway complete


October-Trip with Mom and Watercolor Ladies to Lexington


November-Miss her


December- Special Christmas with lots of little ones!


Dad is home from the hospital.  The pneumonia took a toll, but he is comfortable and will hopefully gain strength as the days pass.

Warmest wishes to you for 2015.

Christmas 2014


Hello friends.  Dad’s in the hospital.  They don’t quite know what is wrong yet.   He is feeling better, but his white blood cell count has risen even higher.  I’m so glad he is, at least, feeling a bit better.  He was miserable, and confused yesterday.  When we left him, last evening, he was enjoying the football game.  Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts.  They worked!

Just want to share some of my favorite Christmas photos with you.

Wedding Bells will be ringing in 2015….


She loves her Minnie Mouse….


One happy boy:





Here is a better photo of Jackie’s fiance, aka Uncle Kevin:


They liked their little tree house/slide…


We also had a party with my mom and dad, everyone had a wonderful time!  Especially me, with the extended Littles’ and their families:




Everybody loves Colton:


I’m sad that Christmas is over.  But what a memorable fun crazy time we had!