Snap… and It’s Here

A cold snap came through this week. It was still 75 degrees yesterday, but with the low humidity I opened up my windows and let the breeze blow through the summer cobwebs and stale air-conditioned air. The cool respite is a reminder that fall is coming, the crowds are leaving and apples are ready for […]

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It’s Coming

“It’s coming,” Michiganders say as they scrunch their face and chuckle. The end of July signifies the countdown to the end of summer here in Michigan. This one was short, too. We were wearing sweaters at the end of June. This morning I wore a light jacket to walk Ashok. It’s coming. You can bet […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: A Michigan Summer’s Bounty

It was hot yesterday. It was Louisiana hot. I got out in the morning but opted to spend the afternoon inside in the AC washing clothes, cooking, and basically getting my chores done. I made some homemade mouthwash with essential oils and baking soda mixed with water. I love it. It’s simple and refreshing and […]

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It’s All Relative

“Geez, It’s so hot,” I thought to myself as I glanced at the 76 degree temp on my dashboard. I chuckled at the thought that a Louisiana girl would think 76 degrees was hot. That’s sweater weather, honey! My favorite kind of weekend is on the horizon… unscheduled, sunny and “Michigan hot” which is not […]

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An Impulsive Fourth of July

It is heating up outside. Of course, let me make clear that I am extremely grateful that it is not heating up outside my house to the tune of a Louisiana Fourth of July. Two weeks ago, we were grumbling about wearing sweaters in mid-June but secretly I was thanking the heavens for my living […]

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Transitioning to Home

I love having a day to transition back to my real life from a vacation. I detest getting home late on a Sunday night and having to wake up to a workday the next morning. I need a day. In this case, I had the luxury of two days. I slept most of Saturday because […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: Hiking in Muskegon State Park

Believe it or not, we got 3 inches of snow last night. I woke up this morning, and even though there was a dusting of snow left on the ground, the sun was out. I packed up Ashok, some snacks and headed north. I couldn’t decide initially if I wanted to do some dunes hiking […]

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The Weather is THE Thing Up Here

The weather is not a thing up here; it is THE thing. I kept my plans soft because I had no idea how comfortable I would feel driving around in my not-so-ideal car and all season tires. Come to find out, Yoopers (as residents of the UP are called) may have more suitable traction, but […]

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A Splash of Thoughtfulness

In the darkness off Highway 131, I opened the door to the rest area. A dozen roses adorned the counter in sight of the doorway. I was shocked to see the burst of color and floral finery in a normally austere setting. As I entered the functional restroom another table caught my eye. It, too, […]

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The Rhythm of a Michigan Winter

There is a rhythm to winter in Michigan. Snow is not an everyday occurrence. In my opinion, every day seems remarkably different in its personality. The temperatures rise and fall, and there are three overarching rhythms that rule our weather. And you need a bunch of different kinds of footwear! The winter season causes our […]

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