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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Don’t Mess With Me, Polar Vortex!

I am sick of the inside of my house. I’m quite sure my dog is sick of the inside of my house, but she’s not so happy outside the last few days. Her romps in the snow last seconds instead of minutes, and when she comes in she looks at me like “what the hell […]

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A Walk to the Lighthouse

I had a ton of things I needed to do today. I am prepping for a homemade backpacking food class at the end of February, so I needed to make some meals to demonstrate. My sourdough starter need to be fed, and maybe I should make bread. On top of that, the driveway needed to […]

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The Sound of Winter

The wind from the lake whips and wooshes around the corner of my house. Hurricanes from Louisiana days flash through my mind, but there is no pitter patter of raindrops. The squish squish of my boots squeak through the snow drowning out the silence of the snowfall. My heart beats with the effort of shoveling […]

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