Snow’s Last Stand (We Hope)

2018-02-13 winter frost a

This was the view from the inside of the car window this morning. Exquisite patterns of frost clusters were glued to every inch of the car!  I turned on the heat and the window defrosters, but was almost sad to do so. It felt rather like erasing someone’s art work. Indeed, it IS someone’s artwork – God’s.

2018-02-13 winter sunrise 4 sun pillar

We had a pillar sunrise this morning, with the glorious ball of light pointing heavenward at its creator. (Unfortunately, it was not well captured by my camera.) It lasted only a few minutes, then abruptly changed a horizontal streak of yellow light.

2018-02-13 winter sunrise 9 sideways pillar

I stood by the kitchen sliding door and looked out in amazement. It didn’t last long. Far too quickly, it went back to just white, white, white everywhere.

2018-02-13 snow on kitchen deck b

Tomorrow the snow is supposed to melt, which we are eager to see happen. It makes for lovely pictures, but miserable driving and an awful lot of shoveling. We’re hoping that this is the last big snowfall of winter.

2018-02-13 winter frost c



Then Out Came The Sun…

2018-01-19 animal tracks and snow waves f

It’s still winter, but we have sunshine and the snow has been melting!

2018-01-17 sun snow and swing a

Looking out the window, I can see the snow on the swing melting.

2018-01-19 animal tracks and snow waves b

The wavy snow in the yard has some sort of animal tracks going through it.

2018-01-19 animal tracks in snow c

In fact, it looks like a couple critters have been through.

2018-01-18 sunshine on ice-glazed rock

Time for a walk. The rock by the front door is covered with an icy glaze that is melting in the sunshine.

2018-01-19 duck pond and snow

The duck pond is still empty and silent.

2018-01-19 duck pond and reeds

The reeds along the edge of the pond are dead and brown.

2018-01-19 pine trees and sunshine

The pine trees stand tall and proud in the blaze of the brilliant sun.

2018-01-19 pine tree close-up

A lone pine cone, waiting for winter to end.

As long as the sun shines, I know that winter will end and spring will come again.

Truly Winter

2017-12-28 snowy swing trees b

It started on Christmas Day. The snow coated the swings where I worked on quilt flowers last summer.


2017-12-27 minus 1 degree a

I sat inside with my cup of coffee, and admired God’s handiwork.


2018-01-02 glittery snow on deck

Almost every day, a little more snow fell…


2018-01-03 snow fort d

There was enough for a snow tunnel!


2018-01-03 snow fort a

Deep piles of snow!


2017-12-31 looking at cul-de-sac

The sun was shining with all its might, but the temperature was minus 1. Windshield wipers were tipped up so that they wouldn’t freeze to the windshield.


2018-01-03 lumpy snow yard c

The yard was a lumpy white field with hills in it.


2018-01-03 snow on deck f

The snow outside the kitchen sliding door was over a foot high.


2018-01-02 lonely snowy mailbox

The mailbox huddled miserably in a mound of the white stuff.


2017-12-31 Huge snowpile at end of driveway

After clearing the snow at the end of the driveway, the snow mound was taller than the cars parked in the street.


2018-01-03 snow shovel against brick wall

We’ll keep the shovel handy until we get that January thaw.










Virgin Snow

2017-12-07 First snowfall q

It finally happened – our first snowfall!


2017-12-07 First snowfall j Uggs

Time to take a walk in the snow with my faithful Ugg boots.


2017-12-07 First snowfall n

We call this the hybrid tree – two trees inseparable and growing into one.
During the summer months it looks like a giant pineapple.


2017-12-07 First snowfall m

The lamp of Narnia that never turns off. Notice all the cute orange-tipped sticks that the city put in the ground a month ago.


2017-12-07 First snowfall k car

Oh no, where did we put the snow brush?


2017-12-07 First snowfall o

The orange sticks are meant to show the snowplows where the edge of the road is so that they don’t dig up up the grass along the sidewalk. Sadly, many of them are already knocked down or bent.

2017-12-07 First snowfall r

Time to put the feet up and watch the snow from inside with a glass of eggnog…








Around Town With Artprize

2017-09-25 Artprize Tragedy Memory And Honor

“Tragedy, Memory And Honor”
(the curved look is because I took a panoramic shot of it)


2017-09-25 Artprize Tragedy Memory And Honor close-up

A close-up of one of the panels of “Tragedy, Memory And Honor”. The artist was in New York City during the attack on the twin towers. He saved some of the ashes and debris, and used it in this mural.



2017-09-25 Artprize Early January On The Pearl Street Bridge

“Early January On The Pearl Street Bridge”
One of our local bridges over the Grand River.



2017-09-25 Artprize Proud Parent giraffes

“Proud Parent”
Can you feel the love?



2017-09-25 Artprize Music Box

The hand-crafted coffin that is actually a “Music Box”.
Both creepy and beautiful.



2017-09-25 Artprize Metal Life

“Metal Life”
For some reason, this little guy made me think of the extra-terrestrial in the movie “E.T.”



2017-09-25 Artprize Divided We Fall

“Divided We Fall”
Clever art using PVC pipe, paper towels and duct tape to depict Vladimir Putin.



2017-09-25 Artprize We Are All Homeless c
One entire hallway of the convention center was filled with signs that homeless people had made. Some were very basic; some were creative.
2017-09-23 Artprize We Are All Homeless e



2017-09-25 Artprize The Stages Of Grief
“Stages Of Grief”
The artist used her gift for painting to deal with the death of her mother.
Sunshine coming through the skylight gave the picture an interesting look.



2017-09-25 Artprize Otto's Good Stuff
“Otto’s Good Stuff”
Am I losing my mind, or was this display in last year’s Artprize?!



Amusing Ourselves On A Stormy Day

2017-08-07 hide a plushie in plain view

It was a dark and stormy day about a week ago. Lightning had prompted us to turn off and unplug the TV and computers. How to amuse grandpa, grandma, and two grand-kids? Have a stuffed animal hunt! How many places can these critter hide?

In a shirt.

2017-08-07 hide a plushie in shirt


Among our DVD collection.

2017-08-07 hide a plushie on DVD shelf


On the stairs.

2017-08-07 hide a plushie on the stairs


In one of my sewing drawers.

2017-08-07 hide a plushie in sewing supply drawer


In the glove compartment of the car.

2017-08-07 hide a plushie in car glove compartment


But Grandpa came up with the best hiding place – the underside of the kitchen table!

2017-08-07 hide a plushie under table


A Different Kind Of Park

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Tree growing almost sideways panoramis

What’s your definition of a park? A playground with lots of swings and slides for the kids, and one of those merry-go-rounds that makes you sick? Picnic shelters with lots of tables, and some grills to roast hotdogs on? A place with curving cement sidewalks to roller-blade on?

I visited a very different kind of park today. It was the outdoors in its natural condition, unchanged by manicured landscaping, pesticides, herbicides, or play equipment. It was just… nature. There were several asphalt walkways near the entrance to the park, but then it changed into paths made by a lawn mower. It was like stepping back in time to what Michigan looked like before it became civilized. There were huge fields of wildflowers with butterflies and grasshoppers and bugs.

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Black-eyed Susans Daisis panoramic

From sunny open fields, the path veered off into wooded areas with a variety of trees. Occasionally a tree would have a sign by it for identification:

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Black Cherry Tree

We passed a green scuzzy pond that looked like something out of a fantasy tale.

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park green scum pool

Most of the park was in its natural state, with the exception of the occasional bench to sit and rest on, and the unusual sight of some stone blocks in the distance.

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Strange Block Formation panoramic

We hiked up the hill, through lumpy ground riddled with mole holes, but found no answer to the question of the stone blocks.

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Daisies and wildflowers

So we continued on, past prairie grasses nearly as tall as we were, trees whose branches grew almost sideways, and stagnant water pools with frogs and crickets. Then back to the car, back to traffic and noise, back to present day.

2017-06-20 Prairie Wolf Park Tall grass field panoramic