Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Alone in a Field

The sun and the clouds. A slight breeze.


This site is so amazing. I heard about it on NPR yesterday. You can see a collection of peoples feelings from around the world.

We Feel Fine

Sunday, June 28, 2009


This is my nephew Leahm. The first baby in the family! He will be two in late August. Blond hair, blue eyes and adorable!

Here he is at 6 months. He has his dads ears, LOL.

More current pics. This is Leahm with our dog Alex. Alex had to be put to sleep shortly after this photo. He was 17 years old. We have had him since he was 1 year old. A perfect family dog.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

When In Rome

"do as the Romans do". Well, when in Michigan, you should buy a boat. So I did. It was cheap enough and perfect for the "party barge" that I intend it to be. It's a lot of space for friends to gather and float on our greatest resource here in MI. Massive lakes surround me so why not?

So she isn't the prettiest but that can be fixed. The toons are in perfect shape and the 25 ft deck is new as well. A little paint (to cover that ugly blue) and some customized features such as tiki bar, tiki torches, coconuts, well you get the picture. It will make her the best boat ever, well, that I can afford.

How much you ask? Well, there are great deals to be had right now. Boats for sale every where you look in MI. She was $750 and in case you are wondering, boats are always female. I split the cost with my brother and friend Ella so technically its our boat. We still need a motor and trailer so she isn't quite water ready yet but we have time.

Until then I gaze at her longing to be on the water with drink in hand.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Iris Time, My Favorite Time!

Not to bad of a show this spring considering how over grown they are. Soon it's dig and divide time though. Here are a few that opened up so far.

Anyone want to buy some?

beverly Sills


Pacific Shores

Chiffon Ruffles



City Lights

Dance for Joy

Beverly Sills

Bubbly Mood, i think.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

As promised, here are a few irises that have come into bloom this weekend.

Winter Scene


Hells Fire

A few unknowns.

Raspberry Fudge

Lilacs Past

These were in bloom last week in my mom's yard. These photos don't do them justice. The darkest one is much deeper purple than the photo shows.

The blooms are all gone now but it's worth the wait.

What Eight Months Can Do

Last summer was one of the best summers I have ever had. People were lively and there was lots of fun to be had. It seemed that every weekend brought new adventures. When I returned to MI this spring I notice something is different. A silence in the streets that was wasn't present before. The local pub is closed at 10 pm on a Saturday night. Lights out early. Houses with tall grass line the streets. In these lawns are signs. It's obvious that over the winter my home has been hit hard by the economic turmoil of our country and the auto industry. In the news, 20,000 more jobs scheduled to be cut here in MI.

It's so hard to watch this place that I love so much fall on such bad times. Even our schools are downsizing. We have lost so many children that they are going to consolidate the two grade schools and add them all to our 6 through 12 high school. Kindergarten through 12 will all be in one building! At a time like this it's absolutely necessary but heart breaking.

All I hope for is that all the people that lose their jobs can find something else and that this doesn't last much longer.