Sunday, December 22, 2019


I'll tell you - there's nothing like combining the power of the internet with a small town.  Within 10 minutes of posting my plea on Facebook, I was on my snowmobile heading out to pick up a little carpet cleaner. Then, while my son feverishly worked to clean up the mess he accidentally created, I was getting text messages of support from friends down state. 

This experience has, once again, reinforced why Mackinac Island is the best place in the world to live.  Hopefully the take away from this whole thing for my son is - when his dad says he needs help completing a job, it means he needs help.  He doesn't want my son to do the job for him. Especially when the job involves a container full of  disgustingly fowl black water that smells like death, and tan carpet...

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Here Comes the Sun

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Winter Solstice.  May your heart be filled with sunshine today and every day...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


This lovely little tradition has just legitimized all those times my kids got clothes for Christmas. I was just looking out for them...

Also, I think they will get new underwear for Christmas this year. New undies with giant, smiling cat faces on the butt. (Thank you Allen.) I wouldn't want them to get eaten, especially now that they've been to Iceland and could legitimately be on the Yule Cat's radar.

I think my friend Kelaine might need a pair, too...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Saying Good-bye

I haven't really discussed it much,  but my husband's father passed away this summer. A few weeks ago we traveled to Sunderland, Massachusetts, to say our final good-byes.

Sunderland is a lovely little town on the banks of the Connecticut River. The kids and I had never been there before, and while it was a sad reason for a visit, we enjoyed getting to explore his old stomping ground.

We laid him to rest in the most beautiful cemetery I've ever seen. There was just something about the light through the leaves that day. It was lovely.

He served in the Navy during the very end of the Korean War, so he was buried with military honors.

And while I know you didn't know Dick, know that he would have appreciated being laid to rest near a patch of brussel sprouts, a corn field, and in view of the church where he married the love of his life. You can read his full obituary here.

Rest in peace Grampie;
we love and miss you...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Teacher Halloween 2019

This year for Halloween, the Mackinac Island teachers decided to dress up as if we were characters in the Dairy of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinny.

We thought about just picking characters from the book, until I found this site - Wimp Yourself.  It's a fun little site where you can personalize a character. Some poster board, black Sharpies, tape & paint stir sticks and quick as a wink, we were wimped!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Halloween 2019

This year we were lucky enough to have friends come up from Lansing to celebrate Halloween with us. They moved off the Island a number of years ago, but their mom and I have managed to get the kids together once or twice a year ever since.

This year I had a D&D character - a rogue. K put a lot of time into creating her costume. She had a clear vision and worked hard to bring it to life through thrifted (and then altered) items. D&D is serious business but don't let that face fool you - she was thrilled withher creation.

I also had a Laughing Jack - a macabre clown. My son also knew exactly what he wanted to do. You should have seen him walking around the fabric store looking for the items to make each part of the costume. Finding the feather boas for the shoulders made his day!

S has gotten into horror (think Stephen King) and really enjoyed creeping people out with his costume. Luckily, he hasn't lost his sense of humor. 

As for candy, 2019 was an average year. The four kids brought home between 7.4 and 9.8 pounds of candy each (about 3 kg - 4.5 kg.)  Given that they all went together to the same houses, I'm not sure why there was such a difference between their hauls.  By far S's favorite item this year was the blood bag. I'm not sure if they came from Amazon, but that's exactly what they looked like; except these were filled with a thick blood-red sugary liquid. It was all I could do to watch S slurp it down...

Friday, November 1, 2019

How We Roll

My husband has been running a weekend D&D game for the kids and a few friends. It is nothing like the D&D I played back in high school.

He goes all out.

I sure hope the kids appreciate the effort he puts into it...