Sunday, March 23, 2014


My daughter has been pestering asking me for some time now to share the projects she and her brother made with their dad over Christmas vacation. Now that we are less than a week away from spring break - It's time.

He taught them about electric circuits,

and how to solder. 

I was surprised just how complicated these little trees turned out to be.

The kids were very proud to show me their little blinking trees and then to teach Mama all about resisters, LEDs and jumpers. 

I'm still surprised my daughter asked me to pack her tree away with the Christmas decorations.  It's going to be fun to watch her face light up when we get it out again next year...

Get your own tree kit here. They're out of stock now, but I bet they'll have them again next fall.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vintage Fun

This past weekend I had a great time hanging out with these folks. My friend, Ken, is a member of the group and he invited them to cross the ice, tour the island and enjoy a hot dogs and chili at Turtle Park. Ken owns a few vintage machines and asked me if I would like to drive one. (OK, he owns quite a few, but only six of them are currently on the island.)  I had a great time tootling around on this lovely little 1973 Evinrude snowmobile. It's just three years younger than I am!

I also had a great time taking a ton of pictures, and then playing around with editing software to make them look like they were taken when the snowmobiles were new. The two pictured below were probably my favorites. The one on the left is a 1963 Arctic Cat. The one on the right is a 1969 Hus-ski;  it was in amazing shape. Frank, the owner, even let me drive it. I'd love to own one, but I'm not very mechanically inclined...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Ice Bridge

I ran across to St. Ignace this weekend to pick up a friend, and decided to take my husband's GPS tracker with me so I could get a look at the "Beeline" trail. We mapped the British Landing trail a few weeks ago, but never the trail that left the island near the school. (The more southern of the two.)

Often, in years we have good ice, it's gone and the boats are running by mid early to mid-April. There's a lot of ice out there this year - it makes me wonder how long we'll be able to cross it...

That's me pulling in to St. Ignace. Steve, thanks for the photos!