Saturday, May 30, 2015


Mackinac's lilacs are about ready to burst. I just love how the island smells during lilac time... 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mackinac Moment

There's something about freighters signaling as they pass through the Round Island Channel that always makes me smile.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Friends

While working outside yesterday, Allen spotted these two barred owls out in the Annex. After school he took the kids and I out to see if they were still there.

I was so happy they were still hanging out in the same clump of cedars. It was amazing to just stand and watch the two of them fly silently from tree to tree.

K and I searched around the bottoms of the trees hoping to find a few pellets we could dissect, but we didn't have any luck. Allen thought he spotted a nest, so we're hopeful that we'll be able to visit them over the summer...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monster Cupcakes

This year my daughter asked for a My Singing Monster birthday. So, we've been knee deep in monsters for a few days; happy friendly singing monsters, not scary mean ones. 

I made monster cupcakes for her to take to school. Frosting them with the grass tip was kind of a pain but the end result was worth it. (Thankfully I only needed 16 of them and not 30.) Just be aware if you make these, the kids tell me that the Wilton candy eyes taste awful; like get-up-run-to-the-trash-to-spit-them-out-immediately awful. They were cute and easy, but next time I'll probably make the eyes myself.

As I look at them, I can't help thinking about these guys.