Thursday, July 28, 2022


A few nights ago my family and I were hanging out in the living room when we heard an odd noise. It sounded like someone had dropped something upstairs. Since we were all together in the living room, I went upstairs to investigate. I looked all over but couldn't find the cause of the noise.

Until I got up the next morning and was getting ready; that's when I noticed how sticky things were in the bathroom closet. After a little investigating, I found what had made the mystery noise the night before. Somehow my metal container of hairspray exploded.

I'm glad I wasn't holding it when it exploded because the torn metal edges were really sharp. Luckily the mess was contained to one shelf in the closet, but it took quite a while to wash down every item on the shelf, as well as the walls and the shelf itself - it was all a sticky mess.

Now I'm just really curious about what made the metal fail like that...

Thursday, July 21, 2022


Not much makes me happier than
homemade Ben & Jerry's ice cream. 
Unless, it's homemade Ben & Jerry's
Heath Bar Crunch ice cream.

My husband had the audacity to
suggest that I added
too much Heath to this batch.
(I hadn't added it when I snapped the picture.)
I mean, is there such a thing
as too much Heath?
I think not...

Monday, July 18, 2022

My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things abut summer is fruit salad! So sweet and delicious. I love to get myself a bowl and enjoy it outside in the shade. It's the perfect summer afternoon treat.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Poetic Visions 2022

My son won the Best in Show prize for the high school category in this year's Poetic Visions of Mackinac competition! When my husband and I arrived the Director asked us where our son was. Sadly, he was home - sick with Covid. The Director politely suggested we call our son at home and make sure he was watching the live stream of the event. We were glad we could take a hint. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


 I found this horseshoe while I was 

walking to town today.

I hope it brings me good luck.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Coffee, Scones & Conversation

My good friend, Stephanie, just arrived back on the Island from wintering in California, so we've started getting together, once a week, for coffee. I hosted this week, which was the prefect occasion to use all those things I have in my china cabinet yet rarely use. (I'm trying to be better about that. I'm also trying to note where things came from so I can pass that knowledge on to my kids - if they choose to keep my treasures.)

  • The lilac china belonged to my Great Aunt Ruth. Neither of her kids wanted it and I thought it would be perfect for Mackinac Island.
  • The Arklow cream and sugar set were purchased by my mom when we visited Ireland in 1985.
  • The Dirigold cutlery belonged my Grandmothers. (They both had it and I consolidated it into one.)
  • I bought the Dirigold platter for myself. I found it at a thrift shop for a steal and since it matched what I got from my Grandmothers, it made sense to me to nab it.

Stephanie's visit also gave me an excuse to bake. Ever since I made homemade clotted cream, I've wanted to make scones.  They're so easy, I'm not sure why I've never made them. They were so easy I made two different varieties: sweetened cream cheese and dried cherry. Hands down my family preferred the cherry ones (topped with homemade strawberry jam.) Follow this link for the recipe to make your own. You won't regret it, though one batch only makes six scones - that's why I made two.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Day

Happy Independence Day from Mackinac! I hope you had a perfect day. We were lucky enough to get two fireworks displays this year. I'm still not quite sure why there wasn't one, larger display, but by all accounts it was wonderful.