Friday, June 13, 2014

Detroit Trip

We went to Detroit this past weekend to see a Tigers/Red Sox game. As usual, we stayed off the expressways to see what there was to see on the way. Going, we took what we called the southern route and returning, we took the northern route. The southern was more scenic with several nice towns along the way to stop in.

The first town we stopped in was Hastings. It was farmers' market day.

I love dragons. This one was in the pawn shop.

Jack on bench with striped guy.

Jack on bench outside hardware store.

We stopped in a couple antique and craft stores and were on our way.

Our next major stop was in Farmington where they were having an art fair.

I have never seen this large of a selection of cross stitch and the store samples are amazing. A must see for all interested in this type of needlework.

And of course, Jack must check out the Irish pub.

Then off to Detroit. Detroit is in a world of hurt after losing 25% of the population. It seems that the final terms of the bankruptcy are being worked out. It won't be easy but I wish the citizens of Detroit well and hope the city comes back strong.

I love community gardens.


We went to the Detroit Institute of Arts. It looks like the bankruptcy is not going to touch the collection. That is a good thing. It is a magnificent collection and it would be a crime to destroy such a wonderful institution.

A few select photos.

George and the dragon.

When in the area, be sure to plan a stop.

Comerica Park fun!

Back at home, it was clear that Sugar was worn out from her time at doggy camp.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spring 2014

Spring this year was slow to start and continues to be colder than the norm. But my garden grows.

Finally, I was able to get my pepper and tomato plants out. With the cold snap I may have to cover them tonight.

Gardens are in bloom all over town and it is fun to walk around and watch the changes and new flowers as everything comes back to life after a brutal winter.

Tulips in Central Park

We were having issues with the rain and ice backing up in the shared driveway and it was causing the foundation to get eroded. We would have major basement water issues if something wasn't done. Crushed concrete and problem is solved. Well Jack still has to fix the foundation damage.

Before - the grass was higher than the concrete and basically damned the water into the low area.


It has rained just about everyday since we had it done. So we know it is working.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Begins

March is off to a nice start. The temperature is rising and the snow is melting. The sun is shining more often. All good.

Last Friday Jack and I went to the Grand Rapids Home and Garden Show. The sun was shining and we thought - Garden - Yes.

One or Grand Rapids finest aiding pedestrians. In my opinion people walking or biking should always get priority over car traffic.

The show had more home than garden, remodeling, windows, etc. But we still had a nice time.

Then Saturday it was time for Soup and Slider Fest at the Post. Don't think mini-burgers. Each restaurant did something different, Reuben, brisket, turkey, etc.

Peoples Choice awards and judges. The judges were from Public Safety, United Way, and the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

A good time was had by one and all.

Meanwhile back at home this week, I made a wonderful salad from a "new" cookbook I acquired on our last trip to an antique store. It is a 1st edition, 1980, radio station cookbook. It is signed by all the staff, on-air and off.

The Freezer Cole Slaw recipe caught Jack's eye - I love Cole Slaw of all varieties. But I started with the Sauerkraut Salad. I had yellow, orange, and red peppers. And I of course I didn't have the brand of sauerkraut recommended, those stores are not here in MI.  I used half the recommended sugar. We both love it. It is super easy, chopping, I love chopping, mix, chill.

 Well that's some of what we've been doing so far in March. Spring cannot get here fast enough for me!