Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Naomi's coconut cake
Naomi and I have been practicing creating cakes. Here are two of our latest.
My vanilla cake

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The high

This was the high on my drive to work yesterday morning. The low was -20F. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday school

We've been studying the Ten Commandments. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Retirement party

We celebrated my Dad's retirement last Saturday at Country Side Dinners with a family-style dinner served in an Amish home in Clare.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015


"Stress," Brian claims, "is neither created nor destroyed. It is simply transferred from one person to another."

Betsy finds untangling masses of yarn a stress reducing activity; I find it stress just to watch. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015


The wind chill was -30F yesterday morning when I got up.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015


The latest batch of cakes was the largest, and according to two taste-testers, also the best. Betsy liked the cake because of the colorful sprinkles; Brian liked it despite the sprinkles. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cinnamon rolls

I made cinnamon rolls on my snow day last week. My coworkers were quite appreciative when I took a pan to work the next day. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Snow on the inside of the window

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Betsy's house

Josh already ripped these cabinets out.
 These are the photos that we will look back at in a few months, and marvel at how many improvement we've made to the house.

Josh's sister and I worked on coating this wall with primer. Just a couple of coats of paint do wonders.

Naomi and I thought we could make a Pine-Sol comercial in this room. I was amazed at how beautiful that door looked once I scrubbed off year's worth of dirt. 

The bathrooms are still nightmarish.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Baking cake

I've been baking a lot of cake lately.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Snow day

Monday we had a snow day. Teachers and students rejoiced.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Dad bringing home his boxes last Friday.
After nearly thirty-eight years, my Dad retired from his position as a Chemical Engineer at the company where he had worked since he graduated from college. 

When friends inquire about what he's going to do with all his time, my Dad laughs. His children (especially those of us with houses) have plenty of projects to keep him busy, and he already has a part-time job lined up. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

New (old) house

Last week the papers were signed and now Betsy and Josh have a fixer-upper house to get into a livable  condition before their wedding in April.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015