Sunday, July 31, 2016

From the other side

Sunset over Lake Huron from Goderich, Ontario.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


I attended the Lighthouse Symposium at Ferris State University in Big Rapids last Friday and Saturday. I was a reluctant to spend part of a summer weekend indoors, but when I heard the weather forecast I was thankful to be staying over night in an air-conditioned hotel room. 

Friday, July 29, 2016


According to Libby, I planted my zinnias as thick as radishes. I didn't have the heart to pull the little plants out of the ground so Libby thinned them for me.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


This is a weed--a terrible, prickly, invading weed. Yet, it's a terrible, prickly, invading, beautiful weed.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Libby is doing an internship at a Michigan company that supplies eggs to grocery stores and restaurants, including all of the McDonald's east of the Mississippi.

Due to biosecurity measures, she's not allowed to have any contact with outside birds. She can't visit the zoo. She can't feed the swans at the park. And, she can't go home on the weekend since there are chickens on our parents' farm.

So, for the six weeks of her internship, I have a housemate on the weekends. 

Friday, July 22, 2016


 It's time!

The Bluecrop berries are fabulous this year! They're the best that we've had in the past couple of years. The branches are loaded and the berries are large and full of flavor.

Since I'm working full-time, I'm not able to put in many hours at the Berry Barn, but I've still been over to the patch to pick a bucket every day or two so that I can eat handfuls of berries as I sit in front of my computer in my office. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Zucchini blossom

 Logan can't fathom why anyone would be remotely excited about zucchini.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Living on the Edge

Or is it life in the Edge?

I really need to stop for gas sooner.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday dinner

We had a quintessential dinner on the front lawn. It wasn't quite perfect, though, since I thought mom was making the cherry pie and she thought I was making it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kayaking the Sturgeon

The secretary told me about kayaking down the Sturgeon River with its fast current, twists and turns and fallen trees.

"I would like to do that," I said.

"Oh, you don't want to do that," she said, telling me about getting stuck between logs and her daughter nearly tipping over.

Two days later, we scrounged up  enough canoes and kayaks for eleven of us to go down the Sturgeon River, which is the fastest river in Michigan's lower peninsula. We put in at the Old Railroad Bridge and (most of us) got out at Upper White Road (Aaron and Lauren Mae missed the landing and at the next road.

It was a trip!

It was fast, challenging and thrilling. Everyone made it to the end with minimal bumps, bruises and close calls. The tight curves and fast current made it very difficult to maneuver the canoes and my parents ended up crashing into more than one log pile (and mom was afraid of being decapitated once or twice).

It was an exhilarating trip. I would love to go again. Though, next time we will leave the canoes behind.

Friday, July 15, 2016


 Remember the books pulled from the dumpster by the library, and the flowers stuck in a recycle can? Well, here is one of the centerpieces that graced the tables at the retirement party of one of our full-time ESL instructors.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kids' night off

 On Wednesday evenings my Dad leads a Bible study at the prison. While our parents are gone, my siblings, who live at home, come to the Cookie house for "kids' night off."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016


 We didn't have any little campers this year, but Betsy proved that bubbles aren't just for pre-schoolers. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016


It was my job to transport fifty gerbera daisies to the venue for a coworker's retirement party. My recycling can came in handy.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Home again

 Libby spent six weeks taking poultry classes hosted on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison. We were all very happy to have her home. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Garden dog

 I looked out the window the other day and couldn't find Charlie. Finally, I spotted him lying beside the tomato cages in the garden. Apparently the ground there was cooler and more comfortable. 

Monday, July 4, 2016


 Dad says it's time for Naomi to put out the "Kittens for Sale" sign. We have at least three batches of kittens on the farm. 


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shop vac

Charlie was much more interested in a bone than in vacuuming my vehicle.

 Recently I purchased a shop vac. It's wonderful.