Tuesday, January 31, 2017


I spent over half an hour trying to get my step-by-step tomato soup photos to load. It wouldn't work. Thus, a picture of an onion and the hope that it will work another day. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Intercultural Night

 One of the highlights each year at SVSU is Intercultural Night, a talent show hosted by the International Student Club. This year's show featured acts from sixteen different nations, and was one of the best I've attended. Here's a peek at the show.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017


It's noteworthy when the sky isn't gray.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I spent Thursday and Friday in Monterey, California, the language capital of the world, attending a conference for administrators of intensive English programs. My days were packed attending sessions such as "Over to the Dark Side: From Teaching to Administration" and "Bookmarks and Clusters: Two Different Ways of Setting Cut Scores."
 I did manage to slip away at lunchtime to Fishermen's Warf on Thursday to sit on the rocks and listen to the ocean waves and relax for a few minutes before mustering up artificial friendliness for the networking breaks.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Brian's house

 Last month Brian secured the winning bid at an estate auction. Recently he signed the final paperwork and now is in possession of a large, two-story brick house, complete with a detached garage and pole barn, that is just a couple of miles down the road from our parents' farm. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017


It's amazing. I can flip a switch and the sunroom is now flooded with light.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017


My mailbox ended up in a snow bank on the other side of the ditch Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow day

Yesterday I celebrated the first snow day of the season by baking cinnamon rolls.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I bought a plant yesterday. It's hard to pass up anything green and living in January. 

Monday, January 9, 2017


 Dad has been working on the wiring, so we can install new lights in the back room. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Great (Lake) memories

Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada
 Yesterday was a rough day. Thus, the need for some Great Lake therapy today.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bathroom update

 The bathroom was the one room that my paintbrush hadn't touched--at least until last week. 

 Next I need to figure out how to remove the rust stains from the shower walls. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Brian surprised me with just what I wanted--a new heat stove! We sold the pellet stove this fall since it was no longer economical or practical. I've had my eye on a natural gas heat stove, but wasn't expecting one. Dad installed the stove last week, and it has met my expectations and made my toes very happy.

Monday, January 2, 2017


We met for evening church in my parents' great room (which used to be the living room and school room).

Sunday, January 1, 2017