Thursday, February 29, 2024

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Monday, February 26, 2024



Libby, Abel, Cyrus and I  headed north for an adventure in the UP this past weekend. It was at least a three mile round trip trek from the plowed parking lot down to the lower parking lot to the trail, across the bridge and around the island at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls. The boys did a great job with the hike, though Cyrus did tell me his legs got tired and he took a short rest on the way back.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024



Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tuesday, February 20, 2024



Libby has quite the new (old) set up for boiling sap this year.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Friday, February 16, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Wednesday, February 14, 2024



Once in a very great while, the light is so dramatic you feel like you're in a Thomas Cole painting. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

Tawas Point Lighthouse


(picture from my visit a couple of weeks ago)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Friday, February 9, 2024

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Tea of Sadness

 I have sipped the tea of sadness,

its leaves infused with jasmine.

I had tasted a hint of it before, blended and subtle.

Now, after the death of my sister,

I drink its pure, undiluted emotion.

I did not buy this tea–it was given to me,

regifted several times and almost discarded.

I thought I would not like it, so I left it

unopened and forgotten 

in its black lacquer package.

It is aromatic and delicate,

brewed in boiling water, tempered with cool

so that it does not become bitter;

steeped to infuse the deepness of its flavor

but if left unattended, overpowering. 

I find the pale, green liquid strangely comforting

its language as unfamiliar to my tongue

as the Chinese characters printed on the tiny canister.

Yet, it soothes the turmoil deep within,

this tea that tastes of sadness. 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Lower falls

Tahquamenon Falls

Friday, February 2, 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024