Tuesday, June 13, 2017

before & after

Over the past few years, I've been slowly out-growing my office.  I am a very organized person, but I realized the star item in my office - my desk - was just too small.  Several weeks ago Dad found a free desk on Craig's List in Clare, MI, about an hour South of Kingsley, which we went down to pick up. It needed some Mike Kurta-izing (sanding, repairing, shining up, and best of all, painting) and yesterday, we reassembled its pieces in my office.  This picture is from a few weeks ago, and there's the late Mabel!

A large, heavy oak desk with mahogany veneer, Dad said it is incredibly well made and sturdy.  I chose bright pink paint, and will be filling it back up carefully.  What a difference a good work space makes - thank you Mom & Dad!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

hi Porci

A little porcupine friend has been hanging around the farm for a few days - I pulled a few quills out of Cozy's neck when she came in too close to check it out.  I read up on the North American Porcupine - here are a few facts:

- they are the second largest North American rodent after the Beaver
- they are far from endangered, as they have no enemies - slow moving, they are more likely to be hit by a car than eaten as prey.  Sadly, I see many, many dead porcupines on the roads around Northern Michigan
- Native Americans ate them
- there are some great videos on YouTube of people and their friendly pet porcupines

Friday, June 9, 2017

right around the corner

an elderly couple right around the corner from the farm are selling their home, and had a nice estate sale yesterday - here, a chartreuse cooler $2

Amazeballs vintage books - each, $0.25

Ziploc bag of vintage matches $1.00 - here are just some of the awesome designs - there are dozens more

Friday, June 2, 2017

the cheese curd bike

I have been thinking about getting a push-cart style vending bike to sell Boss Mouse cheese curds at festivals, additional farmers markets, etc. all year. Work-bikes are expensive, so it was just an idea in my head for the time being.  This past weekend however, while driving on a road I don't drive on very often, I found one for sale on the side of the road for half the price.  It needs some care and repairs, but is exactly what I was looking for.  Isn't it cute? Thank you, universe!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spring thriftin'

they priced the frame as the item for sale, but I bought it for the sweet early 80s poster 

lined windbreaker

Queens of the Stone Age CD $1.99

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017


A pair of blue jays built a nest right outside my kitchen window, in a tree near the front door.  I have been watching them construct the nest for days, a tangle of sticks and roots, surprised they would choose a spot so close to the house. Here is the lone egg they are incubating. I have been reading up on blue jays since they set up house - a member of the crow family, they typically lay between 3-6 eggs, so I'm not sure if she will be laying more, or they will hatch this single chick.  I love watching them, and have stopped using the front door as much as I can so not to freak them out. The egg is large and speckled green, and those bits of white are the fallen petals from the ornamental crab apple tree the nest is in.