Sunday, March 31, 2013

bunnies and chickens for Easter

Blackie wishes everyone a Hoppy Easter!

The girls wish you a Happy Easter too

There goes little cotton tail (Bunny Lee)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I'm dying for Easter

I saved up all of the white eggs from the chickens over the past few weeks to make Easter eggs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

gonna pop some tags

New blouse from Salvation Army, brand is "Shapely"

Price: $3.55 with half off pink tags, grand total: $1.77 + tax

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

so spikey

The icicles that have been falling off the house are so big and dagger-like they remind me of Kryptonite

Sunday, March 24, 2013

the guest

I was looking down at the little window that Mama the barn cat uses to come and go from the big barn, and a large tabby type cat was sitting on the windowsill.  Mama was frolicking around right in front of him, so they know each other - I wonder if he will hang around for long.  I hope he is friendly.

Friday, March 22, 2013

have a seat

I have been in need of a comfortable, practical, somewhat custom couch for my parlor.  I've been chilling on a very stylish, and very uncomfortable, vintage sofa for a few years, and it's time for a change.  I love all of the green, recycled DIY furniture you can find on line, particularly palette furniture, so with the help of Reeber Woodworking and a bunch of clean, free palettes from my day job, here is the base frame for my new L-shaped movie viewing, doggie lounge comfort center.  It's actually the size of two single beds, which will also be handy for maximum house guest capacity.  Next task:  cushions and pillows.  I love how it's coming out so far.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

fill 'er up

Farmer John at Moomers Dairy filling up a Boss Mouse milk can

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


TV 9 + 10 came to Boss Mouse to shoot a story yesterday

Cheese makes great road food

The piece is going to air next week - I will post a link

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

well hung

The beautiful new Boss Mouse sign now hanging on the exterior of the cheese barn.  Note swiss cheese holes on the inside and anti-wasp screening on the back of those.  Steve thought of all the details!

Monday, March 18, 2013


Rudy, the exotic forest panther

Sunday, March 17, 2013

yummy bedding

The dogs say: my bed, or a fun chew toy?  Max models the mess.

Friday, March 15, 2013

sky study #85

sunrise Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013


The limbs that were trimmed from the Norway maple dripped mildly sweet icicles, which I ate

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

birthday bounty

All farmers need a ratchet set

Linette's to-die-for Carrot Cake recipe
rooster coasters from Sandy
the most beautiful macarons from Agnes in Los Angeles

Pretty labels from Amy

old style note pad with quotes from Boss Beaver
post cards from Stephanie

seeds for the garden from David
bed time fashion inspiration from David

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

weekend of cheddar

I ran out of a certain cheese culture this past weekend so all I could make was cheddar - here's 70 pounds of the love

You can press curd in a "curd bag" that will produce an organic, amorphous shape

Sunday, March 10, 2013

heavy metal

My new 75 pound steel sign for the cheese barn - hand made by my brother Steve, who visited for my birthday this weekend - I love you Steve!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

a jar of...

Amy got me a jar that you can write on with chalk

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pisces time

tattoo artist Kat Von D (1982)
R&B singer Kristinia DeBarge (1990)
Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (1976)
Supermodel Kathy Ireland(1963)
Actor Aidan Quinn (1959)
Singer Gary Numan (1958)
Original Eagles bassist Randy Meisner(1946)
Micky Dolenz (1945)
Actress Lynn Redgrave (1943; d. 2010)
Pianist Dick Hyman (1927)
Dancer/actress Cyd Charisse (1921; d. 2008)
Actor Alan Hale Jr. (1918; d. 1990)

I love the combo of musicians on this list

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

stackin chedda

I am getting some different shelving for the cheese cave, so we  took all of the cheese out of the cave yesterday to give it a good cleaning 

Cheddars on the bottom, next shelf Swiss, some odds and ends and Montasio up top

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

mature cheese

I love the Cheez-it ad campaign, plus, I think all varieties of Cheez-its are delicious.

Monday, March 4, 2013


at Burritts Market, Traverse City

Saturday, March 2, 2013

when cheese makers gather

I attended a forum in Grand Rapids Thursday between the Michigan Department of Agriculture and most of Michigan's artisan cheese makers - all 8 of us.  It was great, lots of information and experiences shared, plus they paid us to attend

The cheese spread was great - everyone brought samples of their work

The moderator posted some meeting ground rules - I think these are excellent rules for life in general

Friday, March 1, 2013

RIP Buffy

Died peacefully of natural causes Thursday morning, February 28th