Saturday, May 31, 2014

all of Bowerman Road smells like lilacs

O were my love yon Lilac fair
Wi' purple blossoms of the Spring
- Robert Burns

Friday, May 30, 2014

a drumroll please....

Today is my last day at work:  

I quit my day job

Boss Mouse, full steam ahead!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Terrazzo sink installed underneath the well head near the house - will serve as a vegetable washing sink, and Cozy's summertime infinity pool

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day

Raquel's antler brings all the boys to the yard

Gabey with well-done marshmallow - s'more night bon fire

Kelly chose sensible shoes for the weekend

I love my bestie

Kelly + Cozy

Monday, May 26, 2014

tis the season

Michigan asparagus

I can pickle that

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summit City equine

I drive past these guys every time I go to Traverse City, so stopped to get their picture.   They were super friendly and came right over.  I love the pony's hair style.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

soul of the 70s

I found another awesome infomercial for a box set featuring old funk and soul music from the 70s.  Just like the soft rock one, the videos are beautiful and I love the music. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

rabbit vantage point

When I fee range the bunnies, Blackie often makes her way to the very front of the property, lies underneath the lilacs and will stay there for hours just taking in the scene.  Sometimes Licky joins her, (above) and when I am rounding them up at the end of the day I can always be sure that's where I will find Blackie.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

tillin' it

awesome neighbor Jerry tilling my vegetable garden to ready for planting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

farmers market green

Braising mix from Birch Point Farm, 2 bags of spinach from Provident Farm, arugula and nettles from Spring Hollow Farm, and arugula from Old Hundredth Farm

stinging nettle butter

Monday, May 19, 2014

sky study #108

Rain sky on the way home from Traverse City Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

guest centerfold

Cousin Lucky in Scottsdale, AZ strikes a sexy pose for the ladeez...thanks for the pic, Agnes!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

the fleet

Dad was doing Spring service on all of the equipment that keeps the farm mowed, tilled and plowed

Friday, May 16, 2014

mushroom time

1.5 pounds of morel mushrooms gathered on the Mission Peninsula on Wednesday.  I sauteed them in some smoked butter.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


This is last year's chicken coop clean-out, which fermented and composted down for a year

I put piles of it in the garden, and the chickens helped spread it out

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cater Leelanau

My chef friend Cammie posted a great tour of Boss Mouse Cheese on her blog here - come for a visit:

 the event barn at Cherry Basket Farm in Omena, Michigan where Epicure Catering is located

canine excavation

For Mother's Day, Max dug up Mommy's daffodils

Monday, May 12, 2014

Holman Farm Spring Update

I visited my close friend Laurie at glorious Holman Farm over the weekend

Rabbit assassin Jenny


Laurie's new greenhouse

This year's plantlings - Laurie always gives me all of the vegetable starts for my garden and this year she typed out an organized list of them with the most amazing names:  Green Doctors tomatoes, Graffiti purple cauliflower and Dragoon mini romaine lettuce, just to name a few

The cathedral of the woods - we looked for mushrooms but they aren't quite up yet

Jar of Laurie's beautiful pickled vegetables

Saturday, May 10, 2014

soft rock

I love that Soft Rock infomercial that's been on TV this year - I love the music and beautiful 70s videos

Friday, May 9, 2014

names of the full moon


Full moons have great names.  Thank you Dahlia - I never knew about these!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

farmer's market trades

Bread from Old Mission Multigrain, spinach and parsnips from Providence Farm, baby lettuce mix from Old Hundreth Farm, and goat cream fresh from Idyll Farms

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

beer & cheese love child

Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids is an awesome brew pub that I am doing a cheese project with

It's in an old church and they kept all the architecture and stained glass windows

Co-pilot Jeanette hanging in the kitchen - we delivered some cheese to them and they let us sample some brews in the back

They filled up a bucket with 4 gallons of their Undertaker Stout that I made a brine with, to make a signature cheese for them.  Great place, excellent food and super nice folks

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

all for $3

The Traverse City Public Library had a book sale, and I scored the beautifully illustrated World of Birds from 1964, a VHS tape of Beatrix Potter cartoons and a book of Animals Poems.

Monday, May 5, 2014

jumper, tartan, tartan

Central Methodist Church rummage sale haul:  vintage pullover and two wool skirts.  Tags read 
Joyce Sportswear and Paddle & Saddle.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

new gates for the orchard

Hand crafted & custom sized - the orchard is on a small slope, so the fence had to be higher on one side

Mom & Dad hangin' 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

sky study #107

just after the rain storm, April 29, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rollin' Thunder

in a parking lot at Chums Corners, Traverse City