Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

black walnuts

A neighbor had a dozen large bags of raw black walnuts free for the taking, so I took one home.  They are a lot of work.  The fruit are like rotting tennis balls, a thick, fabric-like flesh surrounding the walnut.  Step one is peeling off that skin - rubber gloves are a must, as the walnuts contain a dye that will stain your hands for days afterwards

Once the nuts are cleaned (this only represents about 1/3 of them - all I had patience for tonight)
you rinse them and cure them for a few weeks.  I will post a follow-up when I get down to opening them up with a hammer and wire cutters!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

thrift haul: bedding

King sized bed sheets are expensive, but not these: perfectly white 100% cotton set for $8

Excellent vintage quilt print twin bed spread with matching pillow shams

cute cotton flannel PA Dutch print nightshirt $2

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


We did a school farmer's market up in Sutton's Bay, MI this morning, and my favorite part was the kids t-shirts

she said she did know the original lyrics

Sunday, October 16, 2016

sky study #155

sunset over the West pasture, October 7, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

the secret cave

Mom & I were driving south on Bayshore Drive last week and I caught a glimpse of this beautiful hillside stone cave behind a house.  We turned around and pulled into their driveway - it seemed nobody was home so Mom, with her 83 year old moxie, went inside and looked around. Inside was a sizable empty room, with a rotting door and lots of cobwebs.  I imagine someone built it as a wine or root cellar - it would make a great cheese cave!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

hello kitty

kid at farmers market last Saturday: matching pink sequin hat & mittens, great glasses, chocolate croissant

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Detroit, my beloved

Spent a few days in Detroit a few weeks ago - saw the amazing Chris Robinson Brotherhood - look how close we were! 

sugar skulls at La Gloria Bakery in Mexicantown

Megan and I in The Palm House, Belle Isle Conservatory

Indian sweets

clementine love!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

shake a tail feather (singular)

My sweet old rooster Roosty is getting older and one by one is losing his beautiful tail feathers.  Since I took this picture last week, that last one has come out, so he looks more like a hen these days.