Monday, July 31, 2017

the beauty of the bugs

Moth on the ground at Mom & Dad's house 

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Went to an outdoor movie at the Traverse City Film Fest last weekend with my friends Matt & Jeanette and rode in their motorcycle sidecar!  So much fun!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

toad style

Little helper the other morning as I loaded coolers into the car before market

Saturday, July 22, 2017

80 is the new 20

Mom rocking full 2Pac style

Dad's nap style on the plane to Florida last moth

Friday, July 21, 2017

contents of the wheelbarrow

- old rhubarb stalks
- tree trimmings
- but mostly, many invasive mulberry have to wear heavy gloves to pull them up, which is easy, but there are hundreds of them.  Birds eat mulberry in the woods then poop the seeds, which plant themselves everywhere.  As gigantic as that pile looks, it weighed almost nothing

Sunday, July 16, 2017

from the free book table

I did a Cheese 101 lecture at the Fife Lake Library last week, and in their foyer was a free book table.  Here was my haul - they had so many good ones!

Friday, July 7, 2017


tile on the front porch of the house we stayed in

view of the street from the porch

classic cars everywhere

I bought this block of cheese from this man on the side of the road out in the countryside - it cost about $5 and he gave it to me with a block of guava paste, which is how they eat the cheese in Cuba - I gave the guava paste to our tour guide

sampling cigars at a farm in the ViƱales Valley

ice cream cart in Old Havana

Mom & I had coconut ice cream served in a hollowed out coconut shell - some of the tastiest ice cream I've ever had - we bought it off of the cart in the previous picture

art on the water tank at the cigar farm

in one of the many classic taxis we rode in

Plaza de la Catedral

a lovely tucked-away public garden, complete with bust of Hans Christian Andersen surrounded by bougainvillea - there were 17 friendly cats and kittens who live in the garden, and I was given a personal tour by the gardener (pictured above) who told me about every plant and tree and was glad I loved the cats

The National Museum of Fina Arts in Havana was great, and they had a show exhibiting the work of female Cuban film makers.  I had never heard of Ana Mendieta, but fell in love with her work - here is a link to some of her short films

Also loved the illustrations of Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo

Glass bottles at the beautiful Habana 1791 Perfume shop

Stained glass in the perfume shop atrium

they grow up so fast

Came back from my trip a few weeks ago and the baby bluejays were already teenagers.  They have now all flown the nest and are gone