We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.
I like to have “adventures”, which – for me – can be anything from driving to Ikea to brave the insanity that Ikea can be, to trying a new restaurant, or even taking a hike in the wooded area near our house…and that’s just what we did today. We had an adventure in our own backyard, so to speak. Frozen ponds, evergreens, various plant life, and Melody is an excellent tree stump model – she was really working it!
We picked up this beauty at the local farmer’s market – I really enjoy having a fresh, evergreen wreath on our front door during the winter months. I was also admiring some beautiful, evergreen trees in the sunlight on our neighborhood walk this morning to a nearby park.
Last week, we enjoyed an art show at the Ann Arbor Arts Center – complete with work by our pals Jason Ferguson and Michael Reedy – rainy, fall weather, another win for Texas Tech (7-0!), and we’re noticing some Halloween decorations going up around town. I’m not sure how it’s already late October and why time seems to be moving at a faster pace every year… Seriously, what’s up with that?
It’s glorious fall weather here this week and even with the rainy, cloudy day last Sunday I appreciated that it really felt like fall. We met a friend for brunch on Sunday and enjoyed catching up - sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop and smell the roses with your peeps…even when everyone is busy.
I also enjoyed dining at The Lunch Room for the first time (since they moved into a permanent space in Kerrytown), followed by an extra delicious latte at Mighty Good Coffee. I thought it was fun how, instead of using a number for your table, The Lunch Room uses images (like a bird, a stand mixer, etc.) so they can bring out your delicious plate of goodness to the right table when it’s ready.
This is what our walks with Melody in our neighborhood look like this week…I know…crazy gorgeous, right?!?
I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.
I noticed this rainbow on the wall of our garage; the sunlight was catching the reflector on one of our bikes and the result was this lovely little splash of color on our red brick – how delightful, right? Texas Tech pulled out another win against TCU this week, which makes them 3-0 and makes us happy to be watching college football with a winning team. The weather has been a little odd this week – the high was in the mid-90′s earlier this week and is only 60 today. Last night was absolutely lovely though; cool breeze with cooler temps blowing in, I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, and we had the pleasure of attending a reception for “SightSee: Colin Blakely & Amy Sacksteder” at the Ann Arbor Art Center – great show, beautiful work, and always wonderful to see friends. I think our friends‘ baby (who, by the way, is the most beautiful baby boy I’ve ever laid eyes on in my entire life) summed it up when he said, “Ooooooo, art!” And Melody just won’t stop being ridiculously cute, seriously.
Our weekend was full of yard work, house cleaning, gardening (I pulled lots of green beans, tomatoes, onions, and some jalapeno and red peppers – enough to fill up a large colander), and bowling with friends. I have really enjoyed putting together mini flower arrangements in the house with things from our garden this summer – like nasturtium, marigolds, zinnias, hydrangea, coleus, and this purple basil in the photo below; not only does the purple basil look beautiful, it smells great too.
If you haven’t been to Chela’s in Ann Arbor and you’re looking for some tasty Mexican food, do yourself a favor and give this place a try – yum! Why are the Whole Foods cupcakes so good? I can’t resist them.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Matthaei Botanical Gardens this week. It wasn’t my first time enjoying the space, but I hadn’t been in some time and every time I visit I am reminded of how much I love it there - I can’t help but leave with a wonderful sense of calm about me. As it was raining out, we stuck to the indoor, conservatory portion only; the conservatory is divided into three different zones – tropical, temperate, and arid. They are all lovely, but I am drawn to the Arid House as it reminds me of Texas and I have always loved succulents. They have a pretty impressive, variegated century plant which is over 70 years old too.
We had perfect weather in Ann Arbor last weekend. It wasn’t hot and there was a cool breeze, blue skies, sunshine, and the fluffy, white clouds were lovely. We took advantage of the weather and enjoyed a game of mini golf with friends. Fun in the sun!