So nice to be up North…

Up North - October 2014

We spent a fantastic, long weekend up in northwest Michigan in the Traverse City area. I honestly don’t think I can come up with the appropriate words to really describe how breathtakingly beautiful it was up there (especially with the fall color on display)! As you may already be aware, fall is my favorite season – so this weekend I was in my happy place…seeing the fall views all around me (so much color!), wearing sweaters and scarves, enjoying a warm fire (don’t forget the s’mores -we had those too), stopping at an apple orchard (more on that below), etc. I was like a kid in a candy store and it was great! Why can’t I stop using exclamation points…yep, fall does this to me, I can’t contain my excitement!!!

We spent some time hiking around where we stayed (Lake Ann, MI) and also enjoyed a hike in Sleeping Bear Dunes, we drove around and stopped in Leland, visited the L. Mawby and Big Little tasting rooms, made it out to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, and did a bit of shopping and dinner in Traverse City too. The lakeshore colors are stunning and it was beautiful watching the waves crash along the shoreline.

We are lucky, here in Michigan, as there seems to be no shortage of apple orchards to visit and enjoy this time of year. I had the pleasure of visiting an orchard that was like none other I’ve been to before; one of the highlights for us was stumbling upon Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm where they grow and sell antique apple varieties. I was fascinated at how many varieties of apples they had available – most of which I’d never heard of or seen before. We picked up 3 small containers to take home of Sheepnose, Spitzenburg (supposedly Thomas Jefferson’s favorite), and Ashmead’s Kernel apples; we ate Almata (these are pink on the inside) and Macoun apples on the spot, before we got back to the car. They also ship gift boxes and the woman who rang us up was the owner’s granddaughter – so charming and such an interesting stop along our way.

You can view more photos from our trip here.

Kilcherman's Christmas Cove Farm

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

by Valerie | 10.20.14 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

take a hike

Pinckney

The weather in Michigan this last week was pretty spectacular and we couldn’t resist taking advantage of it and enjoying a hike on Saturday in the late morning/early afternoon. Bonus: We stopped for fresh cider and doughnuts on the way there and were able to enjoy some of the early fall color on display too!

fall afternoon

Pinckney

fall afternoon #nofilter

Pinckney

by Valerie | 09.29.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Afterhouse

Found this buried in the walls - Detroit paper from August 1946 #afterhouse

We enjoyed helping out at Afterhouse yesterday in Detroit (you can read more about Afterhouse here and here). Spent several hours of hard work for a good cause with some really great people; and, bonus, we got to hang out with the adorable Ezra too! We also met a very nice young lady who lives in the neighborhood and Ezra was really digging her beautiful braided hair – so cute! In the process of taking down some of an old wall, a paper was unearthed – Detroit Free Press dated August 24, 1946 that stated “One answer to Detroit’s housing shortage. City to get material for 10,000 homes.”

#afterhouse

#afterhouse

#afterhouse

by Valerie | 09.01.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

weekend haps

Dexter daze

We had one of those perfect weekends last weekend – the kind where your plan is to not have any plans – and after Ryan had been out of town for about a week and half it was nice to spend some downtime with just the two of us. We went where the day took us and it was such a beautiful day too. Neighborhood walks with Melody, I had fried French toast with blueberry spoon fruit and real maple syrup for brunch one day…yum…, a trip to Dexter and a stroll on the boardwalk there, etc. It felt like summer – warm, with a cool breeze at times, and did you see that super moon last night? Wow!

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Saturday morning neighborhood walk

Patio umbrella

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by Valerie | 08.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

commence

Commencement

Congrats to all the grads celebrating commencement! And it’s so nice to see spring on campus.

Spring stroll

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

spring fun

We enjoyed some really lovely weather here last week and spent much of the day outside on Saturday with friends; brunch with friends on the patio in Kerrytown on Saturday morning was the perfect way to start our day. It’s great to really have it feel like spring finally and see the daffodils and crocus and other bulbs blooming. I actually wore flats for the first time since last fall and didn’t even need a jacket – it may seem silly to mention this, but it was a big deal for me. Our friend Allison commented that it’s nice that you are finally seeing people again too – both because they’re spending time outdoors (enjoying the sunshine) and because they’re not covered under layers and layers of hats, scarves, parkas, etc.

Sunset at Michigan Stadium on Thursday evening was quite spectacular too!

by Valerie | 04.14.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Winter greens

Brace yourselves for “Winter Storm Ion”. We’ve had a good bit of snow this winter already and it looks like there’ll be much more coming this weekend; luckily, we’ve got a good snow shovel and Ryan doesn’t mind the exercise. Our home feels extra cozy with these great new slippers my parents sent me as a Christmas gift, our toasty fireplace, and these beautiful winter greens I’ve scattered around the house. Our dear friend Jennifer gave us some cuttings from her tree, who she named Freyja, and my parents sent us this lovely Christmas cactus which is in full bloom and is quite the contrast to the blanket of white outside our door.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

Ko for a cause

This is our friend’s (lovely Lisa of Pot & Box) dog Ko and, in case you can’t tell from the photo, he is awesome. Sadly, our handsome fella has cancer…the good news is that there is a treatment that can help save Ko. If you can give any amount to help save Ko and/or you’d like to hear more about Ko and Lisa, please visit this page here. Thank you.

Update: Happy New Year’s Eve eve news – the campaign for Ko is now fully funded!

by Valerie | 12.17.13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fall walks in our neighborhood

by Valerie | 11.02.13 | Around our home, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

golden afternoon

We enjoyed a beautiful hike in the Pinckney Wilderness Area on Friday afternoon. It was a perfect, fall day and the light was pretty amazing as we wove in between the trees within the wooded hiking trails. At one point on the trail, when we crossed over a bridge, we came across some kayakers who were also taking advantage of the gorgeous weather with their adorable dog at the helm.

by Valerie | 10.12.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

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