cozy day in

cozy evening in

We picked up Mom from the airport last Friday and have really been enjoying her visit; we are so glad she will be staying with us for the Thanksgiving holiday this year! We visited a few of our favorite restaurants and did a little shopping over the weekend together, but (besides a trip to the grocery store for some Thanksgiving supplies) we stayed in by the fireplace on Saturday as it was very icy outside. I don’t know about you, but I for one can certainly appreciate a relaxing, cozy day in on a cold day. We made chili and watched movies and it was so nice to just spend some down time together. Watching Ryan chasing Melody…chasing a squirrel…on ice was entertaining too. And ice skating down the sidewalk with no skates on was an experience. #winterainteasy

On Sunday, before heading to brunch, we took advantage of the above freezing temperatures for the day and cleaned out our gutters. Ryan climbed up on the roof with a bucket attached to a rope and lowered it down when it was full so I could dump it in the compost bin – our system worked well. Now we’re bracing ourselves for another cold front to hit – I’m looking forward to more cozy days in!

Cleaning the gutters

by Valerie | 11.24.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

#winterainteasy

our view here this morning...

The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…

  • I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
  • Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…

In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.

Sunset 11/10/14

Holiday greens

Holiday greens

by Valerie | 11.17.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

in like a lion

I would say, that with today’s snowstorm, March has definitely come in like a lion…here’s hoping it goes out like a lamb. According to local news, Ann Arbor has now officially experienced its snowiest winter in history. And it’s still snowing here…

by Valerie | 03.12.14 | Around town | No Comments »

frosted window panes

by Valerie | 01.31.14 | Around our home, Photography | No Comments »

winter woes

This is me, trying not to squint but feeling the slap of the icy wind and snow in my face and wondering how I could have left Texas for this… This winter has been the worst I can remember in the almost 10 years we’ve lived in Michigan and it’s really starting to get to me; unfortunately, for me, it’s only January and we’ve still got a lot of winter to go – they’re predicting more snow and wind chills dropping to as low as 25 to 35 degrees below zero tonight. I’m truly beginning to feel jealous of animals who get to hibernate through this. I do appreciate the snow and the beauty of winter, but this January has been a rough one – I’m done with the cloudy, windy, single digit down to negative actual temps, and don’t even get me started on the wind chill…enough already!

On a happier note, take a look at all this white…with an adorable, sleeping puppy thrown in for good measure.

by Valerie | 01.27.14 | Around town, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

weathering the weather

Last night, the weather in Ann Arbor dropped to -14 with a wind-chill of -38, the condensation inside the windows of our home is freezing and forming ice crystals (see photo above), and we helped two different strangers get their cars unstuck on our street over the past two days after getting about 11 inches of snow over the weekend. This weather has been crazy and I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it before. The good news is that the temps here now are finally climbing above 0 – just barely at only 1°F, but I’ll take it! Before the temps turned sub-zero, we were able to take a nice stroll through our neighborhood and capture these wintery photos (see below). Hopefully all those impacted by the freezing temps and snow are staying warm and cozy.

by Valerie | 01.07.14 | Around our home, 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 »

Happy New Year!

This was my view of the last sunrise of 2013 and it was quite a beautiful one! We flew home on New Year’s Eve and even managed to stay up until midnight, even though we’d had only 4 hours of sleep the night before and a 2+ hour flight delay in Dallas on our way home. We arrived home to snow and even more snow followed on New Year’s Day. This was my view of the last sunset of 2013…

The fresh-fallen snow really is beautiful…makes the world feel clean and fresh and inspired us to do the same and start with a good house-cleaning on New Year’s Day. We took a walk in our neighborhood and breathed in the cold, clean air and listed to the crunch of snow beneath our feet and just enjoyed our first walk of 2014.

by Valerie | 01.04.14 | Holidaze, Travel | No Comments »

Winter wonderland

We’ve had quite a bit of snow this weekend; it snowed all day Saturday and it has been snowing all morning today as well. Also, I couldn’t resist putting Melody in this red sweater and reindeer ears – we didn’t leave them on long as she looked so miserable in them, just long enough to get some ridiculous photos. Perhaps the fact that she’ll have some treats in her stocking by the fireplace will make up for this brief moment of humiliation? I like to think so. Melody wishes you a most delicious Christmas and a tasty New Year!

by Valerie | 12.15.13 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

hello winter

We had some snowfall here yesterday and this is what we woke up to this morning… Beautiful, white, fresh-fallen snow – not much, but just enough to make everything gleam. So today, I put on my warm, green, turtleneck sweater and sipped my peppermint mocha latte while enjoying the view out the window. Hello winter.

by Valerie | 12.09.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

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