Sunday, March 30, 2014

Images of Ann Arbor Marathon & Half

Temperature after the race

Beer glasses for age group awards

Half marathon finisher's medal

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Geese standing on the ice:


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Arctic Vortex in Minnesota

Sub-zero temperatures, high winds, snow every other day

Tuesday, actual temperature -13 (that's 13 below zero) hearty Minnesota walkers braved the winds and low temps to turn up at the athletic club dome to walk. On our way into the building we were passed by a cute little seven-year-old toting her skates and gear in a wheeled crate. At 7:30am, she had ICE TIME! Even in January, life goes on in Minnesota.

PS. The high for tomorrow is minus 2. Friday it will get up to 29 and snow again. Got to love Minnesota.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas 2013

Wild turkeys

Roses for Christmas

Flowers from Trader Joes

Uncle Don

Uncle Bob, self-decorated

Kity in a gift box

"Whose woods are these... I think I know... fill up with snow" Robert Frost

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandma!

"You're never to old to learn," she said, when I shared a new idea. It might be about the way she was doing something that she had done a certain way all her life, but she was receptive to ideas, even from a young granddaughter.

She learned to speak perfect English when she came to America as a young adult with her family.
She even attended college, and yet, all her life she subscribed to and read a newspaper in her native Norwegian.

The "Judge" (I knew him as Grandpa), an elected county judge for thirty-five years, was certainly a life-long learner too.

On October 18, her birthday, I especially celebrate the heritage of my grandparents and my parents who were "never to old to learn."

The three-year-old in the photo below is me. Now, seventy-some years later, not too old to keep on learning new things, new ideas, new ways of doing and thinking.
I have been blessed.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Half Moon Bay Marathon & Half / Part 2

Scenes, Spectators, Volunteers

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Half Moon Bay Marathon & Half

September 29, 2013


Magnificent Marathon and Half Marathon Course

Delightful volunteer medal presenters

Almost finished


See also Don's blog on the Half Moon Bay Marathon:

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

GMO Pork

Alas, a person working at our favorite co-op meat market told me today that they have no pork that is GMO free.
No pork farmers can assure the co-op that the corn fed to their pigs is free of genetically modified corn.
Even when farmers raise their own corn for feed they cannot protect it from cross-pollination from Monsanto neighboring fields.

Frankenfood is here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Three hours on Grass Trails

The spring wash out in the corner of the corn field is dry as a bone now, as we hope for rain to come soon.

The poison ivy is a danger even in late summer.

And, well, Sweet Pea and I got lost. What was to be a one-hour hike turned out to be TWO.

Early in the morning a spry fawn came prancing toward us, but then stopped and reconsidered its course.

You can click on the sign to read the details of the prairie restoration burn.

Life is persistent. On the edge of the burn, wild flowers flourish.

It was a day made for KITES!

Families of campers enjoyed the dry weekend. These small children rode their bikes down the grassy hill, below the soaring kite.

Sumac is already forecasting autumn.