Friday, July 31, 2015

Monarch Butterflies!

I've been reading about Monarch butterflies recently.Image result for monarch
Their numbers are diminishing - for a number of reasons - but their food source, MILKWEED, is not common anymore.  Supposedly a big culprit is all the chemicals and sprays (a/k/a Roundup) on the fields.

I read information about collecting Monarch eggs from the underside of milkweed leaves.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Peninsular Cellars a/k/a The Old Schoolhouse Winery - Maple Grove

A few weeks ago I went on a "wine trail" with friends up the Old Mission Peninsula just north of downtown Traverse City.  There's a series of 7 or so winerys within miles of each other, and its fun to shop stop at each one and try a sample of wine, take a tour, or check out the giftshop.  We had a beautiful day to enjoy the area!

One of my favorites was Peninsular Cellars a/k/a The Old Schoolhouse Winery.  The school is a former one-room schoolhouse built in 1896!

It's one the 'first' wineries that you come to when you are driving up the Old Mission Peninsula.  (the Old Mission Pensinula is the land in between the east bay and the west bay of traverse bay.  I don't know why it's called Old Mission Peninsula -- I'll have to research google that.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What is Pinterest?

Are you on Pinterest?Image result for pinterest

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann summarized the company as a "catalog of ideas," rather than as a social network, that inspires users to "go out and do that thing."
Pinterest launched in 2010.
Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos

Friday, July 17, 2015

GardenUpgreen: Raising Emus

While I'm busy working on a brief that's due for school tomorrow (yes, it's Friday night.  fun huh?) here's a re-post of an interesting blog on Emus.  Bet you'll learn something!

Original Post is here which I've copied in full below:  GardenUpgreen: Raising Emus:

Raising Emus

This is my husband Robert we had last week off and it seemed like a good time to introduce the Emus without a fence dividing them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Truth about Guinea Fowl - Repost

Image result for guinea fowlHere's a fun post about Guinea Fowl that I found on the Natural Chicken Keeping blog.  Click here for the original post which I've copied in full below:  Natural Chicken Keeping: The Truth about Guinea Fowl
I've seen very cute pictures of these birds and wondered what they are like.  Here's a glypse:
Guinea fowl are commonly used to control tick and mosquito populations on farms around the world. They

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ugh, bluebird drama again.

Darn it, the beautiful bluebird eggs hatched about 5 days ago and momma and daddy bluebird were on duty feeding them.  We even installed a wren guard.

Woke up this morning to the bluebird box OPEN and the nest on TOP of the house.  Babies MIA.


So disappointing.

I need some sticky paws and a baffle.  Life in the country I guess.

bird guardian product

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Planting Potatoes

Here's a post I spotted on and am sharing with you!  Good to heed tip #6!  I've never tried growing potatoes, but would love to do it -- perhaps in a container garden.

With the Internet, you can learn all about growing potatoes: garbage can potatoes, potatoes in towers, potatoes in buckets, potatoes in straw bales… Of course, the old fashioned way, used by anyone with a rudimentary understanding of agriculture, was to bury a potato and harvest more, fresher potatoes from the same spot once potato plants had grown and withered. That STILL works! Feel free to give it a whirl.
Agriculture evolves, and there’s a boatload of stuff you can bring to potato-growing that could improve your results—or at least simplify the job. Here are nine things I’ve learned that you might find useful… or at least amusing:
eager potato sprouts

I lost interest in the purple potatoes I harvested last season (the skins are unpleasantly thick for a relatively small potato) and left about two dozen small potatoes in a shopping bag in the corner of my basement. With no added water and no soil from which to draw nutrients, the potatoes sprouted and sent stems a full two feet up so the tops emerged from the bag.
1. Plant certified seed potatoes. Grocery store and farmers’ market potatoes will most likely grow for you, as will potatoes you harvested last year but haven’t yet eaten. The chance that any of these

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer Corn Salad Recipe from Taste of Home

Summer Corn Salad Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing    MAKES: 4 servings

  • 5 teaspoons olive oil,divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Training for the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run

Most of you know I am a member of an AWESOME running club, RunGR.  The group has over 150 members, and I am a part of a little sub group called the Sweeps!  Love my fellow running Sweeps! (can you guess why we are called the Sweeps?)  Anyway, if you aren't familiar with RunGR, its a running group that meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Sadly, in the summer the Saturday schedule moves to 7am.  7am!  On a Saturday!  Saturday is my sleep in day, so I've been skipping it.  After law school is done, perhaps I will restart my Saturday long runs with my fellow Sweeps!  There's nothing like running with a group of friends.  You get to experience nature and share some good chats too.  And exercise.  Win-Win-Win.

Sweeps +1  2013  RunGR
  If you are looking for a good 10 mile training run, why not check out the Bridge Run?  It's in downtown

Friday, July 3, 2015

Baby Grebes Spotted! The Pied Billed Grebe.

Yesterday, we spotted a family of baby grebes on our 12 acre lake.
Pied-billed Grebe Photo
Photo by Gerrit Vyn
Image result for baby grebeGrebes are very small to begin with.  They are a diving duck, less than half the size of a typical mallard.  Watching

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cute Overload - Information about Wildlife Rehabbers

Look at this adorable photo! My friend is a certified wildlife rehabber and works in Grand Rapids with Wildlife Rehab Center Ltd. This is her 3 legged pet bunny and an orphaned possum she is caring for and then will release. The baby possum was crying for its mother, but quieted down when paired with the bunny. cutest thing ever!
I like to think that being a wildlife rehabber is filled with fluffy bunnies, adorable baby squirrels, and dependent birds with broken wings but in reality it's long nights of feeding hungry babies every hour, trying to fix what cannot be fixed, and dealing with animals that just don't make it after you've spent hours trying to heal them.    
Wildlife Rehab Center Information:

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