Friday Five: Happy Spring?

Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know what I mean. The one’s where you think Tuesday is Thursday and that happens three days in a row. Not to mention, my to-do list grows longer on each of those days and still undone.

Yeah, that was my week.

My intention for this week was so let everyone see what early spring looks like in Northern Michigan. I’d planned on photographing some of my favorite things about spring.

Well, things didn’t turn out that way.

Things looked like this when I went to get in my car:












And this:




By the afternoon, the rain that had fallen for nearly the entire day turned to snow making the drive home rough. The big fat snowflakes that we saw would have been welcomed in December, not March.




But this is springtime in Northern Michigan. Scenes such as these are quite common:img_0896img_0899








We aren’t the only ones who have been “blessed” with this weather and we’ve been lucky so far. A friend who lives in Colorado reports that they have lost power during the storm.

One thing that spring in Michigan teaches you is patience. Wait a little bit and the weather will turn warm again.

The weather forecast says the temperature will be nearly 50 degrees in the next couple of days which will change the landscape again.

Something like this:


Now Back to My Regularly Scheduled Life

Photo courtesy of my Aunt Barb.
Photo courtesy of my Aunt Barb.

I wish it were that easy.

Life goes on.

This is a truth I believe but still, I haven’t gotten out of bed all day.

At some point, I know I need to get back to my life. Today is not that day.


Or, is it.

It is one of my favorite kinds of days – cold and snowy. At least, it’s my favorite when I don’t have to leave my house. If I had to leave, I would have something else to say about it.

For now, I’m enjoying a favorite movie and a hot cup of coffee.

Life will go on soon enough.

Friday Five: December Favorites

The other night I was outside my house and snapped this picture:

I am amazed at all the colors in this December sunset.

Now, at the beginning of December, I am thinking about all the things I like about this month. There are so many things to like about December. I also know that this is a busy month and easy to overlook things as life becomes so busy.

The things I want to remember and my favorite things about December are:

1. Christmas Lights – For as long as I can remember looking for Christmas lights has been high on my list of favorite things about this season. The funny thing is we don’t really decorate the outside very much. However, I truly admire those who spend the time to decorate their yards.

2. Cookies – When it comes to cooking, I tend to be a little picky, and my cookies are no different. I like to make cut out cookies using an old family recipe. There are a few other favorites that my family requests and I look forward to making them.

3. Snow – I think December is the only month I like snow. I find it acceptable until the end of February which is my birthday, but my favorite time for snow is this month. It’s really isn’t Christmas without snow.

4. Watching Little Kids Open Gifts – This part doesn’t last long but to see their faces when they get to their presents is priceless. We have worked out a way to make it last a bit longer by making everyone open one gift at a time, but it always goes too fast.

5. Giving – If there were a national month for giving, December would be it. The difficult thing is that the need doesn’t go away once December is over, but it is wonderful to see people reaching out to others during this time of the years.

There are so many more things about December that I love and there are a few things that I don’t like about this month. The busyness, shopping, and expectations are some of those things. Each year I attempt to make my life a little easier during this chaotic time. And, each year I become overwhelmed. I keep wondering if there is a key to a peaceful holiday season. Perhaps just accepting that things are crazy is enough.

With so many good things about this month, what are some of your favorites?