Picking violets for grandma

Can there be anything more beautiful and refreshing as the bloom of spring flowers in Michigan? At the same time, is there anything more daunting than a yard and garden full of weeds? The older I get the more I appreciate the beautiful spring blooms and the memories that accompany them – like the violet.…

In it for the long haul

I’m whooped! The back aches from all the driving and I have a garage full of treasured finds that will need to go through some intense cleaning tomorrow. The old guy, my friend, Cathy, and myself spent the day traveling West on US-12 for the annual Heritage Trail Longest Garage Sale. It was our first…

Crowd-pleaser salad travels well

It seems I always need a quick-and-easy dish to take to potlucks, picnics, reunions and on short road or kayak trips. A food that doesn’t need constant refrigeration. Something the majority of people will eat. And a dish you can take in a reusable container that you can leave with the host. For the past…