I got a really exciting Christmas present this year: I'm going to gardening school! More specifically, I'm signed up for the Master Gardener course offered through Michigan State University Extension. If all goes well, I will actually be a Master Gardener in a year or so. What's a Master Gardener? Master Gardener programs are generally offered … Continue reading Gardening School
For the third year in a row, I thought it would be good to summarize the highlights of my travels over the past year. I find it really helpful to have these summaries to help me remember all of the places I went in a single year (see 2013 and 2014 posts). Work Travel Most of my … Continue reading Places of 2015
I've lived in the Keweenaw (Peninsula, of Michigan) a long time now—longer than pretty much all of my friends, who also moved here from other places. When people ask about where I'm from or how long I've lived here, my short response is "I came up here for college and stayed." But recently I joined Toastmasters … Continue reading The Keweenaw: Why I Moved Here, Why I Stayed
It's time to bring this year's garden season to an end. There's really nothing left to do inside the garden besides pick a few carrots, so I need focus the remaining weeks before snowfall on raking leaves, tending grapes, and whatever else I can manage to do to get ahead for next year. But, before I do … Continue reading 2015 Gardens in Review
We all hated jack pine in college. In forestry school, we spent an entire fall semester alternating our time between cool, moist hardwood forests and the hot, dusty jack pine plains. The hardwoods were comfortable to work in and a lot less likely to harbor nests of vicious hornets. It took me a long time … Continue reading Blueberry Mini-Adventure (and Muffins!)
One of the sometimes-frustrating things about living in this part of the world (besides all of the dumb comments) is that summer is so short. It really only extends from the middle of June through the end of August. If we're lucky. If we're not, it can be like this year, when—after a (seemingly) six-month-long Polar … Continue reading Just. Don’t. Blink.