Sunday, August 30, 2009



We spent the day laughing and telling stories. Playing with the dogs. Eating a big breakfast. Buying pajamas at Target. A day like many others we've had in the past, during our lifetime of friendship, nothing out of the ordinary.

Except that tomorrow Rosanne undergoes a double mastectomy at the age of 40.

I am concerned, hopeful, and a little sad. But mostly, I am proud.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

katie's day out

near the working farm
More photos from Katie's vacation with me. These are from her day at Greenfield Village.
All photos were taken with my little Canon Elph, because I didn't feel like
lugging my heavy Canon 20D around.

following a chicken
Following a chicken.

near the working farm
At the working farm.

on the tracks
Standing on the tracks.

working the old-fashioned printing press
Using the old-fashioned printing press.

in the sawmill
Upstairs at the sawmill.

near the craft works
Near the Liberty Craftworks district.

drinking a root beer
Having a root beer (while I have a Bell's Pale Ale).

on the carousel
On the carousel.

in the town square
In the town square.

petting a horse
Petting a really big horse.

A gazebo.

garden house
At the Garden House.

at the garden house
In the Garden House gardens.

at the cotswold house
Standing in goldenrod in the Cotswold Garden.

candle making
Making a hand-dipped beeswax candle.

in line for candle making
Holding up her tiny, barely-coated wicks. Candles have to be dipped 20-30 times!

drying a hand-dipped candle
Drying off the candles after cooling them in water.

henry ford imax theater
At the IMAX theater, waiting for Under the Sea 3D to begin.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

more ellen photos

 On the carousel at Greenfield Village.

Here are a few photos of the elusive Ellen, taken on her stay at my house two weeks ago. She doesn't like her picture taken, but I managed to sneak a few in. These are my favorites.

Soaking her cares away after a long day of walking.

At the Artic Ring of Life at the Detroit Zoo.

Checking out polar bears at the zoo.

Monday, August 24, 2009

breakfast with katie

My niece, Katie, is staying with me this weekend. We attended a Breakfast at Tiffany's themed bridal shower on Saturday morning, and I had a great time dressing her all up. Katie has this awesome vintage look about her, and the cool outfit makes her look like an old movie star.

Friday, August 21, 2009

photo friday

Check this out:

No, not the beer! The faceless man sitting across from me at a microbrewery last night.

Could it be???? Yes, it's true! I am no longer single. Just when I had given up (most) hope and decided I'd be going into my 40's single, and was finally completely fine with that, BAM! Some coworkers at work played matchmaker and set us up. Many emails and a meeting later, we totally hit it off and have been seeing each other ever since.

I'm not giving many details at this point, since he doesn't yet know that I even have a blog. But let's just say: it's been about six weeks, he's fantastic, and I'm having so much fun!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

water babies

My niece, Ellen, stayed with me for four days last weekend. High on her list of activities was to meet my little neighbor, so we invited her over to run through the sprinklers on a very hot, muggy day. The two of them had a blast together, and I got to shoot some fun photos. Please excuse the embarrassingly long grass in my yard - I haven't been home very much this summer and it shows!

Monday, August 17, 2009

i'm back

chipped toes

Because I miss this blog . . . because I miss documenting my life . . . and because maybe I'm not done saying everything I need to say after all.