Tassel Sun Hat DIY

I love sun hats for gardening, the beach, even driving. The problem is the cute ones are so expensive and don’t always match what I already own. So here’s a fun DIY to customize your own sun hat from the dollar store, enjoy! Supplies: Scissors- already owned Sun hat- Dollar Tree $1 Favorite color of […]

A Rocky Beach In Winter

One of my favorite places to visit as a child, a beach full of the prettiest rocks any kid could dream of. With a steep sand hill plunging 100 feet down to the water’s edge this small section juts out into Lake Michigan causing rocks to wash up from the fathoms below.

Just three feet off shore you can wade out and scoop up rocks by the handful and sort through them. If you look long enough you may find some lucky glass, agates, or even a Petoskey stone.

As the cold wind and rain blew us around the beach I relished showing my daughter the beauty of the rocks and promised to come back in the summer. Getting back to the car she inspected her rock finds, proudly holding them up and yelling, “One more.”

We will be back.

Starting off my toddlers rock collection right only took a couple extra minutes. After cleaning the rocks, I took some clear nail polish and coated the rocks allowing them to look wet and vibrant all the time. She plays with them regularly keeping them in her jewelry box like treasure.

Runaround America-A North Carolina Detour

Meeting interesting people is one of the things I love about back roads America. People can be interesting in different ways. On this day, while driving down Gerton Highway US74A we came to the little mountain community of Gerton at the base of BearWallow Mountain. To our surprise, nestled in the side of the mountain was a little dirt floored home with a wilting roof, and a sign imploring us to stop in for a visit.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESBefore the sign was crashed it said, “Original Carolina Hilbilly, pictures OK, Stop Meet Sam.”  With this open invitation coupled with the desire to see the carved walking sticks, we pulled over to meet Sam.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Being from Michigan, I had met one other self-proclaimed Hillbilly before, so grabbing my camera I proceeded to the front porch where Sam sat whittling away on a mountain stick. If you feel uncomfortable meeting new people try using this technique. My husband and Sam had something in common and that was an interest in walking sticks.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

So while they talked, and with Sam encouraging me to take pictures I did just that.

Choosing from a pile of hatchet chopped native sticks my husband handed it to Sam. With quick motions he began slicing off the bark saying it would only take a few minutes to carve.

As he carved, he talked. Speaking of mountain life and his family who lived on that mountain since the roots of our country. Indeed, the streets were even named after his kin.


Ever once in a while Sam would spit into a old crusty bucket. I moved my foot back watching him carve. Soon his wife joined us. She opened the door revealing a dirt floor and one lone light bulb.

We left there, newly carved walking stick in hand,  feeling more blessed than when we arrived.


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula-A Photo tour

A Wild wilderness waiting to be explored!

Oh, yes I love Michigan. Going to the UP, as we call it here in the lower peninsula is an unique experience for all who love nature. There are pristine shorelines, numerous light houses, quaint villages and shops. The largest cities are spread out across the upper peninsula with lots of uninhabited lands between. Resident’s are frequently called “Yoopers” derived from “U.P.-ers” and those of us that live below “the bridge” are often referred to as “trolls.” Here are some photos of my recent trip.

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Haunted Rooms-The Jewel of Kalamazoo

Visiting Henderson Castle

Although this might be a good place to meet entities, the reason I traveled to SouthWest Michigan to tour Henderson Castle wasn’t to come face to face with the castles favorite ghosts. They boast of 5 deaths over time inside the castle and pride themselves as a paranormal hot spot with the property situated across the street from a very old cemetery. While I did not experience any apparitions I did enjoy the architecture, history and art of the house and property. Sitting on the highest point in Kalamazoo Michigan makes the view from the terraced roof spectacular. The grounds boast 4 acres with a carriage house, vineyard, wine cave, and orchards. The new owner of the castle is world traveled French Master Chef, Francois Moyet and you can enjoy dining in by candlelight to feast on one of his specialty meals. They also offer monthly events for all ages to enjoy like Murder mystery dinners and princess tea parties.

So if you are looking for a haunted fall excursion close to your location check out one of these Michigan paranormal locations and enjoy a good scare.


National historic landmark-The Inn at Henderson Castle. Called the jewel of Kalamazoo, and ranked in the top historic inns in Michigan by AAA, the grandeur of this 11,000 square foot Queen-Ann style mansion, sitting on 4 acres, offers an intriguing blend of architectural, artistic, antique & modern amenities.

If you want to enjoy a Autum Murder Mystery night then “prepare for an evening of intrigue, lies, and deception as you try to unravel all the clues and solve a case of murder. All this while socializing with the cremé de la cremé of this city’s high society, friends, loved ones. During the dinner, you get to know everyone, share what you know and find out what you can… you will need this to establish a motive… for murder… Who knows, you may be the murderer and not know it!”

Check out more about this jewel by going to their web site at www.Hendersoncastle.com and be sure to make a reservation as they book the entire grounds for weddings and personal events.

Henderson Castle 100 Monroe St. Kalamazoo, MI 49006 – (269)344-1827