Black and White Bench

This week’s entry for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CBWC) is any kind of seating. The following photos are from a 2014 camping trip with girlfriends and hike on the Ice Age Trail in northern Wisconsin. If you’d like to see the color version of the first photo and an accompanying poem, click HERE. From the Ice Age Trail Alliance: “More than 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin.Read more

Different Directions

“Life’s too much fun to have it go in just one direction.” ~Carly Rae Jepsen~ So it was during an eleven-day vacation that lasted through July 4th. Those days were spent lounging, biking, traveling, hiking, eating, shopping, imbibing and spending time with friends at a campground wedding. Many directions. For the sake of time and in the spirit of One-Liner Wednesday (which already makes this post too long), I will spare a good share of the details for possible futureRead more

February Weird

On February 22, 2017, when the normal average temperature in Northeast Wisconsin is about 29 degrees Farenheit (-1.67 C), the thermometer was reading about 62. Weird. During lunch time, I went for a walk on the trail and then sat on this bench for about 10 minutes, soaking up the sun and warmth, before heading back to the office. This was glorious, but also the last day of what was a weirdly wonderful stretch of spring-like weather. Thursday was cooler,Read more

Reader’s Digest Vacation

I’m fixing to leave again. After two days of “catching up” after the Washington DC trip, the bags are packed for a long weekend in Door County and fall festival. It will be the last days of vacation, the ones that I need to savor. They will go fast. Before I leave, though, I wanted to give you the Reader’s Digest version of the past week…where I’ve been, what I’ve done, the miles I’ve walked…through words and photographs that I’mRead more

Never Forget the Summer

In this week’s photo challenge, show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you. Never forget the summer. It’s memory is dear – biking, hiking, communing with nature. Picnics in the park, flowers on the balcony. The smell of grass and the glow of campfires, light up the soul and the landscape. The season warms the heart and makes us angrily sweat, then leaves in the blink of an eye. Never forget the summer, ever. lest you LOVE winter.Read more

The End

No, it’s not the end of MJM or cat pictures or mom stories. It’s the end of vacation. Boo. I have not set foot in my office since August 7th. I will be returning tomorrow, August 18th. Boo. During this time away, I spent time with family, baked bread, stole away for bike rides, hit the pool at the gym, visited with a few friends, went to the Michigan State Fair and tried to relax. On Monday, relaxation is over. Boo.Read more

Summer Love

What do I love to do in summer? Three vacation pictures tell the story. Hiking – Ice Age Trail Biking – Mariner’s Trail along Lake Michigan Camping – Dells of the Eau Claire RiverRead more