I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!
By: JanesVacation, 12:59 PM GMT on February 02, 2015
Making it to the first day of February is always an accomplishment for me. The days begin to be noticeable longer and the cold and snow will ease up a bit. Today is the February 2 and almost 400 area schools and business are closed today after Super Bowl Sunday's 10-20 inch snowfall.
This morning it is 4F, but the sun is peeking up and the wind and snow have stopped for the day. I heard the plow making his morning route at 4:30 AM. The world is out there,...
Updated: 9:48 PM GMT on February 02, 2015
By: JanesVacation, 3:17 PM GMT on December 28, 2014
I have always enjoyed the forms, lines and shapes found in nature. My favorite part of each day is walking a 2 mile loop and observing the beauty that nature provides and the changes that occur from season to season. We definitely experience all 4 distinct seasons here and each comes with a recognizable seasonal landscape.
Trees were always a topic of conversation and shared experience with my Dad when I was growing up. He often enlisted me to help him p...
Updated: 7:04 PM GMT on December 28, 2014
By: JanesVacation, 3:18 PM GMT on December 07, 2014
Our daughter received her Master's degree yesterday at St. Francis Xavier University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We watched her walk across the stage and shake hands with the university facilty from the comfort of our home here in Michigan, USA. It was a proud moment for us and we were able to capture a screenshot to print and frame for our home. Her 85 year old grandparents watched on the ipad from their home and my Dad was also able to capture a great screen shot fro...
Updated: 3:21 PM GMT on December 07, 2014
By: JanesVacation, 8:28 PM GMT on November 08, 2014
Last year, when week after week of snow and cold brought the upper Midwest to a standstill...no other phrase became as popular as "the polar vortex." Let's just say that I NEVER wanted the weather people to mention those words ever again. Now. Just 8 months or so later....
The POLAR VORTEX is upon us. Did it ever leave? After all, we had a very chilly summer.
We are still awaiting the first snow on the ground. It was earlier than this last yea...
Updated: 8:28 PM GMT on November 08, 2014
By: JanesVacation, 12:48 PM GMT on October 16, 2014
Fall arrived practically overnight! The trees have changed color and the weather has been mild and pleasant. Highs in the 60's and lows in the 50's
We harvested the grapes we grew. More than expected, but less than a normal summer due to last winter's extraordinarily cold temperatures. It is a fun project to grow the grapes and at least get enough juice for maybe a half dozen bottles. The yeast has been added to the red grapes and they are fermenting on t...