Will Spring Arrive?

By: JanesVacation, 1:15 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Today is the warmest day in 4 months. It was 63F for the first time since November 17th. It has been a long winter.

Spring break begins on Friday. Since my daughter and I already took our Florida vacation in February, I plan to go visit my parents and hang out with them a bit next week. They have lived in the same house for almost 55 years and have never had a winter like this one. Lots of damage to their roof from ice dams created. I talk to them everyda...

Updated: 1:24 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

By: JanesVacation, 2:06 PM GMT on February 06, 2014

Yes, I have had school this week...the first whole week since 2014 began. It has snowed almost everyday since early December and we are at record levels of snow. But...yesterday I took down all of the snowflake decorations in my classroom and replaced them with Valentine hearts! (Needed some better karma in there.)

The preplanned school "Winter Break" is coming up and my daughter and I are meeting in the "sunshine" next week. Can't wait!

New Beginnings in 2014

By: JanesVacation, 2:05 AM GMT on December 28, 2013

Time to think about the new year and new beginnings in 2014. I'm fortunate to be starting the year with my whole family here. I took this picture the day after the ice storm. My daughter was taking a picture of me while I was taking one of her. I was afraid to walk down the icy boardwalk to Lake Michigan. My son in law "skated down" and my daughter walked in the snow to keep her footing. (She's still a country girl even after all of these years in the city.)
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Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on January 04, 2014

Thunderstorms in November?

By: JanesVacation, 2:54 PM GMT on November 16, 2013



Tomorrow's forecast is for thunderstorms and even a possible tornado. (That would be very unusual for November!)


Last week we had our second snow of the winter season, it was much lighter than the first one with just a dusting. My hanging basket must come down today. The rest of the flowers have been pulled out and composted. I mowed the grass for the last time so the leaves that remain will hopefully blow away over the short grass blade...

Updated: 2:22 PM GMT on November 24, 2013

OCTOBER and it Seems like August!

By: JanesVacation, 1:43 PM GMT on September 29, 2013


The weather has been so beautiful for the last 2 weeks. I find myself going out on the deck each afternoon when I get home from school. Watering the flowers, mowing the lawn and walking in the sunshine has become a daily routine with these clear, blue skies and warm days. The evenings are comfortably cool with lows in the 40s and 50s. Rainfall is very low, we had a bit overnight last night but none is predicted until maybe later this week.

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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!