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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Five on Friday - and a Muskrat

I'm joining in with Tricky over at FAST - Family Attempting to Survive the Times for Five on Friday. I can't believe another month has almost past. May Day/Beltane will soon be here. It brings back memories of dancing around the maypole. It was the one time of year at Primary School when we were allowed to go up this really big hill near our playground. I was really disappointed later on to discover it was barely a hill at all!

Even now I love this time of year. Things are finally beginning to grow here in Michigan. It feels like after the long winter everything is renewed again and earth comes alive after a long hibernation. I find myself rediscovering all the little things that bring me joy again. It's a time when the weather begins to warm and the days are gradually getting longer. We spend more time outside before it gets too hot. We've enjoyed a lot of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the last week or so but that seems to be over - for now - the next few days are supposed to bring rain. My Mum always says it's changeable at the end of one month and the beginning of another.

For this Five on Friday I'm going to share five things from my walks this week and the things I've seen springing up and and the animals out and about.


These tiny flowers are actually from my garden. They are the first signs of spring I see.


A walk in the woods, such a peaceful place. Green is finally springing up everywhere! Just waiting for the trees for finish budding!





A variety of birds out enjoying the sunshine. It's wonderful listening to their chorus as they honk out warnings or call to one another. As I walk along some of them seem to let the others know a stranger is coming into their midst.


A chipmunk out and about. These little creatures are so speedy and can be quite noisy! Most of the time all I see is a little flash and a chirp and they are gone.



This has to be my favourite of the week! I wasn't even sure what it was as I haven't seen one before. The bird chirping a warning was what caught my attention. I started to take a photo of the bird and this creature caught my eye. I had to text a photo to my husband to ask what it was. A Muskrat, was his answer. Apparently they are rodent like creatures that live in the wetlands. 

Hopefully the rain won't last for days and days and I'll be able to get back out and about again soon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

It's been a couple of weeks since I've shared my desk with the group over at Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday so I thought I'd join in this week and go do some desk hopping.

I really haven't been crafting too much. My mojo seems to have gone on holiday now that the weather is getting warmer. I have bee out and about doing some lovely walks with hubby.


I did make a couple of cards and a bookmark yesterday that you can see on my desk. One card and a bookmark are popped up on mini-easels out of the way waiting for me to take them into better light for photographing. They are using the papers that were on my desk the last time I joined. There's a big mess to the left that you can't see lol. It's a stack of papers and stamps that I was playing with. To the right is another mess that you can't see that includes pages to make a mini album using some photos I've taken over the last few weeks.

Well I'm off to pop around a few desks before I start my day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top of the world....

We went on a lovely walk on Sunday. It was a 5 mile loop around the Muskegon State Park. Our walk took us through woods, up hills and above Lake Michigan on top of the sand dunes. The walk was pretty tough in places - thank goodness for hiking sticks - but the views were well worth the trek! We did well getting the difficult part of the loop over first.


There was a lovely bench placed right at the top of the ridge. We were almost at the edge of the dune and looking over. Fantastic view!



You can see the lighthouses in the distance. They are on the other side of the channel. It took us 30 minutes to drive to them!


Lots and lots of sand dunes.


And a steady, up and down, walk along a local lake back to the car park. There's another, easier loop in this park that we plan to do next Sunday if the weather is good.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Another Lazy Saturday

We did go for a quick walk this morning, probably about two and a half miles. Tomorrow we'll be off on a longer walk. Skyped Mum and had a good chat. The rest of the afternoon will be quite lazy. Hubby and son are off to hubby's friend and won't be back until later so the house is empty. I did pop outside trying out a different lens with some of the things I've learned doing A Year with my Camera.


Dandelions are popping up all over the garden. Soon it will be time to cut the grass.


Some tiny flowers making an appearance.




I did actually make it up to my craft room yesterday. I cleaned up some of the desk and pulled out a couple of cards to work on. I haven't felt like making any lately but yesterday seemed better.



I hope the sun is shining wherever you are and you have an enjoyable weekend!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Halfway through the week

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Time seems to be flying by. I don't seem much in the crafty mood lately - just doing a bit of knitting in the evenings. I've been busy sorting. I think that maybe the warmer weather just makes me want to have a clear out. I'm working on my clothes today. I've been (gulp!) putting away some of my winter jumpers and exchanging them with tee shirts. I've kept a few jumpers out because this is Michigan afterall and Spring is changeable.

Yes, Spring. It is finally here!


Lots of these birds in the trees when I went for my walk. They were chirping up quite a chorus!


And blossom on the trees! It's lovely to see the leaves again.