Outta My Head

Outta My Head

  Sweet Home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue… I had no plans to stop in Alabama, I wanted to get to Texas and thought I’d do a quick stopover the first night in a Walmart parking lot somewhere and then maybe check out a campground for a week near Mississippi’s Lake Pontchartrain. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to visit, but on this trip I would bypass it, even though the lake is nearby. As I was driving the nearly empty weekend freeways, I saw a sign for the Alabama Gulf Continue reading

60 Interesting Facts About Michigan

60 Interesting Facts About Michigan

This came to me via email from my wonderful Commerce neighbor, Karen. I had saved it as a draft but never published it. Since I'm heading to Michigan to see my boys today, I thought it was an appropriate piece to share. Detroit is known as the car capital of the world. Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant. Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry. Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd. Michigan Continue reading

Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Had this beautiful juvenile Red Tailed Hawk hang out on my deck for a half an hour. He seemed he was drying his feathers. I say "he," but after some investigation, there doesn't seem to be a way to distinguish male from female when flying solo. He could very well be a she. Either way, our hawk seemed to enjoy being watched and did a little strutting for our benefit. As soon as we walked away from the window he flew away. Continue reading

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Typically a homebody, lately my calendar has been chock full of social events! Saturday night I interviewed Stephen Clark of WXYZ Action News for an upcoming post on CyberCletch.com and he and his wife, Larenne, were kind enough to invite me to a party on one of the Straits Lakes. The water provides a completely different view of a neighborhood and its residents. One of the "pirates" told me there was "nothing like lake living," I'd have to agree. Stephen Clark wrote & performed "Pink Pirate Continue reading

New Math

I love teachers who integrate alternate methods of teaching - and styles of learning - into the regular classroom work. My son's math teacher gave Cayce and two of his friends a video assignment for her class. My son worked on this every day last week and we all had a great time watching him create the scenes and observe how he weaved them together. This kid has a vision before it gets filmed. Perhaps this will be part of his future? Can't see the video? Click here. I'm a little Continue reading

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

I've covered a lot of Walled Lake Schools music on my blog over the past few years because my children were so heavily involved in band. This will be the last year I cover school concerts since my eldest is in college and my youngest has chosen bypass orchestra next year in order to pursue other courses that will help with his career of choice. He would have participated in the Walled Lake Marching Band but he's not able to because it's mandatory that he also be taking a music course (in most Continue reading

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

During the divorce negotiations, the dog went to my ex. He's since reconsidered and I was notified today I'll be keeping the dog from now on. I had chosen to shut out how much I missed having Caesar in my life on a daily basis. I'm beyond excited to have him home full-time; he's putting up with the hugs and the costume because that's the kind of dog he is. Woman's best friend. Continue reading

Walled Lake Northern Marching Knights

Walled Lake Northern Marching Knights

Can't see the video? Click here. I meant to get this online a couple of weeks ago, but life got busy. This is the WLN Marching Band's 2011 pre-show and show. The video was taken October 6th during the visit by Clifford Smart, Sarah Banks and James Geisler Middle School Bands. The football game was against Lakeland High School. The pre-game music includes the Northern FanFare, the Northern Fight Song, the Cupid Shuffle, the Northern Alma Mater and the National Anthem. The show theme Continue reading

Visiting in the Rain

Visiting in the Rain

This was today's visitor, they often hang out at the end of my lawn where there is some flooding or fish in the shallow water beside the dock. This is the first one I've seen actually ON the dock. Wish I had a lens that let me get closer. This was taken through my rain soaked family room window because if I had opened the sliding door the Great Blue Heron would be gone. It is a Great Blue, isn't it? Continue reading

Traverse City

Traverse City

Traverse City is a beautiful city wrapped around the base of Grand Traverse Bay. We checked into the first hotel we saw because it had an amazing view of the bay and sunset. The hot tub in the room was a bonus. We headed out to the Apache Trout Grill for dinner. The wait was appreciated because it allowed us to sit by the water with a drink and enjoy the view. The food was delicious, particularly my taste of the crab and lobster bisque. I kept my meal simple with Grilled Ahi Tuna Continue reading

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula is a long jut of land that divides Grand Traverse Bay in half, giving it the shape - with creative license - of a molar and its roots. It was an easy 17 mile drive to the Old Mission Point Lighthouse, at end of the road. While there I discovered I was near the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. I knew I had to record the momentous occasion. Instead of building a cairn, I checked in on Foursquare. It was while checking in I discovered Continue reading

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Legend tells of a mother bear and her two cubs taking to the water to escape a raging fire in what is now, Wisconsin. They swam for miles and after tiring the cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the opposite shore, she climbed atop a hill to watch for her babies, but the cubs drowned and became what is now the two Manitou Islands. "Sleeping Bear" is the single dune near the point that marks the spot where mother bear waited. It is slowly eroding and changing with water, wind and Continue reading

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

We headed north from Ludington after the hike, counted our blessings when we discovered The Bungalow Inn still serving dinner at 10 pm. After checking several Manistee hotels late into the night, we finally found one that was not booked full with fishermen hoping to win the local derby. I awoke to another beautiful blue sky, fluffy cloud day and began the drive towards Sleeping Bear Dunes. The first awe inspiring roadside stop was the Arcadia Scenic Lookout which is also aptly named Continue reading

Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park

Two years ago traveled to Shanty Creek and did a drive by tour through Charlevois & Petoskey on my way to Mackinac Island. I liked what I saw and wanted to tour the little finger portion of the Michigan mitten. The first Lake Michigan view was supposed to happen around Saugatuck, but a missed sign resulted in a tour of Holland instead. I hit the highway and didn't stop again until I reached Ludington. We drove out to the Ludington State Park to have a look around. After investigating the Continue reading

Powering Up & Skating Off

Powering Up & Skating Off

I was back on roller skates again for the first time in too many years, thanks to an invitation to P.O.W.E.R Organization's fundraising event hosted by Latoniya Jones. Her organization helps children aged 7-16 increase their confidence, competency, and proficiency with math. In my head, I was movin' and groovin' to the sounds of the seventies, but the reality was much different. They didn't play Disco Duck or Sometimes When We Touch, and I found my body was unable move the way it used to. Continue reading

Ridin’ Detroit

Ridin’ Detroit

When traveling, one of may favorite things to do is to bike an area. I've seen several places on two self-propelled wheels. Vancouver's Stanley Park & Granville Island, Ontario's Pelee Island, Michigan's Mackinac Island, St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and now, closer to home, Detroit's Dequindre Cut. I highly recommend all the tours because each is completely different. We started off with a walk along the Riverfront and a quick walking tour of the Renaissance Center. The Detroit Continue reading

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

This video was taken during the performance after Band Camp on August 13, 2011. The rain held off and the band did an excellent job. I'm looking forward to seeing the show on the field in the next few weeks. They are playing movie scores which includes Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spiderman. According to Band Director Mary Hulliberger the show will NOT be called a "Knight at the Movies." Video not visible? Watch here. Continue reading

A Most Unusual Playmate

A Most Unusual Playmate

My favorite time to get out in the kayak is on a still early evening while the sun is 3/4 finished it's daily journey across the sky. Tonight, I decided to explore the small waterways branching off the main lake for the first time this season. As I pointed the front of my kayak into a calm canal, I was startled by a turtle splashing the surface to escape my impending paddle. Three ducks were swimming along ahead of me. As I caught up to them, two quickly disappeared. The third, obviously Continue reading

The Shivers

The Shivers

There are two things giving me the shivers lately. All this cold damp rain... and snakes. Finally got out on the deck for a minute to soak up the sun and found this guy doing the same thing.... My deck is on the second story... that is one BIG SNAKE. The other sunny day this month? I saw this one outside my basement door. I'll leave him be but have to admit, I'm a little nervous about working in the yard this year. The positive? Snakes eat mosquitoes right? Continue reading

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

The local film industry seems to be picking up steam or perhaps I've just found where to get the information. I've faithfully been watching Detroit 1-8-7 on Tuesdays or on Hulu if I miss it (which is more often than not). UK's The Telegraph recently ran an article titled Ten famous films shot in Michigan. They are as follows: Up in the Air: George Clooney 2009 American Beauty: Kevin Spacey 1999 Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood 2008 Die Hard 2: Bruce Willis 1990 Beverly Hills Cop: Continue reading