bottled hand sanitizer on a sink

“Take Care!”

by Ellen Alderink That’s a common expression. We say it because we want people to take care of themselves and stay healthy, especially in these times. We’re experiencing a world-wide pandemic. Someday future generations may read their history books (or devices) about COVID-19 just as we learned about the Bubonic plague or the Spanish Influenza. […]


dutchmans breeches, trillium

Time to freshen up!

by Ellen Alderink   The spring flowers are blossoming, the grass is getting greener and some days are even light-jacket weather! I’m getting the itch to work outside and work on the yard. Pulling weeds and edging beds are therapy for me. It relieves cabin fever which I’m sure we all feel at this time […]


wooded valley with spring wild flowers

A lovely afternoon in May

by Ellen Alderink At the time of this writing,  Michigan is under a stay-at-home order due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Outdoor activities with proper social distancing are allowed so we took an afternoon out to explore. See our route on the map. One of my favorite past-times is hiking combined with photographing wildflowers, especially […]