Saturday, September 14, 2019

Move in day!


Madison moved into her new apartment to start the fall semester at UofM!  It took two fully loaded Ford Escapes and Grandpa's fully loaded Lincoln SUV but we got it all there and the crew that unloaded the cars had it all up to the apartment before I could even park the car and get back up there.

It was a bit of a disorganized mess!


She's on the 5th floor with a beautiful view north over Kerrytown.  The building is just off the edge of campus and in a great location.


Huge hot tub on the rooftop balcony.


Fully equipped gym.  Much swankier than any apartment I ever lived in at college!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wreck of a day


One morning Austin calls me at 7:30 a.m. to say he was in an accident.  After we got AAA on the way to tow his car to the repair place....



Madison calls me to tell me she's been sideswiped by a semi truck on her way back from Chicago.



What are the odds that BOTH of your kids will have car accidents (both are fine and nobody was hurt) within an HOUY of each other??


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Trail Ride!


We often make plans to do trail rides but they often don't end up happening but this one did!

We loaded up 3 horses and a pony and hit the trails at Brighton Rec.

Rebecca brought Beezer.  He's a handsome boy - dressage horse all the way but does great on the trails!


Maggie brought Twix the pony in the background and behind Twix is Lyndsay with Sebastian.  We had no idea if Twix had ever been on trails but Sebastian is an old pro - he used to do fox hunting.


Mata Hari is awesome on the trails too.  She's been out to Brighton Rec several times.


The best view is always between your horse's ears!


Maggie and I took up the rear - Twix's little legs don't go very fast!


We only rode for about an hour but the weather was great and we have a lovely time.


Mata Hari was just happy to have grass!


Afterwards, we changed clothes and had a picnic at the barn.  Maggie's daughter McKenna joined us.


The happy trail riders - me, Maggie, Lydsay, and Rebecca.


And little McKenna hamming it up  in my visor!


Monday, September 9, 2019

UROP Internship


WCC gave Madison so many great opportunities and one of them was being able to do a research internship at University of Michigan this summer.  She worked on research revolving around "The Buddy Project" which is an online resource for kids to find other like minded kids with mental health issues to talk with.

All the UROP interns presented their research in posters that they exhibited at the end of the term.



And then they were presented their certificates of achievement.




 A picture of her team.  Behind them on the screen is the early summer picture of ALL the UROP interns.  These were the 60 kids selected from over 600 applications!


Sunday, September 8, 2019

How does the garden grow?


I had one gardening goal this year - to get some sweet peas to grow here.  I had started some seeds last year and a couple small plants started growing.  I didn't have high hopes for them to come back but apparently they were biennials - I always thought they were annuals!

The ones growing along this little fence were those small plants that started last year and flowered quite nicely this year in front of the zinnia seeds I planted.



Zinnias make such pretty cut flowers. Just happy little faces!



I had also tossed a few sweet peas under the edge of the deck.  I didn't even notice that they had taken hold at all last fall. When they really started to take off I wasn't too prepared for them but found this wire mesh in the shed to staple to the deck.  I had to string up some wire to hold them up until they found their own grip but it worked!

Next year I think I'll get some chicken wire to run along this wall since I'm hoping they spread!



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Back in the Saddle with the Princess Pony


Madison made the tough decision to sell her OTTB over a month ago and hasn't been in the saddle since then.  I honestly haven't been riding all that much either this month since we got back from Banff - mostly because I was either busy or it was just too hot.  But the other night we both found ourselves free and the weather was perfect.



It was so nice to see her riding her favorite horse ever!


It sure didn't take long and Mata Hari was awake and back to her old awesome self with her favorite rider.  They looked great!


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Stop to smell the roses...

When you frequently walk the same path, you tend to stop paying attention it seems. So I set out the other day to really LOOK and found myself focusing on everything that was blooming. They are all wild flowers and weeds I guess but all so pretty in their own way!