Category Archives: Living in the Woods

Yank Yank!

The Nuthatch Patrol are sounding their “yank yank!” alarm as I trudge through the silent woodland, knee-deep in drifts of heavy, wet snow. Red-bellied woodpeckers bicker high up in the naked oak tree. A lone gull flies overhead, like a … Continue reading

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Moss is the Boss!

As I’ve mentioned before, we live on 2 heavily wooded acres with a small lawn of about 900 square feet beside the house. Only about a quarter of that lawn area gets full sunlight in mid-summer, so you know what … Continue reading

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What’s Going on Around Here…Yard Update

It’s so cold here today — in the 30s and windy. I’m still resentful of our lingering pre-spring weather after spending last weekend watching warblers in Savannah, Georgia. I miss the warmth and sunshine! But clearly we’ve got a few … Continue reading

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Destroying Nature All Around Me

This is the second day in a row of heavy fog here, after the cold temperatures warmed suddenly and we got rain on top of snow — isn’t it awesome?That’s the view straight out my front door right now. I … Continue reading

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Anticipation: Another Mild Winter?

Is it really possible we’re going to have another mild winter here in Michigan? Last winter was barely even recognizable, with sunshine and warm breezes in January and February. Something I enjoyed immensely, by the way. I got in lots … Continue reading

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Into the Fog

Earlier this week we had an entire day with heavy fog, so I thought it would be a fun time to go out and take photos. First I tried shooting our driveway, but it wasn’t quite foggy enough. I really … Continue reading

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Back on my Soapbox

Honestly, I don’t want to keep writing about these cats!! I’d much rather write about pleasant things like the beautiful birds I saw today. But I’ve got to do this one more time: Remember the stray cats I wrote about? … Continue reading

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How to Live in the Woods

When we moved onto this property in 2006, I was ambivalent. We were leaving a subdivision property where I’d worked for five years to build a perennial garden with paths and seating areas, replacing big sections of the lawn with … Continue reading

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