I’ve been working more frequently at the Kalamazoo Public Library (I work as a substitute librarian). The more time I spend in the library, the more books I check out, which results in stacks of books piled up around my bedroom. Let me get the most out of my book stack chaos by sharing fifteen of our recent favorites. Continue reading “Favorite Recent Books”→
With a week before the autumn equinox, fall feels both near (a few lone leaves fluttering down) and far (current hot temps). Some of the floating leaves trick me into thinking they’re butterflies. We’ve been seeing our fair share of Monarchs luckily.
We often joke in our family about who is the biggest bird expert. It varies by excursion and sighting, but we all vie for the title. Like many people, we’ve gotten into birding during this last year and a half. Here are some of the things that have helped us uncover the joys of birding. If you are also looking to become a bird expert, at least amongst your family, look no further 🙂 Continue reading “Birding 101 (for kids and adults)”→
Last week we took a road trip out to South Dakota. I knew it would be beautiful, but everything was more stunning than I expected. We visited and loved the Badlands, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, and the Black Hills.
Summer is in full swing. Looking through my photos, I’ve captured a hodgepodge of different flower/ butterfly/ bird images that I thought I’d share. I’m not sure if there’s a cohesive theme to this post other than happy summer pictures.
Take a look at the amazing, cartoon-looking Spicebush caterpillar! The eye spots make it look like it has giant eyes, but in reality it has 12 small eyes (6 on each side) underneath these spots. Talk about camouflage! I think they’re the funkiest looking caterpillars and we were so excited to find this guy as an egg on one of the Spicebushes we bought this summer.
We’ve been making a lot bouquets with flowers from the garden. While my kids and I sometimes vary on our technique, I thought I’d share my amateur formula as well as the flowers we like to use. It’s not too late to add most of these to the garden!