Sunday, December 31, 2017

Another Year

2017 was the biggest year for travel so far. A second trip to NYC with my friend, a visit to Houston for the first time, two beach trips, a weekend exploring the mountains and finally a return to Detroit.

I am still happy with my job. Even though it can be a bit crazy at times, and I work long hours some weeks, it's enormously better than the places I came from.

The garden was expanded even more, but I ended up getting way burnt out looking after it all summer.

2017 brought some big remodels to the house!

In 2017 I got a new laptop. And then had to buy it again when someone smashed in our door to get it :)

The only thing I would change about 2017 is managing my time better to fit in all the things I want to do. I have so many hobbies and interests on top of the usual life chores which need to get done, that I find it quite overwhelming and end up doing nothing at all!  But perhaps I can change all that.


2018 will be filled with more travel. Hopefully including a trip to another country, a better trip than the 30 minute drive around Canada in the middle of the night.  So far a trip to the desert and another NYC trip are being dreamed up.

2018 will involve more vegetable garden planting, but hopefully not that part where I get overwhelmed and ignore it for the last months of summer as it becomes overgrown with weeds and tomato plants that grew there by themselves. And then yell "Don't look at it!" When people come over for a cookout..

Maybe in 2018 I'll finally make use of the film developing supplies I bought ages ago. And write up some vintage camera tutorials I've been meaning to write.

Sometime in 2018, my Etsy shop will once again open. Maybe I'll even add a few new pieces to it. Heck, maybe I'll even make a few new pieces!

2018 will bring more home remodels. But what will it be? New Bathroom? Kitchen? Exterior? A carport for a new car?  Only time will tell!

Oh and maybe I'll finally finish that temperature blanket I started last year!

I hope everyone had a great 2017!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Scenes

The few days leading up to Christmas

Corners of the home are filled with cozy Christmas sights

Pierogi softly cooking on the stove

Mugs ready to be filled with warm drinks

Cats dressed in holiday attire

These few days fly by, but I try to take in all the small moments before they disapear

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Snow in December

A snow in December is rare around here. Especially in early December, before Christmas. 

When I looked at the weather forecast, and saw it was supposed to snow a week later, I certainly didn't believe it.

But then, on that late Friday morning, as I stared out the window at work, towards the dark grey sky, snowflakes really did begin to fall.

And they kept falling. Nothing stuck at first, we didn't expect it to. But as the day wore on, suddenly everything was covered in the fluffiest snow.

We all got to leave early on that Friday afternoon as the road quickly disappeared under a blanket of white.

And finally, the Christmas lights on our house looked complete. 

Everything looks so much more festive in the snow. I wish it stuck around longer.

The snow day was celebrated by making spicy bean chili. A tradition I started years ago.

I hope there are many more snow days to come this year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Detroit At Last

I was born in Detroit Michigan.  Even though we moved away when I was young, it has always felt like my home. 

It has always felt strange to be from a city that I rarely get to visit. I've lived in my current town for so long, but it just doesn't have the same feeling. It doesn't feel like my "real home".

Maybe it's because every single one of my ancestors is from this city. I'm even a direct descendant of some of the families that founded Detroit. I've just always felt like I belonged in Detroit.

I was overjoyed to finally return this Thanksgiving, to visit family members, and to explore the place I came from. 

The few times I have been back never included a venture downtown, but I had always wanted to go.  I love cities, but I didn't even know what the city I was born in really looked like and it drove me crazy. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but as we made our way to the center of the city I was born in, I loved it instantly. 

It wasn't the run down, decrepit, broken, abandoned city that I had always heard it was. 

The ornate skyscrapers towered over busy streets. The sun was setting and people were just getting off of work and rushing home. The city seemed full of life and overflowing with energy. 

There were all kind of restaurants, and shops that filled the bottom floors of the buildings, there was a tram car that ran down a busy street, an above ground subway train, there was even city stream rising up out of the streets! 

At some moments, I felt like I was back in New York City!

Downtown Detroit exceeded anything I had expected. It is a city with so much character, so much history with everything it has been through over the years and so much to see.

There are definitely still poverty stricken parts of this city, but that doesn't mean it is a place to be avoided. It's a place that needs attention, and that will hopefully one day have the same opportunities as it once did. 

I'm afraid I'm going to be thinking about this city, ever more than I was before..