Week 2: Michigan

We're well into the 3rd week of our epic road trip and time is really flying. So fast, I realized, I hadn't even popped in to share some of the details from week 2, spent in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. 


While we enjoyed our full week in Michigan, there was one day in particular that was most memorable. A day spent on the small lake at my brother and sister-in-law's home. 


They are so lucky to live right on a lake. And, our kids took full advantage. They loved jumping off the dock, relaxing in the flotation station, swimming to the floating island and most of all - scootering around on the inflatable jet skis.


Truth? The jet skis are the entire reason I'm sharing this post. They are just so cute and the kids loved them! They only hold up to 100 pounds so I just had to trust them on this one :) 
A tiny motor powers a small fan under the jet ski that scoots them around at a snails pace. Just enough for them to think it's fun, and slow enough for us to feel like it's safe.


Oh, one more thing. We discovered a new cookbook while we were in the Detroit area called, Ribs, Chops, Steaks and Wings by Dr. Ray "DR.BBQ" Lampe. We made several recipes from the book and they were all amazing. We'll be adding this book to our collection soon. 

We're in Chicago now - having a great time catching up with family and friends - more details to come, including a feature on a cool vertical garden a friend made. I also heard the final stage of construction on our back porch makeover is starting this week. Hoping it will be done by the time I get home… a short 8 weeks after the project started. Zoinks.

until next time,
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Porch Spinning

Last week we were in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan spending time with family. We were busy, busy spending a week in the life of our family there - more on that later - because what I want to share today really has my wheels spinning.


My SIL took me to this amazing store, Detroit Garden Works. It's a very high end garden and home shop with some of the most beautiful garden items I've ever seen. I didn't take nearly enough pictures, sadly. But, I did gather a lot of inspiration. Particularly for our back porch. 


You see, I had originally envisioned the porch with bright and bold patterns and potted tropical and exotic plants.


Black, white, turquoise and green. 

But then I visited the Detroit Garden Works and suddenly my ideas changed. Maybe the porch should be more European influenced…


Potted boxwood in antiqued terra-cotta pots with more neutral decor. 


Oh, my wheels are spinning…

 until next time,
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Screening the Ugly

Every home has to function and with that usually comes some fairly unsightly components. Our home is no different -in fact it may even be worse. Who ever decided to place the AC compressors all in a line across the back of the house surely didn't have aesthetics in mind. I mean, the side of the house would have been a lot better. But, alas, some things are what they are and you've just got to work around them. 


Commence operation:  hide the ugly. 
With our back porch makeover nearing completion, we figured it was time to finally tackle this project. 

The weekend before we left for our epic tour, we headed out to our favorite Growers Retail Outlet to see what we could find.


When searching for discount anything, you have to be open minded because you never know what you will find.

Our criteria were:
Evergreen
Preferably flowering
Good screening capabilities



We were so excited to discover a fresh shipment of Encore Azaleas as big as our 6 year old for $12.50 each. We choose a light pink, double blooming azalea with bronze toned winter foliage. These ladies should grow to be about 5' high x 4' wide, eventually screening all 3 of the AC compressors. Yeah.

But, we weren't finished yet. A quick trip to Home Depot for a new hose, lead me right into the arms of a beautiful white Crepe Myrtle at a ridiculously low price of $14.99. Perfect to cover the downspout next to the breakfast room window, with its eventual flowers just peaking into view from inside. 


Looking back at the full picture, I sometimes can't believe the transformation we've made to the back of the house. No more awful awning and cage-like back porch or exposed AC compressors. 
Yeah for progress.


until next time, 
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