Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm still here! And a new author...

Check out who is still in the land of the living!  Work and kids kept me awfully busy for a while there, and just when I needed a break, Easter provided an excellent opportunity for escape.  We drove nearly a thousand miles to get to Eau Claire, WI and back to visit family.  It was a lot of fun, but damn 8 hours is a long drive when you've got two young energetic BOYS in the backseat.  Not to mention a 3-state evening thunderstorm.  That was just *awesome*.

But wow did that storm have an major effect on my little .7 acres!  I took a bunch of pictures of my garden in progress before we left with the intention of doing a blog post, but I just didn't have the time.  So now I get to do a splendid before and after. But before I get to that...

An exciting bit of news!  I've sweet-talked one of my dear friends into becoming a contributing author of this blog!  Yay!!  Woohoo!!!   Welcome!!!  WaterDaughter, who grew up on a river in Manistee, and I met thanks to our converging paths in the nonprofit circle, and became good friends because we share a love for the green and wild, among other things.  She plans on occasionally posting photos and information about the lovely wild things she comes across in her many treks through swampy Michigan wonderfullness.

Now some before and afters:





And some things that hadn't popped when I left:



Tulip Buds

And, of course, bugs!

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