lørdag den 21. oktober 2017

Prepping for winter and college

Despite the warm weather November is pulling closer with incredible speed. November means winter and deadline for early decision college application, an Ulrik is stuck in front of his computer trying to get essays, portfolio, and recommendation letters ready to apply for art and design school. In the meantime I try to save our outdoor plants from deep freeze - especially the succulents. So Teresa and I went hunting at Salvation Army and found some indoor housing for the plants. An old silver jug and a nut tin:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
It is of course also of uttermost importance to get to use the last mint sprigs for some cocktails. I added one to a G&T but was immediately out-fancied by Luca who made a kickass tonic and juice:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
And right now there are rosemary potatoes in the oven and as soon as I get up I’ll make coleslaw with as many remaining fresh herbs as possible.
See you next year “garden”😢

lørdag den 14. oktober 2017

Good morning Detroit (and good afternoon Target)

Today we did something VERY atypical for a Saturday morning! We got up at 6:30 to drive to Detroit so Teresa and Kristian could run a 5K with Kristian's boss and colleagues. I was not running but came along to cheer and go to Eastern Market afterwards.
We started out in the Ren Cen, where Kristian can park for free (because he works there). They had gone pink for breast cancer awareness month:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
The run was a little further up north by the river and it was a nice walk to get there:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
And then they ran! And Kristian was quite happy to make it to the finish lines several minutes before any of his colleagues. Teresa and him apparently both kept each other going by having the mindset of "I will NOT let my Dad/daughter cross the finish line too far ahead of me".
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Afterwards we went to Eastern Market, which is always a pleasure. So cheap and so many different types of produce. Today we tried something completely new. The lady selling them said they were quite delicious boiled and tossed in some butter. Time will tell.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
The afternoon we spent on a Target trip. One of the classic "you only need a few things but cannot manage to shop for less than 100$" trips. We basically mostly went there to get Halloween candy but who can resist unicorn heads:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Or getting your finger stuck in Frankensteins mouth...... (seriously, Teresa?)
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
But the giant spiders are not something we would even consider looking too much at. We have plenty of live ones in the living room😳😖
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Luca also found himself a camouflage winter coat......
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
So overall not a bad trip at all. I plan to spend the rest of the afternoon in the gym while Teresa and Kristian will do some driving practice (I still prefer not to come on those trips......)

søndag den 8. oktober 2017

Manistee river

We went to bed last night in a rain storm and woke up to a clear blue sky. Nice. The next couple of pics are from right next to our camper. Gosh it was pretty
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Our plan was to get some fishing done (or Luca would be the worst disappointed obnoxious version of himself) and we managed to Google up a suspension bridge by Manistee river, where you could hike and fish:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Kristian actually caught a trout! For reals! Luca was crazy jealous, but nevertheless kept on fishing until we dragged him back to the car.
Bailey also had fun and went into the water (oh the things he will do for a treat) but took his revenge and kicked my hiking boots into the river as he was climbing back on shore.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
And Teresa found herself a little friend. Seems like pokemons do exist after all:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Now we are heading back south in the sunshine. Back to homework and school lunch prepping😖 but also back to our own nice beds!

lørdag den 7. oktober 2017

October up North

We have gone North one last time this year to try and experience our favorite corner of Michigan in fall colors. We have booked a camper through airbnb a little bit outside of the middle of no-where, but it is quite cozy and we are close to Traverse City so all is good.
Camping life comes with many excitements such as going though the box of sugar and tea sachets to pick your favorite:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Or finding a spot you can call yours and yours alone:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
First stop Saturday morning was Traverse City. Just to stroll through, now that we were in the area:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
And then it was Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. When we were there earlier this summer we talked about how awesome it would be to visit in October. Et voila:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
I ordered the grilled cheese sandwich to end all grilled cheese sandwiches. Usually I don't bother to order such things but this one has Cherry bread, Cherry and fig jam, and has a Parmesan crust. Ouch!
We also went into the wine store there
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Where I spotted Cherry spiced wine:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
And made the big mistake of adding a bottle of cherry iced wine without checking the price tag😱 Oops. I didn't even check when I paid and only as we were leaving Glen Arbor did I see that it cost 60$........
We went a bit further north to hike in the wild:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Where we spotted paw prints that did not look too much like they came from a dog
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Luckily we did not meet the owner of those feet.
And last but not least we got to hang out with Lake Michigan:
Image. Double tap this image to view it full screen. Double tap and hold to show sharing options.
Sitting on the beach and listen to the thunder of crashing waves! It's something I often miss and highly appreciate when I have the chance.
Now we are back in our camper taking shelter from a rain storm and watching U of M Wolverines (hopefully) beating up MSU Spartans. Time will tell. But this is a very anticipated game and we have met plenty of people today dressed up either in maize and blue or white and green.