Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Financial or Political?

Union busting or fiscal responsibility?

The Wisconsin teachers have agreed to the budget cuts, but are standing firm for the right to collective bargaining. Their governor refuses to consider that, even though collective bargaining has no impact on the state finances.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The only part of the WinterWowFest that we did this year was to check out the snow sculptures. Such talent! I can't imagine how this is done. The artists had to battle above freezing temperatures, too.

This is my favorite - and I don't really know why. Maybe it's a World of Warcraft thing.

Although the lion and the mouse sculpture is really cute too.

This one is clever. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but it's showing how Michiganders use their hands to show people where they live in the State. The girl is pointing to Traverse City, of course!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

9th Annual MiGO Winter Social

Where else can you go and be greeted by hugs?

My first hug came before I was even inside the door - (Justin of Wolverine Warriors). The second was just inside the door -( Jodi - LiteonCache).

And so on, and so on, and so on! So many great hugs and friendly faces - Heather, James and Sheryl, Tim and Susie, Gary and Donna, Rosie, Melissa - it was a great gathering. We are estimating that there were between 150 to 175 people there. We both had a super time - it's the perfect winter weekend get-away.

I really wanted to have a chance to play with Braylon - or maybe just hold him for a while - but he was very sleepy, and the wrong age to warm up to a stranger! Maybe next year.

This Bingo game is a fun, effective ice-breaker

Justin and Braylon - Wolverine Warriors

Crowd shot

James and Sheryl of...well...James and Sheryl !

Monday, February 14, 2011

Turkey for Valentine's Day ?

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours. These turkeys came by to give us greetings.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Icicle Icicle

If there were an icicle contest, I think we might be in the running!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Snow, Snow, Snow

Today is Laurie's Birthday. Happy birthday Sweetie - hope you have a good one.

If you were here, you could enjoy our snow, snow, snow.

On our cruise of down town we noticed a little ice and snow at the Marina and Clinch Park Beach.

The railing on the breakwater walkway is covered with ice from splashing waves

The beach is piled high with ice from wind and wave action.

Please don't try to launch your boat today.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Corporate Barracuda

Our corporate barracuda has been like a fish out of water for the past 2 years.

The first year she spent most of her time flopping around and gasping for air. The flopping around was interrupted at times by classes on how to conduct a job search, and by the occasional job interview.

The second year was highlighted by working under contract in a comparatively small barracuda aquarium for relatively small amounts of sustenance.

The Powers That Be noticed the excellence, confidence, and competence of our barracuda, and decided that they could not proceed without her. She has signed on the dotted line. Now she is floating around once again in a big pond with suitably adequate compensation!

The Corporate Barracuda Swims Again !