A Lake Orion Dragon

This wonderful guy is proud to be a Lake Orion dragon. He was carved entirely with a chainsaw by Gary Elzerman. There is a carved an “LO” on the rocks and a plaque.

If you’re in a school or sports group in Lake Orion, you’re welcome to come by and take a photo with him! Send an email to dragon@loveandheartness.com to let him know you’re on your way.

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November 3, 2010

The Great Tidy Up – closet edition

I am loving “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. First up is clothing and the approach is so simple: gather ALL clothing in one spot and go through it. This means everything—coats, socks, stray exercise wear, all of it. Pick up each one and if it brings joy, keep it. If not, get rid of it. The book explains why these steps are important and I encourage you to read it (super short). What’s cool is that “joy” doesn’t have to mean flattering or in perfect condition. Like the ratty old shirts for painting? Keep them. Dislike a dress even though it fits well? Toss it.

The best part of going through it all in one space is that when I finished I could see exactly what volume of clothing I had. The jackets still went in the hall closet but now I could finally tackle the closet I’ve hated for 10 years. Seeing what I had and how it could be stored meant the closet was a simple fix-up with very minimal cost.

There is a rod and shelf just over the cubby, about the same height as the previous one. I don’t have many long items so the space to the right of the cubby is enough. If I get more, the cubby can move over.

Big closet reveal, crappy photo. The room is very dark.

No dresser. I have always been bad with clothing in drawers, so a few years ago I got the bins, baskets, and cubby. The socks and underwear used to each be kept in a giant basket, which wasn’t efficient for storing or finding. So I bought 4 small baskets to hold socks, bras, underwear, and shirts. This works well for me, and I am doing the one thing I said I’d never do: fold underwear. But it is fun to pick up a pair and I’m not always grabbing the same ones.

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Yep, those are my bras. The only expense here were the 1/2 baskets and the shelf thingy, which isn’t even needed. Oh, and the dowels/cup hooks on the left, where some scarves are stored.

My husband changed the shelf and rod layout too. Instead of one long shelf with a rod going across the entire width, he put in to shelves with a short rod that go from front to back. I now have a space for fabulous hats, plus room on the floor for miscellaneous items like yoga mat and winter boots.

closetleft

Top shelf: 1 bin with halloween costume (which will find a new home) and 1 empty bin, with big hats finally able to have a stable base. Bottom shelf: 1 bin with winter sweaters, 1 bin with swimsuits and dressy summer shirts.

The top of the cubby is now accessory central. Jewelry is hung from a board I’ve had for well over 10 years (meant to put on fabric and batting for a bulletin board). Scarves are hung from shower hooks, on a hanger, or on dowels on the side of the cubby.

closetover

I might actually wear jewelry now that it’s all out and untangled. The antique box holds special things and whatever isn’t appropriate for a board.

 

closetscarf

Lightweight scarves are great on shower hooks. Heavier ones that wrinkle are on a hanger or the dowels.

closethand

These hands make me happy. They should be outside but the rings look great!

Cost was minimal. We had the pipe used for rods, wood for supports, some old cabinet doors for shelves, plus the shelf from the old closet. I bought shower curtains hangers for $1 at Salvation Army, 4 baskets and a shelf thing at Meijer, and a bunch of cup hooks and a dowel at Home Depot. This setup probably won’t work for anyone else, but it has been working great for me.

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May 27, 2015

skillshare and intriguing photos

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I’m taking a skillshare classes when I can, and a quick photography project class came up. The videos were only 20 minutes total and I’ve been needing to work on my focusing skills which seem to have abandoned me. It was a lot of fun playing for a bit, especially in manual mode. The most surprising thing was turning off autofocus and taking pictures without looking — some of them turned out quite interesting.

The project was to photograph an everyday object so I grabbed the fabric tape measure that was out. The photo above did not make the cut but was so intriguing I wanted to look it  more.

Visit the project and photos chosen here: http://www.skillshare.com/classes/photography/Photography-Challenge-Capture-the-Beauty-of-an-Everyday-Object/714743314/projects/41981

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February 25, 2015

Apple Airport Extreme and the WPS incident

I got a NetGear wifi range extender in the hopes of extending the network out into the yard more. Set up is pretty simple in the book: plug it in, press the WPS button, press the WPS button on the router, and done!

Well, the Apple Airport Extreme doesn’t have any buttons on the back. (I have the newer tall version with ac). According to my google finds I could find “add wps printer” option by accessing the router in airport utility (v 6.2 and up) and choosing “edit”.  Sweet, I thought, my version is 6.3 so this will be super easy. Silly me.

Screenshot 2014-12-18 12.07.16

This is what came up. No “advanced”. No “add WPS printer”. Plenty of frustration.

I tried youtube, apple help articles and everyone seemed to have different options than I was seeing. But I did finally find it:

THERE you are, hiding in the top instead of in the Edit panels. See the last option? That's what I need, even though this isn't a printer.

THERE you are, hiding in the top instead of in the Edit panels. See the last option? That’s what I need, even though this isn’t a printer.

This is the one button I needed:

Screenshot 2014-12-18 12.18.18

After pressing the WPS button on the extender, select “First Attempt” and continue.

And it worked! As with many things Apple, it is easy but only if you know where to look.

December 18, 2014

Books! A list to be well-read

This list comes from bookriot.com.

Some I’ve read, some I disagree with. Vehemently. Like Fifty Shades of Grey, are you serious? So perhaps this list is more about being familiar with the story enough to understand when it’s a topic of conversation, and not a literal to-be-read list. Because I will never read 50 Shades. (I have however read some delightful snarky reviews and am familiar with the storyline from them).

I would add or replace some on the list with these:

  1. I, Claudius by Robert Graves. Excellent historical fiction
  2. The Once and Future King by White. So many references still to Merlin, Arthur… and Wart’s childhood learning about the futility of war should be a must-read for everyone
  3. Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman. Pratchett is one of my most favorite authors. Armageddon can be so funny!

 

So here’s the list, in alphabetical order:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
  5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay  by Michael Chabon I have never heard of this book
  6. American Pastoral by Philip Roth I have never heard of this book
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. Beowulf Check! Read this one in college Nordic and Celtic mythology
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz on my to-read list
  16. Call of the Wild  by Jack London
  17. Candide by Voltaire
  18. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer pretty sure we covered some of this in high school. I’m good.
  19. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming the movies aren’t enough? I say nay to this book
  20. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Does it count if I don’t remember it? No? oh well, then.
  22. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White checked this one off in elementary school
  23. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  24. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  25. The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe I’ve read a few
  26. The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor 
  27. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  28. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky I think I’ve read this and The Idiot. I remember being impressed with how the characters conversed on the train
  29. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown oh yes. very good
  30. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  32. Dream of Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin Never heard of it
  33. Dune by Frank Herbert
  34. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer I read extremely loud and incredibly close but I wouldn’t have thought that book could ever be a movie (which I did not see)
  35. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  36. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  37. Faust by Goethe
  38. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley check!
  39. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  40. The Golden Bowl by Henry James
  41. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  42. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  43. The Gospels as in the bible? i went to church as a kid, that’s enough.
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  45. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens check!
  46. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald check!
  47. Hamlet by William Shakespeare oh no. I’ve seen it enough times, though.
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  49. Harry Potter & The Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling check! superb series
  50. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  51. The Help by Kathryn Stockett check. I liked it until I saw it was all about the author. Ugh babe, you are not a hero.
  52. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams check! seems to change each time I read it
  53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien check! there’s no love story. no way this merited 3 movies. obviously.
  54. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  55. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  56. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins check! excellent series. like most, the books are better than the movies
  57. if on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  58. The Iliad by Homer check! greek mythology, you make me feel so knowledgeable
  59. Inferno by Dante check! True story: I read this to prepare for a road rally I organized to Hell, Michigan. Yes it was nerdy.
  60. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  61. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  62. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman check for some of it. my mom was into poetry so if I got really bored I’d read some
  63. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  64. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis check. weird series, really
  65. The Little Prince by Antoine  de Saint-Exepury check. I think.
  66. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  67. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  68. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  69. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  71. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  72. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie check. I enjoy some of her books, but she really did hide important characters frequently
  73. The Odyssey by Homer woo-hoo, greek mythology class strikes again
  74. Oedipus the King by Sophocles woo-hoo, greek mythology class strikes again
  75. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  76. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster dang it, I read the house book by him
  77. The Pentateuch
  78. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen check! also pride and prejudice and zombies, because I’m well-rounded like that.
  79. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  80. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  81. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare gah, i think so but so much easier to comprehend with actors, as intended
  82. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne yep. damn pastor
  83. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut maybe. i don’t care for Vonnegut. I read Galapagos and finished it out of a sense of duty. life is too short for that anymore
  84. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  85. The Stand by Stephen King many times. I love this book
  86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  87. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  88. Their Eyes Were Watching by Zora Neale Hurston
  89. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  90. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  91. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  92. Ulysses by James Joyce
  93. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  94. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  95. Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
  96. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  97. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  98. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  99. 1984 by George Orwell yes. super scary and all too easy to imagine
  100. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James NO NO NO NO

 

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January 1, 2014

You get to decide how to think

You get to decide how to think

You get to decide how to think

Inspired by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaVrn1Sz0H8&feature=share

Excerpt from graduation speech by David Foster Wallace about the importance of education in learning how to THINK about anything and everything.

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September 8, 2013

The most valid argument for daylight savings time

This table from the US Navy Astronomical Applications Department is fascinating. It shows the time for sunrise and sunset in my general area, without counting daylight savings time.

PONTIAC, MICHIGAN Astronomical Applications Dept. Location: W083 17, N42 39
Rise and Set for the Sun for 2013
U. S. Naval Observatory Washington, DC 20392-5420
Eastern Standard Time

Daylight Savings Time
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Day Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m h:m
01 0803 1711 0747 1747 0708 1823 0615 1859 0527 1934 0458 2005 0459 2015 0525 1953 0558 1907 0631 1814 0707 1726 0744 1701
02 0803 1712 0746 1748 0707 1824 0613 1901 0526 1935 0457 2005 0500 2015 0526 1952 0559 1905 0632 1812 0709 1724 0745 1700
03 0803 1712 0745 1750 0705 1826 0612 1902 0525 1936 0457 2006 0500 2014 0527 1951 0600 1904 0633 1811 0710 1723 0746 1700
04 0803 1713 0744 1751 0703 1827 0610 1903 0523 1937 0457 2007 0501 2014 0528 1949 0601 1902 0634 1809 0711 1722 0747 1700
05 0803 1714 0743 1752 0702 1828 0608 1904 0522 1938 0456 2007 0502 2014 0529 1948 0603 1900 0635 1807 0712 1721 0748 1700
06 0803 1715 0741 1754 0700 1829 0606 1905 0521 1939 0456 2008 0502 2013 0530 1947 0604 1858 0636 1805 0714 1719 0749 1700
07 0803 1716 0740 1755 0658 1830 0605 1906 0520 1940 0456 2009 0503 2013 0531 1946 0605 1857 0637 1804 0715 1718 0750 1700
08 0803 1717 0739 1756 0657 1832 0603 1907 0518 1941 0455 2009 0504 2013 0533 1944 0606 1855 0639 1802 0716 1717 0751 1700
09 0803 1719 0738 1758 0655 1833 0601 1909 0517 1943 0455 2010 0504 2012 0534 1943 0607 1853 0640 1800 0717 1716 0752 1700
10 0802 1720 0736 1759 0653 1834 0600 1910 0516 1944 0455 2011 0505 2012 0535 1942 0608 1851 0641 1759 0719 1715 0753 1700
11 0802 1721 0735 1800 0652 1835 0558 1911 0515 1945 0455 2011 0506 2011 0536 1940 0609 1850 0642 1757 0720 1714 0753 1700
12 0802 1722 0734 1801 0650 1836 0556 1912 0514 1946 0455 2012 0507 2011 0537 1939 0610 1848 0643 1755 0721 1713 0754 1700
13 0801 1723 0732 1803 0648 1838 0555 1913 0513 1947 0455 2012 0507 2010 0538 1937 0611 1846 0644 1754 0722 1712 0755 1700
14 0801 1724 0731 1804 0646 1839 0553 1914 0512 1948 0455 2012 0508 2009 0539 1936 0612 1844 0645 1752 0724 1711 0756 1700
15 0800 1725 0730 1805 0645 1840 0551 1915 0511 1949 0455 2013 0509 2009 0540 1934 0613 1842 0647 1750 0725 1710 0756 1700
16 0800 1727 0728 1807 0643 1841 0550 1917 0510 1950 0455 2013 0510 2008 0541 1933 0614 1841 0648 1749 0726 1709 0757 1701
17 0759 1728 0727 1808 0641 1842 0548 1918 0509 1951 0455 2014 0511 2007 0542 1931 0615 1839 0649 1747 0727 1709 0758 1701
18 0759 1729 0725 1809 0640 1843 0547 1919 0508 1952 0455 2014 0512 2007 0543 1930 0616 1837 0650 1746 0729 1708 0758 1701
19 0758 1730 0724 1811 0638 1845 0545 1920 0507 1953 0455 2014 0513 2006 0544 1928 0617 1835 0651 1744 0730 1707 0759 1702
20 0758 1731 0722 1812 0636 1846 0544 1921 0506 1954 0455 2014 0513 2005 0545 1927 0619 1834 0653 1743 0731 1706 0800 1702
21 0757 1733 0721 1813 0634 1847 0542 1922 0505 1955 0455 2015 0514 2004 0546 1925 0620 1832 0654 1741 0732 1705 0800 1703
22 0756 1734 0719 1814 0633 1848 0540 1923 0504 1956 0456 2015 0515 2003 0548 1924 0621 1830 0655 1740 0734 1705 0801 1703
23 0755 1735 0718 1816 0631 1849 0539 1925 0504 1957 0456 2015 0516 2002 0549 1922 0622 1828 0656 1738 0735 1704 0801 1704
24 0755 1737 0716 1817 0629 1850 0537 1926 0503 1958 0456 2015 0517 2002 0550 1920 0623 1826 0657 1737 0736 1704 0801 1704
25 0754 1738 0715 1818 0627 1852 0536 1927 0502 1959 0457 2015 0518 2001 0551 1919 0624 1825 0659 1735 0737 1703 0802 1705
26 0753 1739 0713 1819 0626 1853 0535 1928 0501 2000 0457 2015 0519 2000 0552 1917 0625 1823 0700 1734 0738 1703 0802 1706
27 0752 1740 0712 1821 0624 1854 0533 1929 0501 2000 0457 2015 0520 1959 0553 1915 0626 1821 0701 1732 0739 1702 0802 1706
28 0751 1742 0710 1822 0622 1855 0532 1930 0500 2001 0458 2015 0521 1958 0554 1914 0627 1819 0702 1731 0741 1702 0803 1707
29 0750 1743 0620 1856 0530 1931 0459 2002 0458 2015 0522 1956 0555 1912 0628 1818 0704 1730 0742 1701 0803 1708
30 0749 1744 0619 1857 0529 1933 0459 2003 0459 2015 0523 1955 0556 1910 0629 1816 0705 1728 0743 1701 0803 1709
31 0748 1746 0617 1858 0458 2004 0524 1954 0557 1909 0706 1727 0803 1710

Add one hour for daylight time, if and when in use.

You can check out your area by visiting the Navy site here.

I heard about from this website, where the writer argues that sunrise between 4:15 and 4:30 am in Chicago is terrible, especially with pre-dawn light earlier than that. I really have to agree that changing clocks is better than never being able to see a drive-in movie at a semi-reasonable hour. (Above, sunset at 8:15pm means it’s dark enough for a movie maybe at 9:30pm).

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March 11, 2013

more crockpot fun

Last week we tried three more crock pot recipes

Balsamic glazed chicken thighs on Who Needs a Cape

Chicken tater tot casserole found on pinterest

Salisbury steak from All Recipes

Glazed Chicken: served with noodles. The sauce could be thickened, but it was a little greasy from the dark meat. Very tasty and will make again.

Tater tot casserole: I used cubed hash browns because that’s what we had. Hubby liked the taste but I thought it was very bland. Will try again but more like our cheesy potatoes. This recipe is close

Salisbury Steak: served with homemade mashed potatoes. Very yummy, enjoyed it for lunch today and looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

We took the crockpot on a ski trip. Made mac and cheese one day with sandwiches for lunch, and made chicken and dumplings for dinner another day. The combination of two cans of soup with store-bought cooked chicken made it too salty, so I’ll tweak that recipe a bit. Probably use homemade stock instead of the soup. I did use powdered milk, which worked well.

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February 26, 2013

comfort food night

February 14, 2013

On goals, lists, and buckets

Well, my first goal of 2013 was to organize the iphoto library. This is definitely begun, with almost all photos now organized by month/year. i’m getting more comfortable with how iphoto organizes things organically, and how I can sort quickly for different needs. I did create a Texas album for various vacations, and have begun the process of editing more family treasure scans for another photo album. I have not worked on it 20 minutes a day in quite some time. So this goal is in progress but in danger of getting sidelined if it doesn’t make it back onto the schedule.

Exercising is on my list. But a foot tendon injury has sidelined kickboxing and treadmill walk/runs. I’m trying to use my bag for punches and focus on squats/abs/arms, but it’s a hard cycle to get into. Recently found one that seems to make me sufficiently sore to want to do it again the next day. Since I only watch the Biggest Loser when I’m on the treadmill I’m terribly behind on that show. Something to look forward to!

Been doing a lot of ADD reading and am trying out ideas for workflow/organization. So far, so good. Changing email boxes to @waiting, @working, and @read is going great — @read tends to pile up but I”m OK with that. It’s much easier to make sure I’m not letting something fall through the cracks by checking the @waiting box at least every other day. Also, sitting the night before and making my to-do list for the next day, and limiting the number of must-dos is really helpful. Feeling more creative about some projects.

Am grappling with menu planning, and feeling good about week two. I’ve found some resources for making crock pot meals in advance (see this post) and it’s going really well — and tasty, too. I’m hoping this will become an easier habit by the time crock pot season is over.

One big thing I like to think about is a bucket list, which usually is fulfilled by doing things I didn’t know were on my bucket list. Like downhill skiing last year or high ropes course. I recently agreed to give a brief talk/demo on a service I use, to people in my industry. I have taught and given speeches before, so getting up is within my comfort zone, but these are professionals and I don’t know any of them, so my shy side is coming out a bit. I’m really looking forward to it and plan on being as overly prepared as I can be. Will be able to check off “speak at industry event” that was just added to the bucket list.

 

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February 7, 2013

fun collection of gifs

I often see my favorite web personalities tweeting funny gifs as a status. Today, jackpot! @colly tweeted his collection. These are fun pick-me-up

https://gimmebar.com/collection/4e4194f82f0aaafe6d00009f/animals-gifs-daft-stuff

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February 4, 2013