Soooooo sick of potholes

Meet Mr. Ducky the Dog Toy.

DSC_0387He is about 7″ tall and 7″ wide, just about the width of our car tires.DSC_0389DSC_0476Mr. Ducky is going to help illustrate the maze of potholes we have to navigate every day.

Here are some near the middle school I teach at:DSC_0398 DSC_0391 DSC_0396 DSC_0393And here are some in just a three block stretch of our street.  We call it “driving the luge” every morning because of all the swerving we have to do.

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Aftermath of snow storm

While we were gone for Christmas, Lansing got a horrible ice storm that knocked out power to 40% of Board of Water and Light’s customers, some for up to 11 days in cold temperatures. Somehow our house was spared, while people who live across the street were not.

These pictures were taken 4 or more weeks weeks after this storm. Yards still look like they have brambles growing next to the street due to the huge piles of brush that have yet to be picked up.
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pretty sure this is not a recent development

pretty sure this is not a recent development

Snow days

As the semester started, Lansing was crippled by some snow and subzero temperatures.  Neither of us had to work, so we did some very important things.

I finished a project I started three years ago!  (See: procrastinating.)  This was a desk that my grandmother passed down to me that I wanted to refinish.  My initial plan was to strip it to the wood, but the paint was so deep in the grain that I couldn’t get it all out.  And in the process I learned that I think my grandpa had stripped it of its original dark brown paint, so it’s not like it was the original color anyway!  Thanks to the internet I learned that the trick to bringing out the wood grain is lots of very thin coats.  I got a little craft brush to do the paint on the wood overlay and did two coats over the primer.

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We got to watch the Packers and Niners play each other again (see: what we will do to watch the Packers Niners game).

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Dave thought he’d take advantage of the lovely weather and cook us something on the grill.  (The high this day was 2 degrees.)DSC_0218 DSC_0221Later that week I finished a little baby quilt for my cousin’s first child–I’m sure even Seattle gets pretty cold in January!!

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MSU in the fall

Peak color season went by very quickly, and we had a busy week so were unable to photograph it at its best.  But there’s still lots to see on campus. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ivy suddenly looks amazing! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

How many trees do you see?

How many trees do you see?

There are lots more oaks here than in Madison, and they turn a wide range of colors from orange to burgundy-rust.

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leaf identification practice

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no one's home

no one’s home

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ducks

ducks

purple berries!

purple berries!

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old and tired

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There’s a little botanical garden on campus:

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railing to the garden

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sweet gum tree, I think