Thursday, June 24, 2021


Back some time ago, I mentioned the delicious quiche I cobbled together from a couple of different recipes. So many were interested I promised to post what I did so here goes!


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Postcards from the Lake -- The First Visit

With Rick in Dallas and my last physical therapy appointment for a few days under my belt, the time was right -- road trip to the lake for the first visit of the season.

There is something exciting about that first visit. Questions run through my mind. What has changed? How does the house look? Will there be neighbors around? What will the weather be like? Did I bring the right clothes? And then you wheel around the corner and there it is. Home.

Monday, June 21, 2021

From Palette to Paper

I haven't done an art post in awhile so I thought I'd catch up with a few things I've been working on. As you know, I'm very fond of doing pet portraits and I've had a couple of lovely models to work with lately.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Beauty of Spring-Into-Summer

More blooms! My garden and peonies are faded now, but I managed a few pix before the passed their peak.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

At Long Last

What could be better than a perfect day in June? A perfect day spent with the Toddler Twosome and their mom and dad!  Rick was leaving for Dallas to meet up with his brothers and help clean out their mom's house before it goes on the market. The airport is close to Kevin and Molly's home so we went a day early to spend the day with the kids. I'm not sure who had more fun at this moment -- the two boys or Rick! They are relentless, but then, so is Rick!

I got to go with their mom to get them from day care and let me say, a welcome hug by this one (who has the best laugh ever!) is like a magic tonic!

There was time for Play Doh, playing Sorry and a story or two. And lots of time on the swing!

Kevin is a wonderful cook and dinner couldn't have been better -- grilled chops, a salad to die for and potatoes in the air fryer. 

The paper straws from Dollar Tree were a hit. I need to buy a bunch of those! 

The Oldest Toddler (who is four) was fascinated by the camera so I turned it over to him. I think every toy in the house is photographed, along with our breakfast, coins from the piggy bank and portraits of everyone. I thought he did well with one of me!

And this is my favorite that he took. I'm printing this one out!

All good things come to an end and the next morning Rick was off to Dallas and I was off to physical therapy. 

We'll miss those hugs till next time!

Monday, June 14, 2021

"Quarant-whine!" The Cork Poppers are Back!

The morning of our Cork Popper reunion, with the theme "Quarant-wine," started with an ER trip for Rick and ended with us all tasting seven wines, enjoying a fabulous feast of appetizers and desserts and having a non-stop, "It's been 16 months since I've seen you!" catch up party!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Strawberry Season Redo!

I'm rewriting my "Strawberry Season" post because I accidentally deleted it (UGH!) Things I learned today -- no way to retrieve a deleted blogger post! I'll try to post-date it so it doesn't show in your feeds but who knows if that will work. If you read that one, skip this one!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

It's Really Good That I Like to Lick the Batter Bowl

It's really good that I like to lick the batter bowl. Just one of the "real life" things happening in my world!

I decided that since I had all the ingredients I would make Carol's Lemon-Raspberry Muffins. It would be so nice to freeze them (well, most of them) and have them good to go to the cottage for Memorial Weekend. (Yes, I thought of making them with blueberries too, to go with the weekend color theme but I decided not to get that cute.)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A Long Weekend with Little to Show for It!

In an earlier post I mentioned a New York Times article that discussed languishing and flourishing during lockdown times and I mentioned I was flourishing and, for the most part of the past year, felt much the same. No languishing for me! 

Friday, May 28, 2021

So Many Good Things

The erratic weather patterns of spring that have gone from very warm and sunny to blustery and dark have kicked into their gloomy mode. We decided to skip a trip to the lake for the holiday weekend and instead concentrate on some projects around here. It is not really a hardship. I'm rather fond of nesting, no matter where we do it.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Fragrance of Spring

I'm sitting in my office, the windows open. The temperatures have dropped and the breeze coming through is cool -- perhaps a little too cool. But I can't bear to close the windows because along with the breeze comes the most intoxicating fragrance of peony drifting up from the bushes under the window. It is just one of the fragrances of spring.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

A Few Changes at Marmelade Gypsy!

Some of you have already noticed a few changes here at Marmelade Gypsy and I have Linda, the Fairy Blogmother and writer of Life and Linda to thank for that! As you can see, I have a new look and mail sign-up (on the right sidebar). There's an important reason for this, which some of you may know.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Walk in the Hood

Within the past two weeks we have jumped 45 degrees in temperature! From covering the newly purchased and planted plants at night to requiring sunscreen for a walk, it is -- in many ways -- a typical Michigan spring. That is, a day or two of sunny and 70, then 88 and sticky! It also means there is a good deal of action at the ditch, not the least of which was the buzzing of Harry by a red-winged blackbird!


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Blooming and Beautiful

Earlier this season I took you on a blog walk through Michigan State's Beal Gardens. This is an outdoor botanical garden with a variety of areas -- poison plants, edibles, herbs, and loads of grasses, flowers and what some might call weeds. The university considers it an "outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants," designed for students in the agricultural/horticultural fields. But it is equally, if not more, popular among the general community.


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Spring Might really Be Here!

What a crazy time this is! With spring finally showing its warmer side here in Michigan, I find myself feeling overloaded with things to do. Most of them are good things, which is a plus but sometimes I wonder how I'm keeping up with anything! It's seems I'm slow with replies, slow posting, slow with home things. Spring fever? Could be.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

So, What Else Is New? Not Much!

Life these days has just been -- well, life. Nothing terribly exciting, nothing awful. So, just a bit of a catch-up. It sort of matches Lizzie's expression.

There has been a bit of painting -- not a lot, but I do have this one to share.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fluffy Yellow Things and Other Outdoors Sights

The goslings have arrived! I've yet to see the number I suspect are there (and they are keeping pretty far from shore, so I'm glad for zoom!) but they have popped.

And learning to swim!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Forever Young

The other day I was chatting in the yard with my neighbor, Rosie. She's a fabulous gardener -- her yard blooms from early spring to late fall and I am lucky to have a window view. She said she is trying to convert most of it to perennials because gardening is hard work and we aren't getting any younger!

Rosie's Garden

Thursday, April 29, 2021

New Neighbors -- and a Question

 I have some new neighbors! 

Aren't they cute? The babies are so tiny, I almost missed them as they plodded through the brush to the water, following their mom for a swimming lesson and a spot of dinner!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Art -- Indoors and Out

I took a walk on MSU's campus and enjoyed a look at another part of campus -- spring blooms are waning a bit but still, nature is its best work of art. Meanwhile, I decided to do a bit of art of my own.

That small photo of Rick and our Littlest Grand at Easter is one of my favorites. There is a gentle poignance of a small boy -- not even three -- holding grandpa's hand. Best of all, it has no faces to it made a worthy painting subject! Monique's "Paris People" were such an inspiration!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

So, What Else is New?

Our unseasonably warm weather took a dip downwards this past week. I'm worried about the flowering trees and my young budded flowers, many of which will be covered with sheets or beach towels tonight. We are expecting snow -- not much, but still -- snow? It won't stay. But it's a good time for a few inside things. Time to be cozy.

Time to finish that dreadfully difficult jigsaw puzzle. I got down to about 10 pieces and couldn't make them fit. (It was in that green tree on the right.) They all more or less looked the same and some could fit in multiple places. I actually messaged New Yorker puzzle guru Claudia Hill-Sparks of Mockingbird Cottage to talk me down on FB.

Then I turned around and looked back at the puzzle and it fell into place. No doubt about it -- these New Yorker puzzles are hard. But finishing is so rewarding!

Time for Netflix and telly. I almost cried when we finished watching "Schitt's Creek." I will miss these characters and this accpeting, gentle town in which they live. Watching these characters evolve over their six seasons was just lovely. I wasn't sure I'd like it after the first episode or two -- but oh, I do and I'll miss it! (You will note Lizzie on a lap. It doesn't happen often. And it doesn't last long. Head locks help.)

Spring is still popping here and will continue for a bit. Peter Rabbit is in his element!

My daffodils are looking good.

And they smell fabulous -- especially these! Are they nasturtium? So many varieties! 

My lettuce is doing well and very nearly time to be divided and thinned out. That will be this weekend's chore!


Time to read -- I'm reading Rennie Airth's first "John Madden" mystery, "River of Darkness," and it's a good character. He's a post WWI veteran and Scotland Yard detective called in on a baffling case in a small town. Sometimes when I'm very lucky, I have a reading companion!

And sometimes, she's just a princess.

A few decor upgrades. Most of the bunnies are gone -- but not all!


And my vintage people are welcoming spring, too


Thee three mice are not by me -- I wish they were -- but I keep them out for inspiration. Right now I'm felting birds again. 

So, it's is being a lovely spring, cozy, cheery, laid back.

Lizzie and I like it that way! We'll cozy down till it warms up!

And I hope that's soon!

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Critters are Out and Having Quite a Time!

We haven't been down to the ditch for a bit so I thought I'd fill you in on life with some of my favorite critters! Mother Goose has been sitting on her next now for a couple of weeks. I expect goslings soon!

There are several "families," they seem to travel in pairs, and (I assume the male) continually taking offense at any potential interloper. 

The redwing black birds in force and singing their song endlessly! I've yet to see the cedar wax wings I love but I'm sure they'll be there soon.

We are lucky to have cardinals year round here. They're one of my favorites!

I'm assuming someone planted daffodils here and there -- they don't seem to grow by themselves.

Here's a question for some of my blog friends who are more nature experts than I. Any ideas what this netted structure with the yellow pieces beside it (not enclosed) might be? It's the first year I've ever seen it. It's gone now, so whatever its purpose, it seems to be over.

I'm not sure what this is all about, but it appears to be a relatively well attended memorial, there year round for the past year or two. 

Across from the pond is the neighborhood golf course. If you look closely you can see quite the gathering of geese. I'm sure the golfers just love this!

The squirrels seem busier than ever! This one was checking me out as I was taking my walk.

That bright forsythia in the background makes me smile!

And speaking of forsythia, here's what might be a last look, Most is getting it's green leaves now. I'll miss this cheery bush which always heralds the beginning of spring.

We haven't seen as many redbuds this year. They're a favorite of mine and when I do see one, it's cause for rejoicing!

Things are greening up. It's definitely spring, despite a chill that has come in over the past week. But my sure sign of spring has appeared.

Harry the Heron is back!

And he's hungry!

Harry is clearly an expert fisher-bird!

 I've been told he has been back for a bit.

But in my world, it isn't thoroughly spring until I've seen my Big Bird myself!

Pretty soon the foliage at the ditch will fill in, the grasses become tall and the leaves thick. It may be harder to see some of the birds or onto the island where the deer live.

But for now? I'll take it! 

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