The month of May has always been busy for our family and this year May was no exception,  you could even say it was a month on steroids:)

Chris came home from Penn State and we drove to Durham, NC to get Casey home from Duke University, 1050 miles round trip.  Spent a day packing her up too.

Once home I headed to Cincinnati to work with my IdeaConnect Partners then picked up Karim, friend of Chris, on my way to the family cottage in Michigan the next weekend, 600 miles total.

The rest of the family headed to Michigan to our family cottage to install the docks, 700 miles round trip.  We stopped to eat in Greektown at the dusty grape, oops, I mean the Golden Fleece (their Gyro meat is made in-house and to die for, really), and then Chris and I took Karim back to Ohio to his internship and then home 400 miles.

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While home we – painted a room, picnicked, went boating, found property to buy along the river, waterski’d, wakeboarded, sailed the hobie, kids went to cedar point, attended academic awards dinner for Jen, celebrated 2 birthdays, had two different friends of Chris visit for a weekend (diff weekends), sent Chris to New York for his internship and sent Casey to China for her summer studying Chinese (ok that was early June, but really,  all that prep was in May – shots, shopping, packing, etc).  at least 1000 miles, probably more.

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almost 4000 miles, super amounts of FUN, a future life change (now we want to be living on the river), and now an empty house again — well, Jen is home and now with a driving permit — but that is part of June’s story:)

I love MAY!


IMG_1534Grandma has Juneberry bushes in her yard, who knew!  Thanks SAM!

Kinda like blueberries but higher in iron.  “The flavor of the fruit resembles dark cherry or raisin, with a hint of almond in the tiny, soft seed. Not only are they flavorful, they are nutrient-dense, with high levels of protein, calcium, iron, and antioxidants.”

The story goes like this….Dropped my youngest off at MSU Engineering Camp (that is a whole other cool story).   Got in the Van with Grandma to go back to her house,  but had to negotiate all the construction at MSU this summer.  While I was looking around I saw a young man standing on the corner near the dorm I just left.  I thought he was interesting —

WHY? He was eating berries off a bush, a pretty bush, clearly part of MSU landscaping.  So, it looked funny to me.

Then I saw him kinda wave and when he moved a little I realized it was SAM!  For those of you reading this that don’t know me,  Sam is from my town in Western PA and we were both in East Lansing, MI at MSU.  He, of course, is interning this summer at MSU.  But I think it was pretty funny that we just saw each other on this campus, which is absolutely HUGE!

So, Sam introduced me to Juneberries.  And they are GREAT!  I wish Sam’s Mom was here to enjoy the edible fruits available everywhere at MSU and at my Mom’s house in Lansing, MI.  She loves to discover edible foods — and obviously, Sam does too!


DSC09601“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” — Chief Seattle


This month the land chose us (Russ and me).  We know we belong to it, the land by the Allegheny River. It is really an amazing story.

Three weeks ago we finally articulated our common wish to live by the water as we entered into empty nest life – a few years out.

Two weeks ago, Russ saw land along the Allegheny River near East Brady that was being developed.  We hadn’t known about it.  He called around until he learned of the developer.

Only one lot was left, no view of the river, but river access.  We decided to see it and met Angie.  We instantly knew she is special.

As we talked with Angie about the land in her development she was excited to tell us that two other lots had come available.

Together they were perfect and claimed us immediately.  I don’t know how to explain it.  We visited 5 days in a row, trying to understand what we felt deep within.


Each visit, each touch, each walk around the trees (oak, maple, sassafrass, birch, cherry and tulip), near the river, and along the property lines roots us deeper.

Now we ask the Universe to support us to claim the land with monetary exchange, because we know we belong to it, but there is the current societal norms to adhere too.

In deepest gratitude for us and the generations that follow us.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” 
— John Muir