Floor Remodel

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So we did some researching online on budget friendly wood floors and ended up buying some “floating” snap-together stuff with an oak top layer and HDF core. The night before we were going to install it, Nic started reading terrible reviews about it online and I was all freaked out. But we didn’t really have the money to do anything else, so I proceeded on moving all of the furniture and started ripping up carpet by myself after work. Continue reading

2014 Polar Plunge

The snow is still not melted and the ice on Lake Superior is still at over 60%. But I was challenged to go for a swim this last weekend. The challenge was brought to me by a friend and then I have to nominate others to do it as well.

It was quite chilly! It was hard to find a spot that was not only deep enough, but wasn’t crowded by icebergs.

 

Backyard Chickens

As if Michigan does not have enough B.S. going on in Lansing, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development just took away our Right to Farm. What does this mean? If you have an urbanĀ OR rural farm and your local zoning laws prohibit it, you are now unprotected by the Right to Farm Act. Say goodbye to chickens, goats, and bees. This is big.

Read more about it here:

The Detroit News

Inquisitr

MDARD Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock FacilitiesĀ 

What can you do about it? Spread the word. Sign petitions. Write letters. Let the commissioners know that this was a very bad decision!

Here is the petition.

More info and addresses to write letters, here.

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Mt. Bohemia Mardi Gras

Last weekend was Mardi Gras at Mt. Bohemia in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Want to know why that is awesome? Girls ski/ride for free that day!

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It was a beautiful bluebird day. The wind was low and the temps were finally above zero! We drove up from Marquette for the day and met a bunch of friends. The Keweenaw is definitely not lacking snow this winter. They were already up to a total of 275″!!!! Continue reading

Grand Island Backcountry Ski

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February and the beginning of March have been full of some great adventures. I have had almost every weekend off from the restaurant that I work at because it has been so slow. And I am not one to sit at home on my days off. So my friend Megan and I decided to go on an adventure to the ice caves of Grand Island. Continue reading