Claudia in the U.P.

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When I was in my senior year of high school (2004), we had an exchange student from Peru stay with us for 6 weeks. It was a program run through my Spanish class. Her name was Claudia and she was an only child from the busy city of Lima. I think coming to small Boyne City in Northern Michigan was a bit of a shock to her. She loved the snow and we really enjoyed having her around. The following summer, after my Freshman year of college, I went to Peru to visit her for 2 months. It is still one of my fondest memories. Continue reading

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The Last of the Fall Colors

My parents came up to Marquette last weekend to help me finish my basement. We put drywall up to make a basement bedroom. It will be very small, but enough room to fit a twin bed. Nic is also making one of the walls into a climbing wall. It was a lot of work but it feels good to have it done.

We took a break from the construction on Sunday to drive up to Big Bay. The dogs got to run free in the woods and we had a good couple hikes. The drive back along County Road 510 was beautiful.

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A Fall Color Tour in the Keweenaw

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Summer has come to an abrupt end. The temps are dropping, my garden is harvested and the foliage is in full autumn mode. My friend, Megan, and I went up to the Keweenaw Peninsula to do a little sightseeing last weekend. *I apologize for the massive amount of pictures in this post! Please click on them to enlarge, and don’t forget to hit the ‘back’ button to get back to the blog. Continue reading

Autumn Updates

Well, we have snow! A little… I actually had to use my scraper this morning on my windshield and I am not happy about it. The house is all decorated for Halloween but we will wait a week or so to carve pumpkins. My freezer is packed full of soups, blanched veggies and fruit. The house smells like pumpkin pie and apples. Hooray for Fall! Continue reading