All of the houseplants I brought into the house this fall, for the most part, have adapted to their indoor environment. So have the insects that rode in with them. During the summer when the plants were happily growing outside, the insect pests were hardly noticeable. The rain and natural predators kept the pests pretty … Continue Reading →
Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life
Now’s a terrific time to visit Toronto, which is all decked out for the holidays with sparkling shop windows, artsy 7-foot snowmen standing sentinel around the city and a slew of holiday activities and events. Even better, in a promotion that runs until Dec. 20, visitors who book a one-night hotel package for $99 to … Continue Reading →
The gardens outside are just about buttoned up for winter. I took advantage of the cold temperatures this week to heel in the last of the plants I wanted to save for next year. The only plants left were some of the potted trees that I’m saving for bonsai and other projects. In addition to … Continue Reading →
If you’re looking to travel over the holidays, Kayak offers some worthwhile tips. The best time to book holiday travel in theU.S.is now through Dec. 10; average airfare for domestic travel around Christmas is expected to be $433, according to the online travel company. Travelers can save up to 6 percent in airfare … Continue Reading →
We have an unofficial tradition for Thanksgiving that has developed on its own though the years. Each year we tally up how much of the meal we grew and harvested from three of our family gardens. Here’s this year’s tally: potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cabbage for coleslaw, onions, apples for apple sauce, sauerkraut, eggs … Continue Reading →
In today’s Handmade column, Paula Kelley of Clawson offers instructions for making an asymetrical vest fashioned with a range of colors.
After 26 years of operation, String Beads in Grosse Pointe will be closing its doors as of January 10, 2012. “Everything in the store, starting tomorrow, will be 25 % off through Dec. 3. This is agreat time to find REAL deals on jewelry and beads for gift-giving or to fill in your own inventory … Continue Reading →
Looking for something for the travelers on your Christmas list? Just in time for the holidays comes Great Places of History: Civilization’s 100 Most Important Sites: An Illustrated TIME Books. This impressive coffee table book is an illustrated survey of the places Time has chosen as civilization’s most important landmarks. Beautiful photographs are accompanied by … Continue Reading →
Janna Bissett of Clawson uses her grandmother’s old buttons to adorn her crocheted scarflettes. She shares her pattern in last Friday’ Handmade column.
Even though much of Southeastern Michigan hasn’t had any frost yet, the National Weather Service has declared the > end of the 2011 growing season. There’s still a hundred and one things to do out in the garden. My first order of business is to drain and roll up all of my garden hoses before … Continue Reading →