The Flock, the Toad, and 3 Pairs of Jeans

This past weekend was not highly productive, but it was enjoyable.

I really needed to get some new jeans so Sunday EJ and I went to Meijer’s. For those who have never heard of Meijer’s, here are some fun facts: Meijer was founded in 1934 as a supermarket chain. It is credited with pioneering the modern supercenter concept in 1962. About half of the company’s 200 stores are located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, with additional locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Another fun fact: Michiganders tend to put “s” at the end of business names. So technically the store chain is called “Meijer” but people from Michigan call it Meijer’s. This article explains it and a few other things about Michigan:

9 Strange Habits Every Michigander Will Defend To The Death

So, EJ and I went to Meijer’s and I found jeans on sale for only $12 each. I bought three pair. I would have bought more because that’s an awesome price, but there were only three left in my size. Bummer.

After Meijer’s, we went to Goodwill. Actually we went to TWO Goodwills. We love shopping at Goodwill because the prices are cheap and it’s almost like treasure hunting. We never know what we will find. I bought a couple t-shirts. I also bought a stack of books by one of my favorite authors. AND I found a large container of cookie cutters. When I got them home, I started redefining them: The candy cane is actually an upside-down “J” for “JJ.” The candle is for Hanukkah, the deer is for watching the wild deer in our yard, the turkey is for the turkeys that wander through our yard…

Two adult turkeys brought their flock of young’uns up to the house late yesterday afternoon. We have seen the flock in the weeds near the bottom of our driveway in recent weeks, but this is the first time we got a really clear view of them. EJ and I watched them as they walked through our front yard eating grasshoppers. We have billions of grasshoppers on our property so I’m glad to see the turkeys gobble them up. The turkeys wandered into the back yard and back into the front yard. We love watching them. The babies are so cute. Here is a video of the flock in our front yard.

I also took a video of them in the back yard. You can watch it here, if you like. I totally love living on our five acres in Northern Michigan.

The Toad

There were reports of a solar flare that would cause awesome Northern Lights this weekend. EJ got up at about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning but he didn’t see any–it was cloudy–so he didn’t wake me up. I went out last night, but I got too tired and finally went to bed before I saw any. I can’t handle super late nights anymore. Besides, we live on a hill and are surrounded by forest so we don’t really get a good look at the horizon. I think this often prevents us from getting a good view of the Northern Lights. We would have to drive somewhere with a clearer view and wait until the wee hours of the morning…but we get too tired. The only thing we saw in the night was a toad hopping across the driveway. Rather, the toad was the only thing we saw except for the breathtaking view of billions of stars sprinkled across the night sky.

Today I mowed the lawn. I hadn’t mowed it in more than a week so it was past time to mow it. The weather has been cool so it is relatively pleasant mowing. I always enjoy the look of a newly mowed lawn–although I also love the wild places where the wildflowers grow.

Morning Glory

Earlier this summer we went to our favorite plant nursery and bought several veggie and herb plants. When we got home and unloaded everything, we found a couple Morning Glory plants had somehow came home with us. Both EJ and I deny putting them in our cart. I planted the Morning Glories near the bird feeder poles, one on each side of the deck, so they would have something to climb. They are looking very picturesque. No matter how they did it, I’m glad the plants followed us home.



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