I Speak for the Trees



“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,” wrote Dr. Seuss.

Lorax, will you speak for me? Tell Elm and Hackberry I am sorry. I had no choice.

The Perfect Branch

March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

Yes, Winter, you are beautiful, but goodbye. There is a sea change in the weather today. No heading to the thermostat first thing in the morning, daffodils racing to see which can bloom first, coats hanging unneeded  in the closet, and tinges of pale green showing up in trees and shrubs.  Only one day, and I’ve already forgotten about your ice and snow, your slick highways, closed schools and frozen water lines.

I do have pictures – in case I get nostalgic.


March 3, 2014 - Frozen

March 3, 2014 – Frozen

Beautiful, yes, but single digit temperatures, freezing rain and wind did some damage at Radnor over the weekend. The icicles are pointing sideways on this tree because it fell over!  Poor buds, swelling to pop open in what used to be considered spring, now encased in ice. Frozen and doomed.

Une Perle

March 4, 2014 - Une Perle

March 4, 2014 – Une Perle

Mardi Gras celebrations leave trees dripping with green, gold and purple beads.  At Radnor Lake during Mardi Gras this year, Mother Nature liked the idea, but used ice and silver in her decorating scheme.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Out My Window

Lightdance 365, Feb 14 - OUT MY WINDOW

Lightdance 365, Feb 14 – OUT MY WINDOW

We stayed in a great VBRO house in Ann Arbor last weekend. It is one of two older houses that remain on a downtown street that has been taken over by business and university buildings. Much more fun than a motel room, great for walking to many points of interest, and for window views of an Ann Arbor winter. The first is a porch column taken from the front door.

Snowfall in Ann Arbor

Snowfall in Ann Arbor

This is the house next door taken from our kitchen window. The snow falling might be described as chunky. The same snow falling in Nashville causes panic attacks and a run on all the grocery stores.



Ann Arbor, on this Valentine’s Day weekend, is a city of icicles decorating all the houses and glittering in the sun.  Pretty.



The trees are loaded with icicles, too, this one beside our kitchen window. I remember growing up in this environment. I loved it. What happened between Michigan and Tennessee to make me dread the sight of a snowflake? It must have something to do with uncleared roads, cars running into each other, schools closed, and frozen water lines.



Walker! Walker! How did you end up in that snowbank!?

Upside Down

Lightdance 365, Feb. 18, 2014 - UPSIDE DOWN

Lightdance 365, Feb. 18, 2014 – UPSIDE DOWN

It felt like spring at Radnor this morning, and everywhere I looked I saw a painting.


Lightdance 365, Feb 16, 2014 - ENTERTAINMENT

Lightdance 365, Feb 16, 2014 – ENTERTAINMENT

On Sunday afternoon during our Ann Arbor weekend, some of us went to see the Michigan/Wisconsin basketball game………..

Michigan Basketball-1




…………and some of us went to see “Lego”.



Guess which one I went to. Hint –  the top and sides of the block “M”  have been chopped off. Great picture anyway. I love that William will consent to be in photos now.  Soooo entertaining!