New Leaves


Aug 03, 2013 by Bonnie

South Dakota: Once More, Corn is King

Our visit to Nebraska was pretty much limited to Omaha. After visiting Union Station, and doing some letterboxing in a cemetery, we drove north along the Missouri River, which is the eastern border of the state, crossed the river again, and spent the night in Yankton, South Dakota. The next morning we drove up to Mitchell to see the Corn Palace, which is truly a unique enterprise.


Aug 01, 2013 by Arthur

Out with the Old and In with the New

There are many folks who would agree with that statement and who would apply it across the board. There are other folks who might agree with the basic thought but who would selectively apply it. But what’s the correct stance to take? Is there a correct stance?


Jul 27, 2013 by Bonnie

Chicago and Robie House

We spent Friday and Saturday in Chicago, wore out our feet, and in the process saw many amazing buildings and constructions. Millennium Park and the Loop were on Friday’s agenda, with Robie House and the University of Chicago campus on Saturday’s. From “The Bean” to Trump Tower, the Chicago Cultural Center to Robie House, we were impressed with all that is Chicago, and realized that one could spend months there and still not scratch the surface of this amazing city that literally rose from the ashes of the Great Fire.


Jul 24, 2013 by Bonnie

My Father’s Desk

For a few hours today, we’re in Clawson, working in the house where I grew up. And perhaps for the last time, I’m sitting at my father’s desk.


Jul 23, 2013 by Arthur

Changes…for the Better

Not all change is bad. Some changes actually are good for us or help to bring light into darkness.


Jul 22, 2013 by Bonnie

Excellence - The Meyer May House

Last week we visited the Meyer May house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Grand Rapids. As we watched the video about the house’s restoration, and then toured the magnificently restored home, the word “excellence” kept coming to my mind.


Jun 30, 2013 by Bonnie

A Change of Perspective

All of my life I have seen myself as healthy, and even though I have always struggled with lack of energy and have had what I thought were minor health issues, I had always hoped that I would be like my mom, who is 92. She takes only one medication (for blood pressure) and sees the doctor twice a year just to see if there are any changes.


Jun 07, 2013 by Bonnie

The Cottage

Today the cottage for Mom is “finished.”


May 29, 2013 by Arthur

Moving Day’s a-comin’

A new week has dawned and the Joyces have taken to the road again. Why? Because it’s Monday and moving day’s a-comin.’


May 12, 2013 by Arthur

A Fresh Coat of Paint…

...hides a multitude of sins, or so the saying goes something similar.


May 01, 2013 by Bonnie

Design Star

Have you watched any of those design shows on TV? What does the designer always say to the skeptical homeowner? “Trust me, you’re going to love it. You have to wait until it’s finished to see the whole picture.”


Apr 24, 2013 by Arthur

One small step for a man . . .

While Bonnie and I have been working for the past several weeks on Madalynne’s new living quarters, we’ve been a little negligent with our blog posts. So, I’d like to let you know of our progress.


Apr 08, 2013 by Bonnie


This week is spring break for the grandkids. Because a family trip isn’t possible right now, Brenda has planned a “stay-cation.” Each evening, one of the children is scheduled to choose 1) a favorite snack to be served, 2) the flavor of the evening’s popcorn, 3) a favorite game for everyone to play, and 4) the movie to be shown. Last night Jenny picked 1) moon pies, 2) butter and salt, 3) UNO, and 4) The Empire Strikes Back (“Luke, I’m your FAH-ther.”)


Apr 01, 2013 by Bonnie


Solitude. We all crave it at one time or another. For about thirty seconds this morning I experienced it.


Mar 22, 2013 by Arthur

Brrrrrr. . .

Who said this is the “Sunny South?” Well, it might be sunny, but we need to go further South for the warmth!