Now and then I post on Pure Visibility’s internet marketing blog – typically posts about our culture, our process, our clients, and events. Recently, the GetDowntown blog featured profiles of folks who, like me, love walking to work. I’m included in the group. But I’m particularly proud of my “Curb Your Car Month Citizen Blog” I curbed my elevator car in May.
It’s the time of year when everything is bursting open – while my tulips have faded, the redbud in the back has finally decided (after several years of skipping flowering and going straight to leaf, just to spite us) that it is, in fact, a redbud. We’re thrilled it has deigned to bloom in our backyard, joining a host of other redbuds planted throughout the city. The neighborhood’s Forsythia are greening up now, after their show of yellow flowers. And, perhaps the best of all, the lilac just over the fence from our deck has gone crazy with blooms.
We have a cat, and the cat lives for being outside in the summer time, especially in the evenings. In a moment of weakness, I let him outside this evening. This means that I have been outside calling for him several times, one time I spotted him under the car in the driveway and he moved out of sight to snub my attentions. Cats!
Likely it will take a few more trips to the deck to call into the night to convince him to join me inside. Well, at least tonight the dizzying scent of the neighbor’s lilacs are rewarding me for each otherwise fruitless visit to the back deck to call a cat who hears me and chooses not to listen. I have a special relationship with this lilac. It lives on the other side of the fence, but bends its boughs into the sunlight on our side too, and I’ve set my compost pile at its feet, nourishing it quite accidentally, because it is close to the kitchen door. So. perhaps I share just a small bit of responsibility for its the frothy blooms and the fragrance. Now if only I could get my cat inside, all would be about perfect.
I love that I live in a walkable city. I love that May is Curb Your Car Month in Ann Arbor. This morning I joined other Curb Your Car Month Ambassadors at City Hall to kick off the month’s activities. How nice to meet up with like minded spirits and celebrate walking to work!
- Commuter Challenge – area businesses vie for the most sustainable miles logged commuting
- WalkerTracker Ann Arbor Competition
Jointly with the mother of the bride, I hosted a bridal shower for a friend this Saturday. The bride’s mom called me from New York and said she wanted to throw a party, but needed “support on the ground”. So, I agreed to pull together a guest list and host.
I had a lot of fun picking out and picking up the party food. I stopped at 4 stores, 3 of which were in walking distance of my home. Technically the 4th (Busch’s on South Main Street) was also in walking distance, but I didn’t leave enough time for the trip. Here’s the menu:
- Luscious Highland smoked salmon from Tracklements, in Kerrytown
- A selection of cheeses from Sparrow Meat and Produce, also in Kerrytown
- Rosemary sheep cheese
- Shropshire blue
- A mild cheese that starts with a C that I can’t recall
- A Zingerman’s baguette
- Bon bons and yummy cookies with jam inside from Jefferson Market & Cakery
- Along with some wine (not local), I served jasmine tea from Arbor Teas
- The only item that required a car trip was the fruit salad, from Busch’s.
What fun to spend a beautiful spring day walking through the neighborhood to gather treats for the party!
So, when I went to meet my sister for the Heinrich family reunion in Logansport, I brought with me some local treats for my Atlanta-based sister and her family. Specifically, I transported the following:
- lovely Arbor Teas’ organic, fair trade, and sustainably packaged green tea. She had ordered some black tea for herself, but I included a few more green varieties so the family could taste test.
- fillable tea bags from Ann Arbor’s bulk foods store By the Pound, so we didn’t have to brew entire pots of tea we just wanted to taste and so I didn’t have to haul a teapot there and back.
- luscious dried cherries from By the Pound. The kids just scarf these up (as do some adults).
- a sweet strawberry “gardening hat” for my 2 year old niece from Downtown Home & Garden.
- a Detroit Tigers sweatshirt for my nephew – who loves orange.
I’m happy there are still some special things I can share from my hometown. As for the tea tasting, my sister preferred the Genmaicha and my mom preferred the Gunpowder #2. I’m trying to make room in my cupboard for Jade Oolong – the best tea ever, so I was happy to give away the Genmaicha and Gunpowder.
I very much enjoyed today’s Winter Photography Class at Matthaei. It was taught by Mark O’Brien. We had a little bit of instruction and then all went out and wandered together in the winter woods, playing with exposure, watching our batteries drain exceptionally fast, shivering a bit, and having fun. At the end of the day, it was 11° F, -12° C. Mark has some nice photos from the event on his Flickr, including this one which has me in it so it is my favorite.