About

Hi, I'm Wendy.

I have had this blog for over a year since 2013 now so I thought it was time to update my information to be a little more current.  So here is our profile as of December 1, 2014 January 13, 2017.



My husband and I were both police officers in the third largest city in our state.  When we retired we moved as far away from the hustle and bustle as we could, landing in a small town of approximately 4000 people and buying a house on 12 acres.  This was quite a few years ago.  Shortly after we moved out here we decided that if we were going to live on all these acres in the country we may as well make the most of it.  We planted some fruit trees, lots of flower gardens, got a couple 3 dogs, joined a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) and ordered up our first baby chicks to become our laying hens.  We moved on to raising meat chickens, turkeys and pigs for meat. We try to raise and buy meat that is treated humanely and given room to roam, cared for without hormones or unnecessary antibiotics and our CSA is one of the only organic CSA's in the area (www.rcorganicfarms.com).  We have friends who raise beef, bees, goats, lambs, vegetables and fruit.  We are blessed to have hunters and fishermen (fisherpeople?) in our lives who provide us with additional goodies.  I started canning and freezing in an attempt to be as self sustainable as possible.  We did all this by studying websites, reading books, learning from friends and lots of trial and error.

In 2016, Frank retired from his second job as a Labor Rep for police, fire and government workers in Michigan.  We sold the homestead and downsized to a 5 acre parcel.  We add another dog, that's right....that makes 4!!.....and brought our laying hens with us.  We stayed in the same area so are still able to avail ourselves of all the same food sources.  We have decided that our hog raising days are over so we now buy those from the same farm from where we get our beef.  We are still debating on whether we will raise meat chickens and/or turkeys in the new home.  We are, for sure, planting some fruit trees in the spring and putting in a berry patch.

My husband, Frank, who is the greatest, and I have been married 21 22 25 years.  We each had 2 children from previous marriages who blended nicely giving us a lovely family of 2 girls and 2 boys all of who grew up into wonderful adults of whom we could not be prouder.  The only problem was that I began suffering empty nest syndrome.  We remedied this by taking in foreign exchange students and I recently retired as a local representative for World Heritage.

We were caregivers for my parents for many years.  Both have moved on to a better place.  Mom suffered from Alzheimers/Dementia and was the main reason I started blogging.  You can read about this experience in my Life with Mom section.  Mom passed away at the ripe old age of 95 in January of 2016.  She was followed by Frank's Mom, exactly 1 month and 1 day later.

We also became grandparents on September 19th, 2014!!  One of the things about taking in exchange students is that they become your "child". Tingting came to us when she was 15 and stayed with us until she got married this past year.  We are very excited to share our granddaughter, Melody Elizabeth, with you.

I am nearly done rambling here......I enjoy scuba, travel, reading, games, hiking, entertaining and cooking, all of which I do as frequently as possible. Frank enjoys scuba, hiking, travel, is a firearms instructor who enjoys shooting and teaching others about guns and a private pilot with a Cessna 205 that carries up to six passengers.

We are looking forward to sharing "A Day in the Life" of our household with you.

8 comments:

  1. This was great Wendy. Many sad and happy thoughts come to mind in life. Your both are one the most caring, generous couple i Know.Love you dearly.

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    1. Thanks Patti and thanks for checking out my blog. Stay tuned for further adventures.

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  2. Hi dear - I believe you are in the middle of a baby shower - probably making things out of toilet paper right now!!! Or guessing what's in the baby food jars! BUT, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER award. I have no idea if you accept or show off this kind of thing, but I figure since I've done it publicly, I should let you know about it. I hope you find it back here on your ABOUT page! Feel free to check it out at http://http://mysweetpeanut.com/2014/07/26/inspiring-who-me/
    Your energy and positive attitude really are an inspiration to me.
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa, thanks so much...it is so funny that you would consider me inspiring when I feel so inspired by you. I am very proud to be your friend.

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  3. Wendy, I just met you, via your blog here, but feel like I know you, as you write with such clarity and convey such tenderness for everyone around you. Yes, true words above from Lisa, you inspire! Dorette

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  4. Such kind words Dorette. Thank you for giving me my smile today.

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  5. Such a great journey, loved reading it, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Tamara, your comments make me realize that it has been 2 years since I have updated this page. I am going to have to work on that.

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