only with laughter can you win

i think folks should carry bright umbrellas in the rain...
to smile into the sullen sun and make it glad again.
Y’ALL. I fed a chickadee from my hand today. #mermermovestomichigan #prekmomentsliveforever (at Kensington Metropolitan Park)

Y’ALL. I fed a chickadee from my hand today. #mermermovestomichigan #prekmomentsliveforever (at Kensington Metropolitan Park)

Spending most of today in the car makes me nostalgic for when I spent most of last Thursday in my pajamas & boots, walking around taking pictures of nature. #throwalittlewaysbackthusday to real life in the UP. Vacation is over, but the adventure continues!  #mermermovestomichigan

Spending most of today in the car makes me nostalgic for when I spent most of last Thursday in my pajamas & boots, walking around taking pictures of nature. #throwalittlewaysbackthusday to real life in the UP. Vacation is over, but the adventure continues! #mermermovestomichigan

Road trip across the UP with Ma & Pa. We bid a tearful goodbye to Ontonagon and are heading downstate. This is land is your land, this land is my land. #travelwithmermer #mermermovestomichigan

Road trip across the UP with Ma & Pa. We bid a tearful goodbye to Ontonagon and are heading downstate. This is land is your land, this land is my land. #travelwithmermer #mermermovestomichigan

When the last day in Ontonagon is a rainy day, Mer gets pouty. But it’s been a superb stay, weather-wise and otherwise. Tomorrow’s forecast is “Mostly cloudy or party sunny depending where you’re at”. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup (at Ontonagon cabin)

When the last day in Ontonagon is a rainy day, Mer gets pouty. But it’s been a superb stay, weather-wise and otherwise. Tomorrow’s forecast is “Mostly cloudy or party sunny depending where you’re at”. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup (at Ontonagon cabin)

Morning text message from Mom. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer  (at Ontonagon cabin)

Morning text message from Mom. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer (at Ontonagon cabin)

Today was a rainy day spent mosty indoors, but highlighted by the fact that we received a letter from Susie Q. Then we recycled the envelope to keep score while playing dominoes, wherein I won Mom & Dad. #travelwithmermer #threecheersforpersonalgrowth  (at Ontonagon cabin)

Today was a rainy day spent mosty indoors, but highlighted by the fact that we received a letter from Susie Q. Then we recycled the envelope to keep score while playing dominoes, wherein I won Mom & Dad. #travelwithmermer #threecheersforpersonalgrowth (at Ontonagon cabin)

Grey clouds, blue bridge, green leaves. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer  (at Houghton, Michigan)

Grey clouds, blue bridge, green leaves. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer (at Houghton, Michigan)

We’re on our way to South Range, MI for polka dancing at the Eagle’s lodge. If yesterday’s practice with Dad was any indication, I’m in for a barrel of laughs. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lifeisbetterwithasouthpaw

We’re on our way to South Range, MI for polka dancing at the Eagle’s lodge. If yesterday’s practice with Dad was any indication, I’m in for a barrel of laughs. Real life in the UP. #travelwithmermer #lifeisbetterwithasouthpaw

From tree to pot to jar: making apple butter in Ontonagon! #travelwithmermer #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart (at twenty acres of heaven)

From tree to pot to jar: making apple butter in Ontonagon! #travelwithmermer #dontletmeintothisyearwithanemptyheart (at twenty acres of heaven)

And today we picked apples for homemade apple butter! Pictures of the project to come. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup  (at twenty acres of heaven)

And today we picked apples for homemade apple butter! Pictures of the project to come. #travelwithmermer #lovesummerintheup (at twenty acres of heaven)