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Purple Victorian House in Ohio

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

On the way back home from the TNNA trade show last Monday, I took some back roads and found myself looking at this magnificent home. It was on the corner of two minor highways in the middle of farm territory, somewhere between Columbus and Toledo. (Which is to admit I’m not much of a map person. I noticed the purple paint, not where I was!)



The trip was a blur, but the photos, thank goodness, are not. I’m always happy to collect photos of yet one more purple house.

If you want to see a handful of other purple-painted homes I’ve photographed over time, I’ve put them in their own archive category: Purple Houses

Another Purple House

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I found this one in REOtown, a part of Lansing (Michigan) where the Diamond REO truck factory used to be. (REO stands for Ransom E. Olds, who lived about a mile north of this house. He was the founder of Oldsmobile, and was therefore a very important historical figure in Lansing.)

I live about 2 miles south of where I took this photo.


I love how the purple looks next to the blue sky.

Another Purple House: Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I was sure I had posted this photo but I can not find it anywhere in my blog archives. I took the photo at the end of July this year.

The house is on Kingsley in Ann Arbor, half a block from Zingerman’s Deli which is at the corner of Detroit and Kingsley.


Purple with turqoise, pink, yellow and more. My kind of house!

Purple House in Marshall, Michigan

Monday, February 9th, 2009

When Brian went on his bike ride Sunday, the wind blew differently than usual and he went to Marshall, Michigan. This is a beautiful old town with some gorgeous old buildings in it. According to Wikipedia, the early settlers there expected it to become the state Capital, so many well-educated people moved there.

I taught polymer clay buttons at the Marshall knitting guild just last week! It was such fun I forgot to take photographs. We had over 20 people in that room, so my time was taken with answering questions rather than photos.


I was there after dark and took the highway, so I did not see much. Brian took the bike and fully enjoyed the scenery and architecture. He knows I like to collect photos of houses with purple paint. He took this one and shared it with me so I could show you. Thanks, Brian!

Home. Hot. Happy!

Sunday, July 20th, 2008


Aaah. We were on the road 4 days last week and 4 days this week (we’d planned on 5 but came home half a day early). It was fun, but I missed home.

I am not very happy sleeping in a tent, but we do not want the hassle and cost of a trailer or RV. We are also committed to attending music festivals. That means, at least for now, it’s all about figuring out how to make a tent liveable.

We have a small Eureka tent that is great against rain. Also, when it’s really cold our body heat keeps it warm enough to sleep (last year we slept in it just above freezing temperatures, and we were warm enough).

We also love how easy our current tent is to put up. I can do it alone without any struggle, though Brian tends to be the one doing all the work.

However, we are considering perhaps a move to a tent just large enough to stand up in for changing clothes, maybe even some sort of portable bed. If anyone out there has any experience with this, I’d love to hear what you know.

We had a LOT of rain this week on the road, inches and inches on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. There was standing water after several of the storms. Fortunately, we could take shelter while the sky broke loose, and we did have more time without rain than with it; the storms were short but mean.

We got home after dark last night, and awoke to a perfect summer day. Such a treat!


So today is a little breezy, a lot sunny, and hot, but bearable (this is Michigan, not Arizona). My kind of day. While others are sitting around miserable, I am absolutely bursting with happy energy.

It was 90F/32C today when I looked this afternoon. I do complain all winter, but right now I am so delighted I can barely hold it in!

I worked in the garden for a while. The weeds are prolific this year, between good rain and sunny days. I can not keep up in the few days I’m home. I gave it the good old college try, anyway!

I made bubble/boba tea for myself. I make it just with tapioca flavored with brown sugar syrup, and black unflavored tea. No milk or “stuff,” just simple tea and fun large tapioca bubbles. Great summer entertainment.

Right now I am typing this on the porch, my absolute favorite place in Lansing. I’m in my Mexican hammock, watching my colorful hand wash dry in the breeze. I have the laptop out here, using wireless internet.

I painted the porch floor and window trim purple, and the railings salmon pink, which I love. Their colors make me smile. There is perhaps not a better way to spend the day.

I hope you have a wonderful summer weekend, too!

A Purple House

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008


This house was in Traverse City, Michigan when we passed by last week. There was another purple house about a block down, but it was on the wrong side of the road for me to get a photograph. Yes, I took the photo out the window and the car did not stop (though it was going slow).

I love to collect photos of purple houses. I haven’t shown you one here in a long while. Enjoy!

Nobody is online but me…

Monday, May 26th, 2008

It’s a three-day weekend in the USA (Memorial Day). I’m working but at home and with Brian close by much of the time. My email lists are quiet, my inbox is almost empty, and even Ravelry has slowed to a crawl. It is mostly an in-person, relationship weekend, I think.

I attended a gathering on Saturday night (ran into an old acquaintance I hadn’t seen in a few years and talked forever), and then Brian and I attended a music party on Sunday.

I took knitting to both events. I didn’t knit a single stitch, though I at least tried at the Sunday gathering. Sunday there were SO many people there I wanted to chat with, so many people I regard highly.

I got some quality time with Doug Berch, and it seems there is never quite enough of that. He’s a great guy, and he is self-employed (like me) making a living being creative (like me). It’s important to make those sorts of connections as often as possible when one is self-employed. It’s so easy to feel totally alone.

We cooked Sunday night at home, and plan more cooking/baking Monday as well as some gardening. I bought some morning glory seeds and planted those 2 days ago. I also bought nasturtium seeds (have done relatively well with these before in another area of the yard which is hard to water). I got pole beans and swiss chard. I’ve grown chard before, but I think not from seed.

Beans are a new experiment. We do have places for them to climb but I am mostly going to put them in containers near a drain spout and the stair railing and see how they do. I think I’ll have to run a little bit of nylon twine as well, no big deal. I love beans and this will be fun if they work.

If not, I at least plan to buy my standby tomato plant. I always get one and put it in a container on my back porch. The plant is so beautiful, with or without fruit, that I love having one even though I’m not a huge fresh tomato fan.

I will put in some flowers this year but was uninspired as to what to buy when we went shopping Friday. I figure if I’m not excited about it I should stop. Since the plants go un-watered when we go on music festival weekends/ camping trips in the summer, I like to buy things that will forgive me if I don’t water regularly. Geraniums and petunias work really well on the west (no shade) and impatiens on the east (mostly shade).

All my flowers go in containers, very large ones with “container soil” which is not potting soil. It actually has little granules of a sort of gel which absorbs a LOT of water, and then gives it off slowly. This stuff is a miracle for the way I garden. As long as I put things in containers with this soil, I have success.

You can also buy the gel nodules in their own small container and mix it in with your own soil. It’s not for regular gardens, just containers, but it’s really great in my limited-gardening world.

Here are photos of my yard in previous years. You will see that most of it comes up on its own every year without help, much of it planted by previous owners of this house. I’m all for that! We did put in the hostas and coral bells when we had the front porch replaced. There were large white spirea (sp)/bridal wreath bushes out there before, which make me sneeze and which look raggedy when not blooming. Now we have a shade garden instead.

I still want some of those giant powdery-looking blue elephant-ear hostas someday, the old fashioned kind that are well over a foot tall. They are out of fashion right now at the garden centers.

It is relatively wild, which I sort of like, other than the potted flower containers. I don’t want to look too over-groomed. Been there, done that, didn’t want the T-shirt (as my brother says). Too much work, too much worry, in trying to be “perfect” and nature doesn’t want to go along for the ride. I just enjoy texture and color in the garden. A little like knitting!

Congratulations to Sharon P!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005


My friend, Sharon P of Knitknacks, retired yesterday. You can read about her take on that, on her blog.

I was honored to be her first after-retirement lunch date. We went to Shulers Books, which has food and a nice outdoor sitting area. We knit and talked and met someone sitting at the next table (it turns out I know her parents, her mom plays banjo and both her parents know my Mom). We tried to figure out knitting. Figure out how to make things succeed, how to know if they won’t before finishing them and trying them on. We talked about yarn we have bought or wanted to buy. We talked about traveling and all sorts of things I can’t even remember. We drank a lot of tea. We ate good salads. We spent about 2.5 hours and it felt like that just flew by.

Here Comes the Sun
Funny, we both wore our Ethiopian wraps (I bought them on my trip and gave one to Sharon as a gift). They are very fine white cotton gauze, handspun and handwoven, with beautiful colored edgings. These are worn in hot weather to deflect hot sun off the head, and in cool winds they are often worn instead of a windbreaker to keep warm. I wear mine a lot and it’s perfect against too-cold air conditioning.

Mine is a double layer, Sharon’s is one. This time, hers was the better choice as it was humid enough (major storms came through later in the day) that my wrap felt a little too warm and I tossed it aside. Wrong move! I got a sunburn.

I spent time today making sure Sharon wouldn’t be in the sun so she wouldn’t burn. I didn’t even realize I was in the sun myself. I don’t burn much, but that is because my favorite outdoor experience is sitting on the porch, preferably in the hammock. I haven’t done that recently, which is a shame… but I just don’t typically get out in the sun. So this little girl of Norwegian Extraction sure got herself some red shoulders today! It’s sort of amusing if it didn’t itch so much. Worse things can happen and I’ll feel better soon, but that’s the drama-queen moment of the day.

purple house in Lake Orion Michigan USASharon’s camera ran out of batteries and we forgot to use mine, so you’ll have to believe us that we had a nice visit. Such fun!

Socks #117 Mostly Completed
Oh, I finished the knitting part of my sock pair #117 yesterday. I have a lot of ends to finish, but the knitting is complete. I thought I’d work ends in when talking to Sharon but I opted instead to knit a gauge swatch.

Plans for New Project
I’m dreaming of knitting Arial, a T-shirt adapted from a vintage 1940’s pattern, adaptation by Joan McGowan-Michael of White Lies Designs. She’s the one who designed the Shapely Tee/Shapely Tank (both free patterns on the internet, sized for larger women for the most part, and shaped at the bust and waist. Very flattering).

This pattern (Arial, that is) was in the Spring 2003 Cast On magazine (and is also available for a fee on Joan’s site). I didn’t notice it when I got that magazine, because it’s lace and I just do not like to wear lace. However, I joined the PatternsOfThePast email list on Yahoo, and folks are talking about a knit-along for this one. It is a well-shaped short-sleeved top. Something I could wear reasonably often.

I surprised myself last night by actually finding this old magazine fairly easily. I’m not very organized in general but I found that mag pretty quickly. The pattern for Arial follows an article on reworking vintage patterns for modern fit standards. Very interesting stuff, and since I have many vintage patterns (mostly 1940-1969) I am surprised I didn’t read it then. I think I was still only doing socks at that time.

Truthfully, I’m not much on knitting other people’s patterns, and I’m not much for knit alongs. But I have this DK weight wool that is variegated, that I got at the Guild “garage sale” in May 2004. I have enough for a short sleeved top. The yarn would look really good in a wide rib. The lace pattern for Arial is a stitch pattern with 4 purls followed by 7 stitches of lace. Basically a textured rib. So I asked Joan if she thought wool would work on this pattern and if she thought it would convert well to just a rib. She thought it would.

I pulled out the yarn (it’s an ironstone “sock” yarn, wool/nylon DK weight in plum, magenta, dark tealish-blue and a soft blue). I knit a swatch. I’m really close to gauge, to where I’d like the fit as it stands. But now I can see that the yarn is far too blue for me. I like most colors, but I do not like blue, especially soft blues. I can live with dark greenish-teal or hot cobalt. This is powdery, like the color of a chambray workshirt. A color that makes my skin turn yellowish when I wear it. That’s probably why I don’t like that color… who could love a color that made them look jaundiced?

Soooo… I’ll have to skein up the yarn and overdye it (probably with magenta to make the whole thing multiple purples). It’s only three large balls, that won’t take too much time. And “in my spare time” knitting, I’ll plan to dive in and knit Arial. In rib and in wool, both changes from the original (which was lace and cotton).

New Dyeing Plans
I’m also preparing to dye some wool for sale again. Finally. I don’t dye yarn when I’m busy teaching, but my classes are not filling now that the weather is so hot. The basement studio is nice and cool in hot weather, so the timing is good.

I will be doing a family camping trip for a few days sometime soon but other than that I am going to plan on some new yarns in the next few weeks. I wish I had full days free to do it, but I don’t, so I’ll have to fit in little bits in half days when I have them.

Keep eyes peeled. I hope to have a surprise for you. Haven’t tried my cool new idea yet but I’m partway to the first prototype. I’ll clue you in more if it actually works.

Meanwhile, congratulations once more to my friend Sharon! Happy very long summer vacation!

Photos today: 1)My friend Dick’s garden (he has a fence to keep critters out, it’s mostly a food garden, photo taken around midnight in pitch black); 2)Purple Victorian house in Lake Orion, Michigan, about 2 blocks from Heritage Spinning, which sponsored the Lucy Neatby workshop.

The Journey Home: Michigamme

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

The day after the wedding (Sunday), my relatives all met for breakfast. We were staying at the hotel at a casino (on the property of the LCO Reservation) and they had a very nice breakfast buffet. Mom and I were a little late after rushing to check out and move our luggage to the car… but we still got to talk to everyone and give them all a goodbye hug. We stayed later than anyone else. I was really interested in the photographs on the walls.

The photographs were historical prints of folks on the LCO Reservation, as far as I could tell. People in the pictures were wearing the most amazing beaded and/or embroidered garb! I was most interested in the clothing, which included a lot of geometric patterns that looked flowerlike or starlike, and an amazing assortment of leaf motifs. I had never seen anything like these leaf patterns before, they were lovely. It’s too bad that the photos were in black and white, I bet the colors were wonderful.

There were also pictures of people tanning hides, and grinding corn, and weaving. There were pictures of birchbark canoes, and at least three different types of indigenous housing… made from what looked like either hides and/or birch bark. and a few of them also at the bottom edge looked like they were made of twigs or thick grass woven together into thick mats. Most were shaped like a mound shape, some were almost rectangular, and there were a couple that were that cone-shaped home that we called a teepee (tipi?) when I was growing up. Mom, who was a first grade teacher for years, knew a little bit more about the housing types and knew the names of a few of them. Mind you, this is a very cold part of the country. It made me very glad I didn’t have to try to stay warm in that sort of housing… very very glad for my central heating system and solid walls!!! I just am not rugged. Perhaps they got stronger from this sort of outdoor living, but I know I could not do it.

Viewing all the photographs made it feel as if we were in a museum. Fortunately, we were there at the end of the breakfast shift and we were some of the last customers. That meant we got to look very closely at the photos. I was really happy we were able to do that. I’ll hope to find some time to look up more of their beadwork somehow. Maybe I’ll write and ask Kateri (the bride) if she knows any resources that are better than any others for that sort of casual research. I looked on the web and found the LCO Community College plus the US EPA site linked above. There must be more somewhere! I wish I had photos to show you for this part of the trip!!!

We hit the road at around 1:30 our time. It is really slow going in that part of the country. The best roads are two lanes, and you need to slow down to 35 miles per hour in every settled area. We were winding around near the Lake Superior shoreline so there were a good number of settled areas, although none of them were very populated. Often towns of this type really depend on income from speeding tickets to fund their police department, so you need to really go the speed limit or you will pay some steep fines and take even longer to get home!!!

On the way, we found ourselves at Michigamme again, my friend Marie’s hometown. I tried to reach Marie by phone but we could connect long enough to say hello and then we would lose the cell connection. I did tell her we were having lunch at the Moose Cafe in Michigamme but couldn’t ask her where to go to find her parents. We had a nice lunch and we did a little driving tour of the town. It’s quite a pretty place, I can see why people like it there. I guess there is a herd of moose that wander through from time to time and that attracts some tourist traffic, which surely helps the community.

We made our way slowly through the U.P. and crossed the Mackinac bridge just after midnight. We found another little mom-and-pop motel, not as wonderful as Sandpiper but just fine, a little way off the main road (which we figured would be quieter).

Monday morning I slept till about 9:30 and then mom got me up since we really needed to get me home and working again. This last motel did not have a phone in the room so I was not able to get my emails downloaded onto my laptop. Since I had just put up some sale items, I really wanted to be sure my customers were not waiting too long to hear from me.

Fortunately, as soon as we got to the lower peninsula, we had limited-access highways with a speed limit of 70. (In the U.P., the fastest we found was 55mph). When we woke up, we heard thunder several times and it was clear that the car had been rained on overnight… but we did not get any rain driving at all. In fact, the drive was wonderfully sunny and clear. It is clear it’s vacation time in Michigan… on Monday we found a lot of RVs driving south, probably folks who took long weekends to vacation up north. Several vehicles had license plates from other states, as far away as Florida.

We got home at 3:30pm, just in time for me to prepare my shipments for the post office. I was so glad to be home!!!

Photos (all taken in Michigamme): House with purple trim, quilt shop with garden, view of historic log cabin and town from side of hill, view of water, Moose Cafe from the outside, Fiesta tea set at Moose Cafe, classic car (Bellaire?) in parking lot at Moose Cafe.

Another Purple House

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

I found another house in Lansing with Purple trim! Before this, I only knew about my house and my friend Ulyana’s house. I turned around in the middle of my trip across town, to take a picture. Isn’t it lovely?

Purple Windows

Sunday, October 12th, 2003

Today I spent the whole day outside painting the trim on our windows. I surprised myself a few days ago by choosing purple as the main color, I thought I had decided that purple was the accent color (next to a sort of salmon pink). The purple looks good.

I finished all the windows on the main floor except a grouping of three windows which are on the porch (I counted those three as one window when I counted yesterday). I found an extra window I’d forgotten, on the back of our entryway/mud room on the back of the house. That window was sadly in need of scraping and priming, so I did that.

Brian also carried and positioned the two-story ladder with stabilizer, up to the second story window (which lets sunshine into my printmaking/mailart/polymer clay studio). That window was peeling badly at the base, so I climbed up there and scraped and primed the whole thing (see picture). When I was done with the priming and the purple paint, I used the salmon paint to trim the bottom ledge board of all the purple windows. I think it looks good.

I’m feeling really good about how much I got done. I had been scheduled to go to Detroit to a few art galleries today, but the trip has been postponed until spring. It would have been a glorious day for driving, for sure. Yesterday Tony and I really enjoyed the tree colors on the highway, gold and orange blaze all the way to Chelsea and back. Last year we didn’t get much fall color but this year is making up for it. But as it was, I enjoyed the blaze of my own maple trees in my own front yard, and I put more color into my environment that will last long after the leaves are gone.

I realize I still have a little bit of primer left to do. The back window of the entryway has glossy black trim on the window, to make it look less old fashioned (from when small windows became uncool and large plate glass windows became trendy). I need to do just that small bit of black trim, and I also have a spot on the garage which needs priming and repainting.

I spent so much time (two years in all) totally scraping and priming and re-scraping and priming and painting that garage… I just find it hard to believe that it could ever peel again. I can not believe anyone could have done a better job than I did. I guess that goes to show how much nature is in charge, how little we have control when it comes right down to it.

So I need to do yet more painting if I can eke out any time before the cold comes. It was 77F yesterday when I was painting. Today it only got up to 67 but by the time I got inside it was down to 59 or thereabouts. Downright chilly! I use very good paint which can be applied down to about 50 degrees. I have pushed very close to that temperature limit more years than I care to admit. One year I painted my back door and then dried it with a hair dryer when the temperature cooled down before it had formed a film!

I’m hoping this time I can get the job done before I’m crossing fingers for a warmer than average November day! It would be great to just get this done quickly for once.

At this point if I ever wanted to be anonymous and invisible, it’s too late. I’m finding out I stand out no matter where I go, but until recently my homes have escaped that uniqueness, at least on the outside. In this neighborhood where there are 5 houses in a row painted white, on both sides of the street, the small bit of purple is a dead giveaway that an artist lives here. As Brian says, it looks like “Lynn Lives Here.” Could be worse.

Our House

Friday, July 18th, 2003

Brian and Lynn's houseWell, I guess I don’t get home alone much. I sure had a long list of things to do and I’m not close to getting them done. I did get to see my friend Altu today. She fed me Swiss chard, a vegetable something like spinach. I love it, my mom used to cook it, too. Altu had harvested hers fresh from a friend’s garden. Yum.

Today I am preparing for Vince, Carol, Max and Asa to visit tomorrow. Or that is, I should be preparing. Instead I ran around town. I visited Ozel Computer to see if I could get a used modem and instead talked with the three guys there for a long while… very good company. Went to La Perla and got some tortillas and black beans, and talked to the man who owns the store, had a nice short chat.

And *then* I went and bought myself a digital camera that was on a super-duper-deal at an office store chain. There are three locations of this chain in Lansing and there was only one (of this sale camera) left in the whole city. I had to drive all the way to the west side which took a lot of time. But:

When I got there, unbelieveably there was a funny tiny car, an Isetta, sitting right out front. And not only that, but the owner was getting ready to get in it and drive away. Fortunately he had his window rolled down and I ran over and said:

stamp of a BMW Isetta“My friend used to have one of those!” (Actually the “friend” was Vince, and I think the truth is that his dad had one when he was young.) Vince has a webpage called “Vince’s Favorite Cars” which talks about this and other cars.

We talked for a minute. I told the driver that my friend has a cut-fold-and-paste Isetta on the web. He said, Oh yeah, Vince… the pictures he used for the cut-fold-and-paste Isetta are actually of this very car! He knows Vince! Turns out the guy is Bob Nelson who has a great page on his own Isetta. Bob knows my dear friend, Vince!

I mean, Vince… who I met online when he lived in New Jersey. Who moved to North Carolina. Then moved to China. And who is going to be at my house in about 24 hours! This guy knows my friend. It is such a small world.

The moral of the story is: Sometimes it is definitely worth it to talk to strangers.

I won’t be posting tomorrow. I get to stay up too late talking to Vince and Carol while we hope the kids sleep. I can’t wait!

Meanwhile, here’s a picture I took with my new camera. It’s our house, with purple steps/porch and salmon pink trim. I need to paint the window trim someday but this is how it looks right now. When I hang my hammock on the porch, it hangs below the porch wall so nobody can see me. You can see our lot is small, not even 40 feet wide (a city bus is 40 feet long) but it is just the right size to mow with what Brian calls his “acoustic” mower. And it is just the right size that I can plant a few flowers without spending my entire summer in service to the goddess Flora, as a friend jokes she does.

Seeya Sunday night!