Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Attack of the Caterpillars

We went up north for a couple of days to our property in northern Michigan. Unfortunately, there was a huge outbreak of tent caterpillars and it got to our property as well. Friends of ours had been up a couple weeks ago while the caterpillars were still there so we knew it was a possibility (their property is about 5 miles away). But, it was a little more than I expected - it looks like early spring before the leaves bud. At this time of year, you shouldn't even be able to see through any of the woods.

Reading about them though, it sounds like in the next couple weeks, new leaves should grow, so that will be good. It might make for a not as pretty fall though. :(

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Our wedding is paid in full! And it's such a relief! We had been saving specifically for the wedding and the plan all along was once it was over, it would all be paid for. If it didn't fit into the original budget, it wasn't going to get added last minute. Well, with the economy taking a hit and my work have a huge number of lay-offs right after our wedding, we decided to hold off on paying the travel portion of our trip in full (the only wedding expense we had after the wedding) and keep that money in our savings just in case. Luckily, I wasn't effected by the lay-offs and with an announcement of still more lay-offs coming yet, we decided to pay chunks of it off and now, almost four months later, it's all done. Such a relief. So, now on to saving specifically for our one-year anniversary trip! :)