Turning 50 was a great prompt to shake things up.

This newest chapter in my life has sparked taking beginner painting classes and launching Cheerful Nature Bouquets to ‘spread the happy’ with homegrown garden flowers that bloom late April to mid-October. Get in touch for flowers for your grad party, special event, to brighten a room or cheer up a friend. My specialty is charming, seasonal garden bouquets in recycled glass jars. I’m also donating garden bouquets to all school-age children in Chelsea and nearby who want to cheer up a friend.

My previous decade entailed coauthoring two books on Michigan wine (From the Vine: Exploring Michigan Wineries, a 2008 Michigan Notable book, and The History of Michigan Wines, as well as solo authoring Michigan Apples, featuring the real story on how apples first grew in Michigan — not from Johnny Appleseed, my friends. From the Vine had a great life, but is no longer published. Get in touch for the other two books. If you’re in Chelsea, visit Ace Hardware for The History of Michigan Wines. They sell history books at the checkout counter. Cool, eh?

Besides creating, I love to hike, travel, garden, do yoga and hang with my family.