Life

Life in Door County

Join me in beautiful Door County as I share many of the area’s treasures. Dine where the locals dine and come with me as we find the off-the-beaten-path attractions that make the county magical.

WHERE IS PIPKA NOW?

WHERE IS PIPKA NOW?

Change is challenging and exciting. Change is diving into the unknown. Where is this path leading? Who am I now without my beautiful little store and all the wonderful people who graced me with their presence? After 45 years in business, I closed my retail shop last...

Nothing is Worth more than this day

Nothing is Worth more than this day

When is the last time you spent a day just putzing? Not doing much. Observing. Meandering. Without purpose.Just being. Days like that are rare. Even when on a vacation we are motivated to see as much as we can, visit the galleries,savor the food at the latest...

It’s Already September

It’s Already September

IT'S ALREADY SEPTEMBER. It’s too soon, but leaves are already falling to the ground. Evenings require a sweatshirt. Squirrels are burying seeds in my potted plants. Tomatoes, warm from the afternoon sun are ripe, ready to go into a Tomato Tart. The earth is preparing...

Its already August

Its already August

Then why do I feel so discombobulated? Lost? It’s already August. Weather report: some nights are unseasonably cool due to the winds coming across this big beautiful Lake Michigan. It’s already August and the tomoatoes are ready for picking. I only have one plant but...

Cherry Land

Cherry Land

Welcome to Door County, where the cherry trees are ready for picking! Early spring the cherry orchards are covered with fragrant white blossoms and by July the cherries are glistening in the morning dew, ready for picking. All over the county you can see signs by...

MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY

My parents’ stories of life during WWII in Germany have always been a part of my life, defining who I am and what can happen when a country gives away its freedom to a narcissistic dictator. Americans today can easily relate to the the Vietnam war as instant media...

are you invisible?

are you invisible?

When I talk to women my age, I hear a common story. They feel invisible. I am one of those women. Not only do we have to face the physical challenges of growing older, when we look in the mirror we don’t recognize the person looking back at us. Inside we are wiser...

Clearing My Mind At The Clearing

Clearing My Mind At The Clearing

This is the place to go when you need a break from the world…. Tucked into the woods in northern Door County, there is a magical place called The Clearing. Driving through the entrance of the property along its winding roads is like entering another more peaceful...

Inside Outside

Inside Outside

 Today was filled with our ubiquitous Door County cloudy skies. Although it seems dismal, the truth is there is a certain beauty and calmness in the muted tones of sky and land. No glaring sunshine or blaring reds, pinks and golds. Just soft, quiet, contemplative hues...

Michi Gami Sunset

Michi Gami Sunset

Are you fortunate enough to live near a big lake? My village is on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the largest of the five Great Lak…

“Door County is home. It is where my heart is. I love to travel the world, but, OH!, I love to come home.”

– Pipka