About

Ted and Alice Soldan are lucky enough to live on 160 acres of rural property in the Western UP of Michigan. Alice recently retired from Michigan Tech as director of Clinical Lab Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences. Ted has been retired since 2005 after a career in IT and Fine Arts. Our lifestyle involves lots of gardening, woodworking, forestry, lumber-making, maple syrup making, and volunteer activities. We thought others might be interested in the life we lead, so we’re attempting to maintain a regular blog. Hope you like it.

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Holly Young says:

    Hi! I am interested in purchasing a home in the UP and turning it into a homestead. I have been hearing a lot about mosquitos, biting flies, no see-ums as well as the tough winters from several sources. I have not experienced that when I visited. Just wondering if dealing with ‘pests’ are a daily occurrence or just occassional. Thanks for your time.

  2. Ted says:

    Hello Holly. You ask an interesting question. The UP is not Key West for sure. The winters are long, dark and cold. And yes there are bugs. I am acquainted with many people that think the outdoors should be like the inside of a mall… always the same temperature, no insects, well lit, etc. I doubt that sort of person is suited to life up here. I’d say it all depends on your point of view, and to some extent to your physiology. Some folks just can’t stand bug bites of any sort, and might not do well here. I hope you find this helpful. Good luck with whatever you decide. Ted

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