Rural Life in the UP of Michigan Some stories about life on 160 rural acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

July 31, 2006


Filed under: — admin0 @ 2:39 pm

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.


  1. 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.

    Comment by Holly Young — August 25, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

  2. 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

    Comment by Ted — August 25, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

  3. удалите,пожалуйста! .

    Comment by Fenderxgl — December 4, 2020 @ 9:28 pm

  4. Many calligraphers have acquired

    Comment by Beaconmty — January 19, 2021 @ 6:56 am

  5. European glory, and even after

    Comment by Squierhxh — January 20, 2021 @ 11:18 pm

  6. Is the sap running in your area? Please let me know. Thanks, Sandy Gayk

    Comment by Sandra S Gayk — March 9, 2021 @ 6:25 pm

  7. Since the era of Charlemagne

    Comment by iAquaLinkkdk — March 15, 2021 @ 1:22 am

  8. (palimpsests). In the XIII-XV centuries in

    Comment by Vortexklk — March 16, 2021 @ 5:04 am

  9. XVII century was Nicholas Jarry [fr].

    Comment by Flexiblevvu — April 15, 2021 @ 4:45 pm

  10. from lat. manus – “hand” and scribo – “I write”) [1]

    Comment by Speakersfe — April 25, 2021 @ 7:39 pm

  11. (palimpsests). In the XIII-XV centuries in

    Comment by Edelbrockrfi — July 13, 2021 @ 2:43 pm

  12. consists of the book itself

    Comment by Dormanfap — July 30, 2021 @ 10:12 am

  13. from lat. manus – “hand” and scribo – “I write”) [1]

    Comment by Epiphoneytv — August 4, 2021 @ 8:44 am

  14. bride, Julie d’Angenne.

    Comment by Superchipsglj — August 16, 2021 @ 7:42 am

  15. Century to a kind of destruction:

    Comment by Premiumqnu — August 28, 2021 @ 11:58 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress