From frogs to sailboats to birthday dinners.

This little fella pauses to say Hello. Ribbit. Hello.

The frog–we think it’s a frog and not a toad–pauses to say hello to all of you.  Ribbit–it says.  But actually I am telling a fib.  The frog did not speak a word.  It hopped out of the garden from in between the tomato and lettuce plants and jumped wildly in the air just as my shoe threatened to squash it. 

I lay on my belly on the sidewalk and photographed the beauty.  Don’t you love its copper eye?  Isn’t it a wise and beautiful creature?  What do you imagine that it might be saying? 

Beautiful moth on the school steps at dawn.

This moth settled on the newly painted red school steps the other morning.  I reached out to touch its wings, to see if it lived or died.  It wriggled and showed its orange under-body.  

Things are not always what they seem at first glance. 

Clusters of orange berries on a summer day

These orange berries appeared on the day of my birthday.  Tuesday.  I walked along the Falls River with Nancy, a friend from long ago.  She lives in LA, CA these days.  (That is Los Angeles, California.)  The Falls River is in L’Anse, Michigan, where she grew up.  From LA to L’A.  A big leap indeed. 

We picnicked along Lake Superior and then she took me hiking along the Falls River.  In the thirty-plus years we’ve lived here, I’ve never hiked this particular section.  What a birthday present!  What an amazement!  To walk where we’ve never walked before… could we ask for anything more? 

The Falls River. Isn't it pretty?

Yesterday was a Big Day.  Remember my reservations about Facebook?  

Well, forget everything I ever said.  Maybe 50–maybe 60–maybe 70–who knows?–came forth to wish me a Happy Birthday.  Plus all you guys who so thoughtfully sent your birthday comments…I have never felt so blessed in my Entire Life. 

However, since I feel an Extreme Desire to always respond to each and every person–and to feel their beautiful beings–it has taken some time to connect with Every Single Person.  Thank you, thank you, thank you again.  I am so blessed by each and every one of you.  More than you can ever know.  Thank you for taking the time to send your good wishes, your love, your presence… 

Anywho, it seemed I spent FOREVER the last couple of days saying Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I love you all! 

I do belive I am–almost finished.  If I’ve missed anyone, please tell me.  

Sailboat on the horizon

Backing up slightly.  My beloved daughter arrived on the 9 p.m. plane last night.  Picked her up at the Marquette airport and listened to her admiring the trees and fresh air and plants and stars.  Stars!  You think she had never seen stars before.  She rolled down the windows as we drove through the wilderness toward home, feeling the night air blow into the car. 

We have been experiencing the most lovely of times since then.  She just made me a delightful birthday dinner–and I opened cards and presents–maybe, just maybe you’ll see pics tomorrow.  If not…something more exciting! 

Father Marquette's statue overlooks Marquette and dreams of the past.

While waiting for her, I hopped out of the car and took photos of the Father Marquette statue.  This fella was a Jesuit missionary who established missions in the Great Lakes area in the seventeenth century.  The city of Marquette (near the airport) is named after this explorer.  

Sailboats waved their white sails in the wind on Lake Superior behind the statue.  It was the most mild of evenings.  The kind of evening where the air feels like bath water.  Where you want the temperature to stay like this all year long. 

Beneath the Father Marquette statue...

I had to smile at the above photo.  The Indians (probably Odawa–Ottawa–or Ojibway) are greeting Father Marquette.  He is missing his head in the depiction.  

I wonder if someone removed his head or if it fell off in a natural way. 

And that’s all the ponderances for this birthday dinner eve!  (Two days after the actual birthday, in honor of Kiah’s arrival.)  Barry and Kiah are washing dishes, thank all the stars in the heavens.  They sent me over to write a blog, bless ’em.  

It was a good birthday…it was indeed.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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19 Responses to From frogs to sailboats to birthday dinners.

  1. sawurst says:

    All wonderful. 🙂

  2. jeffstroud says:

    You are one blessed woman ! Beautiful gifts of friends and words of well wishes awash you!
    Thank you for keeping us up to date with what is happening.. Great shots of around the state!

    I am Love, Jeff

  3. Life is Good>>>>>

    Thanks for the great photos, I especially like the frog and moth….

  4. holessence says:

    I don’t know why — can’t begin to say, but I balled my eyes out at this part, “My beloved daughter arrived on the 9 p.m. plane last night. Picked her up at the Marquette airport and listened to her admiring the trees and fresh air and plants and stars. Stars! You think she had never seen stars before. She rolled down the windows as we drove through the wilderness toward home, feeling the night air blow into the car.”

    And yes, I love the frog’s copper eyes.

  5. Susan D. says:

    I’m with holessence up there about that particular passage: It’s vivid and poignant, and strikes deep chords. Lovely.

    Your entire post is filled with some of my favorite things (I can hear Julie Andrews singing that old song). Frogs, soft moths, rivers, sailboats, daughters coming home to visit, birthdays, stars, plants, mild evenings, rivers, big lakes, and – yes – headless men (JUST teasing).

    Love the orange berries and their blooming on your birthday. No mistakes there, no coincidences … Hug the girl and yourself, and have a wonderful good visit!

  6. Christy says:

    “I wonder if someone removed his head or if it fell off in a natural way.”

    Since I read your above quote… I have laughed and laughed and can’t stop laughing!!!! You are indeed gifted in the way you see things and write about things. I enjoy this blog so very much! Happy Birthday to you, Enjoy your blessings!

  7. Zara says:

    As an Australian who has spent the past four years living in one of the largest cities in Japan, those falls look so peaceful and un-city like that it makes me crave Australia.

  8. barb says:

    Lovely photos today, Kathy. I think that frog was a prince, and he probably wanted you to kiss him during your birthday week. It would have lifted the spell cast upon him, and he could have retired to FL. Oh, well – too late now. Have fun with your daughter.

  9. Carol says:

    Aren’t kids great? Isn’t life a wonderful gift? I am so glad you’ve had (are having) a happy birthday! I believe each birthday is a treasure – big hint that I’m no longer in my 20s or 30s, isn’t it?

  10. OM says:

    I’ll wait and send my Birthday wishes in a week or so when life has settled down and just when you thought you were done with that scene!! LOL!!

    Much love and profound celebration of all the You’s!!

  11. Karma says:

    What a most interesting moth you have here! The wings remind me of a cow, yet that bright orange underside is quite the surprise. I also love the picture of the sailboat peaking through the leaves -it is gorgeously framed.

  12. Cindy Lou says:

    Horray…..Kiah’s home! Your momma’s heart must be overflowing with joy! Can’t wait to hear what she made for your birthday dinner…..I remember when she used to call me when she was babysitting for directions on how to make stuff! Oh, oh – and the wondermous salsa verde she made that one year….yummy!

    When I lived in Montana and would come home for a visit, I used to say (over and over again much to the dismay of my family) that it smelled so green here. You don’t really realize there’s a smell to all the verdancy (is that really a word?) we have here until you’ve been gone for awhile.

    Hugs to all of you!

  13. Jen says:

    I’m with Kiah…one of the first things I notice when I come back to the UP is the night sky! You just don’t get that in the city. Have a great visit 🙂

  14. Martha Bergin says:

    I may be late, but I’m tellin’ ya straight. Happy Birthday!!! 🙂 The world is definitely a better place with you in it!

  15. gigi says:

    Love the frog picture and the fact that you laid down on the ground to take it. I try to get closer but keep scaring the tiny things away. They probably wonder what that giant is trying to do?

  16. K Odell says:

    ah- nature- can’t beat it. I love the frog- it’s a great picture of him. I usually end up taking pictures of frogs in my hands while kissing them- no prince yet 🙂

  17. You sound happy and contented. Truly a gift worth keeping. 🙂

  18. Kathy says:

    I would reply to all of you personally…I would…except my daughter is waiting for me on the front porch. She has something to tell me…or maybe we are just going to sit and admire the growing garden. Then I believe we are going to either (1) drive down to the Silver River and admire the river or (2) play a childhood board game called Wild Life Adventure.

    Thank you ALL for your comments & visits & interest & sharing. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Must scurry!! Love to all of you…

  19. Marianne says:

    Beautiful pictures Kathy!! The Falls River looks like a portrait. Very impressive. And a happy birthday to you also.

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