Hello, everyone. Just trying to fit a blog in between a busy day of going to town, visiting friends, the first day of my official new work year (school started yesterday and I am shifting my part-time hours from early morning to mid-day) and a board meeting.
Yet, looking at these photos I am reminded of a quiet and peaceful friend-filled day on the lake last Sunday. Please enjoy a few photos of our Labor Day party on a small lake owned by friends.
Some of the party-goers opted to swim across the small lake. It was a sunny day, but cool. You have to admire the spirit of the swimmers.
Some folks waited on shore, laughing and talking. It was good to catch up with people not seen in a long time. It was a very pleasant afternoon of friendship.
Three or four of us walked to the Slate River bridge. This is an old railroad bridge which crosses the river. Nothing like the other “official” bridge walks in Michigan. This was a quiet bridge walk interrupted only by the sweet chatter of birds and soft footsteps along the gravel road.
The river greeted us as it moved in rippling blue beneath the bridge. Like in past years, we paused to admire the flowing waters.
A snake lay coiled on the road, probably the victim of a fast-moving car or truck.
The sun and shadows along our walk soothed our souls.
As did the enchanting lake filled with water lilies and reflections. Will save those photos for another day, a day less filled with busyness and activity.
Hope you are all well. How are you doing today?
There is something about the mood of the picture with the two friends walking down the road that I really like. The shared quiet, the golden color – very comforting. I wish I could take a walk with a two-legged friend right now. On edge with wonder, worry, and not as much optimism as I’d like after my interview today. Supposed to find out Monday.
Karen, I sure hope you get that job! Wanting you to…so much. I wish we could walk together and share the quiet. Blessings and fingers crossed!
You’ll be in my heart and prayers for good news on Monday!!!
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers! Cindy – I just realized you are teacher too, from the comments. It so happens that is the job I am trying for – I’ve been working as an aide, although I’m a licensed teacher. I’d love to be able to share good news with everyone!
What is your teaching degree in? Any news on the job? Hang in there – we’ve had a number of teachers that worked as aides before they got teaching jobs! I just know that whatever capacity you work with kids – you’re great at it. Your spirit that shines through here must also shine on the kids!
Karma, I have been thinking about you a lot, too. Know you weren’t going to hear until today. Hopefully….?
Kathy – I really like the shot “Row Boat” it pulls you right in.
If you look (with your eyes squinted) at the shot “Waiting on Shore” you’ll see what looks like a crocodile laying in wait at the water’s edge.
“Softly Babbling Slate River” is another lure-you-in photograph. I love it!
It sounds like a really good time was had by all.
I’m doing great — thank you for asking. Len’s got a class at REI this evening, so I’m going to watch a DVD I picked up at the library, “Dear John” (based on a Nicholas Sparks book).
Wow, to think there was a crocodile a few feet away! lol…nah…I’m SURE there aren’t crocs in Michigan! I am glad you liked the pictures. I remember watching “Dear John” on an airplane…somewhere. Won’t say any more, not wanting to influence the purity of your viewing pleasure!
Softly babbling slate river makes my insides go weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and then ahhhhhhhhhhhh all at once! Actually being there, and I like the image too! I love how it smells!!! There has to be a way to bottle that scent! Isn’t it neat how once in a while, even in a familiar place when you need it or I need it, there comes the weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and that scent and the breeze that moves the spirit?!?
Hi, Elisa, softly drinking tea after yoga stretches and meditation. Are you drinking tea now too? Thinking about the scents of different things–like this jasmine tea–and how those scents evoke so much. Hope you have a good day!
Beautiful pics….just end my day….Thank You!
Laurie I have a DVD to bring to you Friday if your interested—Won a lot of Emmys last week!
Kim, I’ve watched this movie too. What an amazing woman!
Thank you, Kim. I will have to look up this movie, too. OK, just did. Added it to my queue. Oh, good, another good movie to watch. I just watched “My Name is Khan”. That one was really good–an inspiring movie about a Muslim guy with some autistic syndrome who is “not a terrorist”. A must see!
What a a beautiful lake! Like Karen, I love the photo of two friends walking home in the late afternoon sun and the long shadows. A sense of wistfullness as I look at it, maybe a touch of loneliness. Missing friends and family that are so scattered around the world but also grateful for our unfolding life here. What a lovely blog this is Kathy.
I think I liked this picture the best, too, Colleen, for exactly the reasons you described. I spent some time cropping it to best bring forth that sense of wistfulness and loneliness. Thank you for your kind words, Colleen.
Thank you so much for sharing your walks and your photos – I do so wish we lived closer to one another so I could tag along with you. It looks like you had a perfect holiday – with friends, sunshine, water – what more could one want?
It was a lovely day. This Labor Day party is an annual tradition and we haven’t been there for a couple years. It was nice to reconnect and I would love it if you had all been there too.
How wonderful, I love the sun reflecting off the water and the sneakers and cup picture very sweet!
June, that simple picture of wine glass and sneakers seemed so innocent, somehow, didn’t it? I am happy to see you again!
I liked the tennis shoe/wine glass photo too…until I read about the crocodile! LOL
That little lake looks a lot bigger than I imagined…don’t know if I could swim all the way across that one!
Dawn, when we visit Florida I keep longing to see and photograph an alligator. They hang around on the golf course, sometimes, but unfortunately I don’t golf. And you really don’t want to run into an alligator if you’re unprepared… I don’t think they have crocodiles in florida, or DO they?
Beautiful pictures of a day well-spent….my favorites are the shoes and wineglass and the river shot……ahhhhh! Wondermous way to end a summer!
Good morning, Teacher! It was a wondermous way to end the summer. I wish you well with your teaching this year, friend. Will be in touch soon.