I am going to (*******) with my new (****) when all the (******)have fallen

Can you guess the answer to yesterday’s guessing game from the blog title?

I hope so.

But we’ll let you think for a few more minutes before revealing the answer. 

(Which really probably isn’t that interesting to anyone else, but it sure made a fun blog game, didn’t it?  OK, maybe not for you.  But it did for the writer!  Who didn’t have anything else to say yesterday.)

I just got home from work.  Very productive day.  Did a lot of reports.  OK, didn’t finish a lot of reports, but got them nicely started so that Monday should see happy results.

It’s also a sunny warm day (in the 50’s…when did the 50’s become warm??  Such a change in perspective as the seasons pass!)

A walk outside should be in order soon, don’t you agree?

I experienced a melancholy morning.  I was digging in an old unused email address.  Discovered about eight drafts of writing from a couple of years ago.  My eyes magnetized toward one about a woman, Maria, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. 


Who wrote this?  I wondered, not remembering.

Then it all hit with a deep sadness.

Ahhh, I wrote it.  It wasn’t about a woman named Maria–I had just used that name on a whim.  It was about my friend and co-worker, Mary, who had just received a cancer diagnosis.  She died less than four months later.

Tears flowed this morning.  I hadn’t thought about Mary for a while, but this piece of writing re-triggered the grief. 

I changed the name back to “Mary”, made a few changes, and posted it in my writing blog.  If you want to read, please visit Simply Here and read In memory of Mary who died…


OK, let’s dry our tears.

Let’s go back to the parts of life that make us laugh and give us pleasure. Let’s go back to the part where life is fun and those we love don’t die.

The answer to yesterday’s guessing game is:  yes, Kathy is going to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, for her mother’s birthday next month.  She is not in Florida yet all you wily guessers!  She wishes she was in Florida, but then she would miss the last of the falling leaves.

She is bringing her new camera lens (that’s the four letter answer) to Florida, along with the new Canon Rebel.  She finally bought the news lens yesterday.  (The new camera, if some of you recall, came without a lens.  It was a used camera.  Gently used.  Used for less than a month.)  She hates to shop.  Her husband MADE her go over to the computer and order the lens.  Now she is excited!  She realizes she has put off photographing with the new camera too much until the new lens comes.  It is her Christmas present, her birthday present, and next year’s Christmas present, as well.

She is leaving for Florida with her new lens when the leaves have all fallen from the trees.  The trees are mostly bare now.  It’s a different world from a couple of weeks ago.  The branches click together moaning, “It’s almost Halloween, it’s almost Halloween…”

Mary, I wish you were here for Halloween.  We all really miss you.

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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28 Responses to I am going to (*******) with my new (****) when all the (******)have fallen

  1. Sue says:

    Hooray! So glad that you are finally getting your new camera lens! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it. You are so lucky…..new toy AND you get to go on a trip to warm weather, sunshine, and family. 🙂

    I read your blog about Mary this morning and it has stayed with me all day….I don’t have the words to express how deeply this blog touched me. Thank you so much for sharing Mary with us. ~*~

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for reading the story about Mary, Sue. It stayed with me all day yesterday, as well. It was so surprising to discover that story hidden in the email folder.

      Can’t wait til the lens gets here! Maybe sometime next week, hopefully?

  2. holessence says:

    I still be you’re gonna set something on fire when you’re there 🙂 Even if it’s only to light a birthday candle on your mother’s cake …

    • Kathy says:

      There you go, Laurie. You discovered the fire element! It will definitely be the birthday candle on the cake. So glad to be able to spend a birthday with my mom.

  3. Robin says:

    Congratulations on your new lens! 🙂 Lucky you! Sunshine, warm weather, palm trees, AND a new lens. Life is good.

    I will have to go read your blog about Mary tomorrow or maybe the day after. I have been a little sad today, too, and it also involved cancer, death, then old memories and writings, and well, it’s on the blog.

    Your two leaf pictures are amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen color drain from leaves like that. I will have to take a closer look the next time I am outdoors.

    • Kathy says:

      Life IS good, Robin. Even when death intertwines in it… Those leaf photos were taken last year in October. I just discovered them. Never did publish them last year. Barry said it looks like I Photoshopped ’em or something. But, no, that’s how they looked. Don’t usually see leaves like that.

  4. YAY, to a new lens! And, Love for a new perspective! EnJoy the journey to the fullest 🙂 The leaf pictures are Beautiful!

  5. Laurie hit it on fire…..Candles I Love it!

  6. Dawn says:

    Glad you’ve got the new lens. Can’t wait to see all the photos. I’m going over to read about Mary. I had a friend who died of cancer too…I wrote, years ago, the story of our last great adventure together. It happened to be in the UP before I even moved there. Someday I’ll have to find that..or write it again.

    • Kathy says:

      I don’t quite have the new lens yet, Dawn. It’s coming from Amazon. I’m sorry to hear about your friend who died. On another strange note, I couldn’t sleep last night and got out of bed around 11:15 p.m. and bundled on the couch. Barry was on the computer and he said, “I’m reading Dawn King’s blog about Port Huron and Lake Huron.” I said, “You ARE?” I haven’t been over to read them yet, but will try to soon.

  7. Carol says:

    You have either the perfect reason for having a new camera AND lens – to take with you on your trip – or the perfect reason for the trip – a wonderful photo opportunity with your new camera and lens. With the bonus of spending your mom’s birthday with her!

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t it a wonderful opportunity, Carol? I am dancing in anticipation! I love traveling so much. And to spend my mom’s birthday with her is extra-special.

  8. Reggie says:

    Have an absolutely fabulous trip, Kathy, and happiest birthday greetings to your mom!

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, why thank you so much! I am going–let me check–November 9th it looks like. For a week. Will give my mom your birthday greetings from South Africa.

  9. Colleen says:

    Hi Kathy, I’m so glad that you have a travel adventure to look forward to. And some extra sun in November…..that’s always a treat. We have November birthdays in our family too. You must be looking forward to being with your Mom on her day.
    I’m wondering if the photos were taken with your new camera. They’re very striking.

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, are any of the November birthdays in your family on the 11th? That’s my mom’s birthday. We have about four other family members with November birthdays as well. I can’t wait for that Florida sun! They have a sand castle competition down there that weekend.

      No, the photos were taken with the old camera last autumn. They are striking, aren’t they? Wonder why they didn’t strike me last year? (Obviously because they were meant for this year!)

      • Colleen says:

        Our November birthdays are the 24th and 28th….and our anniversary is on the 22nd. I’ve only been to Florida once (Orlando area last November) but quite liked it….more than expected. So many different (to us) birds and trees. The air was so soft (and humid!) and the seafood was wonderful.

        • Kathy says:

          Soft air, humidity, palm trees…it’s sounding so good on a rainy cold drizzly night in the UP! Too bad you weren’t going to be in Florida next month. We could meet and take pics of the sand sculptures and drink a margarita. Not that I’ve drank a margarita in ten years, lol!

  10. Dawn says:

    I know you are enjoying your new toy! My son has been playing with a Canon PowerShot and loves it. It is fun – I just wish it were smaller. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, I’m enjoying the new camera but still waiting impatiently for the lens. Still borrowing older lens from my husband. Learning to get used to carrying this one around! It’s much heavier than the lil Sony Cybershot.

  11. Karma says:

    Ooh, new lens! Exciting! What is it? I’d like another lens for Christmas, but I haven’t decided what it should be. Scott has given a suggestion, and I found out about the world of lens rental! I found a site that seemed to offer reasonable rates for trying them out. Considering how much lenses cost, I’m thinking that might not be a bad idea.

    • Kathy says:

      See, Karma, I don’t HAVE a lens yet. The camera can lens-less. Almost naked. So the one I’ve bought–thanks to Scott’s help–is the IS 18-200. It should be here this week. It’s the most expensive things I’ve bought in a long time. Besides the car. I thought about the rental option, but just caved and bought it.

      • Hope you like it! Florida will be a good place to learn with it as you’ll have plenty of light during the day. But, the real magic happens in low light with the IS will allow you to shoot at shutters speeds down to 1/15th of a second. Check my blog for tips on getting sharp photos (search for sharp).

        • Kathy says:

          Scott, I will start learning. I will. I truly will. I just am going to give myself some time to play around with it first…and then will dig in and begin to get scholarly. OK, maybe I’ll do it soon. Will search for sharp. Will invoke the sharp gods. Can’t wait!

  12. Cindy Lou says:

    Your wandery feet haven’t wandered in awhile – so off you go! Horray! And I can just see those feet tip-tapping in anticipation…..all kinds of fun!

    • Kathy says:

      why Cindy I do appreciate your support! You are RIGHT. The wandery feet have been so home-bound since, since…? Well, since a long time! At least a couple months, right?

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