Looking down from the Eye in the Sky

Mouth of the Portage Canal (west side)

United Airlines brought our baby home last Tuesday afternoon.  However, she’s not a baby any more.  She’ll be 25 years old next week and she’s been the Best Nurse in the Universe after my gall bladder surgery.

River of ice from the sky

It was barely snowing on Tuesday as her plane jetted from Chicago to Hancock, so she aimed her camera out the window and snapped photos.

I was mesmerized by the images she captured.  Flowing rivers of ice.  Matchstick trees.  The winding Portage Canal opening up to Big Lake Superior.

Close-up: River of Ice

The view is so different from an Eye in the Sky.  What a wider perspective we suddenly possess!   We view the vista like an eagle soaring on the lake breezes.  Suddenly our problems seem dwarfed, less important.  The world expands to a bigger more comfortable place.

When the trees look like matchsticks...

This afternoon Kiah put the ornaments on the Christmas tree.  We’re listening to Christmas music.  The house feels cozy and festive.  She’s baking focaccia with our pasta and vegetables.

Land of a million trees

A mama could get spoiled!  She and Barry keep saying, “What can I get you?  What would you like?”  I walked slowly, oh-so-slowly, to the mailbox today.  It felt like climbing Mount Everest!  But every day keeps getting better and better and better.  Surgery will soon–I’m sure–be a distant memory.  Far away, like matchstick trees.

The vista is improving.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Eve tomorrow!

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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21 Responses to Looking down from the Eye in the Sky

  1. Dearest, I hope this finds you warm in the arms of that great meal Kiah is making!
    I am happy to hear you are doing well.
    Hugs and love, S

  2. PS The ice photos are amazing. I love the Lakes in winter.

  3. Marianne says:

    Beautiful pictures from the sky, Kiah. So lovely your family is looking after you so well, Kathy. How long did the doctor say you would be recovering? Are you able to have a regular diet now or will that take more time yet?

  4. OM says:

    What GREAT news!!!!!
    And what awesome pics! Like mother, like daughter, with camera in hand, LOL!!

  5. Glad to hear you are beginning the road to recovery. What great pictures. Tell your daughter “good eye”. Merry Christmas!

  6. holessence says:

    Kathy – Please tell Kiah that I’m enthralled with her photographs, especially the last two. I’m so glad she’s home with you — there’s no better prescription than that!

    I’m still in Encinitas, California taking care of my dad. Because Christopher lives in this area, you’re aware of the amazing amount of water we’ve received in the past few days. Hopefully he’s well – we’re up on a hill (happily, one that hasn’t slid away).

  7. emaclean says:

    Beautiful photographs! Hard to believe they were taken out the plane window. Happy Christmas!

  8. Elisa's Spot says:

    YAY I LOVE THE TREE UPON SNOW IMAGES!! They look like india ink etchings! I have probably used the wrong artistic term, which will have to be perfectly fine as it’s not an area that I know much about! Happy Seasons to you and to yours Kathy!

  9. viscountjan says:

    @Kathy: The photo captioned “Land of a million trees” is really amazing. I totally love it. I would be proud if I ever shot a scene so beautiful as that.

  10. John says:

    This is a story book Christmas for you. (and now it’s an illustrated book to boot!) Let me know when Kiah starts selling her work! Very happy to hear about the progress you’re making. It’s no small wonder with the love that surrounds you both near and from afar. All you need to do now is Skype Chris in and you are all set! Keep listening to your nurse and surrogate doctor. You will soon be able to let loose, what do you like on your pizzas? (I hope it’s not granola)

  11. Dawn says:

    I love the closeup of the river of ice…all those pieces fitting together.

    Glad you’re feeling better, though how could you NOT with your daughter at home!

    Merry Christmas to you and your whole family…son included!

  12. Jeff Stroud says:


    I am glad you are being care for so well, and allowing yourself to be cared for!! The photographs are awesome, I love the Tree shots! Have a very Merry Blessed Christmas!

  13. Gerry says:

    Merry Christmas to all the Drues from the denizens of the Writing Studio and Bait Shop. Our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year, with its promise of excellent treats. Miss Sadie, the Cowboy, Miss Puss, and Gerry

  14. Karma says:

    Great shots, Kiah! I’m glad you are taking such good care of your mama.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Kathy!

  15. Thank you for the photos from Kiah. So glad you have loving nurses to feed and warm you and keep you from overdoing. Merry Christmas in the bosom of your family.

  16. bearyweather says:

    Thank you for the photos .. makes me want to fly (and I hate flying, especially in the winter).
    Glad you are in recuperating mode and have family to get you through … Merry Christmas.

  17. Papa and Nanny says:

    Kiah—-Very nice pic’s!!!!!!!Papa Kiah, I forgot to put your birthday card in with your Christmas card as I usually do, so will send it on to New York. Nanny

  18. Robin says:

    Happy Christmas Eve to you and yours, Kathy!

    The photos are beautiful. I can see why/how you were mesmerized by them.

  19. truels says:

    Please tell Kiah, that her photos from the plane are amazing – she must consider creating a blog i 2011! I hope you feel better now – and that you and your family had a lovely Christmas. I wish you all the best – and a Happy 2011!

  20. Kathy, the vista is indeed amazing when presented by you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a frozen river from the sky! I am so glad you have excellent nursing help from loved ones.
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  21. Kathy says:

    I am SO GLAD all of you enjoyed Kiah’s photos from her plane! I still love them, especially the up-close ice river and the up-close trees. Thank you also for your continued well-wishes. I am 80-85% better today. Feeling more perky every day! Except for having to cough. Then it’s no fun… Hope you all are having a very Merry Christmas! And may 2011 be the best year of your lives! (It has been a joy to share 2010 with you all.)

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