What’s ignited your inner fireworks this week?

Lily pond

Hello, reader, out there in Cyberspace.  I can almost see you sitting at your computer.  Some of you have a drink in hand–others a cup of tea–you are drinking coffee–you come unaccompanied to the computer.

I come without a cup of tea, although an Egyptian Licorice brews on the stove top.  It’s an 83 (28-29 celsius?) degree afternoon in the Upper Peninsula.  It’s hot on the deck.  The garden is appreciating the sunlight. 

Silver lily

These photos are all re-runs.  You know, like old TV shows, run a second time in the blogging world.  However, this time I’ve doctored ’em up.  Sent them through the Picasa photo editing software.  Something I didn’t know how to do way back in the Dark Ages of 2009.

Struttin' chicken dance

So what’s new in this blogger’s life?  I would rather ask what is new in your life.  What is happening out there in Cyberspace, in the world beyond this computer, beyond this Upper Michigan Little House in the Big Woods? 

Daisy fleabanes

OK.  Since you asked.  Briefly.

I have new glasses.  For the first time in four years.  They look less round, less fragile.  They look more sturdy, a bit bigger, darker.  Picked ’em up this afternoon from a nice young girl with dark hair and a discerning eye for glasses management.  She adjusted them for me.

“Will anybody be able to tell the difference?” I inquired.

“OH YES!” she insisted.  “From those round little glasses?  Yes, indeed!”

I am sorry I have no inclination to take pics of the glasses.  One day, God willing and the creek don’t rise, you’ll see them.


Had a fun lunch date with Susan D. (one of the Susan D’s) of commenting fame today.  We went to Bamboo Restaurant in Houghton, Michigan.  For those of you “in the know” this is the new Chinese restaurant in the old Ming Garden restaurant building.  Very good.  Very good indeed. 

It has been interesting not blogging every day or every other day or sometimes not every third day.  The blogging mind offers suggestions almost every day, “Let’s write about this!  Or how about this?” but I wait to see what I feel like writing.  Sometimes nothing arises.  And that’s OK.  But it feels different after three years of almost-daily blogging. 

Our daughter is headed to Europe for five weeks of exploration.  Have any of you mamas or papas watched while your grown children headed off overseas?  When you didn’t have the luxury of daily phone conversation?  It may be a long five weeks.  Christopher, if you’re reading out in California–I may take to calling you every day.  NO!  Just kiddin’.  (Maybe I’m just kidding.)

Upside down and diving in

I could tell you other stories.  Barry brought home five lake trout yesterday, and he’s grilling one of them soon for dinner. We’re having a very quiet 4th of July weekend. Our visiting friends and family shall be the wildflowers and deer, and if we’re lucky, we may spot the moose couple hanging out on Skanee Road.

What are you doing this weekend?  Any major insights in your life?  What has ignited your inner fireworks this week? (OK, by fireworks I mean what’s been the fizzle and pop and color in your life?  The zing, zang and ka-poom!)

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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18 Responses to What’s ignited your inner fireworks this week?

  1. Brenda Hardie says:

    Hi Kathy! Gosh it’s nice hearing from you! I love how your “blogging mind” talks to you 🙂 and licorice tea? I haven’t the faintest idea what that would taste like (except of course licorice). I have no plans for the 4th…will be instead preparing for my trip to south/eastern Missouri to see a friend. I am so excited…been planning on this trip since February and it’s finally almost here!! I’ll be leaving in about a week. I’m taking the bus and praying that the flooding along the way doesn’t interfere with the bus route! Maybe I should have booked a boat! haha It’s a toasty 93 here but it feels like 100 with the humidity..whew..it’s HOT. Good thing there’s a breeze today…and a pool in the backyard! 🙂 Enjoy your lake trout tonight…yummm! It’s been years since I’ve had any myself. Can’t wait to see pictures of you and your new glasses too!

  2. You write how I think! No wonder I love reading your posts! 😉 I usually come to the computer with my mug of coffee (cream & sugar), set up the night before by my husband, and then “made” by my little guy each morning (he turns on the pot, so he thinks he makes it). After that, it’s usually a bottle of water on hot days, or a mug of hot cocoa or hot tea on cold days. My mom’s birthday is on Saturday, so we’ll probably see her sometime this weekend. Where they live, they shoot off fireworks on the 3rd, and my older son will probably stay the night over there so he can watch them. Not sure if I’ll attempt any fireworks photos this year or not…. haven’t made up my mind yet…

  3. What? 83 degrees?? My dear Kathy, that is NOT hot….. our current temperature of 99 degrees is hot! If it reached 100 (or higher) I’m glad I missed it while I was sitting in the airconditioned house. We’ll be trading the heat with humidity in a few days, though, and I don’t like that any better! 😉
    And yes, you must take pictures of your glasses, we all want to see!

    I love your picture of the little daisies, they’re similar to the ones that grow everywhere in Germany.

  4. Susan D says:

    It was a delightful lunch and fun time being out and about with you in Houghton. Thank you so much! Please also thank Mr. Drue for the fish which I plan to eat later, I’m beholden to you both.

    Lovely and fun pictures. Some I remember; others I don’t. They draw me in, and I like that. I’m hot and the silver lily and upside down diving shots cool me off. Ahhhh. Wishes for frequent contact with Miss Kiah while she explores Europe. I well remember the heartache of missing Andrea when she was in Ecuador for 3 years. Thankfully, she was good about staying in touch!

    May July find you content and more, maybe with new discoveries and delights … much as you are each time we share 🙂

  5. jeffstroud says:

    Cute! I love the swan photo!
    sometimes just following one thought to the next is fun, just like taking a walk for no other reason than to take a walk.

    This week begins with my first First Friday Solo Photography Exhibit, maybe some fireworks in from the park, over the river, and the local 4th of July celebration parade! Always good for photo opps !

    Have a good one.

  6. Dawn says:

    no fireworks this week here…and we’re all set for local fireworks this weekend, because we have the doggie THUNDER SHIRT! LOL

  7. P.j. grath says:

    Dawn has THUNDER SHIRT; we just have THUNDER–right now. It was my excuse to stop gardening and come inside, but now it’s my warning to get offline and pick up a book. Sometimes (as our friends said of their days in the pizzeria) my idea of a really good time is sitting down! But it’s nice to see so many people in vacation clothes in Northport. Inner fireworks? Fresh radishes and lettuce and strawberries from the garden!

  8. barb says:

    Hi Kathy, It’s was good to read your post – I’ve missed you during my travels. I “do” Picasa sometimes, too (the Grands’ post was Picasa edited). Tonight (late) my 88 year old Father-i-Law arrives for the Holiday. Originally, his flight was to get in at 11PM and now is delayed an hour. Needless to say, I won’t be greeting him until I make him oatmeal tomorrow morning… Your plans for the 4th sound just right. Mine will involve more family and higher temps in the city. Say “hi” from me to Mr. and Mrs. Moose if you see them. Mary is visiting in another week on her way to Eagle Harbor.

  9. Karma says:

    This is a great post – I like how your pictures are totally random and really have nothing at all to do with the rest of your post. I always worry about illustrating my posts with pictures, to the point where I will sometimes take a picture just so I can have something to go with the writing. You just picked some favorites and went with it – I like it!
    My color and pop this week and over the next couple days are strawberries! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the season had not completely passed by at our local pick-your-own farm. My younger daughter and I spent a lovely morning together picking about 15 pounds of berries. I’ll be busy dessert- and jam-making over the next few days. I might go out and try some of our friend Scott’s techniques on some actual fireworks this weekend too.

  10. Elisa's Spot says:

    I am not sure if anything has lit my fireworks this week. (at the moment I am viewing fireworks as a whew exhilarating thing–but due to lack of tea, part of the mind said ANGER YES!!!–gave that part a dirty look)
    I got to do orientation with K yesterday at her new college. Everything seems great! She did fret that the conversation from the students in her own small group centered around pot and booze and sex. We both agreed that a campus owned and operated booze serving night club was uhm a severe conflict of interest–come to our school, we will teach you to be a drunk?!?! On the other hand, I live not so far away from this campus and there aren’t horror stories about the students soooooo…

    Anyway, it’s a nice drive there and a nice calm feeling campus, with very efficient staff and today is bright blue sky, sun, and cool temps!!! Going out to walk!

  11. Sybil says:

    Not much time. Sipping my Earl Grey tea (with too much milk and sugar) and munching a toasted fried egg sandwich. Off on an day out. Haven’t had one in ages. Going to an “open garden” for fellow blogger “Blooming Writer”. She lives over on the Bay of Fundy (’bout 90 minutes away). Then on to explore Cape Slit if I have the time.

    Yipee, I’m gonna have an adventure !

  12. bearyweather says:

    I have a photo in a juried art show this month … reception and awards are being held tonight at the gallery. I will visit my dad in the nursing home and take care of some thing for my mom who is tied to a wheel chair at home alone for another few weeks. I plan on spending time at home, taking pictures, reading, relaxing and maybe even some cleaning … it is really hot and humid here which slows everything down, including me. There are fireworks displays planned at all the larger towns, I might pick one to go to on Monday night …

  13. Kiah says:

    Love you mama! You know I’ll be following your blogs from afar. I told CD to take care of you while I’m away! xoxoxo I love you and can’t wait for August 16!

  14. holessence says:

    I love “Swan” and “Upside Down and Diving In” — those two photos rock!

    We, too, are going to enjoy a relatively quiet, long holiday weekend. We’ll go bicycle riding in weather-friendly windows of opportunity, and watch fireworks with friends on Sunday evening, but other than that we’ll lay low and check some items off our to-do list. Ahhhhhhhhh

  15. I love the photo, Silver Lily! And licorice tea…I buy Yogi’s Licorice Mint tea…yum! Fireworks: the painting workshop I took in Montana last week has me raring to go 🙂 Wishing you a happy Fourth!

  16. Martha Bergin says:

    Wow! Do I ever love those pictures!! I think the idea of “reruns” on your pics is a wonderful one! …And, I have to vote with “Thedailyclick” above, that 83 ain’t no hot. Right now it’s 6:15 p.m., and we’ve finished dinner (garlic & spinach over pasta with tomatoes) and it’s, like, 111 degrees. Sigh. I hope to see your new glasses soon.

  17. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Don’t think I was around in here 2009 so the pictures all look new to me and whatever you did to them with Picasa looks great! I love the swan and the silver lily especially…

    I’ve lost count of the number of times Larisa has been off to Europe by herself. I won’t even go to another state by myself. At first I would be worried sick (and make scenes at the airport, on departure and arrival) but now I’ve come to accept that she is not like me and quite capable of handling herself in all kinds of situations.

    Our weekend has been pretty quiet, too. We did go to see “The Tree of Life” yesterday – now I owe Tim a sit through action flick. 🙂 Catching up with blogs and some genealogy – have to keep getting up to stretch my legs… Need to take a walk later when it’s cooler… Sipping Earl Grey iced tea… Might catch a parade on Monday. Say hello to your deer for me!

  18. Kathy says:

    Thank you all for sharing your 4th of July color and fireworks and excitement and quietness and zing and heat and thoughts and beauty. It was fun to read what you are all doing. So appreciating all of you, as always…

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