Back in the blogging saddle (yet again)


Dear Blog Readers,

I know it’s been almost ten months since last writing here.  No excuses.  The muse simply departed and headed elsewhere.  No huge creative outpourings arose.  The camera rarely clicked.  My WordPress plan expired and they insisted upon another $96 before publishing another post.

It seemed Lake Superior Spirit would simply lap her waters into oblivion and I would be evermore content to post on Facebook to friends & family.

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The last couple of months I’ve once again felt on fire with creativity and posted regularly on Facebook.  What else to do during stay-at-home?  What else to do during a pandemic? It even felt easier to post over there.  Trying to share more intimately.  Trying to show up more authentically.

It felt like it was “working”–for a time.  But in the last couple of days the muse is creating poems and essays that feel more appropriate to share here in the blogging world.  It somehow feels safer for me to express here.  Like there’s more room, less prodding and poking.

So here we are again.  Back in the saddle, cowgirl.

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Before I share more creative ventures in future posts, before I take a stroll over to your blogs to see what’s happening–please tell me what’s been happening in your world.

How are you doing during this pandemic time?

How are you feeling?  Are you well?

Snow apple

A year ago we were preparing to attend our daughter’s Italian wedding in June.  If a time-traveler whispered, “In one year’s time you’ll be shut down in your homes, wearing masks in the grocery stores with thousands of deaths–just in your country” would you have believed it?

A year can bring a lot of changes.  What changes have happened in your neck of the woods?

Love,   Kathy


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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47 Responses to Back in the blogging saddle (yet again)

  1. PedroL says:

    Welcome back Kathy 🙂 because i am from Portugal, my future plans resume to stay in Lisbon with my relatives and try to find a job… it is not going to be easy, but its the only thing for now… stay safe and greetings from Portugal, PedroL

  2. Stacy says:

    Hello, Kathy! So happy to hear from you! I, too, had taken a leave of absence from blogging, but returned last month. One year has brought many changes my way. And I’m not good with change, and prefer to hide when too much happens at once. But now I am discovering a new self, or creating one.

    Your words and pictures are a balm. I’ve missed you! XOXO

    • Kathy says:

      Stacy, how nice to hear from you, too! It sounds like we’re on the same wavelength of this blogging return. Will look forward to scurrying over to your blog and seeing what’s happening with you. ((hugs)) with all the changes happening…

  3. Brenda Hardie says:

    Welcome Back Kathy! ❤ I miss you and love you honey. Bless you for sharing your world with us! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, it’s actually a delight to be back blogging! This idea didn’t even hit until this morning. Now I’m excited to be writing and sharing pics again. Hope you and your family are well. ❤

  4. John K. says:

    Our family has survived two bouts with Corona, my nephew, and my daughter-in-law. Both medical professionals who seemed to acquire it in the line of duty. Meanwhile, I am stuck in the flatlands unable to take care of my house in the Yoop. God has been smiling down on us and his blessings have been bountiful and we are all grateful.

    • Kathy says:

      John, I am so sorry to hear about your two relatives who had the virus. But happy to hear that they weathered it. Thank goodness!! I know two people who got it, a father and son. The son is a doctor who survived; the father passed away this week. It is very sad. The father was the funeral director who handled my dad’s death. The doctor who survived was a classmate from kindergarten on. I hope you get up to the Yoop sooner than later, when it is deemed safe. So nice to hear from you.

  5. Robin says:

    Welcome back, Kathy. ❤ The world is topsy-turvy now, isn't it? There is too much to recount (and you probably know some of it anyhow), but will tell you that yesterday I experienced grace in the woods. I might even write about it someday. Right now, I'm just sitting with the resulting gratitude.

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, topsy-turvy and upside down. You’ve said that right on. I do not want to miss your grace sharing (if you right about it someday). If I happen to miss it, please nudge. Grace experiences don’t happen every day and gratitude is really the only response that meets it.

  6. So glad you are posting again, Kathy! Love the photos and glad to hear you are doing well. We’re fine over at my place and frankly, I have enjoyed spending some time at home with my husband which was a rare thing before the virus situation. Hoping to get my muse back too.

    • Kathy says:

      Patty, it’s rare that you hear of a person who is enjoying the stay-at-home as much as you. I am glad. Good that you can spend more time with your husband. Mine is still working (the newspaper is essential services) but he’s actually home quite a bit. We are even watching movies together much more regularly. Hope you find your muse, too.

  7. dorannrule says:

    Welcome back! It is encouraging to know you have come through the writer’s block unscathed. I have been in the same stage of nonproduction now for months.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Dor! Thank you so much. Yes, what happens? One minute we’re merrily sharing stories and the next minute they all dry up. That’s as topsy-turvy as the world is these days. At least you’re still reading blogs. When I quit writing it’s like I quit reading, too. Quit reading most everything including books. It’s very weird. I do not understand life. 🙂

  8. It is s nice to read a new post from you. The pics are great- love to see flowing streams. I have been ok and it has now been about a year since I last posted, I just lost the drive and could not make the effort. Anyway the virus has thus far killed 4 folks and infected about 100 plus, as of last week, in my county in central Texas. My son’s girlfriend orders groceries for two households and picks them up curbside. I don’t anyone personally that has been ill with this evil virus and I pray that I never do. I’ve developed OCD and it is driving me nuts. Non one here but the GF who comes about every other day to help me with the pet chores. The only other person is a young man who has been planting, mowing, and doing general yard work that had been neglected for years and also this sopring when I had no one to mow. An

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, it sounds like it’s been rough for you. It must be so hard seeing so few people and not being able to go anywhere. OCD must be so challenging; it’s hard enough when regular compulsions strike. These times are so painful for many living alone. Can’t believe this has really happened to all of us. On a brighter note, I am glad your son’s girlfriend and the yardwork fellow have been able to help you out.

  9. Well that was slick of my computer. As I was saying, anyhow I wear a mask and stand 6 feet or further to tell the yard man what to do when he is here to help me. He is very strong and very quick and really knows how to plant. I have a mixed veg and flower garden that I began three years ago and have gradually expanded. I have a morbid fear of getting ill since my chances of surviving would be extremely slim if I happened to get the bug, so I don’t leave my house. I did not get to proof read the above comment. I am glad you and your family are okay.

    • Kathy says:

      I certainly hope you do not get ill. So many with compromised immune systems are really afraid they could not survive this (and others without compromised immune systems really never know). I am glad you have a beautiful flower garden to help your spirits. And it’s OK that your computer cut you off. Now you get two responses! 🙂 May you stay virus-free as well.

  10. So happy to have you back on your blog, Kathy! I find Facebook utterly confusing and exhausting so seeing your lovely words here will be a welcome change for me.

    During this pandemic time I am doing well, mostly. Feeling lucky to have an income and the means to have our groceries delivered. But with both of us in the high-risk category there are moments of panic and hyper-vigilance about getting holes in our carefully managed bubble. My radiation proctitis flares up now and then but 90% of the time I feel pretty well. Getting used to Telehealth appointments with our doctors. Our almost daily walks in the woods and my yoga give me a sense of well-being. Working on jigsaw puzzles keeps my mind off other things.

    Last year at this time we were visiting the grandchildren in North Carolina. Katherine and I created a fairy garden. Finn was rolling over and out of his circle of toys. Now he’s riding a scooter! I miss them terribly and have no idea when it will be safe to see them again.

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I cannot imagine the pain of wanting to see grandchildren and not being able to do soo. I hope you’ll be able to be with both of your lovelies one of these days soon…I do so hope. Glad also to hear that you’re doing fairly well (except for 10% of the time) and that you’re healthy routine of nature and yoga brings comfort. Big question: do you do actual jigsaw puzzles or online jigsaw puzzles? My mom and I fell in love with puzzles in an app a few years ago, so I do at least a couple of jigsaws every day.

      • I do actual jigsaw puzzles, usually 300 piece ones. Just about my speed. My friend and I started doing online jigsaw puzzles together at the start of the pandemic but the site we found was wonky and we never knew if it was going to work or not so we finally gave up. Are you willing to share the link to your app? It would be fun to start doing that again. It must be a great way to spend time with your mom from a distance!

        • Kathy says:

          Barbara, I am having such trouble trying to give you the app link. The app isn’t on this computer, it’s on the IPad, and that’s not allowing me to share the link. If you go to jigsaw puzzles in the app store you will see one that is in an orangish square with a yellow line around it. It has a green jigsaw puzzle piece in the middle and is called, aptly, Jigsaw Puzzle. That’s the one Mom and I like. We don’t play together, just separately. Hope this helps!

  11. dawnkinster says:

    I will enjoy reading blog posts from you again! Also seeing photographs since I love the UP so much. I had a camping reservation in the UP for mid-June but they got cancelled. One of the reservations was not at a state park and I haven’t heard anything from them, but am assuming they got cancelled too…will have to contact them and find out for sure. This is hard, but lots of other people have much scarier problems than cancelled camping reservations. Plus my backyard is pretty and I have my birds, and my dog and my husband, and my siblings via email and phone…so I’m good. I’m glad you and Barry are OK too.

    • Kathy says:

      It has been balm to know that you and Bruce are OK, too, especially since you’re so much closer to the Detroit area. Have been wondering how my travel-loving friends are doing mentally and have been pleasantly surprised to discover most of them are hangin’ in their. Mostly with the help of outdoor projects and closer communications. It’s such a mystery how this well all end. I hope with fewer and fewer deaths, but it’s not looking that way yet. 😦

  12. Kathy, I’m so glad you’re back, even if it’s selfish of me because I learn so much from your meditative and spiritual posts (spiritual is a scary word for some, but you know what I mean). And you’re so right, if someone told us a year ago that we, our country, the WORLD would be in this predicament, we’d think that person was telling us the synopsis of her sci fi novel. But the world has changed, and we have changed realizing in a bigger/better way how vulnerable we are, and how little control we have over “life.” The only control I figure we have is how much we love others, how kind we are to others and ourselves, and how we sink into the “now” and appreciate the past, but don’t weep for it, nor worry for the future. So how is my life different? I hope I’m doing all of the above better, and more deeply. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Such words of wisdom, Pam. Control? Only an illusion. I simply cannot imagine all the feelings that must be part of your life everyday now. You tiptoe through my thoughts every once in a while and I imagine how it must going. On another note, I will do my best to give you some meditative and spiritual posts. The next one (tomorrow? soon?) shall be a poem that refuses to be silenced, although I tried. Have you ever tried silencing any of your pieces that demand–yes demand–to be heard by more than a handful whether they like it or not?

  13. Barb says:

    Hi Kathy, I was happy to see the notice that a blog post was up. Your rivers are high there, and I’m not seeing snow. Our snow is melting, but there is still a lot right out our back door. We walked for the first time since fall on the frozen snow in trail shoes this morning. We had to use ski poles for balance, but it was fun navigating the snow without snowshoes or skis. You have to go early though or the sun softens the snow, and we post hole every step. We’re doing OK here in Breckenridge, though we haven’t seen family since February. Bob and I are in isolation and only go to the grocery store every 2-3 weeks. However, we exercise outside daily – there are not many people around. Today is my 76th birthday, and it’s been fun to hear from family and friends. Wow! Seventy six sounds old, doesn’t it? Glad you and Barry are OK. Keep blogging,, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      It’s good to hear your update. You are right, the last of our snow (the plowed banks and areas in the sun) disappeared about May 1st. You are certainly stretching this winter-stuff out a bit longer than we are. I smiled thinking of you using ski poles for balance. Wanting to wish you a very happy 76th birthday!! That is a wonderful milestone–may you and Bob keep your health for many more years. (Because I know you will keep your sense of fun and outdoors-loving.) One of my good friends will turn 75 next month. Blessings!

  14. Welcome back! I’ve missed your beautiful words

  15. debyemm says:

    Things have changed rather rapidly out there in the world. Here in my little world of rural wilderness things have remained much the same and perhaps there truly is something to celebrate in that reality. Happy Mother’s Day, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Deb, yes, it’s so interesting how things can feel so much “the same” out here in the woods. If we took away our news and politics and connection to the outside world, we’d feel if not much had changed. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well! I hope you have a good day with your little family in the woods.

  16. Ally Bean says:

    I’m happy to see you back amongst the active bloggers. In answer to your question about what’s new in our neck of the woods… well, not much of interest. Got a new roof on the house last summer. Got new windows on the house in the fall. Got the chimney repaired in the winter. Oddly enough as boring [& expensive] as those projects were, we’re snug as two old bugs in a rug while we stay inside, avoiding the virus. Stay safe, be well. Looking forward to reading your posts.

    • Kathy says:

      How cool about your roof and chimney, Ally Bean. (We got a new roof a couple years back, and new exterior siding, too. And some new windows. Talk about expensive, I so get it.) Glad you’re snug and safe. I sometimes feel so unreliable as a blogger, popping in and out, and in and out, but that’s the way it goes ’round here. Thanks for the warm welcome!

  17. Lori says:

    Hi Kathie. Welcome back. I don’t get on facebook but about twice a week, and I don’t spend much time there. But, I did see a couple of your posts. I’ve been having anxiety over the last few weeks during the lockdown. I did read your post about “feel your feet,” and it really hit home for me. I want to thank you for that. I also sent the suggestion to my brother, who has worse anxiety than I.

    My anxiety is not the fear of a virus, but the fear of being controlled through the use of fear. “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

    On Mother’s Day we stood out in the rain holding “I love you” signs for my mom in her senior facility. I cried on the way home. I miss her and worry about her. She has serious health issues. I also miss our dog, Max. 2020 isn’t going too well so far.

    We do have a lot to be grateful for, though. We are so blessed that my husband still has his job and can work from home. His company did cut back, but thankfully he wasn’t one of the cuts. Aside from usual ailments we’re used to dealing with, we’re also grateful to be healthy.

    Hope you and all of your family are remaining well. Here’s to better days ahead. Hugs.💗

    • Kathy says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your anxiety, Lori. That feels really rough. The times that I feel fear can be so challenging. So glad that the “feel your feet” advice worked for you. I had to flesh out instructions to someone who asked “But what does that mean?” It wasn’t until I said, “Feel the sensations in your feet” and “Feel your feet on the earth” that he seemed to get it. Feeling the breath helps. Also the weight of where our seat hits the chair. It can soothe the creature of the body. I have also discovered that most of my fears are triggered from old unconscious patterns rather than just current-day happenings. The current-day happenings just open up a river into the unconscious. So if there are unresolved and stuck emotions sitting in, say, the belly or chest this current situation can be used to feel the old emotions–without buying into any story line–thus freeing up energy. Hard to explain, but that’s the kind of work I have been doing the pat couple of years. Blessings to you!

  18. Welcome back to your world.

    I am not here much. Sometimes, I read post.

    Quarantine did not affect me; As I said on FB, I had already self isolated.

    I have a first cousin and her husband on ventilators somewhere in TN. I have not talked with her or seen her for ages and ages. I was the forgotten cousin, not my words, but assigned the title. I am going to write about Forgotten Cousins soon, after I remember all the forgotten cousins…

    Funny, it did not hurt my ego. As a blood relative, I would think I would feel something. Unfortunately, I do not. Maybe I sound horrible. Truth matters more than what others may think. I care about others and what happens to them. It is difficult to share emotion about a person I no longer know. How strange that sounds even as I type the sentence.

    • Kathy says:

      You do not sound horrible to me, Linda. We feel what we feel. We think what we think. We are unique expressions of God (of Life, if you do not use the word God). Sometimes people can hurt us horribly; other times we feel nothing. It sounds like you feel compassion, which maybe isn’t always a feeling. It’s just an open hearted good will. Blessings to you, my friend.

  19. First of all, all is well and fine with my family and I. My job is considered essential so I have not been affected financially. My wife, who is a Travel Specialists for a Disney only online agency, is not fairing so well. We will be fine.

    My sports photography disappeared over night back in March so I have been making due with working on my backlog of travel and nature photos. Then the bug hit me to photography wildlife right outside my home’s windows. Even took a trip to a nearby wildlife refuge. When the weather decides to be Spring and not Winter (maybe by this weekend). My wife and I will go out cruising to find more photo opportunities locally. Something I did when I started blogging way back in 2008.

    Welcome back! Look forward to reading and seeing your muses’ again.

    Also, I seem to have lost my WP avatar.

    • Kathy says:

      Scott, I am so glad to hear you will be doing fine. Hadn’t thought about sports photography disappearing in these crazy times, but I guess the Universe is nudging your photography in a different direction. Btw, Spring is due to arrive here as well! (But you know how fickle nature can be…) Thanks again for stopping by to read and say hello. Take Care and May You Find Your Avatar (Sounds like a blog title to me.) 🙂

  20. Choices says:

    I would have never imagined that the world will stop like this. It was I think the third world war..but for me was a lucky time. I felt relaxed so I could think more clearly, I been creative and suddenly felt passion for writing and start to do new things too.

    • Kathy says:

      Wonderful to hear about your creativity! I have felt such utter relaxation, joy and creativity–AND sadness, fear and emotional storms. All together in one big stew.

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