If you wait for a blogging story to appear, sometimes you might wait forever.
Forever and a day, and it seems sometimes like there’s nothing to say.
It occurred this week to just show you some pictures from the last couple of weeks. Let the pictures do the yakking, as they say.
(I’ll just yak a little bit to tell you about the pics, how’s that?)
The first picture features Lake Superior looking out from the lighthouse in Marquette. We met our friends Deb and Chuck for our monthly date and decided to do the lighthouse tour. We had the most funny and entertaining tour guide! He spent many years teaching first grade, and learned how to dramatically play-act. We were entertained with many stories about growing up in downtown Marquette where entire families would sleep out on the beach during hot summer nights. He even slept in the lighthouse as a kid (although we never learned exactly why) and hinted about ghost stories and showed us a relief of small footprints mysteriously formed in wet paint a half-century ago.
After the official lighthouse tour we walked out to peer the beautiful summer lake, and then slowly meandered back toward the beacon on the shore.
The folks ahead of us featured in the photo were other members of the tour. Our fellow tourists came from downstate Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana. We were the only Yoopers (inhabitants of the Upper Peninsula) taking the tour.
The colors are a’turning. Mostly they don’t seem too beautiful to us this year. Sure, there are trees popping out in amazing oranges and reds. But we suffered drought this summer, and we’re thinking it’s affected the fall colors.
We could be proven wrong in the upcoming week though.
Autumn is still a’poppin’ out everywhere. Temps are still unseasonably warm. Yesterday we hit 83! Today they’re predicting 71. Then we go down into the 60’s. Feels warm for October. Often we get snow by mid-month,, although that probably won’t happen this year.
I walked down to Huron Bay on Lake Superior near our house yesterday. No, the day before. Or was it the day before that?
I love the way branches reflect in water, and how sunlight shines in reflections.
And when the lake is still–oh be still my heart. So beautiful!
The thing about branch reflections in water that I love is sacred geometry. As above, so below. One thing I like about the above photo is the way the reeds look like sound coming out of the place where the reflection meets. Can you feel that?
One exciting thing that happened this week started with a text message. We knew our niece, her two babes, and her brother Doug were traveling across the country in a RV from LA to Michigan. We had no idea that they would be coming through the Upper Peninsula–none at all–until Jillian texted and asked if we would be home on Wednesday as they wanted to see us!
I texted back YES! We had an appointment in Marquette on Tuesday, and something else happening Thursday, so Wednesday looked perfect.
We watched their progress across the US on Facebook and thought they were approaching rather quickly, but thought they might be lingering in, say, Minnesota or Wisconsin, before arriving on our doorstop.
On Monday night Jillian texted again, “See you tomorrow!
Tomorrow? Umm, but, wait! We won’t be here until late afternoon. Yikes!!
The story ends well. We returned home an hour before they appeared. Poor Jillian was so sorry for the mistake but who can blame her after a seven-day trip from LA to the UP with two little kids?
It was magnificent to see them again, and to get to know the two little ones.
Good thing you can’t see the above picture very well because I’m in my pajamas. Barry and I are doing dishes early in the morning.
Jillian posted this picture on Instagram last night. I cried when reading what she wrote:
“My Aunt Kathy and Uncle (Blue) Barry. ❤ 43 years married, still helping each other with the dishes, still teasing each other, still living in the house they built together in the quiet woods. Couples goals, am I right? But the real question is will they ever have me over again after sharing a sneaky snap of them doing the chores early in the morning?”
I typed in the comments: Okay, now I’m crying too! And this post is precious…you can come again little sneaky camera niece.
This las picture is a dog. Duh. Of course you can see that. But LOOK at his expression! He’s sitting on the floor down at Skipper’s Restaurant in downtown L’Anse.
Don’t we sometimes feel JUST like this?
Sorry I didn’t have any stories to tell ya, just some random photos. Have a great weekend!