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!
You have a wonderful weekend too! I loved all the photos! Especially the sneaky kitchen one.
That was such a fun photo–sneaky photographer niece that she is!
I love random photos! ♡ Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words… I thought your niece’s picture and words were so sweet. The Marquette lighthouse tour sounds very interesting, and I love the picture of it and the picture taken from it. Your fall colors took my breath away! (We didn’t get much red last year…) Will have to wait a couple more weeks for ours to arrive… You have a great weekend, too, and please keep taking pictures. 😉
Barbara, thank you. It’s been fun taking pictures again with the wee little iPhone. For some reason taking the “big phone” around doesn’t happen much anymore. I am glad you liked the lighthouse pictures. What a beautiful day that was. As for the fall colors, even today it seems like they’re getting prettier. Hope you get some bright ones this year, too!
Chock full of goodness and delight! So fun to see this today. Thank you! 💛
Oh good, you came along to visit and enjoy–hooray! ❤
I think these are the best stories to tell. They are real, the experience and emotion all intercept to create while sharing real life…
You may be right, Jeff–the realness of these kind of stories does tend to shine through. So nice to see you, my friend.
Your pictures tell a fine story – love the red of the tree in the one where you say the colors this year are not very exciting – might have to disagree there. We’re beginning to get little touches of some colors here, but since I’m new to this neighborhood, I don’t really know what to expect. I do know we have a Maple tree in our yard, so it should be colorful. Maybe next spring I’ll plant a Japanese maple – I’ve always wanted one of those. We already have a couple of Hydrangeas, which I’ve also always wanted but wasn’t in the right climate to have.
Carol, I might just have to disagree too! The colors today are getting even brighter as the day goes on. It’s kind of exciting that you are in a new place and get to see it in all the new seasons, too. My mom has a Japanese maple at her house which I love to see. And Hydrangeas are so beautiful.
Yes, but – but –where is the photo of those small mysterious footprints??
Oh Leelah! I should have taken that photo–just for you!
Pictures are never enough. Words (even as thoughts) give them meaning. XOXO
I was so amused after writing this title, Stacy. Because of course I told story after story! (You and I are on the same page ’bout words.)
Love them all.💕
Thanks, Ruth. It was fun to share the pics!
Loved seeing all the beautiful photos of your gorgeous area. It is too bad that Autumn lasts for such a short time. It is my favorite time of the year. I think your cell phone did a marvelous job of capturing the colors of Fall and also the lovely family group photo.
Oh, darn, just replied to your lovely comment and then the Internet ate it for breakfast. I was wondering how the leaves change colors on your trees down in Texas? Is it a more gradual less colorful change? Do the leaves fall off or stay on the trees during winter? Fall is one of my favorite seasons too–especially when it stays warm like this year.
Certain parts of Texas have a decent show of fall leaves. In my area it is all rather drab. Some years. if the rainfall has been just right, the red oaks will provide a decent show. In east Texas the trees look pretty good and in some parts of the hill country there will be a nice show of leaves but the trees here do not compare to anything seen in the east, northeast and north where you live. We just don’t have the the right kinds of trees, weather, nor the moisture which all affects leaf color. The trees often shed slowly and some of the red oaks will still have leaves clinging almost into spring. But the live oaks shed beginning in March and quickly put leaves back on with the cycle being completed by late April or early May at the very latest. So in my yard the elm and hackberry shed, beginning in late October and are generally finished shedding by December. I have two seasons to rake leaves- fall and spring. It does get to be a bit much and as of the past few years I need help to get all the leaves raked and added to the compost pile with some hauled off because I simply have excessive leaves.
Thank you for sharing about the trees and their falling leaves down in Texas. I am thinking your foliage is more like that of my in-laws in Georgia. Interesting that you have two seasons to rake. Bet that is a big job!
I think this is actually a beautiful story about love and connections. You live in such a beautiful place and what a wonderful visit with your niece and family, not to mention the role models you and your husband clearly are to her. Just beautiful.
Thanks, LaDonna. And I never once thought about us being role models simply by BEING. But it’s so true!
Beautiful. Our trees should start turning soon.
Love the photo and Instagram caption; a tribute to pure love.
That was so special, Sarah. I can’t wait to see pictures as your trees turn!
Loved the pictures!
Thanks, Kim. I hope to do picture posts like this more often.
I loved your pictures and your accompanying words!
Thank you, Sherry. It was fun to share. 🙂
Miss the land of my birth. Michigan was home originally (been in Texas since the early 70s). Attended Northern Michigan University; military/Vietnam in late 60s. Nothing like Michigan. I call my self a “Texigan.” Beautiful pics. Love them U-pers. God Bless.
Hi, Roger. I am smiling at the term “Texigan”! That’s great. We lived in Texas for four short months back in the early 80’s, the eastern end south of Texarkana. That was an interesting short chapter in our lives, one we will never forget.
Kathy, I am so excited that you have seen Jillian again! I’m also excited for Jillian to be home again!! (“Home” – as in the USA …) and you must all be so happy to meet her family. I love her sneaky pic and can understand why you cried when you read her message. Family is everything – right? ❤
It’s been really wonderful that Jillian and her girls are back in the States. And, speaking of family, my mom–the other Joanne–is here visiting us now!
I just read your Walktober post! I’m so happy you have the opportunity to see family again, Kathy. xx
Autumn in the Upper Peninsula is awesome, and, growing up as a child only a few blocks from this lighthouse in Marquette, I appreciate you sharing your photography ~ thanks, Kathy. 🙂
Phil, I am glad you enjoyed these pictures of the U.P.–and that this post brought back memories of your childhood.