It's past mid-September already and I've been astray from my keyboard for some time.
The song, "Wake me up, when September ends" has been stuck on my mind a few times this month.
But truth is, today is beautiful and I'm happy to be awake.
September is a time of re-adjusting for me. As I told a friend the other day, we're finding our rhythm.. though our rhythm is ever changing. :)
I'm adjusting to quiet days to myself after three months of scarcely a single solitary moment.
We're adjusting to schedules, homework routines, too-short school nights, less daylight, cooler weather.
Since the zinnias I had started from seed succumbed to frost last weekend, I've also been singing "To everything, turn, turn, turn..." I'm feeling that one much more truly.
I've made our first fires of the season and soaked in their warmth. There's still much to do outdoors before snow flies. I'm happy for warm afternoons again this week and enjoying the days as they turn gold.
(Hardy Coreopsis, still holding on yesterday.)
My mom left on Labor Day traveling east to do some exploring for a week. I sure wish I could have joined her, but I was needed here for first day of school conferences, paperwork, and mostly - finding our feet as we stepped into this hectic thing called a school year.
The highlight of her trip was touring the Gettysburg battle sites. It sounded pretty amazing.
Speaking of how it sounds.. all my life I had only heard Gettysburg pronounced "Getteesburg," rhyming with "Betty's Burg." Turns out the proper pronunciation may be "Gettissburg" rhyming more with "Lettuce Burg."
I've recently taken senior photos of a handful of kids we know, friends of Mason & Eric's, who'll be graduating this year. That's kept me busy in my darkroom (a.k.a. at the computer monitor.)
These are the one type of photography "work" I feel confident in doing. I enjoy the one-on-one capturing of a person's character. It's a pleasant creative challenge for me.
Mitch stayed somewhere on Lake of the Woods this week, working on a friend's cabin there.
Lake of the Woods is very large, the sixth largest freshwater lake located (at least partially) in the United States, after the five Great Lakes.
It occupies parts of Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota.
The lake separates a small land area of MN from the rest of the U.S. called the Northwest Angle, which happens to be the northernmost part of the contiguous United States.
Lake of the Woods is over seventy miles long and wide, and contains
more than 14,552 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline. It
would amount to the longest coastline of any Canadian lake, except that
the lake is not entirely within Canada.
(Some Lake of the Woods knowledge for you, with a little help from Wikipedia.)
He arrived back home last night.
I've sensed around me lately that September seems to be a time for missing people. I think there's something nostalgic in the air this time of year.
You know who I'm missing this September? Our dog, McGee. The kids' start back to school really emphasized his absence. This Fall is the first I've been home alone without kids or dog in.. about 17 years.
We have some big changes on our minds. They aren't certain and they may take some time. But I'm excited and it feels good.
Mitch and I went to look at a piece of property up north last week.
Not sure this is where our changes will take us, but it was fun exploring with the perspective of possibility.
Growing up on the Mississippi, in a corridor of tall pines there was what we called "The Big Rock" - as the name suggests, a great big boulder, that several kids could climb on at once. It was smooth and surrounded by a carpet of pine needles.. kind of a magical place in my memory.
Well, this property reminded me of lots and lots of "Big Rocks." We knew from looking at the topography map that there was a particularly high point leading to a cliff, and wanted to reach it. Our climb through thick, rugged woods took us to a gorgeous rock summit towering above the trees.
(My phone did not do an ounce of justice here.)
It's been fun toying with idea of this as our backyard.
Big Rocks or not, I've never been so excited to think new thoughts as I am this September.
To everything turn, turn, turn.
Peace, Love, & Possibilities,