So that project ends at the end of the year, and since I've stuck to that and neglected this, maybe a better idea is to merge the two. I could commit to a blog post a day. This way, when I don't feel like I have a thing to say, I can post a photo. When I don't have time to shoot, I'll have to think of something to say. And some days I might have lots to say or lots of photos to post. And if I've got nothing to say and nothing to shoot... I don't know, a haiku? Short video? Bad drawing? I'll have to sort that one out. But stay tuned if you're so inclined.
I'll admit, part of my neglecting this blog is that I don't have much to say that feels important enough to write about. Not that nothing going on in my life is important--not at all. My kids are doing some pretty awesome things, but those stories are their stories, not mine. I've been fortunate in that the people I'm lucky enough to have in my life are well and healthy. So, okay, I could mention that our roof sprung a leak in the spring and our basement flooded in the summer. And that my youngest moved to a city apartment and started college, sending me into a weird funk for a couple of weeks (totally over it, but it's still weird that both my kids are gone). But those are completely normal, everyday life things. I had a terrific summer; I'm still trying to get to every new restaurant in Detroit (there are so many! and really fantastic ones!); I caught up with some old friends in Chicago for a very whirlwind weekend this fall; I re-did my office, which has made me infinitely happy; I've seen quite a bit of my dad and also got to see my brother in person recently; I still don't feel comfortable dancing (but wish that I did).
Last I wrote here it was high summer. I had a good stretch at the cottage in early summer, but then had to vacate for renters again, so I missed some of the best of the summer. I was back on and off in August, but again rented a few weekends in September so I wasn't there as much as I wanted to be, and a few October weekends had to suffice. And now, well, it's just about Thanksgiving and the house will be closed up soon and I'll start obsessing about when I can be there again. That's just the normal order of things.
So I've just been living. And I don't mean to sound apathetic--I'm really not. I'm happier than I've been in a long time. Maybe I'm afraid of advertising that, like saying it louder than a whisper or something will make it all go away. So, let's keep it under our hats and all.
But here's what I've been doing this fall.
|The eagle that hangs out on our beach, Labor Day weekend|
|Labor Day sunset over Lake Michigan|
|Sunset over Detroit from Belle Isle in September|
|Late September, camp boathouse on Stony Lake|
|Edison's Lab in Greenfield Village, early October|
|Firestone Farm pig, Greenfield Village, early October|
|Unloved home in Boyne, October|
|Country road exploring with my friend Jane, October|
|Abandoned silos in the sun, October|
|Late fall, the little lake behind the cottage|
|Farmland near the cottage, late fall|
|Art Institute, Chicago, early November|
|Tourist stuff, downtown Chicago, early November|
|More exploring with Jane, mid-November|
And there you have it, my fall in a nutshell.