I find the end of summer to be somewhat melancholy. There's nothing I love more than a good warm day, lots of sun, and if I'm at the lake, all the better.
September seems to bring a return to routine. The visits to the lake -- while still on the agenda -- become fewer as obligations in town come to the forefront. So, I treasure that Labor Day weekend when I take some alone time and some Rick time at the lake.
My alone time was in synch with his several-day bike ride. I went north to do art, read, relax. And at the end of the day, I settled in to enjoy the dazzling September sunsets. (Well, there were two before the weather turned very bad!)
I started a painting on a large canvas (much to finish on that one) and worked up some other projects, including some matchboxes. This one was posted with a bit of jewelry inside as a long overdue birthday gift.
I started "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," our book club read (not purchased at this store, which as you can see was "shut.")
And I said a big "hurrah" when Gypsy brought in the fruits of his hunting labors...
...and then kicked it around.
Rick, meanwhile, rode like the wind... or, perhaps more applicable, in the wind. And rain. And I do mean rain.
But when we connected again for a party on the eve of the final day of his ride, and the next sunny morning when he took off, it was clear he was having a wonderful time.
On the way to pick him up, I kicked around Northern Michigan. Here are a few of the spots that caught my eye this year. The lighthouse in Boyne City...
...and another in Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay.
The Perry Davis Hotel, also in Petoskey, and decked out for Labor Day.
The Bay View area -- a charming neighborhood just outside of Petoskey with lots of Victorian houses and a small campus.
Beautiful Harbor Springs.
So many seagulls, all lovely.
But there was something even better that I celebrated on this wonderful holiday weekend. I'll tell you about that next time!
(Don't forget -- the deadline to enter my book giveaway on Chopsticks and String is Friday, September 10, at midnight! It's an entertaining caper book by Peter Mayle, set in France.)
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