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“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you. ”

Vandana Shiva  (born 1952); Philosopher, Environmental Activist, Author

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written!  It’s been a very busy year so far.  To sum it up fairly quickly:

January:  trip to Upper Peninsula for 25th anniversary and skiing and snowshoeing.

February:  Husband taking emergency trip to FL to take care of his father’s estate.

April:  motorcycle safety course and purchase of new Yamaha V-Star.

May:  began searching for a new home to buy.

July:  found a wonderful little house on an inland lake in the middle of the Huron  National Forest, put offer in, offer accepted.   Also found buyer for our current residence.

August:  packing and closing on new home.  Began painting in new home.

September:  closed on sale of current residence.  Finished painting, continuing to move belongings out of storage.

October:  Finally out of storage and here we are today, wondering where on earth 2012 went!

I guess when I put it like that, it’s been a busy year and no wonder it’s flown by!  Now that we are getting pretty settled in our new home, we absolutely love it here.  The thing that we noticed the most is the darkness!  At our old home, we were surrounded by lights.  To see a meteor shower or just to star gaze in general, was pretty hard.  We could see the brightest stars, but nothing like what we see now.

The wildlife is also amazing to us.  We have a herd of approximately 20 deer that seem to think our yard is their personal grazing area and also a flock of wild turkey that come and go as they please.  Also a couple of rabbits, many squirrels and chipmunks, and also other various critters that we hear but don’t always see.  After seeing the deer in our yard one day, I realized that I’m going to have to think very carefully about what I plant and try to figure out what deer DON’T like to eat, so that I may have some kind of a flower garden, instead of just stubs of plants for the entire summer.  We also had a pair of Common Loons on the lake.  Our neighbors tell us that this summer was their fifth summer here.  It’s wonderful to hear them, especially in the evenings and early mornings.  They have since left the lake for their migration south, and I sincerely hope they return next spring.  We also had approximately 15 Trumpeter Swans show up a couple of weeks ago, I’m sure they were just stopping for a rest break on their migration trip.  They took off in one large group yesterday and have not since returned.  I know now why they are called ‘Trumpeter’ Swans.  When the mass starts sounding off, they sound like a group of kids picking up horns for the first time.

Our color was absolutely beautiful this fall.  For as hot and dry as it was this summer, I was surprised at the intensity of the color.  Even though it was about two weeks early, it came quickly, but lasted quite a long time.  We have since had some high winds and most of those beautiful leaves are now in our yard—it was still a treat to see such vivid colors.

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