Tibault & Toad


Late Thursday night we got back from spending six days in the Palm Desert in California, visiting Alan's Nana and Papa and most of his extended family. The four hours we spent in traffic trying to get from the Desert to LA for our flight confirmed one of the main reasons I could never live in California, the other main one being the lack of real seasons. Sure, it was a little brisk stepping off the plane into 40 degree weather when we boarded in 80 degrees in LA, but man did that chill feel good. I need the forced adaptation that the changing weather and light insists upon; it's an opportunity for growth. The only downside, I suppose, is the feeling of scrambling that often ensues as I try to adjust my routine and recultivate cold-weather hobbies and remember how you keep kids occupied inside all day long. So it goes with this space as well, as I try to figure out what a blogging routine looks like in the colder seasons. Anyways, forgive me that some of these photos are all the way from back in September (!) I have another quilt project and photos from a birth I shot before leaving for California to share here, so I will be back with those over the next several days, but for now I'll leave you with the above snapshots.

1. First try at homemade ricotta

2. Truly epic bed-head

3. Soy and maple glazed salmon over beet thinnings from the fall garden

4. Proof that kids will eat said beet greens

5. So many salad greens!

6, 7. Our new wood-stove and a sick sleeping babe

8, 9. The last of the zinnias

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the lodge 2014

Fate was on our side in Petoskey this year; despite it being cold and rainy for most of the summer, we had a glorious week of multiple sunny days in the 70's! And in the last week of September! We spent cool mornings and evenings by the fire, I read 3 books (!!! - practically as many books as I've read in the last several years), ate good food in every local town, watched the sun set by the shore of Lake Michigan, and spent more than one day on the lake. We visited a local winery and a family-run maple syrup bush, and launched Chinese lanterns off the dock. Indy and Tenny had such a good time, and I love seeing Indy's wonder and joy at so many of the same things that enchanted me as a child at the lodge. (see last year's trips here and here.)

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