Well, this month is nearly gone already, which is hard to believe. I snapped this picture of the Mean Pumpkin on one of my walks around town. Actually the first time I saw it, the little pumpkin had a beer bottle stuck in its mouth, which seemed appropriate, considering what’s happening to it. But by the time I came back the next day with my camera, somebody had removed the beer bottle! Too bad…
I played a lot of hooky this month. Fall was glorious here this year, with unbelievable leaf colors, and mild temperatures. Andrew and I went on many, many walks, and even a few bike rides.
We climbed to the top of Hogback Mountain on Columbus Day weekend, which surprised both of us, since Andrew is a disabled vet who sometimes has trouble getting around. It was a long hike back there, and the last bit to get to the top was quite challenging. But it was worth the trip.
Here’s one of the views from the top. Harlow Lake is the gorgeous blue jewel in the center of the picture. You can see Lake Superior in the background. It was warm and a little hazy that day, so it’s hard to see where the Big Lake ends and the sky begins!
It was amazing how many people made the climb up to the top. There was quite a crowd up there that day. If you ever visit Marquette, you really have to go.
The very next day, we took a hike back to the Lily Pond, which is in back of Wetmore Bog, and southwest of Hogback Mountain. All the trails are interconnected.
The Lily Pond was a total surprise. We were expecting a little pond with a marshy area around it. This place has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Upper Peninsula!
Andrew snapped this picture of me. It was a perfect, glorious fall afternoon in this incredible place. We stopped and rested on the rocks overlooking the Lily Pond, and ate our snack there. It was hard to tear ourselves away from it! If we get another nice day, we may get back there again this fall, even though the leaves are down now.
Somehow the season changed, when we weren’t looking! It’s been a lot colder since that big storm went through last week. And I even had snowflakes hitting me in the face on one of my walks along the beach on the Big Lake last week. Winter is closing in.
But I’ve been weaving up a storm on my new rigid heddle loom. Molly Cat was afraid of it at first, but now she skulks around underneath while I’m weaving, looking for loose yarns she can grab at.
Here’s my first project. This loom is so EASY to use, and it’s even easy to warp. I totally love it! I’m working on my fourth scarf now, with plans for another as soon as it’s off the loom.
I also want to order some carpet warp so I can do some rag weaving. I have several ideas for rag tote bags. I used to do a lot of rag rug weaving when I lived in Tennessee. I have LOTS of material already cut in strips, so I’m ready to go!
The business cards I ordered from VistaPrint should be here in another week. When they come in, I’m going to try selling some of my scarves at Zero Degrees, the local art co-op. I just applied to join, so we’ll see what happens!
Winter may be coming, but I have lots to keep me busy. Plus I’m looking forward to getting out my snowshoes again!