It's that time of year again in Michigan...LEAF PEEPER SEASON! Time to drive around and drink in all the glorious color and wonder of the impending fall season. We are off doing that this weekend, toward the west side of the state to the Saugatuk/Douglas area. Colorful leaves, cooler temps, gusty winds, apple trees sagging under the weight of ripe apples, tart, fresh-pressed cider, colorful pumpkins piled up everywhere, brisk walks on the shore of Lake Michigan...this is my favorite season.
Fall is nice in Alabama where I grew up, but it is on steroids in Michigan. I remember standing on the football field during halftime at Auburn University on an early November Saturday afternoon...poaching/steaming/stewing in a wool marching band uniform as the "lovely fall temps" soared into the high 80's. Sorry, that's just not FALL!
There was this lovely book...
Well, I have FINALLY passed the 70 pounds lost mark. I am happy to put that 10-pound mark BEHIND me (or maybe, that's the area the 10 pounds came from?!? Can't tell...I don't have to look at that side of me...God is merciful...). When I occasionally help out with end-of-the-year inventory at the local quilt shop, we weigh the bolts of fabric, then the owner uses some magic formula to figure out how much fabric is on hand at that time. 70 pounds of bolted fabric is a HUGE pile (but lovely and alluring in its own way, just like me...). A recent boxed purchase from IKEA weighed about 70 pounds. I remember huffing and puffing (and cursing!) as I single-handedly unloaded it from the car. It is unbelievable that I have been hauling THAT around for so long (and much more). Clothes are getting baggy, rings are getting loose, granny panties are getting "grannier," bones are appearing that I forgot I had.
On a related subject, you've GOT to check out Mary Lou's latest post at Cheaper Than Therapy Quilting entitled Amazing Lift. You will be glad you did (Warning: go pee first...).
Maybe mid-life is the time for large weight loss...while everyone else around me is complaining about aches, pains, etc., I am just thrilled to see my feet and be able to tie my shoes without setting Guinness World Records for holding my breathe (and turning a shade of blue that I normally seek out when looking for fabric.) Life is good. :o)
A HUGE thank you to everyone who offered such wonderful suggestions about watermarking photos, copyrighting original designs, buying good design software and hardware, and all the encouragement following my last post. I appreciate your time and effort. I hope to be able to share more with you soon about all that.
If you are "leaf peeping" in lower Michigan this weekend, I hope you can find Jennifer's Quilt Shop in Pinckney, Michigan. This is Jennifer Burg, the owner and a friendlier, more bubbly person you won't meet. Her laugh is downright infectious!!
I hope you have a great weekend, peeping or not, on this first weekend of October!