Life is Grace

Seeking the Blessings in the Chaos

The end of summer is always bittersweet, but this year more than usual. I had all kinds of things I was hoping to do this summer, from lunch with friends to trips to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to take photos, and did nothing, almost, thanks to my ever-present chronic migraines. I even missed the annual Resch Family Reunion–something I look forward to all year–for the second year in a row.

The highlights? I saw my beautiful and sweet niece Kathryn get married in May. (Late May counts as summer, right?) I made it to a family party at my Aunt Sheila’s and got to see my cousin Elissa who was home visiting from Florida in July. My darling niece Laura and her husband John took us out to dinner. And in August George’s sister and her husband invited us to stay with them for a long weekend in Cornucopia, a village not far from Bayfield, Wisconsin, on the South Shore of Lake Superior. It was heavenly. Lake Superior is my favorite place in the entire world. The weather was lovely. And the company was, of course, superb!

All of these activities, it should be noted, took place with pharmaceutical help. Sigh. But I did get some pretty pictures. And hope is on the horizon…It turns out my insurance covers migraine Botox after all, so hopefully this fall will not be so excruciating!

The summer began with peonies…

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Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.

Luther Burbank

And continued with more flowers, at home and in Cornucopia…

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The family party…

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Summer is the annual permission to slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.

Regina Brett

Corny days and nights…

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If the sight of blue skies fills you with joy; if a blade of grass springing in the fields has the power to move you; if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

Eleanora Duse

And if you have a husband who brings you flowers just because he knows they will cheer you up; nieces and cousins and friends who send you sweet messages on social media; friends who stand by you no matter how many times you cancel plans; family who take you out to dinner and invite you over and have you come to stay with them; be grateful, for this is God telling you that you are loved beyond measure.

N.B. Photographer friends, FYI all presets and textures were from 2lilowls.com. I highly recommend their products! If you choose to purchase something, I’m an affiliate and I’d love it if you used my link to do so: https://2lilowls.com/ref/9  (This way I get a small portions of the profits so I can indulge my growing texture addiction!)

 

6 thoughts on “Summer’s End

  1. A lovely round up of your summer. 🤞for the Botox treatment xx

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    1. The Botox is definitely helping…but now it seems part of the problem is something wrong with my cervical spine. Argh! Luckily I have a wonderful neurologist so I know we will figure out how to treat this…and nothing will stop me from taking photographs his fall! xoxo

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  2. Beautiful photographs Barb, sorry you have not been feeling well. I hope the Botox brings you much needed and deserved relief. I agree, the end of Summer is extremely bittersweet!

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    1. Debra, I am s glad you like my photographs, and thanks for your empathy regarding my nasty migraines! I am past my bittersweet feelings and am now excited about fall colors and all of my favorite thing about the season…which will be thoroughly covered in future blog posts!

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  3. Lisa Gordon says:

    I am sorry that you were not able to do all that you had planned for the summer, Barbara, but it sounds like you had many wonderful moments also.
    The photographs here of your summer are just beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Lisa, I did have some special, beautiful moments this summer in spite of my chronic pain. That’s one of the things I love about photography! It captures these moments forever…and sometimes it captures the magic in everyday moments that I would have missed otherwise. 🙂
      Thank you for the good wishes my friend xo

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