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A reminder of glorious October

October 28th, 2009 | 6 Comments »

I should have known. Us Minnesotans wrote the book on the phrase ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.’

Right on time, at the heels of my dreary October report, came a smashingly beautiful Fall day; just in time to lift spirits across the city, to pour sunshine down on the deprived and saddened. It was blinding. It felt hot. Car interiors warmed up and jackets were shed. Lots of skin came out to say ‘Hello’, to welcome the sun.

And while most of the city wandered around in a daze, strangers smiling at each other with lots of contented sighs, I escaped.

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Just a few short months ago, that deck was covered in soggy footprints, soaked towels, half empty sunscreen bottles, juice boxes, a few toys, often a stray lifejacket and maybe a wet child or two. It held chairs that held bodies that held hair off their warms necks and cold drinks in hand. The deck groaned under the weight of languid summer days, resplendent in the hot sun. And the lake laughed up at the blue sky, at the boats skipping across it’s surface and popped up a turtle or two to take stock, or a loon that just as quickly dove for cooler waters beneath. At night, the waters slept, still as glass, covered occasionally in a gentle fog, as the rubber band snap of bullfrogs sang harmonious shoreline lullabies. Idyllic barely does it justice. And it always ends far too soon.

But now, it’s just empty, save for the few hardy anglers, a lazy boat or two that holds tight to the remaining light and good weather and maybe the eagle, if he’s fishing today. Still, in it’s emptiness, and the solitude that tends to follow Labor Day like a reluctant puppy, Loveless Lake retains it’s beauty in entirely different ways, and offers a means to escape just once more before it settles down for a long winter’s nap.

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And I settle in, pulling a bag of two of food with me and some warm clothing. The furnace kicks out it’s cozy heat and a few candles lead the daylight hours into night. I settle into the profound silence with a good book or two, some music and the need to just be me for a day or two. To hike and sit on a stone overlooking the St.Croix River, or to just stare at the water outside. Maybe I’ll do nothing at all. Stay in my pajamas all day and drink coffee, invite the muse to visit and tap away until it’s satisfied. I might rake leaves and lay among the crunch. There certainly should be a nap on the sofa, a good snack. And a bonfire as the sun disappears over the tree line. The bed is piled with blankets and I turn off the furnace at night, hunkering down under the weight that lulls me to sleep. I think about nothing at all. And everything, but really, it’s nothing. Winter is coming and this will end for several months. I won’t be able to walk down the hill, with the water winking an invitation at me beyond the corner of the cabin. There won’t be the giddy anticipation of a weekend with my nieces and nephews, racing around the water in the boat, dragging an inner-tube with a shrieking child holding on for dear life. It will end, with the last drop of water drained from the water heater, and the final look around before the car door slams on yet another season.

It’s always bittersweet.

6 Responses to “A reminder of glorious October”

  1. Chris says:

    I think your poor deck misses summer! Great post and shots.

  2. Suzie says:

    What a lovely poetic post. Your neck of the woods is phenomenally beautiful, isn’t it?

  3. Jane says:

    Hey, wait a minute! My mother told me that “If you don’t like the weather here, wait 15 minutes and it’ll change” was Michigan’s state motto!!

  4. Balisha says:

    Hi Kate,
    Sounds like your Lake visit will be idyllic. My daughter has a home on the lake and her experiences could read like yours. Have a wonderful time…it will go fast.
    Balisha

  5. Minnesotans wrote that? I thought it was Rhode Islanders. ;)

    A couple of weeks ago while visiting home, it went from sunny and 60s to sleet, snow, and 30s all in a 24 hour period. It makes your head spin. As for your peaceful nesting. That’s what life should be about.

  6. Sally says:

    So beautifully evoked. I love hearing about your Lake visits. Each time you visit and write about it I think what an amazing place – timeless and simple – and yet somehow so powerful and significant for being those things. I’ve never stayed anywhere like that in person so thank you for sharing.