Nice looking weekend ahead with respect to weather. The gardens will get a bit more reprieve from their demise. Only a three day work week for me next week due to taking Thursday and Friday off for the opener of Archery season for deer. I hunt with a Parker Enforcer Crossbow with a scope. Benny gets his last haircut of the year Saturday morning in Ashland, WI. He stays long all winter due to our harsh climate. While he is there for the two hours, I generally drive up the coastline to Washburn and my favorite bookstore, visit friends who live there, then further north to Bayfield to photograph, visit another bookstore (in our tradition) and drink coffee. I was thinking yesterday, when pondering things, how lucky I am to be at this point in my life where I can do what I want, when I want to, from travel to who and what I choose to spend time on. I have always valued my independence and the U.P. is filled with fiercely independent people. It is a good fit. I should also add further clarification for those who are not familiar with the culture here (mostly Finnish, Italian, and Eastern European in that order)-while my fellow inhabitants are strongly self-reliant, I have never felt such a support system and safety net living anywhere else. My network of friends and acquaintances are there in a minute if I need them. When I was hospitalized for my cancer surgery, I had offers to keep the dog, cut all my lawn, bring food, grocery shop, etc. A great feeling to know you can live alone and at the same time, not be alone when you don't want to.
"It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most." Robert Brault