I've been off the blogging grid for awhile, reminded of that every month when Typepad has shown up on my credit card statement, and wondering if this was finally the time to give it up, or if it was time to start again. Things have been complicated for awhile. That's how it goes sometimes. I admire people who can keep going in parallel with tricky life stuff. Obviously, I'm not one of them. But, today seem's like a good day to get back at it.
We live in the city. I love it here. It's small enough to navigate on foot, and big enough to offer a little bit of something for everyone. The arts are especially well represented here. I love that.
We live in an old building (1850's) that was once home to the local newspaper. There are ink stains from old printing presses on our wood floors. I love that.
We have a lake place about 3 hours north of the city. It's typically been a weekend escape.
Our lake is one of the larger lakes in the state. They say there are 10,000 lakes in our state.
It's very rural up here. Lots of farmland. Our lake place is outside a small village (population 100). A slightly larger town is about 5 miles away (population 875). You have to drive 30 minutes to get to the next largest town if you need things (population 13,000). There is a strong art community up here also. In the beginning, it was hard to find, but it has turned out to be warm and welcoming. I'm grateful for that.
In January, I moved, sort of, from the city to the lake. It's temporary, to give my family a hand until some important decisions can be made. They live about an hour north of our lake place, 4 hours from the city, in the town where I grew up. It's a privilege to do this. But it has forced me to rethink everything.
I go back to the city every few weeks now. It means I can't (won't) drag back and forth, everything I might possibly need for any reason. It's just not practical. I would hardly say that I am mastering the art of living small, but this is challenging me to think very carefully about what is essential.
Of course, my little buddies go wherever I go.
So I'm back. A little catch up. The hard, starting over, blog post is behind me. I've started some portable projects that I'll start talking about here. Tiny projects.
Happy first day of spring! And thank you for stopping by.