When I lived in Montreal, I spent a lot of time at Lac Bibitte.
As a teacher, I had the summer off and usually spent about three or four weeks of the summer up there.
Now, being 7 or 8 hours away (depending on the crazy-ass Montreal traffic),
summer time spent up there is much rarer.
This weekend was short but oh so sweet at the Lake.
Precious cosmos in full bloom – planted this year by my sweet auntie Lise, in the same spot my dad used to plant them every summer.
The lake watcher on our lawn, again my Dad’s creation (see where I get my rock fairy genes ?).
He now sits hidden in long grass as cutting the lawn is prohibited in order to preserve the shore line. Things stay the same. Things change…
There are shadows of the past everywhere for me in this spot on the planet.
And yet, the present moment is so available when you focus there.
It was sweet to have my beautiful Mommy there with us this weekend, right where she belongs among some of my very favorite people on Earth.
And of course, this one…
She fills me ( and her Uncle Dave) bursting full of love, giggles and silly joy !
Family fills you up.
Even the loons know that !
(Mommy, Daddy and baby loon out for an afternoon fishing troll…)
As do hugs from this beautiful woman, my aunt/sister/mother/friend/cheerleader/role model of strength and womanhood, Lise. And her hubby of 40 years, my uncle Charlie.
Heck, we even had an abundance of puppy love at the Lake this weekend,
with Amber, Charlie and Lise’s dog at the top of the screen, Tonka, my cousin Matt’s ugly beautiful girl, and
my sweet Chica, angel dog who was in Yellow Lab heaven up there !
Ultimately, of course, it is all about the love..
love of place, love of family, love of this moment in time
that Love is the thing that keeps us filled up.
So I am saying good bye to July 2011.
It has been a treat of a month with so many wonderful moments.
And a very fine finale, indeed !
Oh, and in the spirit of documenting the month of July, I wanted to share the pages I created in my sistah, Brandy’s Traveling Sketchbook this month.
I am really digging how these rocks of mine are coming to life…
And of course, my love for the ocean and the beach shines through…
I am a little late getting this one in the mail but Jennifer, the next sistah on the list, should have it in a day or two.
So bye, bye July.
Hello, August !
If you bring me even just a portion of the treats your predecessor did,
we should get along just fine !
Happy August, Beautiful Ones !