Missing and a Trip

Lately I have been having a hard time getting here to post. I have been feeling a lack of inspiration in many areas of my life and, really, that isn't very surprising given the last year or so has been filled with upheaval, change and sadness. But, given that, I decided it was time to move forward and for the last several weeks I have been giving The Artist's Way a go again. If you are not familiar with this book, it was the first written by Julia Cameron and it is about how to get creatively unstuck. Some of it is hard work but so worth it. I immediately felt more energetic and now I have some ideas that I am working on in the studio.

In the midst of all of this my dad and I went on a short weekend trip to South Dakota to visit my great uncle and his family. The weekend was gorgeous and we took a really fun side trip to find the cabin on Big Stone Lake that my grandparents once owned. We only took one wrong turn but when we found the right road we knew it immediately because of the steep hill with a curve at the bottom that leads to the cabin. Of course it had changed some but it was still recognizable. There had been a large bank of windows all across the front of the cabin that have been replaced with two smaller windows which I am sure are more energy efficient but I thought the panoramic view of the lake was spectacular back in the day.

My great uncle had been a farmer and he had taken the farm over from his father, my great-grandfather and it is still in the family being run by my second cousin and his two sons. It is not the same farm I remember, but farming is not the same as it was 40 years ago. Visiting a farm in the fall when the harvest is coming in is truly a fun event. Enjoy the photos of the cabin, lake and some farm scenes!

P.S. I'm going to try to be a more regular blogger!



Hello from Sunny Michigan. What a lovely trip you went on. I am sure you loved visiting the family farm. Lovely Lovely photos. Big Stone Lake is pretty neat. What a neat view. I hope your inspiration comes back. You have been missed. Hugs Judy

thecatalanway said...

Hi good to see you back and glad you are feeling inspired and more positive. Everything goes in cycles doesn't it and there have to be those shadowy parts so we can appreciate the light when it shines. Sending you good wishes Kate x

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I wish I could have a cabin like this one on a lake of beauty...so much Peace. Peace is so attainable. Thank you, Mary Helen

farmlady said...

This part of South Dakota is beautiful. I've never been to SD. so I really didn't know what it looked like. I kind of thought it was high prairie land and Indian reservations.
This is beautiful.
Glad you had a good trip with your Dad.
Oh, and I love that second photo of the fence gate. Nice shot.