Autumn has its fair share of early morning joys as well: sunrise filtering through light fingers of fog at Chez Wabi Sabi.





It was 80 degrees in Green Bay on Sunday.  Monday morning will find me heading for the far northern reaches of Wisconsin to spend a few days with my good friend, Karen. Forecast for Land ‘O Lakes and the environs? Monday’s high will be 49 degrees with a 70% chance of rain.

Not to worry. I have personally packed wine and cheese as well as a rain slicker.  Our stated mission?  To revisit (exorcise?) our growing-up years,  though I am not completely sure what this will involve: pentagrams in the parking lot of the Forest Service Welcome Center?

Oh, for heaven’s sake. Relax.  I am speaking metaphorically here.

The lodge we are staying at is one where we worked as waitresses long, long ago.

Wait a minute. Wasn’t this a Jack Nicholson movie?

Next stop: the Great Northwoods.


 Same shot, three different crops.

sunflower droop



It is officially Fall now and Mother Nature is working the changes in scenery at a fiendish pace. Trees that were bright green in the morning are blazing orange and red by late afternoon. Today was an apple-picking, back roads-wandering kind of day with a stop in Algoma to admire Lake Michigan and then score some smoked salmon at the local fish house.

Dinner on the deck: smoked salmon, fresh apples, some Wisconsin cheese and a nice dark Wisconsin beer.

This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year.

Because for some, hockey is far more than a mere sport.


Photo taken in Kittery, Maine, by your friend, Wabi Sabi, hanging out the window of a moving vehicle and using a point and shoot camera. A much better story if I’d been riding by on a Zamboni, but instead it was a Subaru with four adults, one infant in a car seat and a Bernese Mountain Dog.

And, yes…I was once a hockey mom.


With a title like that, I was sooooo tempted to identify this vessel as the SS Edward Bulwer Lytton.

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Addendum: Initially, I didn’t realize that I had captured Roger Blough’s rudder from two different angles. (See yesterday’s post.) This second shot can give a better idea of size.

rudder 2

Subtitled: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Rudderless Child.”

Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Beautiful or what?


The Roger Blough is an 858 foot long traditional-styled Great Lakes self unloading bulk carrier.


 I’m a little tired of soft and pretty at the moment. How about grit and drama with barbed wire and chains?






Outside of Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

I was prepping several more shots from the feed mill, but this one has to be a stand-alone.