I returned recently from a 4-day weekend in Hayward, Wisconsin. My parents have rented a cabin there for the past four years and I've been lucky enough to spend long weekends with them during their WI getaways. Mom & Dad always bring Grandma with them, and it's wonderful to spend time with family away from regular daily life. My husband and his grandfather also spent the weekend in Wisconsin, and I think it's great to have everyone together from multiple generations. The dogs, of course, absolutely love the cabin, the woods & the lake. Out of all the paid vacation time I've used this year, this past weekend was the first one that truly felt like a vacation, where I could rest my mind and my body for a few days.
Packing for the trip put a big smile on my face, since I had four pairs of handmade socks to bring with me. Happiness is wearing handmade socks on vacation:
I think the strongest memories of this weekend will be the time I spent on the small fishing boat with my Dad and Grampa, where my job is to play "anchor girl" and ooo-&-aaah over the pretty fish they catch. I lower & raise the anchor as needed when they pick a good fishing spot, and then I sit back, relax, and just breathe. This is probably what made the weekend feel most like a vacation - I actually had a handful of hours with no phones, distractions, or demands. You can hear the breeze through the trees, the occasional call of birds, and the water lapping against the side of the boat. The air is fresh, the light is beautiful, and it feels really, really good to be alive.
And here is proof that spinning yarn on spindles is perfectly mobile - you can spin anywhere. I got several yards of Corriedale-silk blend fiber spun while relaxing on the boat. This photo is deceptive, since there is a wicked amount of multi-tasking going on. I'm holding up the spindle for a photo with one hand, taking the photo blindly with the other, and my foot is keeping tension on the anchor line to make sure the boat stays in the general location where the fishermen want it:
My husband's main hobby is photography and I know that he got a lot more photos than I did over the weekend. I haven't seen them yet, but he always has beautiful shots, and I can't wait to pick out my favorites. There are amazing colors and textures that I know will inspire my fiber & textile projects. I want to explore methods of expressing my love of the northern Wisconsin lakes & woods in fiber. I keep a little black book (literally) of my fiber ideas, so that I don't lose them when they suddenly occur to me, and there is now a page dedicated to my brainstorms for September vacation inspired yarn.