Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friday Fragments

Happy Friday!

My poor blog has been Fragmentless for the past few weeks.   I wanted to Fragment last week, but I knew that I would not be able to visit a single blogger, so I resisted the urge to join.  This week I am confident that I will be able to read Mrs. 4444's Friday Fragments and many others.  I hope to entertain you and show off the beautiful fall colors of lower Michigan.


I arrived in Michigan just over a week ago and the weather was in the upper 70's and even got into the 80's!  It never occurred to me that the Indian Summer was going to still be here when I arrived. It has just been beautiful!


I had a birthday party for myself last weekend.  I turn 44 on Monday, but my best friend came to Michigan last weekend so we had the party then.   We had some scrumptious food.  I should blog about the food come to think of it.  I'll do that this week.  Remind me would you?  haha


I have been out every single day taking photos of fall.  I noticed that I often looked through the October in Michigan photos that I took last year.  So I've taken a few trips down scenic roadways to document as much of the color as I can again this year.  I swear that Autumn is just magical.  I love having an October birthday.


The fall photos in today's post are all from this year and I plan to post as many fall color photos as I possibly can while I'm here, in the midst of all of the beauty.


I went to the bookstore today and was peeking around the Self Help section.  (I love that section - if you've got an itch, someone has written a book on how to scratch it, love it, thank it or recover from it.)  I then noticed "Creative is a Verb" and "Four Word Self Help" sitting on the shelf.  These are books that each contain one of my photos.  (Bubbles and Chair on the Edge)  I was so excited!  I have the books in my possession, but I hadn't yet seen them sitting on the shelf in a bookstore.

I wanted to turn around and grab someone and say - "I'm in here, wanna see? Oh please say Yes!"  The girl behind the counter was humming to herself and no one else was anywhere near me, so I did the next best thing.  I took a picture of the shelf and posted the message on Facebook.  That's sort of like grabbing random people isn't it?  and now I've grabbed you, too :)


Remember the Deluxe Graffiti Inn I blogged about?  A run down, closed down, soon to be torn down motel was graffiti'd (you had to be an invited graffiti artist) and on a specific weekend the public was invited to come to the motel to see all of the street art.  I wasn't here, but my Mom took some photos of it.  The motel has since been razed and this is the new vacant lot.  The pine tree that stood in the courtyard of the sad motel was spared and now is the shining star on that corner.  Grass has been planted (it's under the layer of straw right now) so the corner won't look baren until the land is sold and developed again. 


Here's Bob.
I love her.
Thanks for coming to Michigan, Bob.
She calls me Bob, too.
We're odd like that.
That's me with the glasses on top of my head.
Bob wears hers properly.


I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


From Tracie said...

I have been waiting for a month to see some beautiful fall color changing goodness...this has fulfilled my hope. Those pictures are beautiful. Beautiful. They make my heart smile.

(I live in Florida-no fall here)

Happy happy birthday to you!!

How awesome to have your pictures in books and then see them on the store shelves. That rocks!

Hi Bobs!

Have a great weekend!

jb said...

We had such a blast! It was great to "go home" for the first time in years and hang out with you and the family! Fall is truly breathtaking in Mi!

42N said...

Great Fall photos. Did you pass any water (lakes, rivers, streams, etc.) Get some of those before they freeze. You are having an eventful trip. Keep clicking that camera.

Unknown Mami said...

I'll be sending you wonderful birthday wishes on Monday.

I can't see the picture of you and Bob.

I can't see any of your pictures, but others seem to be able to. I feel so left out.

Mrs4444 said...

I LOVE that photo of you and Bob! What a treasure.

You are going to love my SIMC post tomorrow--I love fall, too :) I'm really glad you're enjoying your vacation.


Matty said...

They're all pretty. I really like that first picture with the barn in the background. And your pictures are featured in books? You're almost famous!

Happy Birthday.

Doreen McGettigan said...

Your photo's are fabulous! Our trees are just starting to turn here in Philadelphia.
I hope you have a wonderful Birthday on Monday and a wonderful year.
Have a really nice visit with your family:)

qandlequeen said...

I hope you have grand plans on Monday and it's a really fabulous day. Birthdays should always be special no matter which one you're celebrating.

Coby said...

Those photos are BEAUTIFUL! Just lovely!

Happy birthday, Bob! (You Bob, not the other Bob)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So I was just reading your post about your computer crashing. Thought I would see if I could see any pictures in your previous posts and so far this one worked.
The trees are so beautiful. I forgot about the awesome colors in the midwest in Fall. I should see some when I go to Chicago on the 27th. So glad you got to meet with Bob. Don't stress and enjoy the rest of your trip.

jennifer said...

It is so cool to see a picture of Bob. You two look quite chummy :)