Jan Stafford Kellis
UP Living

UP Living

Some days it’s easier to remember why we live here, and today was one of those days. Autumn is just peeking through, painting random leaves and gracing us with bright sunshine and cool, crisp days. The tourists are gone now so there’s no traffic, no need to lock anything, and I can leave my purse in the truck without worrying whether it’ll still be there when I return. The temperature is perfect for light activities, there’s no wind and everything smells of earthy, rotting leaves. I spent the day designing five different electric services, driving from one beautiful hunting camp to the next, from the hardwoods to the rocky beach of Lake Huron.

Then I came home and sat on the porch, reading my book (remember, reading outside is an extreme sport) in the sun with a cup of coffee. Heaven.

Today was the kind of day I want to tuck into my back pocket and retrieve next February when we’re buried beneath six feet of snow and the newscasters are advising us to stock up on supplies (every good Yooper is always stocked up on supplies, so this dire announcement usually doesn’t inspire any action, just humor).

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  1. Teacher/Learner

    I’m definitely with you on mentally taking in this great weather when it gets lousy. Living in Canada, we have the hottest summers and the coldest winters, but the few & far-between perfect days in spring & fall are what get us through the slushy aftermath of winter :o)