The Stillness

Stillness | The Fresh Exchange

Last weekend we went up north (yes there is further north than where I live) to Harbor Springs. Harbor is where my family is from. Deep roots are there for me as some of my family still lives there and I had great grandfathers who painted buildings in this town and many other family secrets I am sure that I have no clue about. I no longer call this place home and simply come to spend time with family, but it is a very unique and amazing place. That weekend we were there it was the first Saturday it felt like Summer. In towns like Harbor you live for those days while suffering through the cold winter. You wait for the sun to peek out and shine on the crystal clear water and beg you to come enjoy all the world around you has to offer.

There is this beauty that happens for a very few weeks in late Spring and once again in early Fall where the locals get this resort vacation community to themselves. There are no Summerers making traffic bad and the streets are silent. Parking is easy and there is this warm feeling of hope of the oncoming season. The boats have not been placed in the docks and there is no one walking the docks with ice cream cones in the evenings. For just a few short weeks you can enjoy your own town in all its glory untouched by those who have not made it through the winter. That stillness is special and savored around these parts. Traverse City does not feel this as much as towns like Harbor Springs, Leland, Northport, Suttons Bay, and Elk Rapids do. Though I am dreading the day I go to the post office in late May or early June and expect it to take me 15 minutes and it takes me 40 instead because all of a sudden our town’s population has tripled.

This weekend is supposed to be rainy and cold, but still I feel very blessed right now to have enjoyed the past 2 weekends in the sun. My garden needs the rain and so I am okay with it it is all a part of where we live and the beauty that we will be able to enjoy the next weekend when it is that much greener and more vibrant than it was the weekend before. I plan to spend Sunday with my mom and celebrate her as well. Do you all have plans for Mother’s day or traditions?

Happy Weekend my friends. Find time to enjoy the quiet and small moments that this weekend will offer.


Photo and type by me please credit as so.Β 



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11 Responses

  1. Love your photo, it transmits so well this stillness you talk about…
    It’s funny, I do the same than Jessica! I follow a lot of blogs, but sometimes, when I have little time and a lot to read, I mark as read most of the posts and just read the titles… but yours, I just can’t, I leave your posts as unread untill I have time, I mean quality time, to read them and and be able to enjoy the read.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration! Have a nice sunda, Alex.

  2. Megan I’ve been wanting to ask you forever. How do you put type on pictures? I mean, in photoshop, by hand or in a tablet with a pen?
    You always inspire me. Have e great weekend!

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and I am in love! So happy I found it! Thanks for sharing your talents. I am inspired already!

    1. Funny story I was just on your blog from a google search for a good sorbet recipe and then I come over here and you commented. I love it!!! So glad we found each other πŸ™‚ I love your all’s blog so awesome!!

  4. Harbor Springs sounds so dreamy, Meghan! p.s. I always save your blog to read last ( have quite a list of blogs to read) because it’s my favorite:) I know I’ll leave inspired.

  5. Sunday will be my parents’ first time seeing our new house, and also our first barbecue! I usually dread Mother’s Day because it’s always going to some lame crowded restaurant with a lame “special Mother’s Day menu” to order from and I think grilling burgers on our deck will be so much better for everyone.

    I’ve never known what it’s like to get tourists in town, but my boyfriend’s aunt lives in Cape Cod. I can’t even imagine what that’s like.

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