The first leg of my predicted 5-month marathon is wrapping up. My husband and I spent a hectic but fun-filled week back in the Midwest visiting our families. We had a big reunion on my dad’s side of the family, with 17 of the 20 “kids” of my generation present and our assorted spouses/significant others, children, and even a few grandchildren. How any of my cousins are old enough to be “grandma” or “grandpa” is beyond me.
And I saw my first photo of my grandparents when they were young. One of my cousins had a copy of one of their wedding photos—one that must have passed my grandmother’s critical eye. She had cut herself out of most of them.
Now, I’ll admit that I’m hypercritical of photos of me. It’s one reason you don’t see me posting many on the blog. But I’ve never gone so far as to cut myself out of the picture. Hide the picture, yes. But that’s another matter all together. 😉
This was the first time anyone had ever said I resemble someone from this side of the family. Some people think they see bits of my grandmother in me. Honestly, I don’t really see them. But that doesn’t mean I’m right. I may just be biased since I never had any kind of warm fuzzy vibe from this grandmother. I was a late surprise in the family, and my grandparents were well into their sixties and early seventies when I was born.
The trip to Wisconsin was fun, too, and included a brewery tour. When in Rome, right?
For those of you who may not know it, Wisconsin has long been home to a number of breweries. Not surprising when you think about how many German and Czech settlers made their ways there.
On Writing and Blogging
Needless to say, I didn’t get any writing done on the trip. But I did a lot of thinking about the newest WIP. And if I can get through a large batch of grant reviews, I may have time to turn some of those ideas into words on the page before too long. I’m afraid I also didn’t have time to keep up with your blog posts. And there’s just no way I can go back to visit those I missed. But I’ll try to get through all of the new ones after they arrive in my inbox tomorrow.
So, a short post today, and I’ll leave you with another setting photo from the new WIP. Hmm, I wonder what this has to do with the story?