I arrived up on Lake Erie last Friday. It has been a marvelous week with my
“Mamacita,” who is such a dear one and a blessing.
I enjoyed the anticipation, the way I looked more closely at the scenery
and have enjoyed relaxing and being lazy, once I got here. We went
grocery shopping shortly upon my arrival.
We always have plenty to eat with my Mom insisting on buying cookies,
chips, dip, wine (Sangria) and ice cream in at least 3 flavors.
We have plans today to visit my niece and her husband, living in my
parents’ retirement home. They were married Summer of 2014, with a
tent on the side yard and all the family present.
The family picnic (Saturday, July 3rd) will include newly arrived guests,
Skyler, Micah and my oldest daughter, Carrie. They drove up last night
and we had fun visiting and hearing about their week, since Mommy was
Other ‘picnickers’ will be both brothers, Mom, niece, her husband, baby
Jackson, older junior high daughter, Vaya, and my sister in law.
Mom’s and my ‘food assignment’ was being in charge of bringing dessert.
After carefully looking over the bakery, rows of frozen desserts while
debating which ones would like our choices, we bought our offerings-
frosted red, white and blue cookies, (an instant hit with the children),
strawberries we cut up last night and added sugar to make a syrup
overnight, can of real whipped cream, angel food cake and a package
of “short cakes” which each person can choose their cake base, take
a scoop of strawberries, add vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream.
My brother is bringing corn, watermelon and sister in law made a potato
salad. My niece and her husband are making hamburgers and hot dogs.
My other brother bought free range chickens to barbecue on the grill.
We have our bag of sunscreen, sunglasses, Mom’s special necessities,
two towels, my bathing suit and sundries packed and ready to go.
Tonight, there will be fireworks all along the lake. We will see the boats
go towards the East, then will see them head back West.
The Lake makes me think of the 12 lighthouses, bordering the Northern
edge of Ohio.
Here is a list, not in any particular order of their locations along the coast,
of a dozen scattered lighthouses along Lake Erie. . . some with memories
1. Vermilion Lighthouse.
This town is where my parents chose to live from the late 80’s until 2011,
when my Mom moved into her Senior Living Apartments. Now my niece
and her husband live on an appropriately named, “Edgewater Drive.”
2. Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse.
I have been to Fairport Harbor Beach, as a child swimming with my family.
3. Port Clinton Lighthouse.
I have toured and seen this beautiful memorial and museum on the island.
4. Huron Harbor Lighthouse.
We used to go to a little Episcopalian Church there, while growing up in
The church was along the waterfront, across from the lake side of the
5. Toledo Harbor Lighthouse.
While I attended Bowling Green State University, in B.G., Ohio, I visited the
Toledo Zoo and was invited to eat in a restaurant along the Toledo Harbor.
On another occasion, I enjoyed a second harbor visit. A boyfriend and I first
spent time wandering around the art collections and gardens at the Toledo Art
Then, having completed this fantastic day, escape from studying and school
projects, we spent a luxurious dining experience in a waterfront restaurant.
Memories of such beautiful sea- or lake- side evenings, wherever you may
have visited, include so many senses touched or ignited. Anytime when you
can look out upon the vast, dark sky, while spying distant ships, stars and a
shining beacon of light, blinking off and on, rotating to protect the harbor, you
will be moved.
I hope sometime in your life you have been to a lake, an ocean or spent an
evening on an island.
I hope the beauty and majesty of lighthouses is part of your memories. . .
6. Ashtabula Lighthouse.
7. Marblehead Lighthouse.
Another childhood memory, where I was with my parents and my father’s
It has a funny sense of my mother’s annoyance and slight jealousy of one
of his secretaries. I have written this in a post about jealousy ‘at any age.’
8. Old Fairport Harbor Lighthouse.
9. Cleveland Harbor Lighthouse.
It is strange, but I know I have seen this lighthouse many times, but there is
no ‘imprint’ upon my memory bank. I have seen fireworks from a park nearby
The ships are large, looming in this busy harbor, there are more restaurants
along the “Flats” than on Cleveland’s downtown lake’s edge.
10. Conneaut Lighthouse.
11. South Bass Island Lighthouse.
This is one of several islands, from Sandusky Bay to Kelley’s Island,
South Bass, Port Clinton and others… A wonderful and worthy scenic trip,
12. Lorain Harbor Lighthouse.
This one is a large lighthouse that has been one where we have sat along
the beach to watch at night. The area is well kept, has a refreshment stand
where Mom and I bought ice cream and heard first a reggae band, then a
Hispanic group sang and played. My Mom and I danced to the Spanish
music, while she tried to sing the lyrics.
On Maine Historical Society Website, I found a book by Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow. It has a collection of poems,”The Seaside and the Fireside.”
This anthology includes 8 poems about the Sea with 12 about sitting and
dreaming by the Fire.
One of Longfellow’s famous and beloved poems,
with just three passages shared in this post,
the opening, middle and closing one, below:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.”
. . .
“And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!”
. . .
(After the middle, there is a sea bird that crashes into
the glare of the lighthouse, dying and the dramatic
poet, H.W.L., mentions Prometheus chained to a rock.)
. . .
“Sail on!” it says,
Sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span.
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!”
(You may view this, in its entirety, but I chose the most
beautiful passages, in my mind’s eye.)
Last year’s music news of 2014, spoke of a ‘comeback album,’ for one of
my all-time summer favorites: Christopher Cross. It is hard to believe his
album, titled,” Sailing,” has been out and sailing along into the sunset,
Did anyone listen to this album, since this post originally was published
in 2014? I have missed any of the singles on this, while listening to the
radio, daily and on longer trips to Mom’s.
I am quite content with his older one, which features lovely lyrics.
In “Sailing,” there are poetic words of paradise, tranquility, miracles
along with innocence, with canvas dreams.
“And if the wind is right, you can sail away to find serenity.”
Another passage near the end…
“Dream and wind carry me and soon I will be free.”
The Arthur movie, with the song, “The Best that You Can Be,” won Chris
Cross, an Oscar in 1981, he has been often in Germany performing, along
with on stage with country groups, like with “Alabama.” A couple years’ back,
“Lemon’s Theme” was written for the discontinued comedy television show,
I am excited by the 2014, “The Secret Ladder,” album but have not heard
any newer songs attached to this. On Wikipedia, it lists a 2013 album by
All I wish to express here is a combination of expectant excitement and
pleasant feeling of being swept away, if not on a sailboat, possibly an inner
tube, down a cool and easy river.
Christopher Cross singing his upbeat songs, using his fantastic, smooth
voice will be something I still have to look forward to, someday getting to
hear the newer songs.
If only in my dreams…
I hope this spurred on memories of sandy beaches, water experiences by
a body of water; stream, river, lake or ocean.
If not, a pool is a nice cooling off place to suggest. . .
Did you ever have an emotional experience, almost magical or spiritual,
while you were by some form of water?
If you would like to list something you did or plan to do to celebrate the
holiday, please know I may not respond until July 5th or 6th, once I get
back home. . .
If you have already liked this post, written last year and then edited to
include new baby boy, Jackson, my grandsons Micah and Skyler, their
Mommy having a 2015 vacation all week, then don’t feel bad not pushing
“Like” button once again. I am thankful for this re-blogging, since some
of the details remained intact. Others, I updated. . .
Have a fantastic Fourth of July, if you are in the U.S.
If not, hope you are having a wonderful weekend!