Mud Lake in Winter

Mud Lake in Winter

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter Comes Hard

Winter has settled upon the lake.  We have had some limited snow, but the ground is covered for the duration.  This week has a 6-11 inch storm promised, but one never seems to know if that will happen.  Temperatures have been the big issue, dropping to –34 with a number of –25 to –30 nights.  That has raised issues for the pump, septic system, and roof septic vent.  All are fine given the running of a lot of hot water to keep the whole thing going.

The squirrels seem to have holed upon for the duration.  Only Chip has been seen in the last two weeks and that was on a lone good day.  The deer are about but seem to be hiding too.  Even daisy has been seen wearing her sweater to keep warm doing her duty.  The thicker knit green tone one has been the favorite.  Walks have been limited given the wind chill warnings and advisories.

While it looks like good snowmobiling time, they have not been seen much.  The trials are just not ready yet.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Snow, and the beginnings of ice on the lake, have made themselves known. It looks like the thin snow cover is going to last the season.  Chances of a melt off are slim.  Ice has been seen around the short of Mud Lake.  It is thin, and it changes by the day, but it is likely to stay.

The geese and two swans have been hanging out on the lake.  No big fly off yet by the geese.  The swans are only current visitors here as they must be on the river over winter to  be in open water.

There are no signs of the beaver.  Beave cut a tree down or two, but action in harvesting the load has been nil.The smelly stuff obtained to deter him from the trees close to the dock zone has remained unused.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tamarack Towers

Now after its third year on the property, the in the open tamarack tree is growing like wild.  It is a genuine Department of Natural Resources seedling, and this year it just shot up.  Most of them are still down in the 1-2 foot range.  Daisy approves.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beaver Attack!

Having not seen the beaver in Mud Lake since he swam by me a couple years ago, we note he is still here.  A tree on the neighbors suddenly hit the deck over night.  The base bears the telltale gnawing marks of the beaver.  And I used his Ipana toothpaste as a kid and now he steals the trees.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Itasca Leaves

We made the annual leaf viewing trip to Itasca State Park.  The park did not disappoint.  While some of those special trees that just delight with color seemed missing this year, the general view of of bright, yellow in its many shades.


Monday, September 18, 2017

An Abundant Harvest

The garden has been productive this year.  The netting has kept our deer friends away with great success.  The tomato crop and the beans both have been super.  The peppers are giant.  And the potatoes have been wonderful.  Note the Kennebec in the photo.  Sue dug up just three plants and we thought we got five pounds.

Then there were the peppers…

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Dry Summer


It has been awhile.  We have been busy with the now seemingly usual work of summer.  The trees have been holding up.  We lost a couple to some tree service people, basically cleaning up to remnants of last summer.  The leaners that failed to fall enough got themselves cleaned up and a few giant branches that stayed attached and growing had to come down.  Experts who climb trees to cut took care of these.

The first section of the dock go new wood.  The patio had a spot wood repair.  The garden is growing like mad.

I almost picked up a foot long turtle by its head today.  Thought it was a dead water lily leaf under water, but nooooo.  I was about to grab when something caused my mind to stop.  It turned a swam away and I headed out of the water to look from the dock.