Mud Lake in Summer

Mud Lake in Summer

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunny Fall Continues

The leaves are listed as “past peak.,” but they still look pretty good.  We are they trees in the right half of the right picture.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beaver Attack!

Having not seen the beaver in Mud Lake since he swam by me a coup-le years ago, we note he is still here.  A tee on the neighbors suddenly hot the deck over night.  The base bears the telltale gnawing marks of the beave.  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…

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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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Almost Summer, Now Winter Returns


Saturday was a most beautiful 70 degrees, and we woke up to snow covering the grass.  The roads melted fast, but it is one nice winter scene outside now.  A lot of summer things are getting snow on them too.  Most of the solar lights are in place and sit with snow caps.  The patio furniture is white, mostly.  I suppose the lake will be empty of fishing boats today?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ice Out!


April 3 should be the official day to call the “ice out” for Mud Lake.  A tiny area remained on the south shore, but the majority of the lake was wet.  Today, on the  4th, the lake is fully clear with only tiny pieces remaining.  Sad, again another year without the spectacularly odd and ozzie noises of ice break up.