Mud Lake in Summer

Mud Lake in Summer

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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Clean Up

 

Spring clean-up is underway.  As far as we can tell only one tiny square foot of ice remains unmelted.  It is right be the house and gets only morning sun.

The squirrels are up from Winter.  They have been checking the sunflower seeds.  Young Melvin seems to have shown up, but has been joined by Mr. and Mrs. Phil.  The birds are sketchy, but starting to explore the sunflowers.  For a few minutes one hoard of tiny sparrows searched the ground for some nosh.

The leaves have been blown off the septic tank and drain field area.  Chances seem remote of severely low temperatures.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

What Next?

 

The melt continued until the roof was mostly clear.  One valley area that gets the Sun late in the day did not get enough energy to fully melt.  Then we got some rain to help out.  Then it turned cold.  The big storm today missed us being far to the South.  Some minor snow activity can be expected over the next week.  At least, we got the blacktop driveway back after a couple months of white and ice.

As the place melted we did get one squirrel checking out the feeders.  He got a little to take home.  He was not one of the crew here during the summer.  The new guy he is called.  Some deer have been wondering around, too.  The Gang of Seven seems to find the melted area of interest.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Warm Spell hits 40s and up.

 

The weather is turning warm to the max this seek.  The ice coating is melting away and the roofs should soon be back to their human made colors.  It is a bit wet as all that melts.

Conveniently they have snow scheduled for one this inconvenient ice-snow is gone.  Ands showing a sense of change, the snow is not scheduled for Tuesday as most has been.

Note that I bought a sled on sale today.  Next row up was loaded with summer gardening supplies ready to go.  Of course, I use the sled for pulling the chain saw and its fuels and tools around during the summer.  Wore the bottom off the old one.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ice

 

The back and forth of temperature and precipitation type has brought a solidness to the snow cover.  I hit one drift with a regular shovel and the shovel bounced back.  Hard as can be it was.  The freezing rain cover and the melting periods have left us coated.  Today light snow is coating it all in fluff.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow and Wind

 

While the snow totals have not been that great, the piling of it all looks like this has been dump city.  The snow seems deep and the roof had to be cleared.  Piles are along side the roads to town.  The wind picks up from time to time and watches, advisories, and alerts are issued.   Cold is the word.

Tonight is to be another –30F night or so.  West of us they had a blizzard without snow falling.  Just had the wind blowing old snow.

We have had to shovel the area out the front door so the dog has a place to go.  In and out quickly is the rule right now.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Storm-Light

 

A sunny day today with a temperature near zero.  The storm mostly missed us leaving about , maybe, 3.5 inches in a two part dump.  The old icy layer is still there.