Saturday, December 12, 2009


     Ya ... it's really cold up here!
   Thankfully, we didn't get as much snow as predicted, but the temps have been going way down ... way below zero at night.
    So ... wouldn't you know ... my furnace quit!  The first guy that came out couldn't find the problem ... he & another guy came out in the afternoon.  They said it probably needed a part ... that might have to be ordered!
    OH WELL.  I could keep the upstairs liveable ... but didn't know if I could keep the basement water pipes from freezing.  I've developed good cold-weather coping skills ... but this would be a real challenge!
    By some miracle ... they did come back much later with the part!  And, much to the surprise of all ... the furnace did start ... and is still running.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


     I guess instinct (God's guidance) prompted me to call my garage last week & make arrangements to get my snow tires put on yesterday morning. I made a quick trip to the IGA while I wax in town.

     The snow, as predicted, started  later on Tuesday .... then predicted more snow on Wednesday ... then, Thursday will be really bad.  Today, Wednesday, all the U.P. schools around here are closed.  I hope I can get out to keep my weekly appointment at the Chiropractor.

     Yesterday, I did fulfill my ambitious plans to take my saw in the car, so that on my return from Crystal Falls, I put it in 4-wheel drive & ran up the hill to cut my Christmas tree. I had chosen & marked one some time ago.

     I have everything pretty much so put away or covered up .... tho I should burn trash while I can still get to the burn barrel (I even put a cover on that). I filled a feeder with dry cat food for up in the Gunta shed. I had my snow blower tuned up last spring ... I should give it a test start. & make sure I have enough gas for it. I put shovels, brooms, & ice choppers by each door. I bought a bag of ice melt.

     As usual for up here ... we have to plan for all emergencies ... even like getting stuck in the snow.  I put a snow shovel, ice-melt, & a blanket into the car.  It's a good idea to have snacks & a flashlite, too.

     This past week, they got socked with snow "Up North" on the Keweenau & all along Lake Superior ... They had to figure out where to put the two feet of snow, then the crews were out full force today, all day with all the equipment they have ... with an eye on the storm warnings coming up the next few days. No wonder the "Snow Birds" retreat every winter!

HERE'S PIX FROM PAST YEARS' SNOWS... I'll take more pix of the new snow ... later.

L o i S

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Now, It's December

Not quite winter yet.

We've had snow, but only at little at a time; it keeps melting away. Went to the IGA ... admired this in the parking lot.

In a neighbor's yard ...

At home , Mimi is watching a little red squirrel on the plant stand ...

Last year, there was so much snow that I took the lazy man's way, & cut a tree in my ditch so that I only had to take a few steps in snow.

This year ... I didn't cut my tree yet ... but I did mark the one I want, so that I can go right to it. But, here are some of the other candidates, too.

L o i S