Saturday, April 13, 2019

Make it stop!

It just won’t stop. “Maybe this is the last one” I heard them say. Will it be? Anything can happen at any time in this zone. 

Of the 35 or so years I have been living in this area I have seen snow in every month except July and the year before I moved up it snowed on July 4th, killing my neighbor’s tomato plants. That was in the early 80s, though, and while things can still get a little crazy we generally don’t see any snowfall in June, July, or August.

Our official total from this last storm was 10 inches or 25 cm. It was(is) heavy and wet, but at least it made mud season disappear for a couple of days. It is supposed to get above freezing every day for the coming week so it should go away in a few days. Here is a picture from this morning.

The winds got a little stiff, too. I don’t think anything much over 50 mph (80kph), but in Duluth they recorded some of 70mph (112kph). It made for some big waves on the lake and while I wasn’t adventurous enough to go out and do some crazy photography, other people were. These cliffs are about 40 feet (12 meters) high. 
(Angela Botner Photography )

I have lived by the ocean and there are seriously huge waves that can get going in some parts of the world, but we are on an inland lake. Granted, it is a very large lake, as lakes go, but there are things that happen in the ocean that are unbelievably amazing. 
There is a lighthouse on the Brittany Coast in France that is known for the waves.
 There have been movies made about rogue waves, but the first one I remember was in the "disaster" genre called the Poseidon Adventure. One of my favorite magazines when I was a teenager and early adulthood was the literary giant, Mad Magazine. They did a hilarious satire of the movie called the Poopsidedown Adventure. It was the biggest selling month in Mad's illustrious, yet dubious, history selling 2.8 million copies! That issue cost 40 cents. CHEAP! I laughed until it hurt!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Seasonal Transitions

It is the time of year for seasonal changes. Some days are lovely and some days not so much. This week we have had sun, snow, and rain within the space of about three days, but eventually it will warm up so the snow part is gone for a while. Here is what we saw in the last few days.

Here is what the farm looks like from the air in summer. This is just so I don’t forget. 

Meanwhile we are getting into mud season as the rain and snow fall and the ground thaws out. Soon I will be able to put my flannel-lined pants away for a few months.

Here are some seasonal change memes offered up for your entertainment because misery loves company and I just can’t think of anything worthwhile to share. That will pass, too.