Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I will be at my friends house on the Indiana border ice fishing this weekend. This is something we do every Super Bowl. I will be cheering for the Steelers. I have been a Steelers fan since the days of Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain.
Denise will be going up to the cabin for the weekend. She is not a football fan at all. She will probably watch the game but only for the commercials.
Take care and Go Steelers!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
This is a pic of the rescue divers who check out the area for foreign objects or ice shards. There was also a paramedic team standing by.
A Pine Siskin, one of the 'winter' finches. We had some Common Redpolls, but too far away to get photo's.
One of the many squirrels that love Denise's suet feeders.
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
A male Downy Woodpecker on the no-no feeder.
This is a pic of the very rare orange and black chimney bird. OK , its just me cleaning the chimney flue. The chimney is nice and clean now. After this we headed home.
Hope all of you had a great weekend. Take care.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I am missing...
Standing in front of the window drinking a cup of hot coffee...
Filling my bird feeders...
Snuggling up with Cleo in our bed, with the feather bed, mattress warmer and down comforter...
The chill in the air early in the morning, until you can smell the pancakes and coffee...
The brisk feel and cleanliness of the air and my complete sense of peace when I escape to my heaven on earth...
I can't wait to get there tomorrow. I'll certainly be up an running with pics as soon as I get back on Sunday!
PS I like the new PC, but I'm not looking forward to changing over the files....including pics....I've been putting this task off.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well we got the new computer up and running. It's great. We are still playing with it to find out what it can do. Denise will post more about the computer since she is the computer wizard in this house.
I went to a friends cottage this last weekend. Mark's cottage is about 2 hours west of of our house. It is on Dragon Lake in Kinderhook Michigan. It was a duel purpose weekend. Ice Fishing and drywalling. Mark had a pipe burst a while back, which pretty much wiped out the ceiling in his one bedroom. We got over to Mark's place Friday evening. There was Mark, Jeff, Rick, Tom and Myself. We had a couple adult beverages and relaxed.
Saturaday we got up and I got the shanty set up. I was the only one in the group who brought a shanty. I figured with as cold as it was that whoever wanted to use the shanty could to get out of the cold. Mark was really the only one who fished Saturday morning, the only one who was brave enough to fight the sub zero weather. When Mark came back in we started the drywall. We only had to do the ceiling as he is going to panelthe walls. We were done by 10:00 am. We had lunch and napped. Around three we all started to migrate outside to fish. We only stayed for a couple of hours We came back in and Mark cooked up steaks and we watched basketball.
We had tip up outs and Rick caught a pike. It looked like it was leagal but we put it back to grow bigger. Mark caught some bluegills and cleaned them up. That was the extent of the fishing on Saturday.
Sunday we got up and I headed out on the ice. I could not get the fish to bite. That is the way it goes sometimes. Just as we were getting ready to pull the tip ups out when the flag on my tip up went up. I caught a 30+ inch pike. We were not going to keep him for dinner and he is not big enough to put on the wall so back in the hole he went. So with that we packed up and headed for home. A quick weekend it was, not much fishing but a good time with good friends.
Hope your weekend was as good as mine.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Winter view looking to the northwest out the front window. That is our lake association swim dock, down at our shoreline.
Winter view looking west, that is our front dock.
Remember the dry well post? Well, I found a pic of the pipe that Bill took out, no wonder my kitchen sink wouldn't drain.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
A veiw of our snow covered cabin.
A close up of the stumps and the wood shavings left behind. The Beavers were coming up from under the ice right at the shore line were it was basically slush as opposed to solid ice.
Our neighbor has found a way to beat the beavers. He has wrapped all the trees on his property with aluminum.
I saw this snag and thought it would be a cool pic. Then I saw something blue in at top of the snag.
The blue thing I saw was this fishing lure that one of my neighbors lost over the summer.
Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This is my favorite spot to sit all spring and summer long. Ah, imagine...shorts, a good book with your barefeet feeling the warmth of the wood on the dock and the sun setting directly in front of you...and the glow of the dock tiki torches after dark.
We forgot to put the adirondack chairs away...oops.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
When I got there, I got the fire started in the wood burner. Headed into Houghton Lake to get some lamp oil. Headed back to our place, where I stopped at Elbow Lake Bar, knowing they wouldn't have any power either. But, they have old propane lights and are able to cook with a generator. I had my choice of either a hamburger or chili. I opted for chili. The owner asked if we were going to be there for the New Year, I said yes. He said, bring a dish, we are having a party. He would be supplying the ham. So, I headed back to the cabin to come up with a couple of menu items...hoping that I would have power so that I can cook using the electric range, instead of the grill, which has about 12" of snow on it.
The power came on at approx. 1:30pm on Tuesday afternoon. I opened the fridge for the first time. We lost everything. Shucks. I had planned on making 'Bluegill cakes' for the New Year's party. We had a lot of bluegill in the freezer, that and melted ice cream make for a gagging good time cleaning out the fridge.
I ended up making Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts, a cold Crab Dip and Jalapeno Popper Dip for the party at Elbow Lake Bar. The party was a great time! Lots of great food and nice folks, we were stuffed.
I have to wait for Bill to come home to show pics from this week. He will be home on Sunday with our nephew Jimmy, they have been ice fishing. They have been using MY secret fishing spot! Hmmmmm, I'll have to get them back. In the mean time, here are some other pics.
Cabin mantle lit up with oil lamps.
Cleo, she's exhausted after opening gifts for Christmas.
This is what Bill made for me. It's a memory box for Brittany, my Standard Poodle, she passed away a couple of years ago. It has a couple of pics of her, her last collar, and her paw print. Bill usually makes me something for Christmas and my birthday. I'll share pics of those in future blogs.
Of course, I can't leave Bill out. This is him with a Journey CD that he wanted for Christmas.
This is an older picture. These are 2 of our nephews ice fishing at our place in one of Bill's shanty's. He has a couple of them. Jimmy is in the front, and Sean is in the back. Jimmy lives close by and comes up north quite a bit. Sean lives in Texas and doesn't get to come up as much. Sean LOVES fishing as much as his Uncle Bill.