|September 1st  ||
September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn. The cricket chirps in the noontide making the most of what remains of his brief life. The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath, and their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds, now silent or departed.|
Those lovely words were from the pen of Rowland E. Robinson; he composed them sometime in the late 1800s.
|September 2nd  ||Click HERE to see Alaina and her Dad showing us two different ways to spend a relaxing afternoon at cabin 1.|
|September 3rd  ||Here's a piece of advice for difficult times:   Things are just what they are, so get over it and make the best of it.   I know that's rather general, but it's good advice nonetheless, so take heed.|
|September 4th  ||Here's another fun thing to do during your vacation at LBLR.......visit Itasca State Park which contains the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It's only about an hour and 45 minutes away. Click HERE to see Deb walking across the Mighty Mississippi (she only got a "little" wet) and click HERE to go to the State Park web-site.|
|September 5th  ||It's the beginning of what promises to be a fine Labor Day weekend, a time when LBLR is usually filled with kids, grandkids, and other relatives. That is not the case this year. Due to other commitments, the only relation here this weekend is my niece (Holly) and her two kids, but thanks to Bob N and his friends, all the other cabins are occupied.|
|September 6th  ||To Janet and Jeff:   Thanks for spending the day here. It was enjoyable.|
|Labor Day  ||
Click HERE to see the flags that were desplayed at LBLR this holiday weekend. The Polish flag is in honor of Deb's ancestors, the German flag is in honor of my ancestors, and the flag of the Peoples Republic of China is in honor of Bing Norman (who is from China) and her friends (many of whom are Chinese) who graced LBLR with their presence these last few days. Old Glory can be seen flying from the main flag pole in back of those three. Thanks for coming!!!! |
PS:   You needn't bother informing me of the condition of the weather vane; I'm already aware of that.
|September 8th  ||This morning Lois and Dallas (center) took a short "reminscing" ride around Little Bass Lake on the pontoon. Lois and Dallas are sisters and Dallas is the daughter-in-law of Clyde Jellison who built my house and resort starting back in 1927. The other two (Bruce and Doris) are Clyde's grandkids. Click HERE to see them.|
|September 9th  ||As mentioned in the Chronicles on February 6th of 2009, 2013, and 2015, Queen Elizabeth II was about to become the longest reigning King or Queen of the British Isles. Today is the day; her reign of 63 years and 217 days has passed the record of Queen Victoria, her Great Great Grandmother. Congratulations to Her Majesty and Long live the Queen!|
|September 10th  ||Tons and tons of Flickers and Warblers are breezing through this neck of the woods.......a sure sign that autumn is near. I haven't seen any Juncos yet, but they should be arriving in droves within the next few weeks as well. They're all heading south to their warm winter homes after spending the summer in Alaska and Canada.|
|September 11th  ||To the Turner/Carlson/Harlan clan:   Not to worry about October; there'll be enough fire wood! Click HERE.|
|September 12th  ||To sum up the Old Farmer's Almanac weather prediction for next year (including November and December of the current year) in this neck of the woods:   We'll have a much colder than normal winter with more than normal snowfall, followed by a summer that will be hotter and dryer than normal.   To a majority of people that's probably the worst of everything, so it's a good thing that the Almanac is hardly ever right.|
|September 13th  ||
More weather predictions, this time from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:   There's an increasing chance that El Niņo may become strong, perhaps the strongest since the 1997-1998 episode and, thus, may play a stronger role in our weather. The fact that El Niņo is likely to last into spring is important for the United States since precipitation and temperature impacts from a moderate-to-strong El Niņo are typically most noticeable during the colder months, from late fall through winter. Looking at past moderate-strong El Ninos would indicate that the northern tier of states from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, and Northeast will have warmer than normal temperatures. Note that these are impacts that are typically expected, but they aren't always the rule.|
So with whom do you side, the Old Farmer's Almanac which was established in 1792 (see above) or the NOAA which was established in 1970?
|September 14th  ||A slow pontoon cruise around the lake as the sun sets can be very pleasant this time of the year. Click HERE.|
|September 15th  ||
Another reroofing project is underway; this time it's cabin 4. Click HERE.|
By the way, Rosh Hashanah ends today at sunset. This year we commemorated the 5776th anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.
|September 16th  ||I forgot to mention it, but a few days ago the Fishing Illini (Denny T and his friends) arrived at LBLR for the third time this year. As usual, they'll be here for the whole week, and also as usual, they are catching lots of fish.|
|September 17th  ||The roofing continues. Click HERE.|
|September 18th  ||There are always some lunatics about; it would be a dull world without them.   That was an observation by Sherlock Holmes in "The Case of the Three Gables", and old Sherlock always knew what he was talking about. And besides that, on some days it's so obvious that you don't even have to be a Sherlock to notice it.|
|September 19th  ||Today Dave B arrived from Arkansas, but the rest of his family couldn't make it this time. It takes a die-hard fisherman to spend a week at a resort all by himself.|
|September 20th  ||
Three more days till Autumn:|
Lord, it is time. The summer was very long. Lay thy shadow on the sundial and let the winds go loose on the meadow. Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another three more Southerly days, press them on to fulfillment, and drive the last sweetness into the heavenly wine.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke (circa 1900)
|September 21st  ||Tonight is a Two Bit Moon, ie it's in its first quarter. (Git it? Git it?)|
|September 22nd  ||At 1282.31 feet above sea level, the lake is virtually right where it was in mid-september the last couple of years.|
|Autumnal Equinox  ||The Beauty, the Wonder, and the Splendor of summer are now gone.......but the Beauty, the Wonder, and the Splendor of Autumn are just beginning! Or as Henry David Thoreau once said:   Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.   And have a nice Autumn.|
|September 24th  ||Nice one Dave. Click HERE.|
|September 25th  ||The average date of our first 32 degree night was 5 days ago, and we haven't even been close yet. Do you suppose that El Niņo is already having an effect? The average date of our first 28 degree night is 3 days from now, but the weatherman says that the low temps will be in the mid 50s. Sigh....... The last time we had a hard frost before this date (according to my records anyway) was September 18, 2012 and it has to be a lot colder the 32 degrees to cause that.|
|September 26th  ||Good-bye to Dave B who, just this morning, headed back to his home in Arkansas after a week of fishing. We'll see you next Spring Dave, along with your Son and your Father hopefully.|
|September 27th  ||You can make up the truth.......if you know how.|
| September 28th,
29th, and 30th
|This is a sad way to end a great month, but click HERE.|