A Continuation of the 20 Years of
January 2020

The Current Picture

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New Year's Day   Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first day of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
-- Henry Ward Beecher (circa 1870)

In her 2008 biography of Beecher, titled "The Most Famous Man in America", Debby Applegate wrote: At his best, Beecher represented what remains the most lovable and popular strain of American culture: incurable optimism; can-do enthusiasm; and open-minded, open-hearted pragmatism.

This is not much of an entry for New Year's Day, but I believe that Henry's words, and especially Debby's description of him, are appropriate for the time.
January 2nd   Okay, it's time for the annual New Year's Eve 3D puzzle picture. It's the Cologne Cathedral. Click HERE to see a picture of the back of it. Click HERE to see the puzzles from the last seven New Year's Eves, which includes a picture of the front of this one. (Notice the missing piece. Darn! I'm trying to contact the company to get it.)
January 3rd   The "Stories, Poems, & Anecdotes From the Northland" page on the LBLR website still exists, but there have been no new entries since January of 2015. That's when "Erin's Tumble into the Fire Pit" was added. Sheesh! That's four years ago, and it would be nice to have some new entries added to it. Tons and tons of you regular customers (and Daughters and Grandkids, and in-laws) must have many things you could write about.......and it's an easy thing to do. If you've already written one, write another one! The stories should be short, one or two pages (or even just one paragraph), and they should be connected to the Northland in some manner (hopefully vacation related but not necessarily about LBLR). Small memories written in just a few paragraphs, or even just a few words, make great entries. Many of the current stories are only one paragraph long. For some examples of "one-paragraph" stories, read Em's First Snowfall, or Erin's Tumble into the Fire Pit, or The Firemaker, and there are several others. If you're shaky about the writing, get the rudiments down and I'll help you with the rest. Think about me and we can talk about it. By the way, click HERE to see the complete list of stories.
January 4th   At 1:48 tonight.......well, actually at 1:48 AM which is really tomorrow morning, the earth will be at perihelion, its closest point to the sun for this go-round. Could that be why we're having such warm weather as of late????

Entry for January 5, 2013, (7 years ago today):
This is Sarge showing off for his Texas Grandsons. He's colder than he looks, by the way. Click HERE.

Update --   It was quite cold that day. I remember Sarge yelling: "Hurry up.......take the [darned] picture!" He was back into his coat about 5 seconds after the camera clicked. I assume that you remember that, right Sarge? Did you ever get any feed back from your Grandsons? (And by the way, Sarge and his wife Ann now live in Texas near his Grandsons, and his Son & Daughter-in-law).
January 6th   Amazing! Deb and I finally did some skiing. It was on a golf course and the conditions were not good (they certainly would have been better up north), but at least we got out. With any luck there will be several more outings this winter, hopefully with better conditions.......and at least one of them WILL be Up North. Click HERE.
January 7th   A new story, which is titled "The Case of the Mysterious Beer Bottles", has been added to the "Stories, Poems, & Anecdotes From the Northland" page. The page is HERE, and the story is HERE.

PS: You may have already read about this mystery. It was referred to (along with the pictures) in four entries of the Chronicles at the time it was unfolding in January of 2012.
January 8th   January is National Hot Tea Month! You knew that, didn't you? But did you know that today, January 8th, is:   National Joygerm Day, National Bubble Bath Day, National Argyle Day, National Winter Skin Relief Day, and National English Toffee Day. That's very interesting information, is it not? And if you're interested in the details (like for instance, what in the world is a Joygerm?), click HERE. That web-site also describes the recommended ways to celebrate each of the items, but I prefer to stick with the old stand-by method of simply toasting each one with a shot of Bourbon.

Or, you can simply click HERE.
January 9th   Oh-no(!).....only 351 more days till Christmas!!!!! We just nicely get finished with one, and another one is nearly upon us. Sigh.......
January 10th   In January, when the weather was cold and the snow was deep, wolf packs often howled hungrily outside Indian villages. That's why the Indians called January's full Moon the "Wolf Moon". Tonight is the "Wolf Moon"!
January 11th   Hey Frosty, did you happen to watch your team beat Ohio State this afternoon? It was a good game!

By the way, the Vikings lost and I'm not sad about it!
January 12th   Nothing but football and basketball today, therefore I have nothing to say.
January 13th   Hey Steff, thanks for the gifts; they arrived today. And I love the apron.......nice choice. Personally, I think I look better than Bobby Flay when I wear it.
January 14th   Now that the LBLR Days are gone, there aren't nearly as many activities to procrastinate about. I'm getting out of practice. Things sure have changed.
January 15th   To see the relationship between Little Bass Lake and the Detroit Lions, click HERE.
January 16th   Beware the Pogonip!!!

PS:   It's only 9 below zero this morning. It's a real shame to use the annual "beware" message with so warm a temperature, but that's the coldest night we've had so far in this neck of the woods, and with the way this winter is going, that might be the bottom. However, it appears that they've had much colder weather Up North this winter.

Entry for January 17, 2005, (15 years ago today):
At about 6:00 AM this morning the temperature was 49 below zero. Since it normally goes down a degree or two as the sun rises, I expected it to get down to -50 for the first time in ten years. But by 7:00 it was -48, so it looks like -49 was the low at LBLR this morning. Click HERE!

Update --   As you can see in the picture, the graduations lines on that thermometer only go down to 50 below zero. Three times during the of winter of 1995/1996 (I don't know exactly what dates they were because I wasn't keeping good records back then), it registered colder than 50 below Zero. On one of those mornings, though the lack of graduation lines made it difficult to tell exactly, I estimated that it was 55 below zero. If you're interested, click HERE to read some more about it.
January 18th   Just curious. In the air photo of the lake that's in the January 15th entry (see above, or click HERE), where is LBLR located? How many of you could immediately point it out?

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