January 2014

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The Calends of January If January Calends be summerly gay,
'Twill be winterly weather till the Calends of May.

Today's weather in this neck of the woods sure wasn't summerly gay. It was certainly along the line of winterly but not quite as bad as it has been.......the temp this morning was about 20 below zero, as it was yesterday morning. So what does that tell us about the weather for the next four months?
January 2nd The deep freeze continues.......35 below zero this morning.
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January 4th Just to make sure that there is no confusion amongst you gentle readers, yesterday's stern copyright notice was a joke, and I just made up Harold W. Smith, Inc in Los Angeles, California (I hope that address doesn't really exist). Okay Connie? By the way, if anyone would like to make the LBLR Chronicles into a movie, be my guest.
January 5th Since tonight is predicted to be the coldest night of the winter so far, you might consider re-reading this. Click HERE.
The Epiphany Two days ago we had our family Christmas; to see our "Glorious Christmas Mess", click HERE. Missing from the picture are Ben (my 6 year old grandson) and Jeff (my son-in-law who was the photographer). As recommended by Andy Rooney, we didn't clean it up too quickly (see the Christmas Day entry).
January 7th The temp was 29 below zero at bedtime last night but by this morning at 6:00 it was already up to 22 below zero, so it's warming up. The last couple of days were colder. It wont get up to zero today but it might get into the single digits below, and then tomorrow maybe even above zero. The perihelion was 3 days ago, by the way.......sorry I missed it.
January 8th This is the contents of a Christmas Card from my "Packer Loving" Grandson Jake. As it turned out, it really wasn't from Jake but from my "smarty-pants" son-in-law Jeff, who blamed it on my "Packer Loving" Grandson Jake. Click HERE.

25 below zero this morning. WILL THIS NEVER END?!?!?!?!
January 9th The ice is 12 inches thick at the moment. In past years the ice thickness in early January has normally been 15 to 18 inches thick. AND yesterday, for the first time this year, I walked across the ice to Sarge and Ann's place.

Hey Sean, when you buy a resort (assuming that you still plan to do so) are you sure you want to miss these lovely Northern Minnesota winters? But then I suppose that Chicago isn't all that different, right?
January 10th Are there any similarities between Ice Fishing and the NASA Moon Landings? Click HERE.
January 11th Since the Southern Solstice three weeks ago, the sunrise time has remained about the same but we have about 18 more minutes before sunset these days (in our neck of the woods, that is).
January 12th My son-in-law Jim and his friends were up here ice fishing for the last few days (as they always do this time of the year) and they did okay. To see part of their catch, click HERE. To see Jim actually catch one, click HERE.

Note to Jodie and Angie:   See! They're in there. Will you be coming up to try your luck again this winter, or what?
January 13th
        Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.   -- Napoleon (circa 1810)
January 14th Cabin 4 is finally shut down for the rest of the winter. Cabin 2 is still up and running and it'll probably stay that way, which hasn't happened for many years.
January 15th Here's something that I've been fretting about for several years. Just this morning another entry was added to the "Stories, Poems, and Anecdotes from the Northland" page of the LBLR web-site. It's the story of the beginning of my association with LBLR and it's titled "Crisis 1992". Up until now I've avoided making it public for fear of causing hard feelings among some of the people involved, and because it's a fairly negative story (except for the happy ending, of course). At any rate, I've changed my mind and put it out there. It's a tad long, but if you'd care to take a look, click HERE.
January 16th The word for the day:   Simplicity.   Sim-plic-i-ty.   Remember it.
January 17th There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, other days when it is a bitter tonic, and still other days when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1908)
January 18th HERE.
January 19th As I said a few months ago regarding some tree planting: "What rocket scientist did the planning for this project"? Now I really wish that I had planted this tree farther from the flag pole. Now what do I do? Click HERE.
January 20th I know you're getting tired of these comments about the temperature, but geez(!), it's predicted to be 27 below zero tonight. That sure was a short-lived warm spell.
January 21st This year's Super Bowl, which will be played on February 2nd in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold weather environment, a fact which has generated some controversy. You see, the 2014 Farmer's Almanac says that the weather on February 1st through 3rd in that area will be stormy, with heavy rain and snow. This has gotten the attention of some of the media, including ESPN's Rick Reilly in a piece that aired on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown on October 21, 2013. Geez, I wonder if Rick believes in Ouija Boards too.

PS:   To be fair though, Rick didn't really appear to be all that concerned about the Alamanac's prediction, although he did mention it. Mainly he was wondering why the NFL would even consider an outdoor stadium in a cold weather area when there are so many other options available.
January 22nd The Basketball Gophers done real good this evening.......they handily beat number 9 Wisconsin in a fun game to watch. Believe it or not, those guys are turning out to be pretty good.   [Aside -- Obviously I have nothing to say today. This probably should have been the picture of the wood block. Sorry about that. -- End of Aside]
January 23rd I have nothing to say today either, except that the temp was 31 below zero this morning.
January 24th Happy Birthday to my Dear Sister Beth!!!!! You're getting very close to Medicare and that's a good thing, right?
January 25th On this date in 2012 I used my snowblower for the first time that winter.......and even then it wasn't very much snow. Click HERE. What a non-winter that was; it was the year that the ice went out on March 27th. This winter is much better!
January 26th This is a neat picture but it makes the cabins look too close together. That's because it had to be taken at an angle in order to be close enough to actually see the buildings and still be able to get them all in the picture. To take it straight on, the camera would have to be much further away. It would be neat to get a picture like this in the summertime but at that time of the year the vegetation covers up the cabins. In addition to that, the roofs of the cabins blend in with the background and they don't show up like they do when there's snow on them. Click HERE.
January 27th Never play cards with a man called Doc.   -- Nelson Algren (1956)

That's probably good advice, but obviously it shows that I don't have much to say this time of the year (or ever, for that matter). However, I did blow snow yesterday morning for the many-eth time this winter (see the January 25th entry, above) and the temp this morning was (yet again!!!) just a tad short of 30 below zero.
January 28th I'm sorry to bore you (again), but all I have to say today is that it was 27 below zero this morning. Sigh.......
January 29th It's still only mid-winter and it's still very cold, but let's look ahead a bit shall we?
  • In only 5 and a half weeks we'll set our clocks ahead for the Summertime.
  • In about 7 weeks Spring will be here.
  • In about 8 weeks I'll walk across the lake for the last time.
  • In about 9 weeks the Juncos will start passing through here on their way up north.
  • In about 9 weeks also, the chipmonks will be out in force.
  • In about 10 weeks there will Canada Geese, Mallards, Goldeneyes, and Merganzers on the river.
  • In about 10 weeks also, the Merlin will arrive and begin harrassing the local water fowl.
  • In about 12 weeks, Tara and Cindy will start doing the Spring cleaning in the cabins.
  • In about 12 weeks, also, the ice will be gone and on that day the Loons will arrive.
  • In about 13 weeks the Painted Turtles from last year's eggs will leave their underground nests and wander into the lake.
  • In about 13 weeks also, the pontoons will go back into the water.
  • In about 14 weeks we'll be cruising on the lake in the pontoon while enjoying a glass of fine Claret.
  • In 14 weeks and 4 days Northern and Walleye fishing will begin.
  • In about 15 weeks Jeff K will arrive for his annual Spring trip to LBLR.
  • In about 18 weeks the mother Painted Turtles will wander onto the resort to lay their eggs for next year's babies.
Those things seem like a long way off, but if the last 22 years are any indication they'll be here sooner than we could ever imagine.
January 30th The opening of the Cedar Creek Grille, the new eating and drinking establishment about 10 miles north of Grand Rapids on highway 38, has been delayed a bit; the opening is now planned for late March. The remodeling work being done to the building is extensive and it looks great. One can only hope that it does better than the Wilderness Pub which occupied the same facility a few years ago.
January 31st A man who owns a resort is always just coming out of a hardware store.

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