September 2016

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September 1st   Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring.
It calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade.......
A timely carolling.

            -- William Wordsworth, "September" (circa 1810)

This is the month of change. Unlike the month of August, the landscape at the end of September will look much different than it does today.
September 2nd   As of 8:30 this morning, the resort has been totally empty for 48 hours, which is not unusual for this time of the year. However, by this evening it'll be crawling with people, which is normal for the start of the Labor Day weekend.
September 3rd   The guests here this weekend consist mostly of my Dear Daughter Tracie and many members of a Rochester ski club (Traverski) that she used to belong to. They don't seem to be doing nearly as much skiing as they did when they were here in their younger days, but I think there's more laughter going on. Obviously they're having a great time.
September 4th   To see a large "out on the lake" pizza party, click HERE. There were 16 people in attendance, the two pontoons came from here, and the pizzas came from LMNOP-izza.
September 5th   After some boating experiences this weekend on Little Bass Lake, there is one thing for certain; if Holly and her son Calvin (shown HERE with a nice Crappie) ever go fishing in one my boats again, Calvin (and only Calvin) will be running the motor.
September 6th   Ah yes, the calmness and quietness of an empty resort.
September 7th   There was a very interesting article in the Star Tribune recently concerning the habits of Loons, and it dispels some "well known" myths about them as well. It's fairly long, but enjoyable. Click HERE to read it. Thanks for the lead Dennis.
September 8th   A Muskie landing net:   Click HERE.
September 9th   Another sign that Autumn is just around the corner:   LBLR is filled with Warblers and Common Flickers.
September 10th   One cabin load of Illini Fisherfolk (Kenny and Mike) arrived today, and a second cabin load (Denny, Dewey, and Bart) will arrive tomorrow. For some of them this is their third trip up here this year. Welcome back you guys!
September 11th
September 12th The resort season which is just ending was the 85th one for LBLR and the 25th one for me.
September 13th  
  I             Little Bass Lake!
September 14th   As summer wanes and the days grow shorter, let us remember the old proverb:   He who so shall, so shall he who!

By the way, does anyone know where that old adage came from. The only thing I could find on the internet was that it originated with "Puke and Snot", but I doubt that. Puke and Snot began their comedy act in 1974 and I heard those words for the first time in college in 1965.
September 15th   I don't know if this is really true, but it seems to me that gulls tend to gather at "non-lake" places (lawns, mall parking lots, garbage dumpsters, etc) more frequently as fall approaches. Click HERE.
September 16th   A Farmer's Almanac weather discussion (again):

Last winter's prediction was cold and wet; it turned out to be warm and dry.
This summer's prediction was hot and dry; it turned out to be cool and wet.
Bear that in mind as you read the prediction for this coming winter in our neck of the woods:
This winter will be colder than normal with the coldest periods in mid-December, most of January, as well as early and late February. Precipitation will be a bit above normal in the east and below normal in the west. Our "neck of the woods" for this prediction includes Michigan's U.P., Wisconsin, Minnesota and the eastern half of the Dakotas. Since the dividing line for "east" and "west" in this section is Minneapolis, and since we're basically on that line, we can go either way in their snow fall prediction.
September 17th   LBLR has a bumper crop of High Bush Cranberries this year; all of the bushes look like this one. They were put to good use in a few past years, but this year nobody wants them. Too bad. Click HERE.
September 18th   There will still be a few more lake level readings this year, but so far this is what has happened. The current reading is 1282.90 feet above sea level, which is 4.25 inches higher than it was when the ice went out. The difference between the lowest level (May 23rd) and the highest level (July 12th) is 8.25 inches.
September 19th   Wow!!!! To see Deb and her "new baby" click HERE.
September 20th   It's happening already. Click HERE.
September 21st   Talk about "Christmas Creep"!!! It's still summer, for goodness sake. Can't they at least wait until summer is over? Click HERE.
The Autumnal  
The day becomes more solemn and serene,
When noon is past - there is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!
                                    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley (circa 1820)

We made it through another summer!!!!! Happy Autumn!!!!!
September 23rd   Alas, I have nothing to say.
September 24th   Hello to Wayne and David B who arrived today for a stay of slightly over a week. And they brought a friend of theirs (Jim, aka Doc) along with them. And speaking of Doc, click HERE to see what he caught today.
September 25th   The "roots" of the words September, October, November, and December mean 7, 8, 9, and 10 respectively. So why are they months 9, 10, 11, and 12 respectively?
September 26th   Hey Jim and Tim, Cabin 1 is ready for your arrival. I'll see you in the morning.
September 27th   Back in 1590, the Pope was Urban VII. He was somewhat forward thinking for his day and age because he issued what is generally accepted to be the world's first public smoking ban. He threatened to excommunicate anyone who took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe, or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose. His reign lasted for only 13 days. He died shortly before midnight 426 years ago today.
September 28th   My Son-in-law Jim and his friend Tim arrived yesterday to do some grouse hunting. They hunted today and even though they don't have a dog this year, they managed to get a grouse and a duck. Hmmmm.......maybe they WILL have something for that crock pot they borrowed from me last night.
Michaelmas   The word for the day is PEACEFULNESS.   PEACE-FUL-NESS.
September 30th   Yesterday was National Coffee Day, by the way. I hope you held a little celebration while you drank your morning coffee.

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