October 2009

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October 1st October begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The season comes full with the first frost, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season's last crops.

-- Glenn Wolff and Jerry Dennis
October 2nd Other than a few trees like this Maple near cabin # 3, there still isn't much Autumn color in this neck of the woods. Click HERE
October 3rd Just a tad short of 11 HERE
October 4th I was sorry to hear that her plans have fallen through and hence, North Carolina Laurie wont be able to make it up here this fall. (Sigh......) Oh well, we'll meet next summer, right Laurie? This time for sure! Right Laurie?
October 5th Mike J from Rochester and Randy caught a few Northerns and a Bass today. That's probably the last time any of us will go fishing this year.
October 6th It has rained a bit in the last day or so and the lake is up a tad. Usually it begins its Autumn rise in mid to late August or perhaps early September. If this is it, early October is better than "not at all". In spite of the recent rain, this is the lowest the lake has been on this date in at least 4 years.
October 7th Ha! There's solid ice on the windshields this morning.
October 8th Although I've heard a lot of shooting off in the distance, from the few discussions I've had with hunters, the grouse hunting doesn't seem too good this year.
October 9th 26 degrees this morning, with snow expected tonight.

My son-in-law, who is here with some of his buddies to do some grouse hunting, took this picture as the sun rose this morning. It's from just outside cabin # 1. It sure looks peaceful, doesn't it? Thanks Jim. Click HERE.
October 10th Happy Birthday Twacie!!!!!

The weatherman was right for once.......the ground is covered with snow this morning. When the sun comes up I'll add a picture. Ya know, this isn't all that much snow, but I'm sure glad that I have almost all of the winter prep work done (except for leaf raking of course, but most of the leaves are still on the trees). A lot of years at this time I've barely started.
Later............. The sun is up so here's the picture. Click HERE.

Another new story (a short one, a single paragraph) has been added to "Northland Stories, Poems, and Anecdotes". It also appeared in a Chronicles entry about this time of the year in 2005. Its title is "Em's First Snowfall" and it's HERE.
October 11th I want the black things that are like the green things with the red things in them.

-- Nicholas Peterson (circa 1989)
(A first grader telling me what he wanted on his pizza.)
October 12th I've noticed that at some point this past summer the days started getting shorter and shorter, and that since late September it has been happening at an even faster rate. And recently it has started getting colder too. To the best of my knowledge that can only mean one thing.......the sun is going out. If that's the case, sometime within the next few months it will die completely and the earth will become a dark, lifeless, ball of ice.
October 13th Colleen, Allie, Erin, and most of their family will arrive tomorrow for their annual MEA weekend get-away. In response to the "doom and gloom" Chronicles entry of yesterday, Colleen sent me this (it's from Annie......sort of):

Colleen, Allie, and Erin will be here tomorrow,
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about tomorrow clears the cobwebs and the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck with a day that's lonely and gray,
I just stick out my chin and grin, and say:

Colleen, Allie, and Erin will be here tomorrow,
So I'll hang on until tomorrow come what may.
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow
Cuz you're only a day away!
October 14th For the record:
As of this morning all 3 pontoons, 3 fishing boats, both kayaks, both paddle boats, the canoe, and the swimming raft are all on shore. The water toys and most of the lawn furniture have been put into storage for the winter, and cabin 3 has been shut down. That leaves a tad more lawn furniture (which I can't put away until the last guests have gone), two boats that are still in the water (one of which will remain there until just before the lake freezes), and 3 more cabins to shut down (which can't be done until after deer season). There are still the leaves to rake of course, but since most of them are still on the trees I can't do that yet. In addition, there are several other miscellaneous things do to (fireplace wood to move, snowblower to get ready, tractor to drive over to the storage place, etc) but those aren't all that major. At any rate, It's getting close to done!
October 15th Click HERE.
October 16th Geez, look at the yellow line. We've had some heavy duty lake turn-over in the last few weeks, and especially in the last few days. The lake clarity has dropped 7 1/2 feet in the last month and 3 feet in the last 4 days. Click HERE.
October 17th Will these two piles be enough fireplace wood for the winter? It's just short of 2 1/2 cords. Only time will tell. Click HERE.
October 18th So long to the Carlson/Turner group; it was a good time, as usual. And as I keep saying, you guys are way too good to me. I'll see you next August (with Erin and Tom this time).
October 19th Laurie tells me that they have frost in North Carolina this morning, and here we sit with a morning temperature of over 40 degrees. Sigh........send some of that up here, would you Laurie.
October 20th Two inches of snow predicted for tonight and most of the leaves are still on the trees. What scant records I have show that the raking was finished somewhere between October 30th and November 5th the last 3 years. But that's because of procrastination, not because the leaves were this slow to come down. At least that's what I think.
October 21st Michigan!     (10 hours and over 500 miles of steady rain! Sheesh......)
October 22nd Michigan!
October_23rd Michigan!
October 24th Michigan!     The high school reunion this evening was GREAT!
October 25th Michigan!
October 26th Back home! It was a nice get-away.
October 27th I sure wish the rest of the leaves would come down so I can get at the raking.
October 28th The surface temperature of the lake is still 3 to 4 degrees colder than it was at this time the last couple of years. Does that mean it's likely to freeze sooner that it did the last couple of years (11/30 and 11/25 respectively)? I doubt it. I think the weather for the next 4 weeks is much more relevant. Even the wind can prevent a freeze for a few days. Click HERE.
October 29th Josh is my oldest grandchild. He has always been my "yardstick".......his size and age make it pretty plain how long I've been here because he was born the year I arrived. Since he is currently trying to decide which college he wants to attend, it's sure obvious that I've been here a long time. Over the years he has spent many a weekend up here helping me shut down in the fall and open up in the spring. Today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Josh!
October 30th This is the hill behind my house. What type of critters do you suppose these are? Click HERE.
All Hallows' Eve This is a repeat of the Chronicles entry for this day in 2007, but it's good reminder:
Tonight the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead will overlap and the deceased will come back to life. Evil spirits will roam the earth spreading sickness, wreaking havoc, and damaging crops. To repel them, centuries ago our ancestors built huge bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered animals were thrown. Costumes and masks were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits and hence, placate them. You can protect yourself in that manner if you like, but I've found that it's much easier to simply give them some candy when they knock on the door.

By the way, the critters in the picture in yesterday's Chronicles entry was actually a Halloween prank. They were just some yellow dots that I put on the picture after I took it.

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