A Continuation of the 20+ Years of
February 2021

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February 1st   The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed and solemn.
-- Patricia Hampl

If only this winter was really like that.......but it isn't over yet, so it could still happen. Since we can't rely on the weatherman to help us, I guess we can only hope.
February 2nd   It's not really Up North, but it feels sort of like being there. Click HERE.
February 3rd   Nada.
February 4th   Back in 1954, my Mom and Dad bought a brand new refrigerator. I don't know what they paid for it, but I do know that the "self-defrosting" model cost $20 more than the basic model. As a result of my Mom saying "I can defrost a refrigerator a lot of times for $20", they bought the lower priced model. Many years later they bought a more modern refrigerator, and the 1954 model was moved into the back room to be used for beer, pop, etc. I don't know exactly when that "old" refrigerator finally "gave up its ghost", so to speak, but I do know that into the early 1990s my Dear Mom was still defrosting that old refrigerator.......and each time thinking that saving 20 bucks back in 1954 was definitely not worth almost 40 years of manual defrosting.

Aside:   For all of you who grew up in the 1970s or later, you'll have to ask your Mom or Grandma what was involved in defrosting a refrigerator.......or google it.
February 5th   Yesterday's Weather Cairn is HERE.
Today's Weather Cairn is HERE.

PS:   No doubt you already know this, but just in case.......a Cairn is a pile of rocks.
February 6th   Wanna buy a duck?
February 7th   The Hawk is out (I guess).......minus four and falling at 9:00 PM.
February 8th   Fire or Sunset? Click HERE.
February 9th   Nothing for's too darned cold. But of course that doesn't make any sense, does it?
February 10th   First, click HERE, then:
George Bemis . . . wore in his belt an old original "Allen" revolver, such as irreverent people called a "pepper-box." Simply drawing the trigger back cocked and fired the pistol. As the trigger came back, the hammer would begin to rise and the barrel to turn over, and presently down would drop the hammer, and away would speed the ball. To aim along the turning barrel and hit the thing aimed at was a feat which was probably never done with an "Allen" in the world. But George's was a reliable weapon nevertheless, because as one of the stage coach drivers afterward said, "If she didn't get what she went after, she would fetch something else." And so she did. She went after a deuce of spades nailed against a tree once, and fetched a mule standing about thirty yards to the left of it. Bemis did not want the mule; but the owner came out with a double-barreled shotgun and persuaded him to buy it anyhow. It was a cheerful weapon -- the "Allen." Sometimes all its six barrels would go off at once, and then there was no safe place in all the region round about, but behind it.
-- Mark Twain, from Roughing It (1872)
February 11th   When people from Texas or Arizona complain about a "cold snap" in their neck of the woods, don't take it too seriously. Opinions about cold weather coming from a person who is accustomed to 106 degrees in the shade, are not considered to be of much value.
February 12th   The days are getting longer, the sun is getting stronger (its strength today is the same as late October), and the slow march toward spring is picking up speed. Astronomically we'll be there in a mere five weeks; meteorologically.......only time will tell.
February 13th   This was the entry for this day in 2014:
I'm not sure, but it's possible that this morning is the first time that the sun rose to an above zero temperature since December 6th, and that was a long, long, time ago.

Note added today:   That was over two months of, at least, some below zero temperatures every day. There was a lot of cold weather back in the winter of 2013/2014; it was not the coldest one I saw up there, but it was cold nonetheless.
It's Valentine's Day and Love is in the air.   Wrong!   Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases are in the air.
February 15th   Wood or Gas? Both have their own pleasures. Click HERE and HERE.
February 16th   I have nothing to HERE's the Weather Cairn as it appears today. Take note of how cold it looks.
February 17th   The word for the day is ENNUI.   EN-NUI.

That's a relevent word for these COVID times.
February 18th   For a dozen years or more, these Chronicles entries were a fairly decent "resort diary", but as you've noticed, they don't seem to have a purpose anymore. For the three years since the resort was sold, they've been floundering around looking for a new purpose.......but to no avail. I'm at a total loss as to what to do about it.
February 19th   Question:   What is the thing between the ears on this deer? It looks like a growth of somekind. Has anyone seen anything like it before? Click HERE to see a 5 second video, or click HERE to see still photo of one of the frames in the video.

Chronicles entry for this day in 2006, fifteen years ago:
Davy Crockett didn't have a I don't need a flashlight. It was dark coming home over the ice from Randy's place tonight, but as long as I looked ahead of me and not down at the snow, I could tell where I was going. Of course, Davy Crockett didn't have the lights from the houses along the edge of the lake as a guide as I do. And it was only 10 degrees......a warm February night in Minnesota, but I suspect that would have been a cold night in Tennessee for Davy. I think the next time Randy is up here and I walk across the lake, I'll carry my flintlock Kentucky long rifle with me. It wont be loaded as Davy's was, but I'll carry it anyway, just to see what it felt like. Darn, where did this winter go?

Note added today:   The next time I made a nighttime trek over the ice to Randy's place, I did indeed carry my flintlock Kentucky Long Rifle with me. In addition I carried a powder horn, a dittybag with miscellaneous black powder accoutrements, and a Bowie knife with a 12 inch blade (though I don't know if Davy ever carried one of those). Geez, do I ever miss that stuff!
February 21st   On this day in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut, the first telephone directory was published. It consisted of a single piece of cardboard, and contained the phone numbers of 50 individuals, businesses, and other offices. Today, 143 years later, phonebooks are almost obsolete. When was the last time you looked up a phone number in a paper phonebook?

Here's another thought:   What good did it do to publish a phonebook anyway. There were no "dial phones" in 1878 (they weren't available until 1892), meaning that every call had to go through a switchboard. So why couldn't the switchboard operator look up the number on his/her "single piece of cardboard"?   Hmmm....... Maybe it was to inform telephone users of who else had a telephone, rather than to inform them of the phone number.
February 22nd   Twins are at Spring case anyone, besides me, is interested.
February 23rd   Starting today, the "Writer's Block" (when needed) will be replaced by the current state of the "Weather Cairn". Click HERE for its current state.
February 24th   Due to COVID19, this picture pretty much describes our life during the past year (click HERE). However, we'll be outta here very least for a few days. But no flying yet, sigh.......
February 25th   If you live in the Upper Midwest:
BEWARE!!!   The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a "snowstorm, then frigid" for the next three days. Is there any chance that it'll be right this time???? Not much of one because all of the local weathermen non-concur.......but I hope it's right because we'll be watching it from a cabin Up North, and we have our skis with us.

PS:   Sorry for the late warning, but no doubt you were already aware of this because you read it in your own copy of the Almanac.
February 26th   A wasted day at the cabin is time well spent, especially in these COVID lock-down times.
February 27th   Ah yes, Up North skiing. The conditions are not terribly good, but they're better than anything we've had in the last two years. Click HERE.
February 28th   This is a sad way to end the month, but I have nothing to say.

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