September 2006

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September 1st September's Baccalaureate
A combination is
Of Crickets, Crows, and Retrospects
And a dissembling breeze

That hints without assuming -
An Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its fun
And turn Philosopher.

Emily Dickinson (1862)

The evenings are cool, Autumn is near, and it feels good. IT FEELS GOOD! For many years Sweet Emily and I had a love for Summer and a distaste for Autumn and Winter. Then several years ago Autumn began to feel good to me and winter even better. Hence, poor Emily now has to stand alone. But one thing is for sure.......Emily is right about "Retrospects" and "turning Philosopher". Why do you suppose Autumn does that to a person?
September 2nd If this was the year 1752, tomorrow would be September 14th. Britain and the American Colonies switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar at that time, which removed those 12 days to get back in sync with the sun and with most of Europe which had made the change 165 years earlier. At that time Ben Franklin wrote: "It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2nd, and not have to get up until September 14th."
September 3rd A 7:30 AM bike ride to Bovey for breakfast followed by a 3 hour wine cruise on the pontoon, all in delightful weather......what can be better than that?
September 4th My Dear Daughter Twacie built a fire to cook hot dogs in the early afternoon, and several of us spent the next 8 hours sitting around the fire pit. It's a good thing we had an expert there to tend the fire all afternoon and well into the evening. Thanks Deb(!), you're a good fireperson.
September 5th LBLR Bird number 73: A Green Heron........A Green Heron.

By the way, the last Hummingbird at the feeder was August 31st. They are definitely GONE!
September 6th Here's my granddaughter, Molly, with a large mouth bass that she caught from the front porch with her pink "Barbie" rod and reel. That's a pretty big fish for a "Barbie" rod and reel, but Mol is a good little fisherperson. Her Mom and her sister Em are with her. Click HERE.
September 7th From

BIG FULL MOON: Tonight's full moon is the closest and biggest of 2006. Why? The Moon's orbit is lopsided: one side is closer to Earth than the other. When the Moon turns full on September 7th, it will be on the close side, making it seem a bit wider than usual. Look for the extra-wide Moon rising in the east at sunset -- very pretty.
September 8th It's nice and chilly today, high in the 50s. That means it's good wood splitting weather.......but I didn't do any. It's too windy to fish, but the fishing hasn't been very good anyway. It feels like time to put away the summer lawn furniture and equipment. The first frost will be soon, maybe tonight (but not likely).
September 9th On this day in 1947 the first case of an actual "computer bug" was found. A moth had lodged in a relay in a MARK II computer at Harvard University. Click HERE.
September_10th This is the main page of the KAXE web-site as it was on Sunday, September 10, 2006. Look at the description of Monday's "Morning Show". Click HERE.
September 11th On the radio this morning, Scott mentioned my web-site a few times and I indicated that some "shoreline" related pictures have appeared in the Chronicles from time to time. Since it's difficult to dig through a few year's worth of daily entries, I told him that I'd make them easier to find. Here are a few:

For some general pictures, click HERE, and HERE, and HERE.
For some wildlife attraction pictures (Sept, 2005), click HERE.
For some wildflower pictures (Aug, 2004), click HERE.
Here's a public TV station filming a show about the project (Aug, 2005). Click HERE.
Here's Art Norton with a goup of 40 Soil and Water Conservation people (Sept, 2005). Click HERE.
September 12th A new LBLR Bird (number 74): Swainson's Thrush. One committed suicide by crashing into the living room window in cabin # 3 yesterday.

At the moment there are more White-throated Sparrows around here than I've ever seen in one place.
September 13th The sunset is at 7:30 today. A little less than 3 months ago it was closer to 9:30. A little more than 3 months from now it'll be about 4:30.
September 14th On December 1, 1969, the first draft lottery drawing was held, and people who had today as a birthday went to the top of the list. The highest draft number inducted from that lottery was 195 (which was September 24th). My number was 260. Those were interesting times, were they not?

To Johnny and Alice: Thanks for the afternoon; I enjoyed it! Let me know if you see this. And get yourselves back here sometime, wouldja?

Darn it(!) Ann, you weren't there long enough. It wont be the same without you. Sigh!
September 15th I've been told, but I don't know how true this is, that the current year's young loons stay here longer in the fall than the adults. It's very difficult to tell exactly when the loons leave in the fall (unlike their arrival date in the spring, which is obvious), but I'm going to try to notice if the adults and the young ones leave at different times this year. However, it'll be some time yet before we know. In 2005 the last date that the loons were seen on LBL was October 29th, but there were no young ones that year.
September 16th Grouse hunting and archery deer hunting opens today......and guess what. It's raining! It hasn't hardly rained all summer, but yet it has to rain on the first day of the hunting season. In spite of the weather, Lucas and his Dad (from across the lake) saw 20 Grouse today, and bagged 5 of them.
September 17th Someone once described Autumn as "a brief explosion of color as the balance on the scales of nature tips toward the opposing winter" or some such thing. "The leaves, they are a-changin'!" says it as well. A little way north on Highway 38 a lot of color has been added in the past two days. This seems a tad does a dry summer affect the Autumn colors, do you suppose?
September 18th In the summer of 1957, a 10 year old boy named Chick Stover moved into my little hometown in central Michigan. Late that summer when school started he and I became best friends, and we remained so until our lives diverged sometime in 1967. In the last 39 years we've seen each other on two or three occasions for a few hours each time. He and his wife will be arriving here at LBLR later today. I expect this to be a few very enjoyable days, but I have a certain amount of anxiety.
September 19th Charlie (Chick), Marianne, and I drove around a bit today and there's lots of color out there. It seems to be mostly the red and bright orange stuff, like the Maple tree in my yard that started to turn red quite some time ago. But there is also a lot of green mixed in.....tons and tons of other types of trees that have not yet started to change. It sorta looks like we're going to have a lot of leaves past their prime and turning brown by the time some others are just hitting their peak. Hmmmmm.........
September 20th If you ever catch two Northerns, a big one and a little one, and put the little one on the bottom of the stringer and the big one directly above it, it's possible for the little one to be pulled through the gill of the big one and out its mouth, thus putting the big one into the category of unintentional "catch and release". Unfortuately that happened to one of Bob F's fish this afternoon when I took the stringer off the dock to clean them for him. And believe me, having to tell a customer that you have just lost his biggest catch of the last two weeks is not a pleasant task.
September 21st Nice fireplace weather.....cold, wind, rain!
Autumnal Equinox To Charlie and Marianne: Thanks for the few days of great reminiscing. Same time, same place, next year......right?

If you live in Minnesota, Autumn will be here tonight. If you live in New York, you'll have to wait till tomorrow.
September 23rd "Now Watson, the fair sex is your department. What was the fair lady's game? What did she really want?"

Those are the words of Sherlock Holmes as spoken to Dr. Watson in "The Adventure of the Second Stain" (circa 1880). I agree with Holmes.......I'm leaving that to Watson. Geez, some things in life are difficult to understand!!!!!
September 24th Fishing has been pretty bad recently.
September 25th HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORI!!!!!!
September 26th For the last many years the summer began in mid-May with the arrival of Bob and Jo for their Spring trip to LBLR, and ended in late September with their departure at the end of their Autumn trip. They left this morning, so another summer has come and gone!!!!! Keep in touch Bob and Jo, and we'll see you again next May.

It's always difficult to tell, but I think the colors might be at their peak right now.
September 27th It's still early, but winter is fast approaching. Here is a short story about some cold times in a previous winter which has a humorous ending. Well, it was humorous to me anyway:

Once upon a time, during the cold cold Winter of 1995/1996, there was a...... Click HERE.
September 28th This is compliments of the Carlsons/Turners! Thanks you guys; you're too good to me.........but I like that. Click HERE.
September 29th Here's my prediction for the World Series: Twins against the Mets. Who's gonna win? I don't know, but my guess would be the spite of the the apparent difference between the two leagues.
September 30th and 31st Lori and I spent these two days riding our bikes on the Mesabi Trail from Nashwauk to Eveleth, with an over night stop in Chisholm. Counting a few little side excursions we put 75 miles on the bikes in those two days.......which isn't all that much, but it's plenty for an old man. The Trail is gorgeous! To read more about it, click HERE. To see some pictures of the trail, click HERE.

PS: For some reason I expected the Warblers to have been south of us by now, except for a few stragglers perhaps, but we saw tons of them on the trail, mostly Yellow-rumps (which are sometimes referred to as Butter-butts).

Note added in 2011:   The glaring error in this entry was discovered by Brian K on November 9, 2011. I suspect that our bike trip was really 9/30 and 10/1.

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