Thursday, April 17, 2014

This Morning.....

There was no snow on the patio the other day.....and that's all I'll say about that.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Bears are Awake...

...and they're hungry. Sometime between 6:00 pm and midnight, a black bear found our bird feeders. It's too dark to see just how much damage it did, but the feeder pole is bent to the ground, the finch feeder has chew marks on it and the metal cage of suet it empty. I'll post better pictures once the sun comes out.

We'll have to start bringing in the feeders at night from now on.



Now that it's light outside, I got a few more pictures.

When I came back inside, Nancy was watching some TV show, on the National Geographic channel, about killer black bears in a Provincial Park in Canada.


As the art work hanging on the wall behind our couch says...

I guess it's the start of spring.


Oh, it's snowing again too...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Even Nicer Weather Today!

Days like today make up for the 3 months in a row of sub freezing temps. By noon, the snow was melting off the roof resulting in several steady streams of running water. It was warm enough to work in the garage with just a shirt and no jacket. I spent some time cleaning up the Zx-14. I washed all the winter dust off it, lubed the chain and checked the air in the tires. By 3:00 this afternoon it was ready to ride. It's amazing what 100 miles of seat time can do for a person!


50 miles away, Ashland, WI and Lake Superior...


Richard has suggested I not look at tractors and try hand shoveling my driveway as a way of making sure my riding gear fits every spring.. :) That's an interesting idea, but I still stopped by for a look...

It felt so nice to finally get out for a long ride!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Finally... Something Motorcycle Related!!!

The sun was shining today and it melted the ice in the driveway enough for me to get a bike out! I put 45 miles on the Wr250x. I tried to get a picture of Lake Namekagon, but the road to the landing was still blocked with snow. So I back tracked into town and headed up Hwy 63 to Drummond. I was thinking of going all the way up to Lake Superior, but it was still a little too cool for a long highway ride.


The weather is supposed to be even better tomorrow. If it's real nice I'll bring out a big bike and take a long ride!! For some reason, my riding gear shrunk a bit while hanging in the garage....I don't get it.


This morning, I saw another new creature to add to the list of visitors to the backyard... A red squirrel. We have lots of gray and black squirrels.


For about the last week, we've had some new night time visitors, flying squirrels. I'd never seen a flying squirrel before. They're about the size of a chipmunk.



Monday, April 07, 2014

Signs of Spring?

Today I noticed what might be a real sign of spring. Even though we just got 10-12" of heavy snow the other day, the sun's been shining and the temps have been somewhat warmer. What makes me think spring is near? The sump pump started cycling on and off today, and the dehumidifier in the basement started running today too. I hope I didn't just jinx myself, I don't need anymore snow.

Here are the last pictures of this winter's snow... I promise.

All of them were taken within a block or two of my house on Saturday, 4-5-14.

The tennis courts, note the posts for the nets.

This is what happens when you only visit your house in the summer.

The roads in my neighborhood.

Taken from the side windows of my truck.


Friday, April 04, 2014

Winter Storm Warning....

It seemed like last winter was the winter that would never end. The local lakes were still frozen over when Fishing Season opened on the first Saturday in May last year. I think we're on track to have that happen again this year. Nancy and I were speaking to the Vet yesterday, he had been ice fishing earlier in the week and had to auger through more than 4' (1.22 meters) of ice!

And, just when I thought this winter was giving way to spring and huge patches of gravel were showing through the ice on the driveway.... The National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Warning! It started snowing again last night and it still continues today. The wind is blowing and the drifts are rising... again.

We're coping the best way possible...

While outside the storm continues!

Yeah!!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's All in How You Look at it.

It snowed again yesterday. I'll try and find this winter's snowfall totals figures for Cable, WI, until I do, I'll just guess and say, we've had plenty!

But in the mean time, here's a few pictures to put this glorious winter into perspective!


A quick check of wunderground.com brought up some interesting info on just how cold it's been up here.

Since November 1, 2013 to yesterday, March 20, 2014.... 141 days.

We've had 69 days with a low temp of below 0°F (-17.7°C)...

The end of my driveway.

And 13 days where the high was still below 0°...

My brother in-law's boat.

Of the last 141 days, only 31 of them had highs above 32°F (0°C) and 110 had highs of 32°F or less...

The path to the wood racks...

In the months of December, January and February, we had a total of 4 days with temps of above 32°F....

My truck from the front window.

We had 2 long stretches of day time highs below 32°F... one was 42 day in a row, the other was 36...

This was 3-1-2012 and I thought that was a lot of snow 2 years ago!

But even with all the cold and snow, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else! Give up these brilliant blue, crystal clear, winter skies?

Or give up the flame orange sunsets over the old Telemark ski hills?


Because Martha threw out a challenge....
Here's a shot of the apres snow blowing treat Nancy made. Crispy corn tortillas topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, cheese and lettuce, toasted in a 425° oven for 3 minutes. Add a little bit of salsa to the top of them and mmmmm!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Some More Snow....

Yesterday we got a little more snow. When I went out to clean off the driveway there was about 8+" of the new stuff. The drifts are getting large and my snowblower needs more horsepower to stack it any higher!




Even the wind chimes are feeling the effects of the snow...



I have to upgrade my arsenal to fight off next winter's assaults! My 10 year old, 5.5 HP, 24" blower is ready to throw in the towel. It's the right size for a city driveway, but it's seriously under sized for use out here in the woods!

Maybe something like this....

The Ariens Platinum 30


Or even.....

John Deere 1026 with loader, mower and 54" blower....

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Time to get your spring on! Blog Challenge...

Over on Dar's blog, she posted a signs of spring challenge. Read about it here..Princess Scooterpie: BLOG CHALLENGE!!!! Time to get your spring on!

Well it seemed like it would take me forever to find even the remotest sign of spring, but today I saw something that caught my eye, something that gave me hope... an icicle!!!



Why does that excite me? Well, they don't form unless there's some melting going on. Even with today's sub freezing temp, 15F, there's enough solar energy on the roof to cause some melting! I noticed there's some roof edge showing too!! We just had 3 more inches of snow the other day, and the low last Monday was -29F.


Just so you don't think it's all melting and that I'll be riding in a week or 2... I have some more pictures from today. I went out to change the batteries in the temperature sensor for the indoor weather station. It's normally 10' off the ground on the north side of the garage and I need a step ladder to reach it. Well I just threw on the snow shoes and walked right up to it.


I'm feeling pretty good, I just checked the 5 day and we could get to 40F...!!!!!!


Come on Spring!!!!!!