The white expanse of ice along the shoreline looks like waves at the ocean as they foam and crash on the shore.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
There are SO many fascinating things to see on the shore as they become encased in ice, accentuating their beauty.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Lack of color conveys desolation. Though this scene I captured on my way to the grocery store isn't monochromatic, it still looks apocalyptic to me - am I reading into things? Am I keying into things that are used in cinema and TV to convey bleakness? Or is it also the obvious remnants of past destruction (the sawn off tree stumps left in the lake) that add hopelessness to this scene? Yes, it's a beautiful scene, and isn't lacking in color, but the heaviness of the clouds, the lack of warm colors and apparent abandonment of purpose speaks to me.
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
I've been crazy for baking with cranberries this week. They're so intricately linked to Thanksgiving - this is the season they're available, and when you have a lot of fruit, you bake with it and share your bounty.
I love the "Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Pie-Pudding" I began making when our kids were young. I have no idea where I got it from, but have stuck with it all these years. I think of a blondie with a tart, juicy crush of cranberry. I like to serve it warm, with cream or ice cream.
I also needed to use up some 'offensively ripe' bananas. I'm not a big fan of banana bread, so searched for a recipe that I might be able to stomach - and lit upon this deliciously moist combo of Cranberry Banana Loaf. Yes! I don't mind eating that.
And then I discovered a recipe in passing that I just couldn't resist trying - Cranberry Walnut artisan bread (I've still got to remember that I learned not to leave cranberries on the outside of the dough). Despite the burned fruit on the outside - so good!
So here is my trifecta of cranberry treats
Friday, November 25, 2022
Spot the Difference
Some things are different in these 2 pics, taken a few days apart ...
A stray stump, which had broken free and run aground downstream of its home, was located 4 days after it went missing. Stump owners pieced together clues from photos they'd taken in order to determine the timing of its disappearance. Close inspection of the recalcitrant stump revealed it to be in good health, and ready to return when water levels allow. It is home to a native swamp rose (Rosa palustris).
Thursday, November 24, 2022
I had just checked the weather forecast, and found out there was no snow expected, when I noticed this angry looking sky. It looked so ... expressive!
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
On the day that my youngest sibling turns 53, I must declare that I have officially become old (there are 3 siblings in between). Actually, I managed to reach two independent mental aging benchmarks in one day!
1.) I officially succumbed to entering my credit card on a spammy/knock-off website
I've also received a bad report card on my joints, to the tune of "degenerative changes noted in all 3 compartments of the left knee. Worsening joint space narrowing in the medial compartment and patellofemoral compartments," and a re-do of carpal tunnel release surgery is in the works. Until then I've added wrist splints to my already over-the-top aging aids at bedtime ...
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Ups and Downs
Wouldn't you know it, I'd hardly had time to enjoy having full banks of water at the bottom of my yard when word came down that the dam repairs had failed, and that lowering had recommenced.
Here's a photo of Dale and Linus standing on ground that just yesterday was under water; the normal water level usually reaches the base of the trees. And we're expecting a lowering of 3 feet again.
Monday, November 21, 2022
Q: When is a Walk-in care facility not a walk-in? ....
A: When they book appointments ahead of time, and don't have availability for walk-ins.
YES, this happened to us. When our Primary Care doctor didn't have availability for what seemed to be a bacterial infection, we were directed to a Walk-in Care Facility, only to be told that they had no available appointments until 7 that evening.
Words, names, purposes don't seem to have any meaning anymore: a walk in facility is "a medical facility that accepts patients on a walk-in basis and with no appointment required."
What is walk-in care if not to be able to walk in and be seen without an appointment???
WALK-INS: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
Sunday, November 20, 2022
This scene greeted us midweek, pretty much as expected around this time of year.
Even so, I had not yet put my kayak away, so I guess I wasn't really expecting it. And it's not sticking around long, so I might still get some late-season kayak time if I'm lucky ...
Talking about not being ready, a towel was left draped over the deck railing overnight and got a line of snow embedded in it. This is what it looked like when I brought it inside
Saturday, November 19, 2022
We have known for more than 40 years that lead in fishing tackle erodes within the digestive tract of loons, enters their bloodstream and leads to their deaths.
A recent presentation by a vulture researcher in South Africa has brought attention to lead contamination and toxicity in raptors. The tissue of animals killed with lead bullets become contaminated when microscopic lead particles shear off as the bullet travels through tissue, organs, and muscles. Vultures scavenge on carcasses, which they feed to, and subsequently poison, their own chicks.
Lead is a highly toxic metal; a cumulative toxicant; a dangerous neurotoxin. For all animal life.
A Norwegian study reported in 2018 found that "IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame ..."
Lead exposure is preventable, and yet ... economics and suspicion prevail.
Friday, November 18, 2022
The saga of wearing Invisalign braces and realigning my bite continues ... photos taken of my teeth at each visit show the appliances have been effective and the realignment is taking shape. Well, I knew that from early on, since the pain involved in using my jaw to chew and eat food is long gone. I was so happy to crush the last box of supplies, thinking my oft-extended journey had come to an end.
But no! After my latest visit and set of images, the next step explained by the dentist made me blurt out loud,
"this is bizarre!"
He cut down my usual full mouth, horseshoe shaped braces to just 6 front teeth, and told me to chew gum on my back teeth for a month! What? I've been diligently following the 'rules' to the letter and minute (wear the entire set for 22 out of every 24 hours), and now it's okay to just have them on my front teeth? And now I don't have to wear these partial braces 92% of the time, just some of the time, and be sure to wear them at night. And nothing on the back teeth? I feel quite insecure without them, and with no retainer in place yet. Oh, ... and don't forget to keep chewing gum!
Chewing gum is supposed to help my back teeth drop and dominate my bite while my front teeth are held in place with the abbreviated Invisalign segment.
But the plot thickens, of course ... I don't chew gum since most brands have soy in them, to which I have an allergy. Aha! The dentist hadn't thought of this wrinkle. Finding soy free gum was a little challenging, but I found one after a while of online searching. This one is soy free, gluten free, peanut free, sugar free, aspartame free (YAY) and vegan (probably also back teeth realignment free!!!!).
Believe it or not, it tastes awesome. It's Swiss made, called pür, but is not carried by most grocery stores. I can get it at Target, Walmart online, and in bulk from Amazon in a few different flavors.
Let's hope this bizarre treatment works.
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Wind, hair, gum
Chewing gum on windy days with my hair untied has led to a few sticky situations. Before I knew what was happening, strands of hair had blown towards my mouth and got incorporated into the chewing gum! No wonder we keep our hair tied back when it's long - something new to learn about as I get older.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
The water level has been rising steadily over the past 4 days. It almost looks weird to see water at the bottom of my yard! Here are a few more round the lake images before I forget.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Variable watermilfoil (Myriophyllum herterophyllum) is an incredibly hardy, resilient and adaptable plant - too bad that it's an invasive - hello! that's why it can be invasive 😏We have beds of it, either on boggy shores,
Sunday, November 13, 2022
We've come to the end of our lake drawdown period, which began on October 10 for scheduled dam repairs. A month later, we're ready for refilling. We're getting extra water from a feeder lake that has been holding back for us, and all the feeder streams will carry this weekend's rain and runoff into our lake, too.
I took this photo standing in my cove, which is usually full of water. The area near the shoreline has dried out, but the darker area is soggy - silty and full of sucking mud. It makes walking difficult, launching a kayak impossible, and renders shoreline cleanup hazardous!
This is how our cove looked for a month, mostly separated from the main body of water by a cold, soggy, sloppy, and deceptively-firm looking mud bath. Our floating gardens and stumps have been resting on the ground; they look quite out of place and awkward in their beached state! The water pipeline that was installed in 2020 is visible to the right of our cove (marked with floats to deter boaters from getting too close).
It's been strange to see the lake bottom materialize in places. I'm surprised at how undulating and uneven it is - something we're unaware of when floating on the flat, even water surface in a kayak.
This is the head end of our cove, a dry basin, a leaf sink.