Summer in Winter

Fabulous weather again today. In a burst of outdoor productivity, I raked all the locust pods from the fall and storm detritus into ten – yes, ten! – piles. I was going to leave them to deal with tomorrow, but I’m a goalpost-mover, so I moved them tonight. The way I see it, all the lawn trash makes for good hole-filler and possible future compost pile starter.

In other productivity news,Tony and I surveyed the damage in our back acreage (there’s a lot – we have some chainsaw work ahead of us), and we picked a couple of potential saplings for transplanting. So there you have it – the mundane occurrences of a Monday in an atypical March. It’s refreshing to be outside getting stuff done so early in the year.


The horses have also been enjoying the warmth – and fresh greens. I took these pictures today – look at my post from 3/16 to see how much things have changed in four days. It sure feels like summer, even though it’s still technically winter.


Post kayak trip last night on the south end of Torch Lake. After a hot day, the cool Torch Lake-infused air had me dreaming of a campfire πŸ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Summer in Winter

  1. From one extreme to the other – the weather in our country. I awoke to about 4″ of new snow this morning and it is still falling. The further east you go, the warmer it gets apparently. I have hopes that spring will find us in May. I hope.

    • Spring will find you! It found us last year, and we had 20″ at the end of a storm in March, and then 8″ overnight in mid-April. I’m honestly hoping it’ll cool off some. I hear that the maple syrup harvest has been decimated by the high temps 😦 For every yin there is a yang I suppose.

  2. Imagining kayaking in March! Haven’t seen anyone kayaking around here yet–but they probably have. My grandma and grandpa had locust pods downstate. I loved how they looked–even brought some of them back up here once. Don’t see those trees around here, either. Love the horses!

    • I’m wondering if the locusts form the pods every year. I don’t remember them last year, but then, I had broken my ankle right at the beginning of April, so I didn’t do the clean-up. No locusts in the UP? Our front 5 acres is filled with them.
      We’re teaching some friends to kayak tomorrow. Even though the air is warm enough, the water is NOT, so we stay in shallow water, no current, and close to shore.
      We’re glad our neighbors have horses; they are entertaining and beautiful. At some point, I’m going to learn to care for them, too πŸ™‚

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