No snow yet, thank goodness.

Modern art. Frozen windshield-style.


Summer meets autumn. Or would that be Autumn meets summer?


Four leaves


Spirit of Lake Superior stone

I had a choice tonight.  Go to a 7th grade basketball tournament with my reporter-husband OR linger with my laptop computer, Ms. Ellie, in the Houghton coffee shop.

Hmmm, what would YOU chose?

I opted for the coffee shop.  One small hazelnut skim milk decaff frappuccino.

What would you choose?

I don’t have any new photos, so played around with Oldies but Goodies in my October, 2009, blog folder.

Wondering what photos you might choose.

It’s getting dark.


Outside the window, with the lights of Houghton reflecting and shining all around, darkness descends.

I have instructions to drive back to the Houghton High School and pick up said husband by 8 p.m. 

Wondering whether L’Anse or Baraga 7th graders might win.

Which team would you choose?

Never mind, that’s not a fair question unless you’re from this neck of the woods.  If you are, you may choose.

The weather forecasters were–shame on them–forecasting snow in the highlands earlier.  However, it looks like those forecasts have been sensibly updated to rain.  Very fine.  We are NOT ready for snow yet, are we?

Or would you choose snow?

I think I will quit inquiring what you would choose.  I will continue to sip my frappuccino and keep the computer on for exactly one half hour in case anyone responds.  After that…we’re down the road toward Baraga and L’Anse…heading home…glad that it’s still not snowing.

Hope everyone is having a good evening and that the choosing is easy in your lives.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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44 Responses to No snow yet, thank goodness.

  1. jeffstroud says:

    Well I would choose to have coffee with you, and look at your photographs! Which are always a joy to view…

    We have had rain off and on all day… makes the color of the leaves shimmer and shine…

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Jeff! Yes, we could have another cup of coffee together. 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful when the rain shimmers on those leaves? Are you at peak color yet? Is it beautiful there in the East?

  2. I would choose a grande hazelnut latte
    I would choose the photo of stones
    I would choose rain over snow Any day of the week

    • Kathy says:

      I do like your choices, Laurie! (I am glad that you are not yearning for snow–not yet. We all need a little bit more time, don’t we before the white stuff Takes Over?)

  3. -Definitely coffee; it’s a weakness: White chocolate mocha with hazelnut (or praline, or pecan, or good caramel…) And definitely hot!
    -Windshield photo – I like that you noticed the art reflecting from the car
    -Rain until November. Then I get all excited about snow and run to the windows to check every time I think I might hear it tapping the glass 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Mmmm, what delicious additions to the coffee you would choose! I like hot coffee every time except, for some odd reason, on trips to the coffee shop in Houghton. Then it has to be a frappucino. Even in winter. Strange, huh? I love that excited feeling that comes when we’re finally ready for snow.

  4. Mint Mocha for me, I like the Stones pic…..

    Snow for me….if it’s got to be gray and cold, it might as well snow great big wonderous snowflakes…….fluffy…….

    I vote for L’Anase………


    Ps….mint mocha and snow…….love it……

    • Kathy says:

      Mmmm, mint! I had mint tea this morning. 🙂 I am hoping that you see snow soon, Kim. OK, maybe not TOO soon. Guess what? Your team won. The L’Anse 7th grade girls won the tournament. Some of the Baraga girls were crying; so sad. The two teams live across the bay from each other.

  5. Marianne says:

    I’ve never had a frappuccino. Usually I go for the hot drinks, even in the summer. Except this past summer when I had that heart fluid problem. My body was like an oven and ice cold drinks put the fire out (temporarily).

    Of course, I’d choose the coffee shop also.

    And definitely not snow.

    • Kathy says:

      Don’t try a frappuccino, Marianne. You might get hooked, and I don’t want to be blamed. It’s a wonder you didn’t stumble upon one during your summer health problem. Glad we’re both choosing “no snow” for a little while longer.

  6. john says:

    Lets see now, coming home from work tonight wind gusts are 60 mph, the rain feels like you’re being hit by flying gravel, the waves off of Lake Michigan are 20 ft high (I know ripples on Lake Superior) and as of this posting there are 20 boats that have gone down in one harbor.

    I’ll take a snowy night sitting by a nice fire after a short hike through the woods. Oh yes, make mine green tea please.

    • Kathy says:

      John, that sounds crazy!! 20 feet high waves, boats going down…that’s wild weather, no matter where you are. Barry said those waves are NOT ripples. The waves on Superior got to be 10-12 feet here. No winds as high as yours. For once, I think it would have been tamer for you in L’Anse. P.S. I love tea, and my favorite green mug-full is jasmine tea. Yum.

  7. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I’ve finally grown to appreciate choices. And that we have so many 🙂

    I most often, but not always, choose a medium soy latte ….. always hot. Unless something cold seems like a good idea, in the moment. Preferably in a coffee shop but also good at home and in airport shuttle buses.

    I love your Spirit of Lake Superior stones and both snow and rain have their charms, in moderation of course.

    Hope you and Barry had a lovely drive home.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Colleen, have you read that book–don’t remember the name–where it says that we modern folk have too MANY choices and that we actually are more unhappy with lots of choices? That was a fascinating study. I do appreciate choices, too, or at least I think I do. Most of the time. Had you seen that stone pic before? I think I’ve posted it a couple times in blogs over the years. Doesn’t it look like an angel reflected?

  8. Claire says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I would always`choose a big mag of hot chocolate as it always feels
    more than just a drink rather a comforting friend!
    Because we rarely get snow here I would of course choose snow for novelty value only.
    I now envision me sitting inside drinking hot choc, a wood stove roaring and snow coming down in bucketfuls outside.
    Just a little fantasy! We haven’t had a frost yet this winter.

    • Kathy says:

      Claire, I like your little fantasy. And that hot chocolate feels like a comforting friend. I wish you at least one snowfall this winter. Or two. I wish that the novelty of it thrills you as you sip your hot chocolate.

  9. Dawn says:

    I’d choose hot apple cider, the 4 leaves and rain. Or snow on a day I don’t have to go to work. Who won?

  10. Sybil says:

    Definitely would love to join you for a chat in the coffee shop. Ashamed to tell you my coffee is a “medium, triple-triple, decaf, with a shot of French Vanilla” — at least that’s what I order at “Tim Hortons” here in Canada. I like the shot of the shiny stone with your reflection in it.

    I’d pick rain over snow any day of the week.

    Thanks for asking. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Ashamed, Sybil? Wondering why? Because it’s a triple? Does that mean that it’s THREE shots of espresso? But why triple-triple? Trying to figure out this puzzle.

      The reflection in the shiny stone is actually NOT mine. I was kneeling and not standing up, and not in that direction. It was a gift from the Heavens.

  11. wolfsrosebud says:

    do like that stone… can I have one, please… you can have the snow… I like chai… writing over most things

    • Kathy says:

      I can see you, wolfsrosebud, sitting there sipping chai and writing a poem. You keep glancing out the window. You keep inspiring me to write poetry. Glad you like the stone. You must come to the Lake Superior shores and look for one!

  12. Carol says:

    Coffee shop with you and I’ll take a Chai Latte – hot, because the weather isn’t. Rain, definitely. Snow for Christmas, but then it could go away. Can’t decide between Summer meets Autumn (love that bright yellow amongst the more subdured autumn shades) or the Stone (because it has a reflection).

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Carol. A hot drink does wonders when the weather is grumpy, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could order the weather around? But, then again, we humans probably couldn’t agree about what we wanted.

  13. Susan D says:

    Choices. Ahhh, choices. I would have sat quietly with you drinking a dark brew with no sweet stuff and staring at reflections while reflecting. So many blessings!

    You know I’m a lover of snow but I love rain just as much … as long as it doesn’t freeze and turn into gorgeous, dangerous ice. Your photos are stunning and it’s good to see them again! I hope you are having a peaceful day doing whatever comes next 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, I started singing the song, “Choices…nothing more than choices…” to the tune of “Memories…nothing more than memories…” I agree with you about that gorgeous, dangerous ice. That can be scary. It was a peaceful day today, thank you. Home ALL day except for a walk up the road in the brisk and enchanting wind.

  14. P.j. grath says:

    Yesterday I chose work (at home) over play and walking outdoors with Sarah over staying warm in the house. Today I’m choosing reading over walks. Easy!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, it is so interesting what we choose. Guess what? Barry is now reading “Seasons of Water and Ice” while he convelesces. He usually prefers magazines and newspapers to books, so it’s good to see him avidly reading a book.

  15. bearyweather says:

    At night, I would probably choose cinnamon/mint tea. I would also choose your rock picture and NO SNOW. I would like the snow to wait until December, but that is a rare thing … we have snow at least 6 months out of the year .. it gets old fast.

    • Kathy says:

      Bearyweather, we have snow at least six months out of the year, too. Usually more months than that. Quite often we get snow by October 15th. This year is odd. We haven’t had a hard frost on the ground yet. About 2-3 weeks ago we had a frost on the windshield, but it didn’t freeze the garden. Wondering if you’ve had a hard freeze up there in Minnesota?

      • bearyweather says:

        We had a killing frost one night at the end of September, then it warmed up. 70’s during the day and only about 40 at night. The leaves have been down for a couple of weeks due to that early frost, rain and extra strong winds. Last night hit about 30 … my flowers got cold, but did not die. This is an extra warm Fall for us and we are known to have snow by Halloween … I still hope it holds off for another month even though I know the chances of that is pretty slim. Winter is too long, cold and dark here.

        • Kathy says:

          I am surprised we don’t have snow yet. They’re predicting it for Wed. or Thurs. Hope it’s not much. We have to drive to the city for a doctor’s appointment…

  16. Barb says:

    The stone photo – I have looked at it a long time. I would choose to frame that and put it where I could see it every day. I choose the Indian Summer day we had today – even though there is already snow on the ground. Just plain dark roast for me, please.

    • Kathy says:

      Your snow is still on the ground, Barb? It hasn’t melted? That doesn’t quite seem fair. Wondering if it’s normal for your snow to stay on the ground in October. We often get a snow now, but it usually is gone in a couple of days.

  17. Brenda Hardie says:

    Is it too late for me to choose? Pretty please may I? 🙂 I’d love a hot coffee…don’t usually go to coffee shops, so plain black, very strong will suffice. Or perhaps since I would be sharing the time with you, maybe something different just for the occasion…? Any suggestions? The picture is easy…hands down the stones! I have a rock here, also from Lake Superior but from along the north shore…it has a marking on it that truly looks like angel wings, much like your stone has in the reflection! I’ll have to take a picture of it tomorrow and post it on fb so you can see it. And the rain/snow question…well…rain would be my choice for now but it has to snow for Christmas! Maybe even from Thanksgiving through New Years but then it can change back to rain! There! How’s that for a tall order for Mother Nature in this neck of the woods! hehe

    • Kathy says:

      It is SO not too late to choose. Actually, I knew you were there in the coffee shop all along. I am glad you liked the stone pic. It was one of my faves. Love the pics you sent me on FB…hoping that it’s not a long snowy winter with no breaks…

  18. I would be keeping you and Ms. Ellie company at the coffee shop 🙂
    And, I would choose the snow!! If you do get some, and you’re not ready for it, just tell it to hurry south to Dallas.

    • Kathy says:

      I actually saw you, Michaela. You were very near. We had a minor disagreement about the snowfall as we sat in the coffee shop. You wanted the snow immediately, and I said “NO!” LOL. I am sending it south to Dallas, though.

  19. dearrosie says:

    I would choose a cappuccino in the coffee shop
    Love the photo of Summer meets autumn.
    Neither rain nor snow – that’s why I live in Southern California. When we lived in a northern clime my feet were always cold, I was miserable all winter. When we’d go on a skiing vacation I’d be happy to spend the week inside the cabin, reading. I happily put up with the S. Ca traffic, because my feet are warm.

    • Kathy says:

      Rosie, I am SO wondering WHERE you live in Southern California. Anywhere near San Diego? That’s where our #1 son lives. I remember trying to negotiate S. California traffic when we visited last winter. Not sure which I’d choose…

  20. I would also have opted for the coffee shop – good choice! I don’t mind winter, the cold temperatures, low humidity, warm blankets, hot cocoa….. but I could do without major snow storms and sliding down the road in my car….

    • Kathy says:

      Holly, there is a chance–a slight chance, mind you–that one of these days we shall meet at a coffee shop in your area. Too bad my daughter wasn’t still at MSU. Then we would meet for sure!

  21. Robin says:

    I’m glad that it’s not snowing yet. Once I’m home again, let it fly if that’s what Mother Nature has in mind. 🙂

    I remember these photos. I would have a difficult time choosing. They are all lovely.

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, I am glad you’re home. Hey, still no snow here yet! They’re predicting it tomorrow, though. Figures. We have to drive to the city for a doctor’s appointment. I feel happy that you remember the photos.

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