Ice fishing, robins, winner, Easter


My husband ice fishing on Lake Superior

My husband ice fishing on Lake Superior

  • Good Easter weekend to all of you!  Our celebration consists of roasting a turkey, the frozen bird a courtesy of Barry’s boss at Christmas.
  • The snow keeps melting, but oh-so-slowly.  Spring teases us, promises us, then withdraws her favors.
  • I saw the first robin on Thursday.  What a puff-ball, attempting to stay warm!
  • I saw three robins this morning on dry land.  What will they eat when one to two feet of snow still cover the earth here in our neck of the woods, except in the melted places?
  • A winter storm warning is forecast for tomorrow.  Five to nine inches of the heavy wet white snow.  Hide, robins, hide!


My husband sitting down ice fishing on Lake Superior

My husband sitting down ice fishing on Lake Superior

  •  The winner of the Lake Superior giveaway contest (click here if you’ve forgotten about it) is–drum roll–Barbara Rodgers of By the Sea!   Congratulations, Barbara.
  • I couldn’t have personally decided which winner to pick.  Each of the four women who wanted the hardcover book deserved it.  I wanted to buy every single one a copy.  Instead, one must ask the Universe.  I printed out four pieces of paper with all the names, shuffled them well, and closed the eyes.  The Universe indicated the slip to the far right was the winner–and that was Barbara.  Thank you to all who played–and I do hope the Universe will reward you in other ways this Easter weekend.
  • Speaking of gifts, a blog reader–dear Fountainpen–sent me a book recently. It’s called Green Winter by Elise Maclay and it’s about aging and the elderly and life and love and God and joy and sadness and hope. How I am enjoying this book of poems!
My husband catching a fish on Lake Superior

My husband catching a little throw-back fish on Lake Superior

  • Here is how my favorite poem starts out:

Preserve me from the occupational therapist, God,

She means well, but I’m too busy to make baskets.

I want to relive a day in July 

When Same and I went berrying.

I was eighteen,

My hair was long and thick

And I braided it and would it round my head

So it wouldn’t get caught on the briars,

But when we sat down in the shade to rest

I unpinned it and it came tumbling down,

And Sam proposed

I suppose it wasn’t fair

To use my hair to make him fall in love with me,

But it turned out to be a good marriage

  • You may want to purchase this one, or ask the Universe to send it your way (possibly via your local library) because I am not giving away this copy.  Yet.
  • Saw the movie A Wrinkle in Time up in Houghton on Wednesday.  It wrinkled my world into extra love and compassion for our faults, for our humanness.  I drove home bathed in love. It seemed some critics like it and others totally dislike it.  If this makes sense:  I’m not sure how I felt about the movie, but the Universe has a way of using anything and everything to open our hearts, if we let it.
  • Wishing you and the robins a good weekend!

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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32 Responses to Ice fishing, robins, winner, Easter

  1. Mary Lou Knapke says:

    It is my favorite poem too
    I have used it with groups
    Oh! So many times!!!

    Mary Lou,
    here in the boat with you! Does anyone see shore?
    (I think my dog and cat in their own dingy might know where we are going.)

    Do you think if we all lean toward goodness we can tilt the world?
    They say butterfly wings can….??!?

    “We men and women are all in the same boat, upon a stormy sea. We owe to each other a terrible and tragic loyalty.”
    – G. K. Chesterton


    Sent from my iPhone

    • Kathy says:

      Mary Lou, that poem is just precious! And the way the author expresses both the joys and sadness of old age is heart-rendering. She speaks in such a simple way, yet faith shines out of it. Beautiful!

  2. Carol says:

    I think it frightfully unfair that spring teases and then winter comes back. We are finally having spring type weather and, although next week is forecast to be a little cooler, I hope it’s here to stay. I develop less and less tolerance for winter every year.

    • Kathy says:

      I know what you mean, Carol. Such a fickle tease she is! I keep going back and forth between lack of tolerance, and trying to be tolerant because–well, because that’s “what is”. It depends on the day which attitude wins. Happy Easter! 🙂

  3. Shirley Khodja says:

    Congratulations to Barbara! I must say, Green Winter sounds lovely too. Amazon, here I come! 😃

  4. Thank you, Kathy! Thank you, Universe! Looking forward to enjoying the pictures of the area you live in.

    I thought we had it rough with four nor’easters in less than three weeks but, oh my, you’re still getting hit with snowstorms. We’re getting all kinds of spring birds and it’s lovely to hear them singing as they build their nests. There was quite a brawl between three squirrels on our balcony yesterday. I’ve never heard a squirrel growl before. 🙂 Will be thinking of you and your robins tomorrow…

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, we “only” got about four inches of snow. Hope those robins are finding something to eat somewhere! You made me smile thinking of growling brawling squirrels. Those fellas can be so entertaining. Congratulations on winning the book! I used to have your address, but may need to dig deeper to find it. If not will be sending you a private message with an address request. Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and reading about Lake Superior. Congratulations again!

  5. We have had some melting here, but I still have plenty of snow in my neck of the woods. Where there is no snow, there is mud. I here an April Fool’s Day winter storm is on the way here, too. Happy Spring, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Ahhh, yes, Cindy, the dreaded mud season! Guess we shouldn’t complain so much about the snow then. We had mud last week, but now it’s all covered up again, so nice and April-y pretty. LOL! Hope you survived your storm without too much of the white stuff. Gosh, the computer wanted to eat this comment. It took lots of technical skill to keep it alive. *grin*

      • We got about five inches of heavy, wet and slippery snow yesterday. This morning, the surface is all dimpled; it won’t last long. Happy Easter! Happy April! Happy Snow in Spring!

  6. john K says:

    Happy Easter to you and Barry! Wish we were celebrating UP in L’Anse too.

    • Kathy says:

      Wish you were here, too, John–enjoying the freezing cold, the endless snow, the thick ice, and whatever else it is you miss? Smiling. The lake misses you, too.

  7. Golly it looks cold on that frozen lake. I have often wondered how deep the ice freezes on the big lakes. Turkey sounds good for Easter. My mother always baked ham for Easter. Anyhow so much for the gibberish. I am now back to fully vegan except rarely eat a dab of honey. Loved the part of the poem where the lady thought she snagged her husband by letting her hair down. Pun not intended. The book of poems sounds very nice. Happy Easter to you, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, the book is really simple and sweet and I liked it a lot. (And enjoyed reading your food thoughts too–not gibberish at all. Except gibberish reminded me of giblets. Our turkey is soaking in cold water in the sink now because it is still frozen inside after six days of thawing! I would be eating vegan food, too, except Barry loves his turkey twice a year. Compromises, compromises…) Happy Easter to you, as well!

  8. That poem gave me goose bumps. I traveled down to DE to visit my mom this past weekend. She didn’t know me most of the time. But she smiled when people said hi, and she dozed into the memories of her life (I choose to believe). Who needs another basket, when we have a basket-load of memories? Happy Easter – despite that forecast. brrrrr. We have fat fluffy robins too. One of them gave me a look like “good god, what’s this white stuff still doing here?” 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Pam, do you have white stuff over yonder there, as well? Mother Nature is shameless, shameless! She’s been carrying baskets of snow and tipping them catywampus all over, regardless of our tender spring feelings. I simply can not imagine what it is to lose your mom like that before you lose her. (Although we had some of that with my dad, but not to such an extreme.) I am glad you have that basket-full of memories to pull out and remember.

  9. Brenda says:

    Congratulations Barbara Rodgers!! Happy Easter Kathy and Barry! ❤ Enjoy the weekend snuggled up warm and cozy in your sweet little home in the northwoods! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, such sweet loving energy. I love your good attitude, and am sorry that I didn’t have more books to send out. We are staying good and warm, always stoking that wood stove. Yesterday we filled the wood room again. Happy Easter to you as well. xoxoxo

  10. Barb says:

    Glad Barry caught some dinner. (Or does he throw them back?) Poor robins – ours know better than to come back before late May. It snowed a foot here the past 2 days but melted quickly. However, we really need the moisture in CO. Our 3 oldest Grands are with us for spring break. I’m exhausted by evening, but luckily they are too! Happy spring, Kathy. Hope your snow melts soon.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Barb, it’s good to see you! He does throw back all the little fish, but keeps the bigger fellas. We know a few folks who hunger for lake trout, so we pass on the bounty whenever possible. How fun that you have the grandkids with you! I am so happy for you, and imagine you all are skiing and watching the foxes. Loved your last blog. Was going to tell you on FB, but noticed you’re off there for now. I was off for nearly a month, but now am feeling kindly once again. Happy spring to you!

  11. Robin says:

    What a wonderful poem, Kathy! Thank you for sharing it. The robins eat the wild cherries and other dried fruits and berries until the snow disappears. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, it’s good to know what those robins are eating. I am smiling thinking of your namesakes. That poem is so beautiful. I noticed somebody had posted it on Facebook a while ago and loved it then. And to discover it in the book Fountainpen sent. What a treasure!

  12. Val says:

    You have robins and we have pheasants and a huge number of pied wagtails. 🙂 I hope your days are good, Kathy.

    • Kathy says:

      Val, I was so happy to see you here this morning! Hope you are doing well, way across that sea to the east. We have pheasants in lower Michigan, but not many up our way. Mostly partridge. As for pied wagtails, we definitely don’t have them!

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