“Keeps on keepin’ on”


Looking out the window, April 12, 2018

Looking out the window, April 12, 2018

First things first.  I am not going to complain about our endless winter here in the North Woods.  (At least publicly.  Maybe we can gripe together privately, if we’re experiencing a frustrated moment or day or week or month.)

Why live in the North Woods if you don’t understand what that means, right?

It means Winter. Hangs. On. Forever.

Keeps on keepin’ on…

Snow forms, twists, melts, hangs on for dear life

Snow forms, twists, melts, hangs on for dear life

But, you say, what about that April a few years back when the temperature hit 90 degrees (32C)?

Yes, yes, surprises like that do happen.

Changeable Mother Nature shows her smiles and fangs at this time of year.  You can get a kiss, a sauna, a light breeze, a freezing downpour, a downright snowstorm.  One never knows what to expect because she’s such a tease. She can’t make up her mind what to wear in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

But long-timers or lifers do know generally what to expect.

Spring doesn’t usually come–to stay–until sometime in April or May.  (We have another word for it.  Mud season.)

How many flakes of snow does it take?

How many flakes of snow does it take?

However, it IS April, so it can stop snowing, right?  It is almost MID-April.

The forecast suggests snow for tomorrow (less than an inch).  One to three inches Saturday.  Three to five inches Sunday.

Ho hum.  It’s getting a bit boring, Mother Nature!

"Frosting snow"

“Frosting snow”

Guess we can’t put away our plows and snow shovels quite yet.

Is the weather behaving herself in your neck of the woods or mountains or hollows or lakes?


See how the maple trees attempt to create blooms?  And what they get for their efforts?

See how the maple trees attempt to create blooms? And what they get for their efforts?

P.S.  You can see that I’m back home in the Upper Peninsula.  Have been here since last Sunday.  It was another great trip downstate to visit Mom, but am now enjoying being back here in our little house in the woods.  (Except for this one little matter of endless winter.)

P.S.S.  Sorry I couldn’t keep up with the daily photo challenge.  Sometimes I feel as changeable as Mother Nature!   🙂

It's beginning to look a lot like...Memorial Day?

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Memorial Day?



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 “Keeps on keepin’ on”

  1. Lori says:

    Merry Christmas…err…umm…Happy April? As you know, I live some miles south of you, and we have snow in the forecast for Sunday. Seriously? I was joking on facebook about Mother Nature testing my patience and allegiance to moving back. It’s been around 70 degrees yesterday and today, so the snow shouldn’t stick here. I know you’re in the UP, but here where I live, back before I moved, I don’t ever remember snow in April.

    Break open those hot chocolate packets one more time (or 2) and stay warm.

    P.S. I’m still not sorry. My heart is home.

    • Kathy says:

      A late Merry Christmas to you, Lori! lol. I heard about your 70 degree splendor yesterday…some of us are truly envious. We topped out near 40. So glad to hear that you’re not regretting your return to the north. What a relief for your heart…

  2. Barb says:

    Hello Kathy, I can surely commiserate! We’re due for more snow this weekend too. Of course we all admit that we need the moisture while wondering why it can’t come as rain. I leave for the CA beach in about a week. Yippee!

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, guess what? My brother skied at Breckenridge today! He said it was wonderful snow. I’ll bet you are glad that the moisture will hopefully stave off wildfires. Also wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your blog post. Love that fox…and hoping your son will play for you. Enjoy your California beaching! Sounds wonderful.

  3. Elisa says:

    lol Memorial Day! giggling like loon now, imagine how i Just posted my uhm snark on an old post of yours about the warmth you had that april (or at least lack of snow) hehehe ok off to that shower now

  4. Oh, your beautiful snow photos have brightened my [still seems like winter] day! I do get so tired of the mud and icy slush, I like to see the fresh, pretty snow (though it can be dangerous to speak that out loud!).

    • Kathy says:

      I know what you mean, Cindy, about how dangerous it can be to mention the fresh snow. And also what a relief the beauty can provide from the mud and slush. We’re back to mud and slush here. I see you may be having a storm now? Or at least some snow heading across the upper lower peninsula?

  5. dawnkinster says:

    I was in Alabama from early February to the beginning of April. Saw spring there, so much in bloom. Then for a week I was in Florida. 50 one day, 80 the next. Still, more sunny days than rainy ones and certainly no snow. Saw lots of stuff in bloom. Now I’m driving toward Michigan. Today I was driving through SC and noticed redbud and dogwood in bloom in the woods, things I noticed in Alabama weeks ago. I’m getting to see spring happen all over again. Now….please have all the snow gone before I get home!

    • Kathy says:

      Lucky you, Dawn–you get to see spring happen more than once. It is such a lovely time of year, when those blossoms and grasses and flowers appear. I am hoping you won’t have snow when you get back in Michigan. Guess it depends on how fast you drive. My mom said they have a winter storm warning tomorrow. (Like we do.) Maybe you had better drive really really slowly.

  6. debyemm says:

    It’s quite changeable here in Missouri. We had snow last Sunday and down into the upper 20s at night. Almost 80 yesterday. At the moment, we are under a very Spring-like Tornado warning. Supposed to rain tonight through tomorrow maybe and get a bit cold again – dropping the high about 20 degrees from 69 on Sat to 49 on Sun and down to freezing Sun night. It’s always a tug-of-war that way between Winter and Spring. I promise though – from long years of experience – Spring always wins eventually !! Keep hope alive and it will arrive.

    • Kathy says:

      I like your analogy of the tug-of-war, Deb. It IS always that way! And spring and summer eventually become One. lol. (I guess winter is One, too.) I think also it would be challenging to live with frequent tornado warnings. Perhaps even more challenging than all our snow. Or maybe equally, not sure. We had 16 inches yesterday in near-blizzard conditions. By next weekend in the 50’s. Phew…

  7. Julie says:

    Winter is hanging on here in metro Detroit, too. We’re enjoying freezing rain right now…

  8. It is 33° here on a raw Sunday morning. All the flags are out for a tremendous Patriots Day here in Boston tomorrow. Which also means the Boston marathon. But I just feel sorry for all those runners because it’s supposed to be cold and rainy. But at least no snow. I am defying mother nature and just bought a big tray of pansies to plant! So there! 🌸🧡🌸🧡

    • Kathy says:

      Good morning, a day late, Pam. Bet it would be freezing to run in that cold! So funny you mentioned racing–my daughter ran her second 10K in Portland, OR, yesterday, so I was thinking about racing all during our 16 inch blizzard-like snowstorm. Pansies sound so springlike. Hope they find warm dry ground soon!

      • Congrats to your daughter! That’s a great accomplishment. I used to run 10Ks, but in CA, where the sun was always shining! No sunshine here, just cold rain, thus, our pansies are staying warm in our garage for now. 🙂 May your snow soon melt into green grass and beautiful blooms.

  9. Val says:

    It’ll end and then you’ll be thinking “it’s so damn hot! I long for winter!” 🙂 Sorry it’s still so cold and icy there. Here it’s warm one day and cold the next, typical British weather. Haven’t had snow for a while, but we had it badly when it arrived. Not like where you are, though!

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Val, you may be right! We humans are such fickle creatures. We had a 19 inch snowstorm (again) the other day, so it’s still keeping on. However, the good news is that it’s already warming up and that snow is melting like crazy. Thank goodness. May all our weather start behaving soon. 🙂

      • Val says:

        We suddenly had a heatwave today and yesterday. Next week it’ll probably snow! 😉 Glad your weather’s beginning to behave itself.

  10. Love the photography as well as your writing 🙂

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