Tag Archives: cold

Deep January days in the woods

Good morning from our little stretch of woods and lake and snow and cold.  Sitting here at this computer I watch lazy flakes of snow silhouetted against black and gray tree limbs.  Yonder brown oak leaves dangle from branches that … Continue reading

Posted in January, 2019 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Just another Polar Vortex in Michigan’s UP

Good chilly blanket-wrapped morning! I hope you’re keeping warm, readers. Let’s pour a cup of coffee–or would you like tea?–or hot cocoa?–and chat for a spell. So many everyday conversations begin and end with weather these days. Our thermometer shivers … Continue reading

Posted in January 2014 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

Baby, it’s cold…inside

Never mind the outside temperature. It brags 12 degrees (-11 C), shame on that thermometer at 4 p.m., Sunday afternoon. It’s shivered below zero for nights.  Winter appears early in the north this year. Barry just departed the house.  “Feels … Continue reading

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Hark! Pussy willows in February?

It’s hard to believe.  You’re walking up the road pondering whether you even need a winter coat–when you see Them.  Pussy willows.  In February. Who would have thought that a tree could be so crazy?  If you look around, you … Continue reading

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From Lions to Bears to Reindeer…Welcome to Heikinpaiva!

          Yoko Onomaki and John Lennoniemi (you have to realize that lots of the Finns who settled around the Upper Peninsula have last names like “Maki” and “Niemi”) handed out the words to the song they sang: “Imagine … Continue reading

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Winter Stories of Lake Superior

You can’t be part of a 30-day Gratitude Challenge around here without feeling gratitude for this place where we live.  Feeling gratitude for the woods.  For the million trees.  For the deer and bear and squirrels hunkering down in the … Continue reading

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The week of the pears and other Northwood tales

Just a short little post with pictures of our daily life here in the woods.  It’s taken us days to get the tree halfway decorated.  Last night we finally hung the star and lights and garland.  Both of our strings … Continue reading

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