Sad to say this was the first weekend at the lake. In a typical year we would have been up there several times by now, couple times in the winter, once in March and once or twice in April. This year however, between minus 20 degree weeks in January and the mountains of snow in February, we just ever made it up there.
Shame on us.
To make up for it I made up there twice this weekend. Once with the family on Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. We went up to bring the truck home, we expand to three drivers in two weeks when the kid is home from Alabama. And just for fun I made one more trip up on Sunday to pick up my CPAP machine which for the first time three years I forgot up there.
Yeah me. My intention is to drive to the office tomorrow morning directly from Wisconsin, partially to test the theory that I can pull it off, something I’m thinking about doing this summer, and partially because I’m an idiot. And idiots have to pay the consequences of their ineptitude. And so will I.
Drama aside, it was nice to be up at the lake for change. I’ve done just about everything that there is to do around the house that I can without actually doing any work, if you know what I mean.
The house took a beating this winter. We lost a bunch of shingles somehow. Actually they were in the same general place where they had come off last year. Theory is when the roof was replaced a few years ago the shingles didn’t “set” correctly. We also lost two storm windows, somehow they blew off the house in some tempest I didn’t know about. Funny that’s never happened in the last 15 years we owned the place. In the scheme of things I suppose it could have been a lot worse, but still, pain in the ass factor.
We did not get out on the lake at all this weekend. Friday night we had a sushi feast with some friends of our, and my pal was pretty confident we’d find open water on the lake. As a matter of fact we did not. As a matter of fact the ice hadn’t even pulled away from the shore one bit. What we found was a frozen gawdamned lake. I’m reminded that last year, for the Wisconsin fishing opener, the first Saturday in May, the lake was in fact not open. As a matter of fact it was snowing on May 3rd or there about, and there was a decent amount of fresh fallen snow on the shore.
Balsam Lake and environs had been treated to 12″ of snow last Wednesday. Most it had melted by the time we got up there this weekend. Most.
Sunday morning was pretty warm when I woke up. And, thanks to cold ice on the water, there was a great mist on the lake. Very nice way to get up.
All in all it was a nice relaxing time at the lake, not much to do. Took a walk past the wood lot where my neighbor taps maple trees. It certainly looked like this year was going to be a much better year for sugar bushes than last year was. I did see a barred owl in our tree. I hear them all the time, but I rarely see them. Nice little treat. The woodpeckers were busy hammering away on hollow trees trying attract mates with their avian Morse code. Pretty amazing how loud those things are.
Sunday I managed to do some work work, tested the wireless hotspot connection to see if working from the lake is actually feasible. Verdict is- “not sure”. It was slow but I’m thinking there are better places to put the hotspot. The idea of doing work while looking out over water really appeals to me. I have to figure out how to make that happen.