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Something happened last night and I am not talking about it.  Gonna have a talk with Mother Nature about the unfairness of 70 degree temps in March and then giving us this picture.  Once it hits 70, this picture should not happen again for a long time, it messes with our minds

It causes us to stay inside and boil down the small amount of maple sap we collected this year due to the 70 degree temps.  Last year I think we got about 20 jars of syrup, this year with 10 more taps than last year we got this small amount.  It is not going to last for pancakes until January like last years supply.  Maple syrup this year is as valuable as gold.  It also came out a very dark brown.  Usually it was a honey brown and as the season went, darkened.  Don’t ask me why, just something I noticed and intend on talking with Mother Nature if I ever track her down

Definitely dark color this year

I am happy to report that things in Colorado with Johnny Thompson are going much better than last week.  I thought Johnny might need a reason to get out of his hospital bed this week and decided to send him a little incentive.  It will definitely give him and the nurses and doctors something to talk about when they come in the room to see it.  I suggest to the Thompson family that you all gather around the room when Johnny opens it.  There is no peeking!  Johnny has to open it first.  The ladies that packed it up for me at Trig’s got a bit of a laugh as well and took this picture for me

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I do believe it is time to take out the last boat.  Woke up to ice creeping across the lake.



Mack trying to figure out what happened to the water.  I do not think he will be heading out on the lake anytime soon

Can Contest.  We only had one entry from Chuck and so he is the winner.  The actual poundage was 994, Chuck would have been dead on for one truck load but we did 3 of them averaging over 300 pounds  a load.   Congrats Chuck!


Yep it snowed last night…. I love the 4 seasons and the beauty of all 4 seasons.  Mixing the beauty of the previous season with the current season though is not my favorite…. but I tried to find the beauty in the day….


Trees bent from the weight of the wet snow.  I am surprised to managed to  not loose power with all the limbs and trees weighed down


Lilies of the Valley buried in the snow.  They have not bloomed out so I hope they are ok and insulated in the snow when we go to the mid 20’s tonight


View off the hill by Muskie Inn



I think this little tree says it all


Newly popping out maple leaves covered in snow


View off the hill between Bayview and Wildflower.  Notice the snow on the trees across the lake



Bayview in the snow



I was supposed to get kindling for our fire at the woodshed.  The path to the woodshed was blocked by hanging trees


Newly painted beach chairs coated in snow.. something is wrong with this picture


The army of coverings I have on my perennial flowers hoping to make it through tonight at 25 degrees.

I am now done with winter and spring can come back at anytime……

While checking out the guys work at Bear Den I caught these fun pics of huge big flakes coming down in the pines, Enjoy!








Our rates lower to the lowest of the year through mid week and weekend.  Weekend rates start at 110/night for our regular sized 2bdrs and 125/night for Birchwood.  I also rent out our 3bdrs when needed to smaller groups starting at 125/night.  Nice time to come up and enjoy the snow in warmer temps.  Skiing last weekend I could have done in a sweatshirt no coat needed.  That is my favorite type of skiing


My favorite pic of the day.  We got an additional 5 inches of snow last night and this morning.  The trees were loaded and it was beautiful to look out off the hill at the snow still coming down through the pines.  Good news is our problems with our plow truck are on the way to being fixed.  Truck has a new exhaust system which was planned for maintence.  The plow on the other hand is a different story.  Troy and Steve spent an entire day last week getting the plow off the truck and up to the shop.  We are at the mercy of the mechanic at the plow shop who is swamped at the moment.  Good thing the folks coming today have 4 wheel drive, as it is going to be a few days yet before the resort gets plowed out.  Maybe we can bribe him with Christmas cookies or cranberry bread



Digging out the old fashioned way.  Between last week and this weeks storm snow is definitely pilling up.  I had skiers out at Winter Park last weekend reporting good conditions.  Vilas County snowmobile trails open on Wednesday and Oneida’s trails open on Thursday.  Looks like it will be a good Christmas to New Years conditions for playing in the snow.  I also saw my first crazy Ice Fishermen on Lake Katherine this last weekend


More pics off the hill


Bows and Bells are up now if we could just get the driveway plowed we will be ready for Christmas


The first half of the big storm came through.  Public Enemy number one ventured out to my bird feeders this morning between the continuing snowflakes


Muskie Inn pelted in snow





Forgot to put my loon in the garden away and it got buried in the snow.  Looking a little pathetic this morning



My birdhouse snow report.  Under the drift somewhere the house is.


Headed up to get coffee to find Life Spring snow encrusted.  Only a true coffee addict would head out in this weather just to get a cup of good coffee from Steve


Steve plowing out the Spring this morning, this afternoon he gets to plow out the resort.  Just another day at the office


We had about 2 inches of the white stuff come down yesterday.  I took a walk from Wildflower down to the lake catching the first snow in the trees pics of the season.  It was coming down a bit heavy and you can just see across the lake in the back ground.  The snow will be gone soon but it was pretty for a short time.  Supposed to be 56 on Sunday Ohhh a big warm up









This pic is for Linda and Gloria.  Steve and Troy will be taking the dock out today, your last chance to sunbath


The Point across the lake



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It was a slow drive to Minocqua today, I saw one car flipped in the ditch.  We had heard there was a possibility of snow but hearing and seeing are 2 different things.  We always seem to get some on Columbus Day Weekend.


Time to stay in the cabin and light up the fireplace.  Eagles Nest is officially done for the season.



We hear there is more snow on the way Sunday