Sunday, December 30, 2012


The ice is finally here to stay. 

Last night it was loud.  Booming and cracking and buckling in the dark. 

This morning we headed out into the sparking bright day and checked it, and did some playing.

A buckle in the ice.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Maple Lake

Christmas has just passed, but I consider Christmas though New Year's "the holidays".

Hope you are enjoying yours.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

From the Weather Book

November 19
- sunny, warm, lovely day

November 20
- foggy

November 25
- snowy

Novemebr 28
 - lovely snow in the morning

November 30
- cold, bitter wind

December 1
- the cold has arrived

December 6
- ice on the lake

December 7
- dreary

December 11
- more ice on the lake


December 16
- freezin rain, rain

December 20
- brutal wind in the evening, snow and freezing rain
- bitter cold

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I am sure by now you are aware of the tragic events that unfolded yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut.

My heart is absolutely broken, and I can't even begin to imagine what the families of those children and other victims are experiencing waking up this morning.  All of the tomorrows are gone. 

Raw pain.

A society in which something like this happens is broken.

It's clear that mental health services aren't enough right now.  Gun control is laughable.  I don't know what the answer is, but how many more times does something like this need to happen before something is done?

I wish for peace and healing for the families in Connecticut this morning and for all mornings to come. 

No words that I can write here will ever be enough, either to adequately express my feelings, or to convey what I hope for the future.

Monday, December 10, 2012


The longer I live here, the more impatient I become with the normal happenings in larger cities and towns.  We went "south" this past weekend, and traffic and lines and bustling people just served to make me a little more unhinged.

Here I have my wide open space, my quiet, little to no traffic, and shorter lines.  I feel that down there I am driven to go, go, go, and here I don't have to do anything if I don't want to.

I come home every time grateful for what I have and in wonderment at the frustrations that used to be part of my regular life.  I merely accepted the stresses - I didn't like them, but they were just there.

I realize this is more a commentary on my personality flaws than the people who choose to live in larger, busier places.  I'm not always the most patient of people.

Maple Lake is good for my soul.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Just a quick post to say that Maple Lake will have more more resident in June 2013.   We are excited and can't wait to see what the future will bring.