Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hot day today.

The deck contractor showed up today and it is starting to take shape, support poles are up and tied together with beams, some deck suports are in and he promises to be back tomorrow! If he shows up and his helper does too (Helper did not come today) they will probably get in all the deck supports. Then all they have to do is get the deck boards - we are getting those 'plastic' boards that don't need staining etc - and istall them and we'll have a deck. The last step should be the handrails and steps down into the yard. we are excited.

Morning has risen.

Summer must be coming, the sun is coming up a little earlier each day. I hate to miss it, so I have to get up a little earlier each day, unfortunately I don't always manage that. Probably because I am getting to bed late - but if I go to bed too early I can't get to sleep. Problems, well don't let me bore you with my problems. The biggest problem I have so far is that no one seems to be viiting my Blog, you would think that at least one person would have stumbled on it by now while 'surfing' but no, as far as I can tell no one has found my litle Blog. One day, one exciting day I will find a Comment on one of my posts that says someone other than myself has made a comment. (I made a couple of comments myself just to see if the comment part was working - it is.)
Back to Morning Over the Lake, as we are facing west we don't actually see the Sun rising over the western horizon. But we do see the results of that sun rising on the Lake, and those results are AWESOME to say the least. As the sun comes up it eventually gets high enough - probably only a few minutes after it gets above the horizon - for it's rays to reach accross the Lake and hit the trees and grasses on the far shore. Most mornings this early morning light is the most fantastic etherial gold color. I love to watch it, the colors change almost magically by the minute, or even by the second, I try not to take my eyes off of it for too long. I make my coffee almost by touch so I don't miss too much of this heavenly display. As the sun moves higher and higher in the sky those first delicate colors condense into bright daylight. By now the birds are awake and active. Today the male Swan is gliding over the almost mirror like Lake as he guards his nesting partner and keeps any intruders at bay. The great Blue Herons , yes Herons, there are several around already, are flying all over the Lake looking no doubt for the best fishing spots. They fly so low, you wonder how they can do it without their wings hitting the water, their shape fascinates me, it is so varied, if you didn't know that it was the same bird you'd never guess it if you could see one flying and one standing. Sometimes they stand straight and tall and sometimes they skrunch themselves down low and look like a hunchback. But it is flying when they look almost as if they are from a different time and place. When you watch them flying you can imagine what the Pteradactyls must have looked like during prehistoric times. I feel privileged to watch them. As the morning progresses the water starts to move, almost as if it too is waking up, soon there are all kinds of patterns over it's surface, but even though there may be small wavelets there can be smooth areas right next to the rough area, such variety, how it can be I don't know. I can only enjoy and delight in it.
I have to go and watch some more. Bye.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lake diary

Not too much to report today, nothing new happening with the Lake, in fact apart from the Ducks that I saw in a row off the end of the pier this morning and a couple of Canada Geese I have seen hardly any birds today, very unusual. But the day is not over yet. The busiest time of day is usually the morning but there is often a flurry of activity in the evening. we will see. It looks like Sunset Cottage is going to live up to its name today, I am expecting another beautiful Sunset. I wish you could see the sunsets over our Lake.
The other activity is very exciting, at long last our long delayed deck is about to take shape. About a dozen posts went in today and the contractor expects it to be finished in a week or so! We'll believe it when we see it.
Back to the Lake, yes it is setting up to be another awesome Sunset, also the big male Swan is busy chasing off the two Canada Geese. We think the Swans have a nest and the male is busy protecting it. I sure wish we had a Kayak or canoe to explore the Lake, we would probably be able to see the nest and keep an eye on it. it would be nice to observe the baby Cygnets too.
Little piece of info about the Cananda Geese, the name does not mean Canandian Geese, they are not Canadian Geese, even though they do spend time in Canada. I once heard that they were named after a man named Canada! But I don't know if that is true or not. But they are Canada Geese NOT Canadian Geese.


Well, we have finally got our Ducks in a Row! I just looked out at the Lake and there they were - three of them swimming past the end of our pier in a perfect row! It's nice to know that everything is finally going to be OK in our lives. That is right isn't it? At least I hope so, I've heard all my life that things are all going to be OK "When you get your Ducks in a Row". Ahd here we are, they are all in a row. Yeah!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A thought.

Cleaning your house while your children are still growing is rather like shoveling the sidewalk before it has stopped snowing!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Today is Julia's birthday, she is - HA got you didn't I? I cannot give away any secrets, except to say that she is 39. At least that is what she looks like.
We awoke to a wet day, it had been raining all night and the post holes for the new deck were all full of water and mud. It will take some work to prepare them for use when the workers return. It is supposed to rain through to tomorrow night (Wednesday). As the dutifull husband that I am, I brought Julia her usual cup of tea in bed, a birthday card and made breakfast for us both. We looked out at the Lake through the rain and observed - five Great Blue Herons fishing just yards from our bedroom windows, we watched one catch two fish in a row, after a short while they all flew off, but a few minutes later returned and this time there were six! The Ospreys were also busy, there are usually between four and six of these magnificent birds fishing right before us, today was no exception and we watched one catch a fairly big fish right in front of us and carry it to a nearby tree to eat it. Also on the Lake, further out, were the Cormorants, today there were the usual 30 or 40 birds seemingly drifting along with only their heads and necks out of the water, all facing the same way, and looking like a flotilla of half sumerged submarines. They are fascinating to watch as one will suddenly dive followed by another and then another and suddenly all or almost all are gone, then their heads start to pop up one by one. They are able to stay down for about 30 seconds and appently are swimming that whole time because they will reapear sometimes hundreds of feet away from where they went down. There must be an enormous number of fish in the Lake with all these birds continuously catching them. If the numbers of fish are diminished I suppose the birds will leave, at least until they are replenished. Julia saw two beautiful white Egrets arrive a few days ago, I have only seen one and there was one out there this morning along with the Herons. I wonder where the second Egret is, maybe on a nest? There should be a plethora of babies on the Lake soon, what does a baby Heron look like? And a baby Egret? And ducks, Cormorants, Ospreys, maybe even Bald Eagles, we have seen two Bald Eagles here from time to time. I suspect that it must have been the Eagle that landed the two big Carp that I saw on my lawn. One was 23 inches and one 26 inches long, I can't imagine anything except an Eagle strong enough to land huge fish like that!
Gotta go. If anyone is seeing any of my postings will they let me know please? so far I have had no response at all, so I don't know if anyone is seeing any of them. Just click on the "Comments" and leave a comment. It won't hurt you, I promise! Thank you. David the Silver Fox. (Thats what the guys at work used to call me!)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Make it happen.

Some people Make things happen, some people Watch things happen, some people Wonder What happened!

Which are you?

Make things happen. Make them Good things, not Bad things, it's easy to do Bad things , harder to do Good things.

Do something Good and tell me about it, tell the world about it, I'll help you tell the world, well at least my little piece of the world, we'll put it on my Blog and you'll be famous - at least for 15 minutes!

So get to it, do something hard (and Good.) I want to hear about it, before the end of the week - it's Tuesday now. Lets see how many Good things we can make happen by the end of this week.

David the Silver Fox.

Appollo 13

For all those millions and millions of people who are "39" years old, The Appollo 13 incident happened 39 years ago today.