We hit 82° yesterday. There are a couple freezing nights forecast for this week. So, it's the standard Mercer Hokey-Pokey Spring. Flowers start coming up, then it snows. This was two days before my birthday...
snow_flowers

On the April 7th, we had Frog Day 2021. It was the first time we had ever seen all the leopard frogs out on the pond. Each spot on the water is at least one frog...
frog_day

On April 13th, I drove to Rhinelander to pick up the piggies. The USPS would have driven them to Mercer for me, but they wouldn't have arrived until the next morning, sixteen hours later. Here they are in the dog crate in the basement...
piggies_1

In less than two weeks, I had to open the other half of the crate, they were getting so big...
piggies_2

Hopefully, this week is the last of the cold so we can move them out to the kennel next weekend. Here they are today...
piggies_3

We had a pair of geese on the pond yesterday...
geese

First time we've seen that, too. We normally have mallards and blue wing teals hanging around. And the occasional merganser.


 


SYRUP

Let's see, we boiled on the 18th. Kelly had to work a fire on the 20th, so I did all the boiling. We boiled a third time on the 25th. The dogs were ever-present and ever-helpful...
helpful_dogs

By nightfall on the 20th, the stove had filled up with ashes, so I shoveled them and a bunch of coals out, and threw them on the snow. Looked a bit like pictures of the Iceland volcano...
coals_on_snow

We wound up with two large pots of almost-syrup in the freezer and one more in the fridge...
fridge_pot

The freezer pots turned to slush. It was delicious...
freezer_pots

We finished them on the kitchen stove Friday afternoon. The first and third batches were dark red...
red_syrup

And the second batch was orange...
orange_syrup

I don't remember that happening in the past. Could be a whole bunch of reasons... Which trees the sap came from, the amount of sugar in the sap, the weather (temperature, clouds and sun, wind, air pressure), the temperature and length of boiling. We ended up with a pint more than two gallons.


WATERFALLS

Yesterday, we went up to Black River to see the waterfalls. They were really running with all the snow melting off...
drain_falls

That's just a drain pipe under a walkway. This is Great Conglomerate Falls...
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Potawatomi Falls...
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That picture is from an overlook right at the falls. Here's one from down river...
falls_potawatomi_2

Gorge Falls...
falls_gorge

And all those roiling waterfalls empty out into Lake Superior...
lake_superior

There were another two waterfalls we didn't see... The rain was going to start soon, so we headed home.


 

One of our cactususes bloomed for Christmas...
christmas_cactus

Kelly got a new, super-duper lens for her camera. She took it out to get pictures of the moon and Jupiter and Saturn the other night...
photog_kelly

We slept in today. Then opened presents. Then talked to a bunch of people. Then went for a snowshoe hike. It was about 16°, but sunny...
kelly_snowshoe

Here's a group picture...
group

Kody is getting too old too go for the whole hike. We did the warm-up loop with him, then let him rest in the car.

We made a rotisserie chicken for dinner...
chicken

Kelly had leftover dressing mix, so she made that to go along with the chicken...
dressing

It was all delicious. We hope you had a good day!


 

The temperature went up to 45°, so I decided to grill up some brats for dinner...
december_brats

There are Tater Tots in the pan which turned out more like hash browns, but they were still yummy and crunchy.  We took the dogs for walks then grilled, so the picture was at almost 7:30.  I was working by the light of my headlamp, again.


 

We have a little snow on the ground...
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Nothing like last year's foot-and-a-half. It was up to 37 degrees today.

The Thanksgiving cacti started blooming last week...
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Kelly cooked us a huge turkey...
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If you get really close to the screen, it looks pretty big. It was moist, and juicy, and delicious...
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I watched a dozen YouTube videos to get the carving lines right.

We had all the important parts...
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Turkey, gravy, and carbs... Potatoes, dressing, biscuits.

Kelly is taking the dogs for walks, so we haven't cut into her home-made pie, yet...
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Kelly made a big pot of chicken soup last weekend...
chicken_soup

Early yesterday morning, we went out to a farm and met this big pig...
big_pig

Here's the rest of his family...
pigs

This weekend, we've been making tomato sauce...
sauce


 

Had a beautiful weekend last weekend. Kelly had to work Sunday for fire protection, so I took Finlay for a walk in the woods...
yellow_leaves

We found an old Dodge on one of our walks...
old_dodge

The biggest surprise is that it's not full of bullet holes.

We emptied out the gardens and threw most of what was left to the chickens. We have the spare bed covered in tomatoes we hope to finish ripening...
tomatoes

Yesterday, we got snow...
snow

There was about an inch on the grill...
snow_grill

It all melted by the end of the day. Today, we were in the mid 30s. Had to put on our long underwear for the first time to take the dogs for their walk. I don't have a picture for that. :)


 

Looks like it is currently peak color up here...
colors

Well, the first signs of Autumn are appearing.  Trees are starting to turn...
red_maple

Kelly found a pile of mushrooms...
mushrooms

The flannel sheets are back on the bed...
flannels

Claude and Kelly do stained glass in the driveway...
stained_glass

And finally, the Northern Air Conditioners burrow into their winter den sites to hibernate...
airconditioner


 

I was at the gas station at the four-way stop in Hurley and saw this guy across the road...
give_a_duck

Yes...  That's a duck. I had to surreptitiously take the picture out the window of my car, so I didn't get a good one.

We had a hot July.  Finlay decided she liked the fan blowing the air-conditioned air out of the bedroom...
finlay_fan_fan

I've been out-and-about in the County, GPSing driveways for Emergency Services.  I saw a pair of fawns today...
twin_fawns

I whistled to get them to both look up at the same time.

It's butterfly season! If you ask His Majesty nicely, he'll show you more pictures...
the_king

I found a baby Gamera...
turtle

Our resident snakes are still around...
snake

We had Chicken Day on the 13th.  Thirty-three birds this year...
chicken

And today is Strawberry Day!...
strawberries

We've been a bit busy this month of May. I had to do some surgery on the rototiller to get it running again...
tiller

The aspargus is up and doing well this year. We've been eating it almost every-other night so far...
asparagus

A couple apple trees arrived in the mail one day. We had just cut down a couple of the spruce trees in the front yard, so that was where the new apples went...
apple_trees

The trees have leaves and the wild flowers are blooming. Fire Season is pretty much over for Kelly. We had some nice violets in the lawn...
violets

And today we went down to Wausau and bought a new Subaru Forester...
subarau

Kelly tried taking some credit for the apple trees. She did do nearly all of the research into the new car.

I've been on Youtube a lot looking for new recipes.  I found one for pizza I thought I would try.  I think something went sideways part-way through...
CHICKEN FEET PIZZA

Ask Finlay to show you more pictures...
snow-bank_finley