First, my apologies for be absent. I did have full intentions to write last Sunday, but got trapped at the Mayo Clinic again. Nora and I traveled there on the 16th for some tests on that day, as well as into Tuesday and Wednesday. All went well with the tests, except they were not happy with the functions of my heart and kidneys, so I got admitted Wednesday afternoon and spent the next 7 days in the hospital. They were successful in getting the numbers for both organs to a level where I could return home. So we left Wednesday afternoon, got part of the way and the rest of the way on Thursday.
So missed the full color stage of the trees here in Jake. They were very close when we left town on the 16th, but with a lot of rain and some wind, by the by the 26th, the trees were pretty much sripped of the color foilage.
What I did not miss was the first legit snow. We did get some frozen precip a few weeks back, but it looked more like sleet. That was not the case yesterday, there were a few flurries around noon and then the snowfall increased to a steady light to moderate clip. It was enough to coat most of the vegetation, but barley. All we got was a coating, but the higher terrain in the Keweenaw had a few inches fall. None the less, it was so wonderful to see the fakes delicately dance their way to the ground.
I really love the first snow of the season, especially in the cases when the trees are not totally stripped of their leaves, allowing for the autumn colors to contrast with the greens of the evergreens and white of the snow.
Today, my brother came over and helped me get the blower on Big Red, as well as a few other things to be ready for the winter. I can sure say that I’m so happy that I do not have to cut firewood for the heating. While that changed several years ago, I am grateful each and every cold season starts without that colossal job!
So I guess that about covers it for this one. Now that the Mayo trip is over and the pre-winter chores are done, I can get back into the shop and renew my work on the rest of the cabinets. It sure would be great to get them done before Thanksgiving, but am not up against some hard deadline. Dr’s have told me to slow it down some and that is what I will be doing from here on out. As hard as it will be to change habits that have been going for 57 years!
Good Night from the Keweenaw..