Lovers On Thin Ice


Standing at my patio door, I note the waters stillness, how the bitter cold has frozen the lake in our cove. At our neighbors shallow beach, the ice is a thick white pane but over here, the deep water is as clear and fragile as glass.


I wouldn’t think of testing it.  The imagined fear of a threatening crackle beneath my feet is enough to keep me perched on the cozy side of my window…yet a daring couple, glides easily upon it’s surface…. lovers perhaps or mother and child, content to spend the morning on the lake outside my door.


A hour later, they go their separate ways, the elder, years mature with majestic white head flies off into the blue.  The younger flies up into the branches of tree at the corner of my patio, just outside my window, a rare spectacal of beauty and grace.  Bald Eagles.


In awe of Gods canvas.


  1. Wow Laura, what a view. Now I’ve never lived anywhere that gets that cold! I’m not sure I’d like it TBH, as I’m a warm weather girl…. maybe because our wee house isn’t yet properly insulated against our -10 really cold winter mornings 😨. Anyway, I’m wanting to know how all those boats stand up to sitting in frozen water? Wouldn’t it cause damage to the hulls?

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    • You know, I grew up on a beach dreaming of snow. I’m naturally always hot and momma don’t like hot! Lol. I’m definately a person that needs seasons. I weird in ways like not minding rainy days, enjoy a hood thunderstorm, even hurricanes are awe inspiring. I love a warm breeze of spring with sunshine on my cheeks , swimming and boating in summer but soon it gets too hot to enjoy, but after long sweltering days, the first cool breeze of fall that leads to snow globe days.
      The smaller boats are on lifts. We have one in one of the slips on our dock for the bass boat. Our big boat is at the marina Cross the cove from our house. The big ones like ours don’t need a lift as the water around the boats won’t freeze. Beneath all the boat slips are these little machines that are dropped into the water that churns the water so it can’t freeze. While the cove froze up to the docks, the water in the boats slips never does. This is my first year here and with a large boat, 36ft cabin cruiser with 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom so we had to learn all this this year. Lol


      • Yes, I hear you re loving the seasons. I’ve spent too many years in a sub-tropical climate, when only the frangipani lost its leaves, telling you summer was over. I love the bulbs that break through the frozen ground to tell you Spring is near. I’m not so hot on the long winter with very short daylight hours.
        That’s really interesting about the boats Laura.
        I have often wondered about the narrow boats on the canals in the UK and Europe, but they traditionally have really thick steel hulls. I’m not sure I’d want to live on one through winter though.


    • It was truly amazing. I’ve never lived somewhere so rich in wildlife, before. A groundhog lives by my seawall. They are unbelievably cute. It sits on the seawall, overlooking the lake as it eats. Chipmonks are everywhere! Surprisingly, these are not herbivores! I dropped a piece of raw chicken on the porch and before I could get back to pick it up, little chipmonks were trying to drag it off! A little red fox often visits my deck, coming right up to the glass doors and deer are EVERYWHERE. Times during the year, you have to be extra careful to stop your walk or drive to allow babies to catch up with their moms as the cross the streets. Its wonderful

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      • Awe our summer home was so populated even thought we were in the country and the woods you rarely saw wild life. Your commin birds ate out of our feeders and a colony of racoons (babies use to get stuck in the dumpster so the owner built a ramp for thrn to get out safely) coons were so smart they could break into sheds and trailers no problem , once they ate an entire bag of chili heat doritos we had left on the deck!

        At home in the summer we have chippies and squirels whcih i made a nut feeder for them, then birds who use our bird feeder. Hubz is a early morning gu who has his coffee on the deck watching the wild life before work and on weekends. He noticed what he thouhht was a pair of cardinals all thr time ones colouring much duller he said to me I think they are a couple, i laughed but ita true we googled it and they are monogamous!
        We have a hot tub and if I go in after dinner i will see a flock off yellow finch like birds come to eat..same time


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      • That’s so funny about the raccoons. It reminded me of a family camping trip we went on some years ago. We stored all the food inside ice chests at night but it seems raccoons are smart enough to get them open. It seemed they had a real sweet tooth as they’d eaten the 4 big bags of marshmallows we’d brought for making s’mores. Apparently, marshmallows down sit well on raccoon tummies as we awoke to a campsite near covered in marshmallow vomit!

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