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I AM BAACK!!!

Oh YES, I am BACK! Summer is over with, or really for us in the north woods this year was the year with out a summer. Oh, but now, we have had above normal temps. We are still in a major drought though. With the fall season fast approaching, the ferns, the forest plants, the trees turning color, losing their summer cloths. The fire danger remains high to extreme.

As for what is going on in Washington, with the MSM, Oh I have been watching, reading, anything I can get my hands on, and anything I can watch, see, hear, learn. Trying to stop my head from spinning, wondering what the heck are people thinking! Wondering if these folks will wake up out of their Obama trance, before it is too late. To late not only for those of us who have half a brain and some common sence left, but to late for generations to come, and well to late for those who support what is going on in Washington.

The job market in the north woods of Wisconsin is awful, and I suppose just like a lot of other places, small towns around the Country. My husband is in the construction business. Really, it has hurt us when the housing bubble busted. We have not built one house from the “ground up” this whole year. As winter is coming, it does not look good to get a house. People are not even doing remodeling right now. Nothing but what is needed, is being done in the housing business. People no longer have the money for those extras. Like adding on a room, a sunroom, that extra bedroom or bathroom. Landscaping, flowers, water systems, pools, and the like, people simply do not have that extra cash on hand.

Folks are scared, well, the folks that know and care what is going on. As for the others, like I have been saying, I do not understand. To tell the truth, I never thought it was going to get this bad! Dont get me wrong, I knew it would get hard, but this? People it is down right scary!!!

Filed under: Odds And Ends

The Weekend Up North

The last day of January! It is a perfect day to the end of the first month of the new year.

We woke up with a beutiful frost that clung to all the ever green trees. It was truly a winter wonder land this morning and through out the day today.

We finally broke the long cold spell today.  We up north did not get above freezing today, but still headlines are the same all down south. http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=WI&prodtype=public 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
954 AM CST SAT JAN 31 2009

…GREEN BAY FINALLY REACHES 20 DEGREES THIS MORNING…

AT 943 AM THIS MORNING…THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 20 DEGREES AT
GREEN BAY. THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE WAS 20 DEGREES OR WARMER
WAS ON JANUARY 23RD BETWEEN 4 PM AND 5 PM.

GREEN BAY CLIMBED TO FREEZING THIS AFTERNOON…

AT 346 PM THIS AFTERNOON…THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 32 DEGREES AT
GREEN BAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY 4TH. THIS WAS 26 DAYS
IN A ROW WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING.

HERE IS A LIST OF THE LONGEST STRETCHES OF TEMPERATURES BELOW 32
DEGREES AT GREEN BAY.

              DAYS IN A ROW             DATE OF
RANKING       BELOW FREEZING            STREAK
—————————————————————-
  1               52            DEC 30 1978  TO  FEB 21 1979
  2               47            DEC 24 1917  TO  FEB 10 1918
                  47            DEC 31 1911  TO  FEB 17 1912
  4               46            JAN  7 1977  TO  FEB 23 1978
  5               40            DEC 18 1969  TO  JAN 28 1970

  6               39            JAN 14 1936  TO  FEB 23 1936
  7               38            JAN 19 1904  TO  FEB 27 1904

Like I have been saying, this winter season for cold temps. is one we will not soon forget. It was a slow start in terms of snowfall, and we are below normal for snowfall. But the cold temps. have kept the snow we do get from melting. We cannot have it all, nor the perfect winter weather every year, as much as we would like too.

This weekend also looks to be good for our local businesses. With a lot of snowmobiles out, and talking to a local bait store owner, the ice fishing is starting to pick up now. With our ice conditions at there best, people are having no problems getting on the lakes. Last night my hubby measured the ice, about 30-32 inches of ice.

We did not yet get our annual “winter thaw” yet this season. At least once during the winter we get warm weather, and a major thaw. I remember one year in February, most of the snow melted and we where flying kites, in tee shirts! Oh what one will do up here for entertainment in the long, cold, and dark winter months. Those are extreme thaws, and not welcomed by people who depend on snow. And on folks like my husband and I who wait all summer for snowmobiling and ice fishing.

I do know the folks down south in Wisconsin are happy with the weather today. Not only did they have record cold this year, they also had all the record snow to contend with too. That can take such a major toll in many ways on the towns and the cities.

We still have more winter to come up here in the North Woods of Wisconsin. And right now, what a perfect time to come and play in the snow!

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Todays Thoughts, Weather

This and thats

Today I thought before I started posting on the news, I would just write about other going ons.

The weather is still cold up here in the great north woods of Wisconsin. This morning we woke up to 17 below zero. I no longer remember how many nights in a row we have been below zero. And how many of those nights with the wind chill dropping to 35-40 below zero. I do love winter, but this cold blows big time!

We have been getting some lake affect snow, our snow total is finally going up. It is now darn near perfect for all outdoor winter sports. I have no complaints there!

More good news, we are now just starting to see more folks coming up here to enjoy all the winter sports. We have so much going on this time of the year. We have a few big ice fishing tournamentscoming up, and those are always so much fun. The ice is perfect right now too.  I noticed last weekend a big jump on the amount of folks out on the trails. I seen alot of trailers parked at local hotels. That is more then good news, that is great news!

Talking with local business owners on Monday, they said it was a busy weekend. And hope it keeps up now till the end of winter. Alot of families where up too, something we have not seen in awhile.

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I was thinking of starting something new. Giving a “shout out” to our local businesses. We have so many great folks up here that offer so much. We still have many ” mom and pop” stores too. I think it would be fun.

One other thing on my mind today, or for the last few days. Yeah, those little thoughts that pop in and out.

I hope I finally found the Theme that I like for my blog. I have been changing it for the last week or so. I dislike doing that, but I want one that I like. Gets me more in the mood to write. And boy, I could always us help on that.

I really love to write, and now that I have just started to blog, I am finding it to be so much fun. I do have tons still I need to improve on. To become a good writer you have to start some place. Yes, I have been writing since I can remember, in my own notebooks. There is a big difference to go from a notebook to being good, and writing what people want to read. I am by no means one of those people who was born a good writer. OH, far, far, from it. I have learned to do many things in my life. I know if I work at it, do it often, I can do it.  As for now, still learning and loving every second of it.

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Todays Thoughts, Weather

Back And At It

After a much needed computer and news vacation I am back on line, and getting my news fixes. Everything with the election is now over, we have a new president in the office.  Not the one I voted for, hell not even close to who needs to be the leader of this wonderful free county. No, just a guy who cares more about public approval ratings and bending over backwards to keep all his cult following worshiping him.

We had a wonderful snowmobile ride Wed. We like to go into small restaurants to give them our business. Even if it is just buying a soda and something warn to drink, hot coffee, hot coco. I like to talk to the owners and the workers, most of the summer help is now laid off, with the owners trying to hold on this winter to hire all employees back. Up here, it is un heard of for an owner not to work the winter seasons. They just cannot afford to have others working for them 40 hours a week. This is when I hear the “we will see what Obama can do.” How is he going to help these us, the small work force?

My husband who has been in the construction business for twenty plus years now, we are beginning to really feel the hurt. This winter has been slow at the best. We started to see this coming a few years back now already. We have no one working a full week this winter. Even this summer only a few of guys did get their forty in. We are seeing it in the constructing business my husband is in, guys are traveling way down south for work this winter. When I say down south, not in Wisconsin, try Texas!

We do what it take up north, to pay our bills, put food on the table, to survive. We have our hard times, and yes, we do have great times. The question is, how long can we last, how long will these hard times go on? Obama talks like he is going to save us all. These small business owners never, nor will they take a hand out. We do not wait for the government to help us, we help ourselves. What we need is for others to get their jobs back, we depended on these people who come up here on vacation to enjoy all the wonders we have to offer them. At that time, we will be fine.

Filed under: Odds And Ends

This That And Others

I think I am on an overload, head exploding, news intoxication. After yesterday and this morning with nothing but news on TV, looking at news on websites, I am burned out. And I am a major news junky too. What is happening to me? I never thought I would be feeling this way.

Now everything is sounding the same, I am dreaming about news, hell I think I started to sound like a warning to the dreaded music that comes on right before a big news alart.

I even forgot I had a laptop and was steaming behind my half fake smile, while my hubby was on what I thought at the time was the only computer in the house.

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Today we are going snowmobiling, hit the trails, get some much needed fresh air. We have been getting such much needed snow since Saturday. The trails are in the best condition they have been all winter season.

We are preparing for anouther winter cold artic air mass coming in on Friday. You know, just in time for the weekend when we get people up here for snowmobiling. With freezing rain and drizzle thrown in, to make it a real good mixer.

Now I must go, go out to enjoy the beauty of living.

Filed under: Odds And Ends, Todays Thoughts

Up North

The word for today COLD. As I write this it is a little after one in the afternoon, with a temp. of 5 below zero! But hey, at least the sun is out. As if that makes a big difference with wind chills around 50 below zero.

The schools up here where canceled last night, and most folks like my dear hubby who work outside in this cold are home. Well, OK, not home, but out snowmobiling. Yeah, I know, snowmobiling, but the sun is out.

The cool part of being so cold is all the cool things you can do. Like blowing bubbles outside and watching them freeze. Much “funner” then taking boiling water and throwing that up in the air!

The trails are in awesome condition, as are all winter sports. We have a perfect base of snow now. Still, corners are icy and big time caution needs to be taken.

Our small town is getting ready for the big Derby this weekend. We will have thousands of snowmobiles up this coming weekend. And yes, I will be one of them, we are going out with a big group of great folks on Saturday. If we have no brake downs it should be a blast.

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Weather

Odds And Ends

While down south is getting more snow today, we have sun, clear skies, and no snow in the near forecast.  We do have some hope next week with a major cold front, the right winds, and hopefully getting some lake affect snow.

http://www.weather.gov/view/states.php?state=wi&map=on

 

 

A PROLONGED PERIOD OF BITTERLY COLD AIR IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD
THE REGION TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY OF NEXT WEEK. THIS FRIGID
AIRMASS MAY PRODUCE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS IN THE 25 BELOW
TO 35 BELOW ZERO RANGE. THE COLD NORTHWEST WINDS MOVING OVER THE
WARMER WATERS OF LAKE SUPERIOR MAY ALSO PRODUCE A LENGTHY PERIOD
OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

I am not looking forward to the horrid cold temps. but the snow will be a major blessing!

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Weather

Blog While Being Sick

Here in Wisconsin there has been a flu going around and a bad cold. People like my father in law, got both, first the flu, then the cold. The last few days it started going around my little house. My dear husband and I went out snowmobiling Friday night. Early Saturday morning he was up in the bathroom, my turn was yesterday afternoon. The trails are not that good anyway, so not missing much winter sports right now. I guess, you can call that the plus side of being sick?

We again missed out on the winter weather this weekend. It was cold below freezing yet we had freezing rain and drizzle last night. We need a nice freshsnow fall badly. On Friday when we went out, the trails are very bumpy in spots, with icy corners, and spots of snow/dirt. The trials are ride-able farther north, the better the trails are going to be. Also, the trails with the less traffic the better too. You can still have an enjoyable ride in Eagle River, it might be a bit more bumpy, but if you can go slow the trip will be well worth it.

Our groomers are doing a great job keeping the trails as ride-able as they can. Give them a wave if you see them on the trails with a thank you! 

As I have been asking all winter,

THINK SNOW!

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Weather

NEW YEARS EVE

Wishing all a happy and healthy new year!

Being it is 9:30 and my dear husband is all ready in bed, I will be staying up with the dogs and watching Fox when the new year starts.

We did have company tonight for dinner and we even cooked outside on the grill. Cooking on the grill for us is not only a summer time tradition. The temp. started to drop below zero early tonight, with 6 below zero by the time the stakes where done. It was so very well worth it!

We all so cook out on the lake in the winter. Nothing tastes better on a cold day out fishing then hot dogs and brats on the ice! Really it is the best!

To all, HAPPY NEW YEAR. BE SAFE!

THINK SNOW

Filed under: Odds And Ends, Todays Thoughts

Vacation Time Is Over

With my Christmas season done for this year, I can now get back to posting.

I took this season off from my computer because my dear husband had his Christmas vacation. With being just my husband and I with no children, we take this time to be together, be with our families and friends.

I am the computer geek in the house. My dear husband can turn on my laptop and play a few games, and that is about it. When I go on the computer, I can be on it for hours and not even notice. And if I get into researching something, forget it, nothing much can take me away.

We did have a wonderful Christmas. A few where sick in the family with that cold/flu going around up here. Christmas day was nice, peaceful, darn near perfect!

The weather on the other hand was bad for us in the north woods for a few day. We warmed up into the upper 40s and had rain, and mist for two days in a row. Taking with it a lot of our snow that was just starting to add up. The lakes became slush, all the trails where very sloppy. Now, still without snow to help, at least the weather is cooling down. The slush on the lakes should start to freeze, and now at least the snowmobile trails will have a good base. The trails are very icy right now, I will take icy over bare.

I have been going through news with-drawls the last few days. Yes, I know, I am strange! With only the MSM on the T.V. and not being able to check out my news websites, blogs, and the like, it was so hard!

My first stop on the computer this early evening was to my blog, now I am off to my websites.

THINK SNOW!       THINK SNOW!      THINK SNOW!      THINK SNOW!      THINK SNOW!

Filed under: Odds And Ends, outdoors in the north, Todays Thoughts, Weather