Monday, April 30, 2012

MY KINGDOM FOR AN ICE BREAKER

You can't tell unless you look closely, but the ice is so clear it's almost invisible. But it's there. No, it's not going away fast enough. Someone was so anxious to get out on the water yesterday, that they were spotted boating along the edge where the water's open. I'm not that brave. I'd get out there and the wind would come up and shift the ice. There's a lot of power behind its weight. I keep imagining me shoved to the beach, crushed under the ice folding on top of me.

I know. Silly.

I have other fears associated with the ice. Our first few winters here, in the early 90s, I often dreamed about a grandchild caught under the ice. I'd race after them, digging at the surface with my fingernails. The worst part was the look on their face when they realized I was losing the battle.

And then one evening we had neighbours over for dinner. When I confessed my fear to the woman, she suggested something very simple. She said that the next time I was stuck in this nightmare, I should lift the axe I was carrying and break through the ice and save my loved one.

I did. And I never had that nightmare again.

Here's everyone's guesses on when the ice will go:

    April 27 - Carrie Butler
    April 28 - Susanne Drazic, Amanda Borenstadt
    April 29 - Adriana Ryan
    May 1 - Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 3 - Susan H.
    May 5 - Suzanne de Montigny
    May 8 - Alina Niemi
    May 11 - Carol Garvin
    May 12 - Kittie Howard
    May 16 - Stacy Green

Carrie, Susanne, Amanda, and Adriana, honestly, nobody's more surprised than me that the ice hasn't melted yet. In 20 years, I think the latest was May 3rd. 

 The trees are sprouting!
By way of Careann's Musings blog, I stopped by for Catherine Knutsson's guest post on why she writes. Catherine's reasons for writing aren't my reasons, but they did make me stop to question why I choose to write. Because it is a choice, even though most of us feel controlled by the impulse.

So, why do I write?

I'm going to think about it and get back to you.

26 comments :

  1. Hmmm... beginning to worry about cutting that July swimming hole in the ice? Never mind; a warm breeze will blow in one day and the ice will suddenly disappear. Does it help or hurt to know that I planted some shrubs yesterday?

    Thanks for the shoutout. I'm looking forward to what you have to share on your motivation to write. Or is it a compulsion? An addiction? Um, maybe we shouldn't pry too far into our reasons lest we discover things we'd rather not know about ourselves! :D

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    1. Haha, you are so cheeky. July! I could plant something if I wanted... I ... just don't wanna!

      I'm with you, Carol. Sometimes I think I think too much. I like the bliss of ignorance when it comes to things that won't hurt anyone. I do have to admit I'm getting more done now that the Canadian teams are out of the finals.

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  2. Some might call that fear. Others, such as myself call it wisdom. When i was a teen, a friend and I liked to bike on ice. One day in early spring, my pal heard the ice creaking under his bike and jumped off. The bike fell down but he went through a hole the size of his body and slid under the edge of the ice. I had to lie flat and reach under for him, just barely able to grab his coat collar and pull him to where he could get his head up. That was a close call and one I'll never forget.
    Many a fool has died because he wasn't respectful of the dangers of thin ice. Lovely photos, bu the way, and I'd guess you're still at least a week away from clear water.
    PD

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    1. Wow, Pat, that must be horrific. The hair on my neck's standing up. We've had two fatalities in 20 years. Both were drowning, one under the ice. It's something that's always at the back of my mind. Especially when my family is out on the ice or even fishing.

      Ooh, I hope you're wrong about another week. It's been raining all day and night, so maybe that'll help. A little wind and we're in business. The eagles are back. That's a good sign.

      Thanks for stopping by, Pat.

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  3. LOVE the pics... how lovely. (though scary) And I'm interested in that guest post! I'm going to go check it out!

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    1. Hi Morgan. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great. Yes, Catherine's post was very interesting.

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  4. Why do you write? Fascinating question isn't it, and as far as the ice is concerned I don't think it is fear, just common sense to keep away from it. Believe it or not, my husband and I discuss the ice on your lake and have our own little predictions. :0)

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    1. Carole, that's so nice that you and your husband discuss my lake. That is actually very awesome. Thanks, you made my day.

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  5. Love the pictures. Even with ice, it's a beautiful setting.

    We've had days of 80 degree weather here one day and 37 the next, but no ice and no snow.

    Thank you for sharing. My state used to be the Garden State...but the last decade the only thing growing are parking lots and strip malls.

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    1. Lin, I whine about the weather, but honestly, I'm very grateful to live here. We have no severe weather patterns, just the normal cold winters and cloudy summers. Thanks for stopping by. Best to you and Kat.

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  6. Hey Joylene,
    Yes, tis I, your biggest starstruck fan. I have this really nifty neato 'ice breaker' in conversations with folks over here in jolly olde England. I can be wearing my Canucks togue, be wearing a maple leaf t-shirt and as soon as I start speaking, invariably they will say, 'What part of the States you from?' And which point I state, 'And just when I thought we were going to be friends.' Upon realising I have a Canadian accent, they humbly apologise eh and then we have a good laugh.
    Sorry, what am doing? Oh yes, good luck that somebody has the correct prediction. And no, we wont repeat the date I mentioned....
    I think your reasons for writing come from many emotive levels. I know I personally write for the therapeutic value and that's one heck of a start.
    Before I make a total 'ice' of myself, I'm outta' here.....

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    1. Jolly olde England is lucky to have you, Gary. I hope they realize you're a national treasure. Thank you for not mentioning "that" date. It's been raining for days. The sun's still up there, eh?

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  7. We had our peek of warm spring weather for most of April but it faded away and now we're back to early March here in Seattle. *sigh* Mother Nature is being cruel this year.

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    1. I watch Vancouver Global news every morning, and they generally include Seattle. I know you're getting your share of rain. We are too, but not near as much. Makes for beautiful green surroundings though. Happy Monday, Nancy.

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  8. Darn that sneaky ice! If the photos weren't so gorgeous, I might resent it. ;)

    P.S. Keep wielding that axe!

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    1. Carrie! The axe is getting heavy! I'm sorry your guess was too early. Darn it!

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  9. As always, your photos are gorgeous...and chilling...is that the right word? Goose bumps on my arms when I saw that ice. I'm sure with the "warm-up" in March everyone's mind was set for an early spring AND with that an early melt. Michigan is menopausal. Four weeks early for spring but now 7 nights in a row of below freezing temps. Fruit farmers are worried. But it IS Michigan. I will be interested in discovering why you write. I am going to explore that for myself. Thanks for the window on your world.

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    1. Every time I start to think about why I write, I manage to find something else to do. I think the reasons are too deep maybe. But I'm going to give it try. Thanks for stopping by, Janet. Hope you're having a great day.

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  10. I thought it would have broken by now! I had chosen May 1, thinking it would break long before then. But what do I know?

    I love looking at water (and ice), but I'm a little frightened of it. I like how you axed your way out of that nightmare.

    Today I'm featuring Dead Witness in Tuesday Intros/Teasers here at MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring Dead Witness on your blog today, Laurel. What a kind and generous thing to do. I really appreciate it. As for your guess, you have a very good chance of winning if the rest of the ice leave before midnight. Good luck.

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  11. Dang it!! :D I so thought it would be gone by now. We're into summer temps down here already.

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    1. As I type, a dark ominous looking cloud is rolling in from the island bringing rain. That's a good thing. This ice may be gone by tomorrow yet.

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  12. It is so hard to imagine a place this cold, as we're breezy and 80's down here. Wow...
    Stay warm, my friend!

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    1. We're on top of the mountains, that's why it's so much more colder than you have. Though, a friend near Penn State had snow last week. That was freaky. Ice should be gone tomorrow. I'll post pics when it's gone. Thanks, Carol.

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  13. Wow, well, it has to melt eventually, right? Now if it were here, it would be long gone. We're having unseasonably high temps in north central KY, US - upper 80's all week. And I don't care for hot weather, just in case you wanted to know. I'm thinking I need to come and visit you! :)

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    1. Karen, it's definitely cool here. I'm menopausal, so of course I love it. Haha. My husband's freezing. Wait long enough and revenge is sweet. LOL.

      Come visit and we'll sit out on the balcony and watch the eagles fish. And the best part... NO BUGS.

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