Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Snow and More Snow

Images from the latest Lake Effect Snow that has been hitting us for 24 hours now. It is still falling. Even if we wanted to surrender no one would see the waving of a white flag. Think about it!

A Gift of Love

On Loan From Heaven

The Creator in his wisdom allowed you to enter this world through us and to give us 12 and a half years to know your love, kindness, laugh and joy.

Too soon we had to return you to your home with the Master of All. We find it hard to believe it has been 33 years since we heard your laugh or felt your hug. So often we seem to hear a faint whisper or feel a gentle warmth that can not be explained and we know you are here with us to let us know everything will be all right.

We love you even more today and know you and your brother wait together for us to reclaim our place in our circle of LOVE!

Until then, "Good night sweet prince." We slept, with hopes of pleasant dreams!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow Birds (aka Wintering in the South)

Canadian geese march through Washington Park as if on a holiday picnic. Hundreds of geese and "wild" ducks have come to reside year round on the Southern Shores of Lake Michigan as locals have fallen into what could be a bad habit of feeding the flocks of once migratory birds.

Here three geese head for the parkinglot as vistors drive through the park and despense bread and corn to the hundreds of geese that gather to block the road ways. The birds have become to acoustomed to human contact that many will approach your car, eat from you hand and always try to imped your forward movement.

In the frozen waters of the boat basin two geese stroll across the ice as they head for the roadway and scraps of bread and corn.

Flocks of geese and ducks huddle on the ice and under the now winter abandoned piers to protect themselfs from the cold fridged North wind that whipps across the frozen Great Lake Michigan during the long winters in Northern Indiana.
As a way to provide fresh water for these water fowl the port authority has allowed a "bubbler" pipe to run in a small area for the birds to have the ability to drink, and continue to eat the plankten and fish that come into the basin.

Late Tuesday afternoon (4:30 p.m. CST) a Winter Storm sent Lake Effect snow back into the area. This is a photo of our side yard that has been white since early December. By 11 p.m. CST there had been an additional seven inches of snow added, with predictions of at least another seven to ten before dawn on Wednesday.
The frozen fingers of winter seem to not want to release their grip on our homes gutters, as snow continues to fall and temperature again plunge below zero wind chills.