Though winter won't arrive for another fourteen days or so, it sure is cold around here. Early in the morn before the sun comes up I need to walk my dog. I can honestly say there have been no long romps around the bogs or hiking the woods...too damn cold! All I have to do is look out my front windows and see the changes in the pond and know winter has come early this year!
December 4, 2007 7 A.M. Overnight my side of the pond started to freeze over.
December 5, 2007
December 6, 2007 7 A.M. The pond is now completely frozen over...though not thick yet, soon the ice will be four to six inches... ready for ice skating. When our boys were small, they waited in great anticipation for the ice to thicken. They would beg Papa to take his axe down to the pond to see if the ice was ready. Sometimes it took several days or even a week before Papa's axe would tell the truth....such agony. But then one afternoon, axe in hand, Papa would say, "Six inches!" Within a matter of minutes, skates in hand, the boys would run down to the pond.
Now Papa and I watch other children, not our own, brave the cold winter days, frolicking on the ice, while we sit by the fire content. Sometimes it's nice having an empty nest!