Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last minute preparation

As the full February moon rises, the weather is poised to change. While it was again minus sixteen degrees this morning, and though it only reached eleven during the heat of the day, good times are forcast for the week ahead. Only the next two nights below zero, and then the warm up really begins.  It may go above freezing during the heat of the day. Oh joy.
The change has already happened out west. It is raining. Enough to bring the coastal rivers into spate. Just in time to escape this arctic prison. The mid forties will be perfectly tropical!

The Anishinaabeg call this moon something like Namebini-giizis, the Sucker Fish Moon.  That works for me.
The travel agent said that I should be sure to have my bags clearly marked. So as a last minute task, the bag was marked. Not a Sucker Fish.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Words of wisdom

At the end of another weekly slog through the bureaucratic mire, I am grateful to Stephen Bodio for providing an expose' of some appropriate words that describe the current predicament of being.

Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again.
Fail better.
                 - Samuel Beckett

Or my feeble attempt:  "When, in the midst of pointed conversation, that little signal flag (safety orange with flashing lights!!!) appears, just shut up. Your co-workers may thank you. Or possibly think you are a lesser jerk............. possibly."

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2013 rewind #3

At the time I took this picture last May, I thought it was just a snapshot of a buck steelhead looking cool on the end of my line.  Now I see it is actually a reflective, bubble inspired self portrait of the Piscator.
I planned that.
Really, I did.........really...........

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Oh what a beautiful morning!

Seven above zero
Wind chill minus ten
Sunshine like snowblindness

 The dogs and I broke trail this morning through a couple of inches new snow that fell overnight. Ten minutes into the hike I shed hat and jacket. By the end of the mile and a half loop the sweat was pouring out. Over dressed!  The weather seems almost balmy on the plus side of zero.  Nutty indeed.