Merry Christmas from Half Moon Trail! We are enjoying some time with Liz’ family in Plymouth, MN. We are thankful as we remember our Savior who came into this world over two thousand years ago. God Bless, and have a wonderful time with family and friends this season.
It’s amazing how much ice is made in one night with zero degree temps! With warm weather the last couple of weeks, the lake opened back up soon after our post on the 3rd, and has stayed open until last night. The steam rising off the newly formed ice, along with all the little tufts of frost made it for yet another beautiful morning by the lake!
Last week I dropped off our batch of 1200 newsletters to this little post office in Lake George. Dave and Mary tried to send their mass mailings through this post office to keep it up and running, and we plan to keep that tradition alive.
About an hour after I got home, I got a call from Flo, the gal that works at the post office. She had gone through every letter, checking for a stamp and a zip code. She told me of about a dozen zip code errors and asked if I’d like to know the correct zips so I could update them in my system. She also had stamped the unstamped envelopes, set aside the couple envelopes with no addresses, and gave me her cell phone number in case I remembered anyone I wanted to send those address-less newsletters to.
Bless her heart, and that tiny little post office up in Lake George. One of the many perks of a small town!
Your Christmas newsletter will be arriving in short order! They were hot off the press yesterday and we were busy stamping, stuffing, and sticking until late last night in order to get them out today. Thankfully, Dad and Mom pitched in to speed things up in our not-so-automated system. Hope you enjoy!
We have ice! Well, sort of…There is a very thin layer over much of the lake, but still enough open water that the swans haven’t left yet. This morning I saw a couple of swans out in front of the resort that seemed to be “sitting” on the newly formed ice about 15 feet from the open water. They had been sleeping all night with their heads tucked under their wing and had ice form around them. These birds are so large, they need to run along the ground or water as they take off for flight. It would have been difficult for them to take off from their spot, as the ice wasn’t thick enough to support their weight for their running takeoff. I was curious how they would get to the open water because the ice was too thick for simply swimming through it. It was slow going, but they used their beak and broke the ice in front as far as they could reach, then swam forward and repeated the process. So, moral of the story? Look on the bright side today, at least you didn’t wake up with ice blocking your path to the coffee maker!