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Dec. 2, 2016

This is the view of our pottery shop tonight, with snow that will probably stay for a while...
This morning there was a skim of ice on the Mill Pond, and temperatures are predicted to drop next week, so winter is finally here...

Dec. 3

After the less than one inch of snow, the sun came out this morning, ensuring I'd go for a walk before it disappeared...

Here are some ring necked ducks, which I often call ring bills since they have a white ring on their beaks:




Female goldeneye


Male hooded Merganser.

Dec. 10
Not sure where the week went, but it turned snowier.  Here's the lake--more frozen though not all--after 3 inches of snow last night:

The dark spot is where water leaks into the snow, melting it...  There were still a few ducks off in the distance, and a couple days ago there was one eagle and two herons along this stretch of beach.
Tonight was the lighted parade, and I took a lot of video but will probably get it edited tomorrow.   But I did upload the kittens getting cold feet for the first time in the snow: https://youtu.be/aFib4Meqw9k

Dec. 12
Here's a link to my part in the lighted parade : https://youtu.be/3OlaOqJCsPo
And here are more recent photos:

Priest Lake on Sunday

The cold weather causes icicles to form along the shore of Priest.


In Spirit Lake today the sun melted some of the snow into icicles.

Rocks at the beach in Spirit Lake today.  Also I saw some varied thrushes, pausing in migration, most likely....  Here's an old photo:


Dec. 14
With temperatures dipping near zero, the hoarfrost is growing all over, like on the lake:




There were a lot of ridges around old holes in the ice and edges where water flows had frozen.   Lovely, but predicted to be snowed over by tomorrow...

Dec. 26
The snow is still with us and then some...  Here are two recent photos, first of a varied thrush:


We've had no wind so the snow is deep even on bare branches.

Butters likes the cold and snow, definitely a peppier pup...
Books read and other media of note
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton.  Not since Goldfinger has so much gold been literarily (if that's a word) threatened.  This is not as fun as Plum, and  just seems another contrived formulaic rich eccentric genius with amanuesis solves conspiracy story.  But I like Evanovich so that's okay.

Written Off by E J Copperman.   When I read that the author was a pen name of someone from New Jersey, my first thought was Janet Evanovich, but I didn't know why she'd use a pen name...  It wasn't Janet, but was similarly humorous crime fiction, with similarities to the Between the Plum books (that don't adhere to usual laws of cause and effect).

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen.  I selected this to read because the first review on the back said fans of PG Wodehouse would like it.  I am, and I didn't.



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