Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Weather

We had -21 on Sunday morning, but the sun came out and that makes it seem much better.

By Monday afternoon, we had climbed back up into the +20s, a 40 degree swing.  So, Sunday most of us were snuggled in at home, Monday I saw many out in just vests & sweaters.  

Monday night was the Christmas Concert at Luck.  Janice and I drove over and we both enjoyed the show.  Gage plays saxophone and Emily plays the flute.  The choir was small in numbers but they carried their songs well.  The Jazz Ensemble, a last minute student organized group, was great.  Of course I'm a little partial to jazz.  The full band has many players and they were really good.  
A new instrumental teacher this year was a big change, 
but it seemed like all are handling it with hard work and grace.

This morning is a blustery but sunny day.
My driveway has melted and is almost totally clear of any slip hazard, and that makes me glad.
The birds are busy at the feeders, with many, many woodpeckers around.
This big guy, the Pileated Woodpecker, showed up just now to hammer away on the suet log.

Pileated Woodpecker pounding away on suet log
Downy Woodpecker on suet log.
You can see the difference in size, 
those Pileated Woodpeckers are really huge, and a little scary looking too.
Laila and I have become addicted to the Lake Superior ship traffic.
A webcam located in Duluth gives a birds eye view of these big ships coming and going.
It is amazing to see these ships nearly encapsulated in ice, yet sailing along.
It must be quite a life aboard one of those vessels.
It also gives a great view of the lake, ice is starting to form overnight now.

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