Windy Side of the Lake
writing this to you on the 18 of May. I feel so compelled
to do so because when I awoke this morning it was snowing!
I don't know if it was just snowing at my house, meaning just
this area, but I'm guessing it was snowing just about everywhere
in this county. I just looked at the calendar and I'm realizing
that in just nine days it will be Memorial Day. Which to me
is pretty much the unofficial start of summer! I was even
wearing a bathing suit a couple of days ago.
as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking on with horror
at my summer furniture completely covered with snow. And I
can't even see the front deck as it is covered too. There
are some diehard people walking on the road, but they are
all wearing winter coats! I just can't figure out what is
going on. I can positively tell you that I did not imagine
myself wearing long pants at this late date! I'm even wearing
long sleeved shirts. And did I mention to you that I had Herman
buy flowers and plant my window boxes that week we had really
warm weather? I know I did it way too soon but I really couldn't
help myself. Maybe one day I will learn to be patient but
even I cannot imagine such a thing.
now the day before Memorial Day as I come back to writing
this column to you. Yesterday, being the 25th of May, it was
completely gorgeous and I was once again wearing my swimsuit
on the beach. Herman and I even went for a sail in the late
neighbors are now up, which is really weird in that we havent
had any neighbors to speak of for six months. Granted, they
are by-and-large just "weekend neighbors," but its
weird in that weve gone all this time without a soul
for a quarter of a mile in either direction.
our summertime neighbors stopped by to say hello today, and
to remind us why we never have any black fly problems. It
has to do with the fact that we have an incredible wind here
on this side of the lake. For instance, at the other house,
which is a mere mile across the lake from us, the house is
completely nestled in the woods. So when it became black fly
season, which I think is most of early summer here, I definitely
got to experience my first black fly bites. And there doesnt
seem to be anything that is effective at keeping them off.
on this side of the lake I am happy to report that the wind
does a fine job of keeping them away. So here on the windy
side of the lake, though we do get a wickedly cold wind in
the winter, the warmer wind seems to have a special purpose
bot in keeping insects away and keeping us cool when its
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"