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    Winter and Summer Mixed Up

    I’m writing this to you the day after my birthday, which would make today April 13th. It has been so gorgeous outside both today and yesterday that I was able to work on my suntan both days. Hopefully by the time this column appears the ice will have left the lake, because as of today there’s still solid ice with snow covering it. I must say that the mild temperatures of this week in April have done a lot to melt the snow.

    I went to Lanzi’s on the Lake for my birthday. My aide Terry and her husband John joined us as Terry and I have the same birthday. I noticed while dining there that there was about twenty feet of water between the shore and the ice pack. According to Lou Lanzi, "There were snowmobilers out today. Those tracks you see on the ice are fresh. They simply gun the engine and scoot out from shore onto the ice."

    When I asked him about what they do about the twenty feet of water, his response was simple, "They just barrel through it to the ice." This is one place you won’t see me. Ever.

    I’ve not seen ice fishermen or snow machines on our lake for the past two weeks. And actually this year I’ve not seen the ice car races we usually see, although they might have taken place while we were in Florida. Watching ice car racing is pretty amazing. This is another place you’ll never see me.

    The whole thing about the depth of the ice and how much weight it will hold is a mystery to me. All I can think about is the deep cold water underneath.

    I’m finishing this column to you on the 14th of April after a day of picture perfect sunshine. My aide Terry actually suggested upping my sunblock to SPF 30 today so I don’t overexpose. A good warning to us all.

    It’s important to enjoy everyday, always keeping in mind your own skin safety in the sun. I’m getting better at this everyday (enjoying the sun with safety in mind). I just heard on the news that it should push 80 Tuesday (tomorrow) and then Thursday it could snow! That’s the Northeast for you! Shorts one day and turtlenecks the next.

    "Kathryn 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"