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    Winter at the lake

    West Caroga Lake has only been frozen since about the first week in December of last year. I’m not kidding when I tell you that there were ice fishermen and snow mobiles cruising the lake as soon as it froze over.

    This is always amazing to me in that I had just seen open water in the weeks preceding it and can’t imagine taking the chance of falling through the ice. I heard a few ice fishermen yelling the other day as I was sitting in the sunshine outside. They said there was at least four inches of ice.

    Now, mind you, I call these ice fishermen and snow mobiler’s crazy with a grain of salt. After all, I am the one sitting out there trying to milk a few rays of sun in the cold. It’s funny watching people drive by with concerned looks on their faces. My aide, Terry, is afraid someone will report her for neglect, when she is just following my direction on this.

    She’s always waiting for me inside and attuned to any look of distress I may have. All I have to do is look towards the house and she’s out like a shot to see what I need. She thinks I’m nuts to be out there, but it’s what I want.

    Herman has often driven in the driveway after a long day and found me sitting there on the front deck with my eyes closed contentedly basking in sunshine. Now, keep in mind that I’m wearing my Levi’s denim coat with faux sheepskin lining. I’m also wearing a hat and mittens and often have a coat over my legs as well. But that still doesn’t stop the looks of astonishment as people drive by.

    According to the calendar, after Christmas the days start getting longer. And before you know it, I’ll be back in bathing suits and in the water. It’s just hard to imagine now as the lake is frozen over.

    I wish I was a winter sports enthusiast. I can imagine myself skiing on the lake or even ice skating. Of course, being in a wheel chair pretty much leaves those activities out of the question anyway. I have, however, seen Herman strap on a pair of cross country skis and take a tour of the lake. He’s not much of an ice skater. Plus, there’s too much snow on the ice to make it worthwhile to clear a place for skating.

    So I’ll continue to watch the ice fishermen and snow mobilers enjoy the winter lake aspect. I’m holding out for the liquid delights in the summertime.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com