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    From the Winter Olympics to Spring at the Lake

    I can’t believe it’s already April!  This winter has somehow flown by. And that’s not even with the extra of going to Florida this year. Herman and I were actually toying with the idea of heading out to California this year, however, finances won’t permit this trip.  So I’ll be here for the long haul.

    Not that “here” is so bad. As I’m sitting here typing this to you (in February, you remember I write these columns about 6 weeks ahead) I should also tell you that Herman is typing and not me. But I’m doing the dictating.

    There happens to be ice car races on the lake today. It’s not as big a crowd as usual, probably because we got about 10 inches of snow this morning. I sometimes feel bad for Herman as he gets up early in the morning to snow-blow here. Now, when we were living at the old camp, there was hardly any wind at all, as we were in the forest. What snow fell came straight down in a pile. Here on the east shore of the lake, we get the prevailing westerly winds blowing even a small amount of snow into foot high drifts.

    It was just last week when we had a big wind storm (gusts to 70 miles per hour and lots of people lost power, you may remember) that Herman had to snow-blow several times during the day to keeps the drifts down enough to drive over them.

    The wind got so furious here that Herman propped a chair against the two front double glass doors and put beach towels along the bottom door jamb. When the wind storm first started it was above freezing and the driving rain came in under the doors in spite of the weather seals. Then the cold came and they kept the chill air out.

    Speaking of chill air, did any of you get a chance to see the 20th Winter Olympics on TV? I’m happy to tell you I watched a lot of the games. Ice skating is absolutely my favorite. And there were some terrific skaters this year. I also took in the men’s snow-boarding events-free style and the new snow-board cross events. It makes what I thought was great skiing for me look pretty lame by comparison.

    I found myself holding my breath as the figure skaters were attempting big jumps. One of my favorite moves that the women skaters make is when they are skating with one leg and holding the other up over their heads behind them.  I don’t think I was ever that limber.

    The games ended the 26th of February and won’t come again for four more years, so I’m glad I took the time to watch. I’m watching the lake to see when the ice goes out and its beach weather again. It usually happens about the middle of April. I’ll let you know the exact date when it happens. In the meantime enjoy the coming spring.


    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