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Last ‘Week’ (Jan. 8, 2020)
Today, for the first time, I saw a motorized vehicle on the lake — a 4-wheeler. That is always good as far as I am concerned. If the ice can support the weight of a vehicle it should be able to handle my 146 lbs (66 Kg).
It was cold today. It was 8F (-13C) when I left the house. But, 8F was a few degrees above my 5F cut-off, plus I really needed to get a walk in. I had had two days off — one because it really was below 5F.
Despite what folks often think, I am not as stupid as I look & act. SMILE. There is method to my madness. At 66 I am NOT going to take too many chances with cold weather. Plus, we had some stuff to do this afternoon. So, I kept my walk short, i.e., less than 4 miles. I knew I would be doing some more walking later in the day and that I would be easily exceeding my 10K step goal (and I did by 4pm).
It was bracing. The sun was out. It was still. No wind. There was an ice fisherman. That was about it. He and I on the Lake — or on that side of the lake.
I was happy.
I Was More Adventurous Today On My Quick Hike Across Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.
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I was more confident of the ice conditions today than I was yesterday.
Still NO snowmobile tracks and that is what I typically use to gauge the safety of the ice.
But, I was more adventurous today. Plus, I didn’t have as much time. I had already walked 2.5 miles BEFORE I got to the Lake and distance = time and I am always in short-supply of the later.
So, on the way back I cut across the Lake rather than taking the longer router hugging the shoreline. It was fun. Dogs loved it.
Pretty soon I will he heading straight out — like an arrow. You wait and see. SMILE.
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Note that I said I walked around it, and not across it. This is our lake (i.e., we have beach rights to it and we live about 0.5-mile from it) BUT I had not ventured out on it so far this year.
At our end, as image two (above) shows it was virgin snow. Those are my boot-prints and paw prints of my dogs.
Over the 27-years I have lived by (or on) lakes up here I have fallen through the ice five times. Not in any hurry to add to that — especially in my old age.
Typically I wait for and follow well compacted snowmobile tracks. That way I can be sure that ice is thick enough. Today, I had no clue and this is still early days and we have had some unusually warm days. So, I (for a change (befitting my increased age)) played it safe. Stayed close to the shore, but as the GPS track shows I did venture out in certain spots. Once, when I was further out than I planned I heard the ice crack TWICE. Not funny.
But, it was a wondrous walk. I don’t know this lake as well as I should because we have never been out in it by boat. I swim, go out on it in my iSUP or a pedal-boat. So, I haven’t been all the way around. This was good. I will be doing it again. SMILE. I will keep you posted.
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I immediately recognized it, even without reading what it says on the bronze medal (bottom center) that this was about Native Americans who served. I was touched. It was later that I realized that it was a jigsaw puzzle and not a straight painting per se. It was mounted and beautifully framed. A real piece of art.
So, where did I see it. At our (i.e., Alton) famous ‘Swap Shop‘ at the local ‘dump’. There are some high-class folks that live around here. So, you often get high-caliber books and artifacts. I am always on the lookout. I was tempted to get this, but we have no wall space left and it would not get the visibility it deserves. So, I left it there hoping it finds a better home.
Robert Charity Of ‘Charity Electric’, Barnstead — One Fine, Dependable, Competent Electrician Serving Central New Hampshire.
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Robert Charity was recommended to I by a builder in Barnstead — the Dad of a friend of mine. When I had told him that I needed some wiring done, he, with nary a hesitation said: “Robert Charity, of Charity Electric, is your man“. He was dead right.
Robert did the external Cat 7 ethernet wiring I needed to complete my TDS 1 Gigabit installation.
Robert Charity was a delight to deal with from the get go. No messing around. He was responsive, prompt and a man of his word.
He does good work. Very careful, very diligent, very thorough and extremely competent. A son of an electrician (from Mass.) he sure knows his stuff. He is very reasonable too when it comes to pricing. I was very impressed and pleased.
He specializes in backup generators and IF I ever get one it would be from him and no one else.
Another Heartwarming Example Of Human Ingenuity — A ‘Snap-On’, On/Off Ice Crampon For Walking Sticks.
In my old age and my increasing infirmity I am, these days, never far from a walking stick. You will rarely see me outside without one. At the last count (this morning) I now have seven (yes, 7) active walking sticks stashed around the garage and house so that I can always easily have one at hand.
Given that we live in the arctic circle and winter is here, a big concern is that of I slipping on ice (as I did on February 28) and further damaging my already deteriorating body. So, I went ‘Googling’ on Amazon. I had faith in human ingenuity. Didn’t take long to find the above.
Beyond perfect. The DAMN thing folds up, at the snap of a finger. Brilliant. Love it. Tried it out today. Great.
Isn’t human ingenuity just so GREAT.
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Then, 20-minutes later, out of the windows, I saw the purples. Had to abandon my shopping cart and run outside to take the other pictures.