I am setting here in my sunroom thinking what a bizarre winter this has been. Let me explain the setting. My sunroom has windows on three sides so I get a great view of the outside. It faces south so I get the rising, daytime and setting sun views. Currently it is sunny with a temperature of 36 degrees and quite windy. It snowed about an inch last night but it is all gone now.
This has been the rule all winter. I don’t think we have had snow on the ground for more than three consecutive days since winters start. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you I live in Huron, Ohio which is on the south shore of Lake Erie. The norm for this time of year (January 28th) is cold and snowy.
I an attaching a picture of two plants in my sunroom. The one in the foreground is a Plumeria (roots from Oahu) and the other is a Bougainvillea. Both are in bloom. It’s not abnormal for the Bougainvillea to be in bloom however the Plumeria is always dormant this time of year. I think that speaks to the amount of sunshine we have had so far this winter.
At least in a normal winter you just make up your mind to tolerate it until spring. This weather makes me want to get outdoors. To plant vegetables and flowers and most of all to go fishing. We can’t even ice fish and the long range forecast doesn’t show much promise for enough cold weather to make safe ice.
I have done everything I can with my fishing gear. Cleaned it, repaired it, and stored it so my wife doesn’t complain about it being out. The boat is up on blocks and the boathouse is secure. Stopped to check the boat and boathouse earlier in the week. Everything is fine but it sure was cold and damp. Even so it got my mind working. Wondering how early we would be able to put it in and what kind of day we would have for that first day.
If the weather stays moderate we just might be able to put the boat in sometime in April which would be great because perch and walleye from the cold water are the best. Cold water perch are my wife’s favorite. She looks forward to that first few batches of perch so that makes it a little easier to say I’m going fishing honey.
Just talking about it makes me hungry for perch so I’m off to check the freezer for whats left of the 2011 catch.