My brother Norb is an avid fisherman and a wonderful woodworker. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package from him: this set of hand-painted fishing lures. He salvages hooks and parts from old lures and carves and paints new bodies. Of course, they are way too cool to load up with nightcrawlers and dangle on the end of a fishing line. We have them displayed at the lake house. In case you plan on riding in the snow there are some great scratchers for a snow mobile here.
It’s been a warm winter so far. Not much snow. The ice is thick enough to walk on. But we are still not feeling comfortable hauling out the ice shanty. That hasn’t stopped a few of the foolhardies from racing around in their snowmobiles, though. So far, fortunately none have fallen through the ice. Falling through the ice on a snowmobile–I don’t think there’s much chance of a happy ending to that one. Take time to watch this video, featuring a top Canadian thermal physiologist (Gordon Giesbrecht), to learn how to possibly survive a fall through the ice, as well as the proper way to perform an ice rescue.
To end this on a more peaceful note. Here’s our frozen lake. Long Lake, Hillman Michigan.
Those lures are very special. I can see why you have them proudly displayed 🙂
Good tips about getting yourself out after falling in….I haven’t been on a frozen pond or lake since I was a teenager and don’t intend to start now — but now I know what to do just in case 😉 I sent a link to the video to all of my kids. Thanks for sharing!!
@Hakucho…those tips are good ones. It seems like a big part of the issues here in Michigan are when a dog falls through the ice and folks attempt a rescue and end up also in the water. Scary stuff.
Lake house looks awesome. Though I think I’d rather sit on the porch and knit/crochet in the summer months. Not a fan of cold or winter. LOVE the fish lures and agree, way too pretty to put in the water.
Popped over from hakucho, always a pleasure to meet new blog friends.
@Sandy…howdy…thanks for stopping by!
WOW! I want to be in that house!! It looks so cozy.
And I’ll confess a secret, in response to your ‘falling through the ice’ video. As a child in scrubby old Texas, I used to practice how to save myself if I fell into quicksand. All the time. I have no idea why I was so worried about it, but I was, and to this day I could give an impromptu lesson complete with physical demonstration of how to save yourself should that happen. 🙂 Knowing how to deal with falling through ice is a much more useful thing to know.
@ lori…the house is quite cozy, more so when the winds blow strong! Falling into quicksand? Yet ANOTHER reason to love Michigan! Our sand collects up in well-behaved pretty dunes that don’t try to swallow you up. (I bet the quicksand and the icy water self-rescues have some similarities.)