'Twas the night before Christmas and the yard was pure mud. Santa fell down, he hit with a thud. His suit was all muddy, on this you could bet. He said he'd be back when it wasn't so wet. I received no presents under my tree. It was the rain and the mud that caused Santa to flee. I heard the rustling of many reindeer hoof beats, and Santa swore to return when El Nino retreats! Merry Christmas to All!!!"
We have more snow falling today, but a different variety. Today we have nice, fluffy flakes, not that cornmealy stuff. Our temperature is 20 degrees and it looks as if the pond is frozen - although we cannot see the broadest part from here. The temperature has been cold enough, and the pond had already been mostly frozen over a couple of times, so it wouldn't take much cold weather to finish the job - we hope until spring when we can declare an Ice-Out Contest winner. We were beginning to wonder if we would be able to even get the block and flag out on ice for the contest this year. One thing about Joe's Pond - winter never fails us.
Burke Mountain is due to open for skiing on Saturday, so there will be lots of happy skiers and riders in the area. The weather may moderate, but I'm guessing we won't lose all of our snow again right away. Fingers crossed and big smile!