The February Frost

February never seems to disappoint as a month for winter weather.

You never know when the lake will decide to cut you off from the mainland. Well, I suppose you can have a good guess about it if you checked the weather and followed up on ice conditions enough… but for the average person like myself who sticks with a weather app and a peek out the window every morning for what’s going on outside, it’s hard to tell. One day the boats are running all day, the next they’ve cancelled one and the rest are running, the next they’re back to the normal schedule, the next they aren’t running at all… then we get high winds and the ice breaks up enough to run again. That’s the scenario I’m hoping for at the moment, enough winds to blow all the ice out of all the bays and let the Mighty Huron right through. For the time being this though, we’re limited to plane service.

I’m not one to leave the island very often, so when the winter season starts, I’m happily content on staying put for as long as possible. Last year I didn’t leave the island until the end of March. This year, I left the island for a weekend in February to pick up groceries and help organize my mom’s house, then headed back home the following Monday… three days later, the boats stopped running.

Looking Over the Edge
Looking Over the Edge

Even with the more frigid temps, I’m enjoying more time outdoors. The views are especially more beautiful when there’s a light layer of snow on the trees, and I’m reminded of the snowglobe-like quality of the island. It’s as though someone just shook us and after a few minutes of swirling inside the globe, the snow has finally settled.

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Schoolyard Sunset
School yard Sunset

If there’s any time of year I find ideal for self reflection, it’s now. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I want to accomplish for this year and I’ve realized that most of what I’m doing doesn’t fit what I want. So I’m making a conscious effort to stand up for myself, choose projects I believe in and be unapologetic for my decisions. I’m making small adjustments towards happiness. 

If any of you might recall, over a year and a half ago I had asked for your help with a deeply personal project. I’d like to share some progress with you on how it’s going, and although it is far from finished, I’m still proud of what I’ve done so far. I’ve grown rather fond of painting on wood panels in the process, and now plan to paint on more of the same in the very near future.

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Let me leave you with a few final pictures of the ice buildup near the boardwalk:

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Until next time,

Heather

A cool, cold island

I’m sorry I haven’t posted at all for the month of February, and this one’s long overdue… I’ve been suffering from a condition known to teachers as EDOFMA… aka, the Eternal Darkness of February, March, and April. So far I have survived February, which is strange because my birthday is right in the middle of the month (Feb. 16) and you’d think that alone would be enough to pull me out of EDOFMA! But alas, it wasn’t…

I’m just kidding, actually, and the month has just gone by faster than expected. My students are furthering their studies on piano, guitar, and ukulele, and I personally have been spending more time playing ukulele too. I’ve also been taking more of a liking to Instagram, and recently decided to get more into photo albums as well, using my Instagram photos for a possible future album that would also use the Project Life system (if any of you out there use Project Life, please feel free to leave a comment about how you like it!). 

Anyway, the weather on the island has been beautiful, snowy, warm, beautiful, icy, and more recently, a mixture of warm and icy. The schoolyard is like an ice skating rink and I couldn’t imagine leaving the house without having Yak Trax on. On my way to school this afternoon, I took a few photos of the scene down by the boardwalk:

   
    

  

A recent snowshoe trip to Fort Holmes provided me with even more sunny photos:

        

A group of friends and I also recently built a fort inside Fort Holmes. It was fun! The parks director, along with some fort employees and I built this fort with snow, blocks of snow, a canon made of cardboard tubes, blue water, and a flag. The view up there was also a sight:

        

Lately it’s been harder to get around because of all the ice, but there are still great views to be had! I hope March brings as many more great views as February.

~ Heather