Monday, March 17, 2008

From the book of Irish Blessings

Happy St Patty's Day to all of you.
The Legend of the Leprechaun

"If you should be walking along a wooded path some moonlit night in Spring and hear the faint tap-tapping of a tiny hammer, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an Irish leprechaun, the elfin shoemaker, whose roguish tricks are the delight of Irish storytelling.

According to legend, the leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden somewhere, and he must give up his treasure to the one who catches him. You'll have to step lively and think quickly to capture a leprechaun's gold though, because this sly little fellow will fool you into looking away for an instant while he escapes into the forest.

A story is told of the man who compelled a leprechaun to take him to the very bush where the gold was buried. The man tied a red handkerchief to the bush in order to recognize the spot again and ran home for a spade. He was gone onlt three minutes, but when he returned to dig, there was a red handkerchief on every bush in the field. As long as there are Irishmen to believe in the "little folk", there will be leprechauns to reflect the wonderful Irish sense of fun, and many a new story of leprechaun shenanigans will be added to Irish folklore each year. "

P.S. I wonder how the leprechauns are handling the invention of the GPS devices!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Spring will Happen

Hi - here's the article for our current edition of our lake newsletter:

Hi Lake Neighbors,

Whether you're here at the lake or you've escaped to warmer climes, it's an exciting time of year. We can look back at most of the winter and enjoy the longer hours of sunshine and the little hints that the big chill is leaving us and Mother Nature's version of Extreme Makeover, is just around the corner. We've had almost sixty inches of snow and days and days of below zero weather. We've skiied and sledded and snowmobiled and ice fished and marvelled at the beauty of the black and white landscape. The lake froze over on November 28th and the ice presently is about two feet thick. The ice fishing shanties have to be off the lake by the first Sunday after the 13th of March, so it's a pretty sure thing that Spring is coming and the two feet of ice will melt into the clear sparkling lake we love. The loons, (avian type,) are down in Florida but they'll time it just right to be back right after the lake liquifies. Last year the ice went out on April 5th, but we'd have to have some pretty warm weather and some rains to have it happen that early this year.

Our Lake Association hasn't rested on the laurels of having received that grant that studied the lake. What a wonderful group of officers and board members we have. They have now applied for another grant to help protect our lake from invasive species and the fish disease threats that have arrived in many of our state's lakes. It seems like, just like with human health, prevention is the best medicine - to assure a healthy lake in the future, we must be proactive and preventive.

Have a wonderful Spring and join us at the association meetings whenever you're able. It's fun to know the folks who are sharing this beautiful Crescent Lake.