We were at the lake last weekend, looking out our windows at the winterness of it all.  Winterness?  Try bleakness.  There isn’t much snow this year, and the lake hasn’t frozen thickly.  Local officials actually had to modify the rules for the annual ice fishing derby weekend, because the ice wasn’t thick enough to support the stores and restaurants, trucks and buses that occupy the frozen bay during this event.  Typically, the ice is 18” thick by now.

But I’m getting sidetracked here.  Where does the dock go in winter?  Some docks are taken out of the water and stored until spring.  Others are left in the water with skimmers added.  Skimmers are little fans that are submerged at the end of the dock to keep the water in the immediate area moving and prevent a freeze-up, which would be bad.  If ice sets in around the legs of the dock, it’ll crush the wood as it tightens and shifts.  Hence, skimmers to keep ice from forming around those legs.

Then you have our dock.  As you see from the photo above, it becomes a skeleton in winter.  The planks that we walk on are removed and stored in the garage, sheltered from the elements, and the framework is hoisted up by thick wires anchored on the trees.  Come May, the framework will be lowered again and the planks fit back in, much like a jigsaw puzzle.

Drive around the lake, and you see these skeletal docks all over.  At first sight, they’re eerie.  Then they simply become part of the winterscape, which, as I said above, is bleak this year.  A thick cover of snow would solve the problem.  But I like not having snow to mess up driving and ice to threaten walking.  So, can we order snow in our backyard and nowhere else?  That’d be neat.

This particular lake weekend was a working one for me.  I reread all of SWEET SALT AIR – again – but no number of times is too many.  I also started my shrug, added a block or two to my sock yarn blanket, and (with DH) watched Breaking Dawn, Part 1.  I’ve already seen it twice.  But no number of times is too many for that, either.

By the way, if you want to read more about the lake in winter, try AN ACCIDENTAL WOMAN.  Its sister book, LAKE NEWS, takes place in fall.  Have you read either?