Elf On The Shelf 2018, Part 1

We didn’t expect to see Buddy the Elf this year, but he returned to spread holiday cheer, along with some shenanigans.

Day 1 | Roasting marshmallows in the fireplace.

Day 2 | On display with the Christmas cards.

Day 3 | Enjoying some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Day 4 | Embattled in a game of Jenga with a friend.

Day 5 | Just rollin’ with it.

Day 6 | Trying out the tire swing.

Day 7 | Brewing up some Holiday Spirit.

Day 8 | Movie & popcorn night with the Grinch.

Day 9 | Sliding with the penguins.

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Dry Spell

After a few months away, I hope to catch up and post our summer highlights in the next few weeks.  For now, here are some images captured this past weekend of the northern lights.

The best conditions for seeing the northern lights are clear skies, no fog or haze, the moon being in its darkest phase and viewing them away from city lights.  Of course you also need other factors that actually cause the northern lights that are way too scientific to get into.  After midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning, we had a full moon, hazy skies from forest fires, but crazy high aurora numbers (non-technical term).  Although we live in the city, I checked outside to see if I could find any sign of them.  I am so glad I looked.

It certainly wasn’t the most vibrant display I have ever witnessed because of the bright moon and hazy skies, but it was the most amazing.  The lights were to the north, west and east and also directly above.  I spent nearly two hours outside and another hour before I could fall asleep.

Gales Of April

It started with high winds yesterday. Lake Superior was incredible. Photos below. Heavy snow came today. I didn’t take any photos of the snow. It’s the middle of April. No one wants to see snow.  NO ONE.

Here are a couple of images of what the area looks like on an ordinary day just to give you an idea of how angry the lake was.

Brighton Beach was another great place to watch the waves roll in.

The snow is still coming down. Probably just under a foot of snow before it’s all done. School is already canceled for tomorrow.  The kids are happy.  Me…not so much.  Time to dig out.