Checking the weather site, Trout Lake is 10 degrees as I write this, and has 15" of snow on the ground for great snowmobiling. The Soo is reporting 17" and Engadine has 16". This is great news for Trout Lake. The new bar (The Buckhorn) opened under new ownership, and reports are good.
Fall was a blur, but we managed to get new carpeting installed at the motel. Bill and I headed downstate the end of October, but I went north to oversee the carpet installation just before Thanksgiving. Bill is working on National Register nominations, and I am closing out 1012 and planning 2013.
The holidays flew by for us and were marked by the passing of our old dog Ralph just before Christmas. Ralph was a stray that had been dropped off at Birch Lodge 14 1/2 years ago. Ann called us because she could not keep him, and we drove up and fell in love. What an ugly pup!
Ann thought he was a young female lab, but he was about 3 1/2 months old, and we think part Golden retriever and part Chow. He was my big 90lb sweet woolly bear.
He greeted me every day, and kept close track of everything. He was an animal lover, known for rescuing baby animals by waging his tail at them, and was fond of his kitties.
I miss him profoundly. But it is hard to be sorry for a dog who had a long good life.
Stanley and Polly will have to keep track of me now....if I can wake them. So begins another year.