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“He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.”  Socrates (469-399);  Philosopher

The weather in Michigan seems to always be a topic of conversation to native Michiganians.  We always say, “if you don’t like it, wait five minutes and it will change”.  Yesterday was a fine example.  We awoke to blue skies and temperatures already in the 50’s with a strong southerly wind.  We were forecasted to be in the high 70’s and I was looking forward to being able to get some yard work done.

After a brisk “hilly” walk, we did some errands in town and on the way back, I decided to mulch up those beautiful leaves that just a few days ago were on the trees all around us.  I used them as compost in my flowerbeds since the soil is poor at best, so any organic material will be a bonus to it.

I believe another flock of Trumpeter Swans has made a pit stop on our lake.  I don’t know if they were the same ones as before, so I’m only guessing that it may be a new flock coming from the north.  And like the previous flock, their honking makes me chuckle when I hear it.  I now have a nickname for the swans, “buoy butts”.  We were driving through a campground on Alcona Pond a few days ago and I seen a pair of swans near what I thought were swim buoys, but instead, they were swans that had tipped their butts up in the air so they could eat off the bottom.  I was very surprised when they popped up and realized what they were!

Today was the second day that a wild turkey has flown by the house and landed in the pine tree out front.  What is kind of odd is that the turkey landed on the same branch of the same tree as the previous one did.  Is this branch a “safe house” of sorts?  Do the turkeys know that is a good place to get away from whatever scared them off the ground?  My husband tells me that turkeys don’t like to fly much so it must have been something they were definitely afraid of to make this one fly and land so high in the tree.  I just hope that it finds it’s flock again, but I’m sure it will.

Our change in the weather came overnight.  A front from the west moved through and today is party cloudy with a high of maybe 50 degrees.   Still a brisk wind, but somewhat pleasant if you can find a protected area.  A big change is coming, we have a chance of snow showers on Tuesday with a high only in the 30’s.  That will feel like winter is just around the corner.


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