Brian has been busy sanding the driveway, the Mark I defense against the ice that is currently encroaching.
The bad news about rain in winter is that it produces icy conditions. The good news is that it produces icy conditions.
While the skiing can suffer, the skating can truly come into its own. You can see the water flooding over the ice on the lake -- Nature's own Zamboni. The ice beneath is still thick, and not about to melt in our bay anytime soon. We know that because we have records back to 1905 detailing Ice Out. It never happens in March. (well, global warming and all, one should probably never say never, but so far, it has never happened)
Once the mild spell passes, we can be left with ice conditions that are brilliant. Over the years we've had guests here with their speed skates, hockey skates, figure skates, ice cleats on their boots and -- one special year -- guests from Holland who had their own long Dutch skates with them. All of them were out there gliding, twirling, passing the puck... Really playing on the frozen lake. After all, frozen lakes, when conditions are right, really are the world's biggest rinks.