Fall Didn’t Even Wave Good-bye…

snowday003xI mentioned earlier this week that winter has made a premature arrival here in Minnesota. Just as we finished hauling off bags of leaves and dilapidated jack-o-lanterns and were only beginning to crave a turkey dinner, our scarecrow turned into a snowman. Just. Like. That.

Today I looked out the window to see a strange stillness and an all-too-familiar whiteness settling upon the lake. I grabbed the binoculars and searched for the slightest wave.

Nothing. Autumn had up and left without a farewell or even the slightest wave good-bye.

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In disbelief, the girls and I hiked down to the dock. We gathered a few big sticks along the way to help us get an almost first-hand feel of this strangeness.

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It took some significant poking for the sticks to break through the layer of ice, which was lightly dusted with snow.

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These two are looking forward to ice skating soon — but not too soon.

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Stay warm, Minnesota, and happy Nov-winter?!