The ice on the lake is very thick now and you can see little sticks dotted about where the ice fisherman have left them so they can return to the holes they have drilled in the ice. It is a gorgeous day today, really warm in the sun so a good day to sit on the ice a catch fish.
We occasionally put down a line and leave it overnight to catch Burbot which is a very delicate tasting fish although really ugly to look at, but quite a few people pull trout out even at this time of year.
The melt is starting though, which is good, we are meant to have above freezing weather for the next week although we will get a last blast of winter before it finally leaves us. I really don't think we will see green grass again until May or June. In fact if the snow melts too fast that will be a problem also.
Both dogs are fast asleep right now so I can take a break. Not that Annie the dog isn't perfectly behaved but Pupzilla (Muffin) who we are dog sitting is a full time job. However I have taught her not to jump on my furniture, to sit and stay (for short times only) while I open the front door. When we got her a week ago she would make a bee line for it at every occasion. It has been interesting to watch Annie teaching her. The first day we got her we were trying to show her where it would be acceptable to go toilet. I let her out on the snow covered deck and she just wandered around as I stood there in my pajamas at 7am at -10C, she just kept wandering and I kept saying "Go pee Muffin". Then Annie the dog looked at me and indicated she wanted to go out on the deck too. Two seconds later Annie walks over to a pile of snow and pees and then gets the pups head in her mouth and hauls it over to the pee and growls in the back of her throat although her tail was wagging. Muffin then realized that is what we were all waiting for. Annie looked at me as if to say "Do I have to show her how to do everything". Annie has never used our deck as a toilet before or since.
You may wonder why we always refer to our dog as Annie the Dog, that is because we have a good friend Annie and if I refer to Annie I always have to clarify who I am talking about. If I yell stay they are both likely to stop in their tracks. LOL