Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013. Happy Halloween.

I'll be back Sunday, with something a bit closer to home.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First Snow

It was snowing all morning. Not much. It hardly amounted to "light snow." Sometimes it was more like rain than snow.

The afternoon was more of the same, drizzle with snowish aspirations.

I think I can bring the hummingbird feeder in.

You can't see it, but tiny flakes of snow were in the air. October 29, 2011.

Another October morning in central Minnesota, with snow on the hummingbird feeder. October 29, 2011.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Golf Courses, Toppling Trees, and Chow Mein

Sunday, October 27, 2013. The Sauk Centre Country Club's changing hands. An article on WJON-AM's website says that a developer bought the Country Club property and plans to build homes along the 9-hole golf course, and a marina on Sauk Lake.

I drove by the Country Club Wednesday afternoon, to see what was happening.

Sauk Centre Country Club's southeast corner, Main Street and Country Club Road. October 23, 2013.

The Country Club's east side. October 23, 2013.

North side of Sauk Centre Country Club. Those trees have already been toppled. October 23, 2013.

A crew was pushing trees over on the west side of the golf course Wednesday afternoon. October 23, 2013.

Sauk Centre Country Club's clubhouse, and birdhouse. October 23, 2013.

Sauk Centre Country Club's current course layout, from the Sauk Centre Country Club's scorecard. Used w/o permission.

My guess is that the new owners looked at those trees, saw how old they are, and decided to push them over before one fell on someone. That makes sense, but I'll miss them.
aThat article says that the folks who owned Sauk Centre Country Club bought GreyStone Golf Course. Apparently folks who like to golf on that 18-hole course won't notice much difference, since the place will still be open to the public.

Assuming that the developer keeps a 9-hole golf course there on the north side of Sauk Centre, that'll make two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course in or near Sauk Centre. Folks who like to play golf may have trouble deciding where to go, but I don't think they'll mind having options.

I did a little checking, and all three golf courses have websites, or are supposed to. I'd provide a link to the GreyStone course, but when I tried using their Internet address, the website's software started doing very odd things to my browser. It's probably a technical problem, related to the place changing hands. Searching Google or another search site for GreyStone Golf Course should give you some information about that place.

Here's where to find the other two online:
Finally, my parish's chow mein fundraiser went well: and Fr. Statz said that, contrary to what someone heard someone else say, he's not retired, semi- or otherwise. Today was one of those beautiful October days that poets and writers get excited over, and I'll be back next week. That's the plan, anyway.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sauk Centre Country Club

I glanced at the Sauk Herald's front page at the grocery yesterday. Looks like the Sauk Centre Country Club is closing to make way for a nine hole "executive" golf course and housing.

I suppose that with larger golf courses north and south of town, not as many folks have been using the 18-hole course in Sauk Centre's north side. I've swung a golf club, and actually hit the ball once: but never played golf. Even so, I'll miss the current course. It's been a beautiful bit of landscaping, across the street from lakeside houses.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rain, Drizzle, and the Season's First Snow

Sunday, October 20, 2013. My voice still has a frog-like quality to it, but other than that it could be worse. Or better: but this way I feel the way many of this week's days looked. On a positive note, I'm getting my annual autumn cold out of the way, and should be done by Halloween.

Another damp autumn morning in Sauk Centre. October 14, 2013.

This morning's rain didn't look quite right. The drops were sluggish, and a bit too large to be realistic: for good reason. It was this season's first snowfall. The first one I've noticed, at least.

Sunday morning, a minute before 9:00. October 20, 2013.

Sunday morning, 9:15: about a quarter of an hour later. October 13, 2013.

The snow turned to rain, more or less, so we didn't get to keep the snow. Can't say that I'm disappointed.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blue Skies and Sunshine: also Coughing

Sunday, October 13, 2013. I'm still 'on the mend,' but my voice still has a frog-like quality to it. I sometimes feel as if I should be sitting on a giant lily pad somewhere. It's been two weeks since "I got what I asked for." (Through One Dad's Eye (September 29, 2013))

Some of what I'm experiencing may be allergies, or whatever a person who isn't exactly "allergic" to stuff kicked up by harvesting experiences this time of year.

It's afternoon as I write this: one of those beautiful, clear, October days.

There were some wispy high clouds earlier, but they're gone. You could check out current conditions on the webcam looking out my north window: or not. Your choice. Aside from the occasional computer crash and maintenance, it's on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Another autumn day, just before noon. October 13, 2013.

Local parishes have the annual chow mein supper later this week. It's a major fundraiser for the school. Folks around here don't get chow mein very often, so it's a change of pace from the more common sausage breakfasts.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blue Skies and Coughing

Sunday, October 6, 2013. I feel better than I did earlier this week. As the old Minnesotan saying goes, "it could be worse." I've heard that quite a few folks in town have a bug.

My version sounds and feels like a cold, and isn't bad enough to warrant checking in with a doctor. Besides, the doctor would probably say something like, 'in my considered opinion: you/re sick!' This, I already know: and the usual 'rest and plenty of fluids' seems to be helping.

On a more cheerful note, I saw blue sky and sunshine today.

An autumn afternoon. October 6, 2013.

Over the course of the week, we've seen rain, drizzle, clear skies, and falling leaves. Next week will probably be more of the same, which is fine by me.