I'm up here in northern Michigan visiting a friend, as wind chill warnings and blowing lake effect snow keep us hunkered down in front of a crackling wood fire.
I drove up on Tuesday in less-than-ideal conditions . . .
. . . and may now be snowed in up here for a while. See you in the spring, honey!! (My husband is home, hard at work during a busy tax season.) Wind chills are expected to be -15 to -30 through Saturday.
Last night three of us friends made the trek out to Moose Jaw Junction, recently voted best bar in northwest Michigan. It's in the middle of nowhere, and the parking lot is often filled with snowmobiles in the winter and motorcycles in the summer.
We had fish and chips in front of the fire, followed by brownie sundaes. Good comfort food.
This is the kind of drive we had on the way there . . .
People are tough up here. They all have tow straps in their cars and routinely pull each other out of ditches.
And here's a visitor we get every day . . .
A beautiful male pheasant. He seems to be solo, so my friend is going to mail order a flock of pheasant chicks in the spring. He'll have a real mail-order bride.