Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

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Snow Time

Are your fingers crossed?

Mine are!

Why? I just saw the weather forecast for tomorrow and we have a 70% chance of getting a wintery mix. WOOHOO! I’m really hoping the storm’s path will shift and drop a foot or two of snow on Okie Land.

Did I hear you groan? Stop it! We need snow.


Lots of snow.


Tons and tons of snow!!!snowed in bird house


  • Cold weather kills off bugs and creepy crawlies that live in our world.

But that’s not the only reason I want it.

  • We badly need moisture. (Keystone Lake is looking like Keystone Mud Puddle.)

dad's-lake-viewOkay, in some places it’s starting to look like a mud puddle.

But the real reason I want to get snow? Lots of snow. Tons and tons of snow? Enough snow to say I was snowed in?

Because if I were snowed in, I’d have time. (Snow time is so much more fun than regular time, isn’t it?)

Time to write without watching the clock.

Time to snit when I run out of words in my head. 🙂

Time to sit in front of the fireplace and snuggle with my honey.

Time to sit in front of the fireplace and read!

And I’d eat a ton of popcorn. 🙂

As long as we don’t lose power, I could stand it for oh, I don’t know. Three or four days even!

What would you do if you had time?




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Smoky Waters

One of my favorite things about living on Lake Keystone is, well, the lake. I love watching it and seeing the effect the seasons have on it.

I use it to keep track of where the sun comes up every morning. Is the sun over the lake? Must be summer. Sun in the trees but edging back toward the water? Spring’s here.

There’s a huge distance between where it comes up in the winter and in the summer. I learned that in school, but until we moved into this house I’d never actually marked it. I’m not sure if that’s because of my kitchen window is on the east (it was in Pryor Creek, too) or the fact that there aren’t any houses in the way.

We aren’t alone out in the country–we live in a neighborhood–but we’re the among the highest on the hill. The ones east and west of us are lower, so we have a great view of sunrises and sunsets.

    I love that!

A few years ago when we had an ice storm, the lake froze over completely. No, I didn’t skate on it. (I’ll tell you someday about the time I tried ice skating.)

And I didn’t talk G-Man into borrowing a Volkswagen and cutting donuts on it. (He tells a story about someone he went to high school with doing that.) I tried to talk him into it, but he wouldn’t. 🙂

After a big thunder storm or lots of rain, there’s usually lots of driftwood floating on the lake.

My favorite time to watch the lake, though, is when there’s fog rolling across it. I don’t know if you can see what looks like a cloud bank on the far side of the water, but it was gorgeous! Makes me think of that Deep Purple song


I was going to share the rest of the lyrics


But they aren’t that good. The music’s great, though!

♪♫ SMOKE ON THE WATER . . .  ♪♫

See for yourself–