This is what our lake looked like midway through last week. On the first weekend we were there, there was still some snow on the ground, and the lake was solid ice. By Tuesday, there was 2-3 inches of water on top of the ice (as shown above), and the snow was basically gone (except for some shaded areas). Coats were not needed - the kids were outside in just hoodies (and boots - needed boots for the mud!) We adults were enjoying cocktails on the sunny deck. Unbelievable for mid March in Canada, that's for sure. And this next week is supposed to be even warmer! I bet the kids are swimming by Easter again this year!
I not only enjoyed cocktails on the deck, there was some reading and of course some knitting. Christmas stockings, a sweater for the boy, and something small and sparkly, even!