I finished up the last package of Christmas Lutefisk (see previous entry on Lutefisk).  It was just soooo good! 

I made it in a cream sauce with chicken broth, with tarragon, etc.  This made it necessary for me to eat this up for several meals/days in a row …. but, it was just delicious!
      With my not feeling well for seveal weeks before Christmas … I didn’t gett all my usual lights/decorations up … mostly Christmas Eve.
       We have maybe a foot & a half of snow on the ground … had lost some during a mild week-end (not really a thaw as the got further south of us).  Thankfully … we haven’t had any real snowstorms, just FREQUENT (sometimes daily) little snowfalls of a dusting to several inches at a time … just enough to make a mess …. not enough to keep us trapped.




 I HAD MY THIRD CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION; Maggie (my youngest daughter) came up from Milwaukee to stay several days.







CLICK HERE FOR LARGER VIEW    It was too cold for us to do anything much outside

… but we did some visiting, some shopping, & went to see a movie (my first in untold years) in Iron River.  We are glad we went; “MARLEE” is a great movie!  That’s the movie that was made from a book about a real family with a real dog … from puppy to old age.
     Years ago, I had bought her some items for a Christmas Village …. beginning with a “FISH HOUSE” … commemorating the memory of her Dad, who was a commercial fisherman.  I add some items each year; we keep the village up here & set it up here.  She was patient enough with me to go thru the “tradition” of setting up that village.

     When we went over to Iron River … I got a picture of this snow sculpture along U. S. 2 Highway east of Iron River … actually in the Bates area, I believe.  It is Frosty-the-Snowman.

(keep using real wood/paper products)



My winter reading project:
     I have to renew my library books today.  I selected two huge volumes of history :   “Superior Heartland, a Backwoods History” .   It is Library of Congress number  89-90710, in case you want to obtain a copy thru your local library. The two volumes total  1559 pages!
     There are many illustrations, including maps & old photos.   Since he is from the Marquette area …. many of the items are from the “Heartland” area of Lake Superior  shoreline …. lots from Marquette  local.
       He tells of people, places, events ….  fairly easy reading, even tho some might contain lots of facts & figures.   He  outlines the birth & development of this book from a history project for a college assignment in 1942, 1950.  He tried gathering his reports into books in the 1950’s & in  the 1960’s  & in the 1970’s.  But, the task, even with the help of many people,  kept getting  larger & more unwieldy as time went on.   Finally, in the 1980’s , now, with computers/word-processors, the  first volume was published in 1989.  He put his contact info  in  the  front of the book; it was self-published.  I looked up his info …. he is still in the phone book at this address. 


Charles F Rydholm

221 Lakewood Ln

Marquette, MI 49855-9508

(906) 249-3814

Here is an open letter he wrote on a current U.P. topic
Download a PDF copy of this letter: A Sulfide Mine on the Yellowdog Plains?

Here is where some of his books are available online.

Here is  a Yahoo forum about mining:



Computing L o i S



Here is  further information:
Click here: Clusty Search » “Superior Heartland”