The Prune: Whither the weather? Doesn’t matter; we Lakers adapt


by Todd Sharp

The first thing that comes to my mind about the quality of life in this area is the weather. Really! Ebbs and flows, highs and lows.

The constant change of variable temperatures, wind patterns, sunny skies, downpours, heavy wet snow storms and crunchy, freeze-dried snow all add to the diversity of daily, weekly or monthly change and joy.

We are adaptable and need to be. Variety keeps us aware and in tune with nature.

We need to know what the wind speed is before planning a day fishing or bike riding.

We need to know the intensity of the sun will be out. Whether to wear a wide brim hat or a ball cap. 30 or 90 SPF. The enjoyment of our lives depend on it!

I sometimes hear the cliche’ that we live in God’s country. We should slightly alter that phrase — we share life in God’s country.

Anyone can live here but there are relatively few people who have chosen to.

But those of us who are here for life, vacation or just passing through, share the experience of the Green Lake Area and all it has to offer.

Abundant rainfall and good soil easily grow fruits, veggies and provide the nutrition to raise animals; grant us good fishing; and offer plenty of nice hills to make bike riding fun and golf courses challenging.

It’s ideal. As temperatures rise, a cool night’s sleep is as valuable as gold and lake front property.

“God only made so many cool nights in the summer.”

As fortunate as we are regarding the weather, another ebb and flow that raises the quality of life here is, of course, the people.

As a fourth-generation area resident, I sometimes lose the fresh perspective of a new resident.

It must feel odd and refreshing at the same time to be in a new area and establish connections without the knowledge of local history to tie one set of families or friends to another.

Upon greeting people new to the area, I sometimes get to help parse out relationships of background, acquaintance or genealogy.

Those are John’s grandparents or Millie’s mother. Those are the brothers of Skip’s friend Ralph. He’s my uncle twice removed. She’s the little girl’s aunt. They’re brothers of those four sisters who used to swim with us at Rabbit Trail quarry. That group are the kids who took the canoe from the Mill Pond. Those old folks were high school classmates — class of ’80.

As for having long family history in the area, my dad once told me that if I ever got in trouble with the law at Mole Lake Bluegrass Festival DO NOT tell them you are a Sharp.

Must have been some bad history.

Hopefully, I am sized up based on my own merits as opposed to those of my predecessors.

Each year, I assist Goodrich Furniture to get their Anniversary Sale ad together. This is its 138th year (though I haven’t helped for all of those years). I am reminded of the longevity some families and businesses have to the area.

I’m grateful for new establishments like ThunderBoss, Knuth’s and Horseradish, which are folding their great cuisine with old favorites like Norton’s, Roadhouse, Goose Blind and Buckhorn Bar.

New stores and eclectic specialty shops like Adorn, Patina Vie, Violet and Co. and so many others are laying down a solid foundation to match the longevity of Diedrich Jewelers, Goodrich Furniture and Twister.

As our area grows and diversifies, we celebrate the increase in popularity and prosperity.

As new people and businesses write their own stories, complementing the stability of the long-established families and businesses, we can encourage cultural variety in cuisine, spirit, ideas, tastes and commerce.

We have been granted the wonderful, natural variety of the weather, and we, whether long established or new to the area, get to add to the quality of our life by the variety of our choices.

Editor’s note: When not raising cain at the Mole Lake Bluegrass Festival (Sssshh! Don’t tell his dad),Todd Sharp is selling advertising for the Green Laker, Express and The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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