Weekend Waterview: North Carolina’s 12 Seasons, Heron, Dogs and Sunset

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

Happy Saturday!

Here’s a weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

Weekend Waterview Flag on dock and reflection | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #flag #dock

We’re in our typical July weather pattern of 90+ degree days,

humidity and pop-up thunderstorms. I’m out the door walking the dogs at 6:30

in the morning and we try to get all our outdoor activities and chores

completed before noon when possible.

Weekend Waterview and storm | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

It was 95 on Thursday with the heat index of 105 at 88% humidity. . .

the kind of humidity that requires two showers a day if you’re outdoors!

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

I created a graphic of North Carolina’s 12 Seasons.

We’re currently in the ‘Hell’s Front Porch’ season which

 typically lasts until the end of September.

North Carolina's 12 Seasons | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Winter – 30 days

Fool’s Spring – 15 days

Second Winter -15 days

Spring of Deception -15 days

Third Winter – 15 days

The Pollening – 40 days

Spring – 30 days

Summer – 90 days

Hell’s Front Porch – 60 days  <- we are here

False Fall – 20 days

Second Summer – 25 days

Actual Fall – 10 days . . .my favorite and shortest season. . .*sniff*

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman cloud reflections | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

The photo above was taken on a 70 degree morning with 60% humidity. . .

not only can you tell a difference in the moisture in air,

you can tell a difference in photos!

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN

And this photo taken on a pore-cleansing 80% humidity day.

Great Blue Heron on boat lift | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #heron

The heat and humidity don’t seem to bother our resident Great Blue Heron. . .

Great Blue Heron on boat lift | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #heron

Herons have a 6-foot wing span, allowing them to cruise at 20 to 30 miles an hour.

Great Blue Heron nest in top of tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #heron #lake

 They hunt and fish alone, but gather in colonies or “heronries”

and build stick nests high in the tops of trees.

Great Blue Heron nest in top of tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #heron #lake

We’re approaching Sophie’s anniversary of coming to live with us.

Lola and Sophie in chair on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dog #lake #bichonfrise

Here’s a flashback photo of Lola and Sophie

when we brought Sophie home 3 years ago. . .

Lola and Sophie in chair on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dog #lake #bichonfrise

There’s nothing like those sweet puppy days but we don’t miss those puppy teeth. :)

 Sophie as puppy | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dog #lake #bichonfrise

 Sophie running on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dog #lake #bichonfrise

Sophie and Lola say it’s hot in their fur coats. . .

 Lola and Sophie on dock | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dog #lake #bichonfrise

Lola’s favorite spot these days is plopped on top of the AC vent.

Sunset Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #sunset

I’ll leave with you a couple of sunset photos. . .

Sunset Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #sunset

We have a brief reprieve from the heat with temps dropping to the 80s this weekend,

making HFP tolerable. :)

Weekend Waterview Flag on dock and reflection | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #flag #dock

Hope you’re finding a way to stay cool and beat the heat. ♥

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #LKN #flag #dock #dog #bichonfrise #heron #sunset

Happy Weekend 🐾🐾

  23 comments for “Weekend Waterview: North Carolina’s 12 Seasons, Heron, Dogs and Sunset

  1. July 30, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Ha, thanks for the humor in your seasons. I would have to think a bit before categorizing our Houston weather. We will have at least 5 months of hot summer this year with triple digits. The temps should drop around late September. We don’t get much pretty fall foliage and then the leaves fall off for winter! Winter and spring don’t stay long.

  2. Julie George
    July 30, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for the lovely views and always enjoyed pictures of Lola and Sophie. I love the 12 seasons too!

  3. Pamela
    July 30, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Haha, very funny. We live on Florida’s Treasure coast so only 2 seasons, Dry and Wet. 10 minutes of Fall and 48 hours of Winter though not always consecutive hours. And the grass and weeds grow year round. 😂 But we are blessed with a constant ocean breeze.

  4. Donna
    July 30, 2022 at 7:34 am

    I laughed out loud at your NC seasons list! Living in the mountains of western NC, I might have to stretch out those winter days a bit longer, and even the upper 80’s is intolerable to us mountaineers since we also have abundant humidity sometimes, but I want to thank you for the most entertaining reading and best laugh I’ve had all day! My friends in other states who hear me moan about the NC weather on occasion will enjoy reading it, too. Love your adorable doggies and your beautiful pictures…to say nothing of your wonderful recipes. Your blog is my absolute favorite.

  5. Lori Ferguson Lucas
    July 30, 2022 at 8:23 am

    I just flew in from Davidson and your beautiful lake last night. I am totally smitten by your little town— and lake. My nephew goes to college there and starts football next week. He gets to live in a condo this year, so his mom (my sister) and I were in Davidson for four days helping him get set up. I can’t wait to go back. We’re from Oklahoma where it has been over 105 for 20 days in a row! You can imagine what we call that! Love all your wonderful posts. Now I’ll be able to picture things in my head too. Stay cool. Lori Lucas

    • July 30, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Hi Lori, Isn’t Davidson a wonderful town? We love their Farmers Market and cute main street. I can’t imagine extended days of triple digit temperatures like you in Oklahoma or my friends in Texas have had. I would have spend the summers in Maine. :) Thank you for your visit and comment, Happy Weekend. ♥

  6. July 30, 2022 at 8:45 am

    I can so relate to your 12 seasons, we have a similar pattern in Birmingham…we are approaching hurricane season on the coastal, and that can definitely be H**L!! Your lake is always beautiful no matter what the season, and I love your blue heron photos…we miss our blue heron Freddy, haven’t seen him since Hurricane Sally in 2020…Love the throwback puppy photos…3 years has gone by so fast! Keep cool!

  7. Ann Woleben
    July 30, 2022 at 9:16 am

    I always enjoy the photos of your lovely surroundings and of course, of the girls~

  8. Karen
    July 30, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Now it’s clear why you love Fall/Halloween so much: it’s a welcome relief from Hell’s Front Porch! With fresh crisp air, sipping pumpkin spice lattes, and digging out our favorite sweater, what’s not to love? We can finally bake cookies and pies without worrying about heating up the house/kitchen and enjoy quiet evenings at home snuggling in front of the fireplace! Oh, and don’t forget football!

  9. Heidi
    July 30, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Your chart is so correct and is perfect for SC as well!

  10. Clara
    July 30, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Mary, I laughed at the 12 seasons description. How true for west TN also. We finally got some rain yesterday and it broke the heat wave for a few days! I’m so thankful. We’ll be back to HFP in a few days after the rain passes. This was the first morning that I got outside and the humidity wasn’t terrible. I forgot what it was like. I would love to live in east TN; my husband dreads the move if it ever happens. I think I could live with snow better than months of endless heat and humidity. Love the water shots. Your sweet pups are always a delight to see. I can’t believe 3 years have passed. Hopefully you’ll get the 2-3 day respite we’re promised. Happy Saturday! Loved seeing your beautiful lake! Clara❤️

  11. Stacey Wheeler
    July 30, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Loved your calendar of the seasons this morning! So made me giggle….lived in NC for 20+ years and now in SC….it was the perfect laugh to start the weekend!!

  12. Pamela
    July 30, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful! I always enjoy your blog! Hoping for that drop in humidity here in the Florida panhandle soon!

  13. Janet
    July 30, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Mary, having lived in North Carolina for years I understand. But living back in Vermont, our humidity has been unbelievable and feels more south than North! But we can’t complain because we have way more winter “seasons” than we sometimes want! Love your seasonal rundown by days!

  14. July 30, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    So fun to see the pups and to see a baby picture of Sophie. Our hot weather hasn’t hit yet here on the southern California coast, but I know it’s coming. When you are enjoying your short autumn, we will be sweltering and wishing for crisp fall air. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Yours is the only blog I follow these days.

  15. July 30, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    3 years has flown by! Such cute photos!!! Sadie highly recommends AC vents!!! Early morning and evening walks too. I carry her till we have grassy spaces with shade. I don’t let her walk on the pavement. Like you, fall is a favorite time for me. I’m beginning to wonder if we will have fall this year. Our spring quickly turned to triple digits! I’m ready for relief. Happy Weekend!

  16. July 30, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    You are so lucky to live on a lake, no matter what the weather, it always looks enviable! So many GORGEOUS shots, heavy sigh of contentment watching your watery views…

  17. Ellen
    July 30, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    BEAUTIFUL calm waters!!! Thanks for the view!

  18. July 31, 2022 at 7:24 am

    I understand the 12 seasons completely. Beautiful photos of the lake and the girls! Happy Weekend!

  19. July 31, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Loved the funny post of all the seasons! But seeing the girls always makes my day.
    Beautiful views… stay cool!

  20. Linda Redwine Bell
    July 31, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    I was just cruising on Lady of the Sea, on Lake Norman last week. My husband’s fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, was in town. Did you see all the purple and gold??? I might have passed your house and didn’t know it! Beautiful sites

  21. July 31, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Lovely lake views, Mary! I guess we’ve been in Hell’s Front Porch for quite awhile now. However, my area was in a small pocket that had a downpour last evening. My daughter, who’s about five miles away, got none. Lola and Sophie always make me smile. I’m thinking Fall, like you.

  22. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    August 1, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Here in Michigan we say we have two seasons: Winter and Road Construction.
    But seriously, I invite everyone to experience a Michigan summer. It’s beautiful here, and the Great Lakes are truly something to behold.

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