Here's some early ice on the lily pad pond on the way to work. These days it's getting harder and harder for the thin layer of ice to dissipate in the late fall sun. The weatherman says the road ahead, for the next week, is snow free, but you know him. Over Thanksgiving, we'll see some old friends we've missed in awhile. We're looking forward to that. The house will be sweet-smelling this evening. Elenka's culinary arts will be on display. Rumor has it an apple pie and a pumpkin-pecan number are on the agenda. They'll go a long way towards skimming the ice off this pond, at least in my mind.