One would think I could have continued writing with the winter we had. Almost ninety percent of the East Coast had a weather-related delay and one did not have to be working for an educational institution.
We started our winter traveling for snow in New Hampshire over Christmas. We had a grand time skate skiing almost everyday. The snow and our cabin's fireplace was comforting. When drove home on January 1, 2014, that was the start of many snow falls for the winter of 2014. Fortunately we had equipment to create our little community, cross country skiing center at Overlook Golf Course. We skied as much as we could; morning, noon and night as the snow delays and closures were blessings. Then the winter freeze came-temperatures in the single digits that we had not experienced in twenty years and for an extended length of time. If we did not have cross-country skiing, the winter would have been unbearable and we would have gained 20 pounds, too.
Spring has finally sprung. April had its moments of spring and surprises of warm summer days but the trees, flowers and shrubs really haven't bloomed and shown colors until May. Through the sounds of lawn mowers and leaf blowers, we hear the wind, watch the trees dancing in it and name the bird calls. I am grateful for it all; pollen covering everything, stuffing up my nose at times, the sun warming me on the front porch on a cool morning, the bird songs entering my dreams at 4:30 in the morning, calling me to wake. We wake with nature - it is such an extraordinary way to start the day.