Years ago, our first dog, Phoebe, had a best friend, and her name was Socks. Socks was a Border Collie belonging to our good friends, Celia and Phil, who, for a time, lived just a couple of miles away from us in Vermont, but now live much too far away, in Cardiff, Wales. When Phoebe… Continue reading An old friend lost, again
I had a strange day the other day. It was my birthday, but that's not what made it strange. At last I don't think so. I came out of the house around 11 am and found two chickadees on the driveway beside my car. One was clearly dead. The other was possibly injured. As I… Continue reading Gravity
Hyla's school has transformed itself (temporarily, I think) into a rain forest, just in time for the school's annual Open House. Last Friday, I got an official, pre-curtain tour. Now you get one, too. Hyla and her classmates were anxious to show everyone around: The kids made several large trees out of cardboard, paper, duct… Continue reading It’s a rain forest in there
How could I have forgotten to include in yesterday's post that I have, in fact, seen a handful of northward-flying geese in the last week? Just a few, but I know they're on their way. I'm trying not to think about the three we heard, and then saw, a week ago, flying south. Are they… Continue reading Honk!
Last year, we had one of those gradual easings into spring. I remember it snowed in early April (which is common enough around here, to my chagrin), and the accumulated snow from the entire winter took ages and ages to thaw. The one benefit to that was that we had a relatively mild "mud season"… Continue reading Flush with signs of spring