I’m posting this on the 10th of March and as you will see, I’m feeling stuck but no matter what frustrations I have, it is nothing compared to the brave people of Ukraine. I’m almost embarrassed to post this rather whining account. How thankful I am that Vladimir Putin is not my neighbor. Enough politics. The other bad news is that Winnona is still waiting. She’s in the shop which is backed up. She’s taking turns with too many RVs with too many problems. Supply chains are broken. Or at least that’s what they tell me. She’s waiting, I’m waiting.
It’s 6 months and counting since I returned to Virginia from Vermont thinking I was only staying 6 weeks and would be heading toward my hard fought for reservations in Florida where I would not be shoveling snow. HA! Little did I know.
This is how the 2nd half of February started. Yes that’s 17 outside and 64 inside.
Meanwhile, back in Silver Springs where I was this time last year it was 72 on this date this year.
17 or 72, hmmmm which would I rather have.
Some things I can count on regardless of place. Mid month, the full moon shone brightly here in through the crisp cold leafless trees just as it has above the warm sands of the Atlantic in Februaries past. It’s beautiful wherever I am.
I do feel like I’ve been marking time as I struggle to get the work done on Winnona and get her back home and fit for further adventures. I thought I would have this puzzle completed before I wrote this post but it didn’t happen. Here’s what I’ve done so far and what it is supposed to look like. I find that I don’t have the patience to concentrate on much of anything but reading and keeping warm. I am very tired of winter.
And of the lower back problems resulting from my excess of January shoveling. In fact, as I am typing this my phone rings and it is my chiropractor wanting to know where I am when it is 15 minutes after my appointment time. Writing my blog I tell her sheepishly.
I’m not at all sure why I got my hair cut except that it was falling down onto my forehead and requiring more “care” than I’m interested in but I like the “before” better than the “after” so I’m putting the pictures here to remind me that the cut was
For the most part, I am spending my hours reading, taking a daily walk of 3 or 4 miles and trying not to consume too many comfort inducing carbs like pastries, popcorn, potato chips and candy. Eating lots of warming soups but somehow they don’t seem to comfort quite enough.
One thing nice about being stuck is that I can walk to the sweet little local library which is my very favorite place. Its picture was also in my previous post. In these days of consolidation and bigger is better I hold my breath hoping that my tiny library, and it is tiny, does not get replaced by something newer, bigger and less cozy.
On the way, it is fun to peek into people’s yards and look for signs of spring like these snow drops.
The houses in the neighborhoods I walk though are all unique and I love their dormers and colors. I could post pictures of dozens but two will do.
This one had an interesting play spot though I happen to know there are no children living there. The owner is clearly having fun.
Among the other walking routes I take, one cuts through McIntire Park which on this day was looking very wintery. But then it is February, I don’t know what I expect.
The leafless tree shapes show how they grow together, giving each other the room they need. Don’t we wish people were as accommodating and generous.
One bright spring spot in all this brown and gray.
On one route, I go by several ‘little libraries’. Four or Five actually. These two are on the same street. They make me smile when I walk by which is why I arrange my route to go by them all. And of course I stop and see what’s up for loan.
Probably the best thing in the last half of February was my friend Laurie’s birthday which we were actually able to celebrate OUTSIDE on a freakish very warm day. Hallelujah!! We were finishing our discussion of Louise Erdrich’s The Round House and having lunch.
Laurie opens her present and card.
It’s the perfect thing for her. A one person game called Cat Crimes. Laurie is a veteran cat lady with two felines she serves named Kima and Twig.
Laurie sent me this picture of Detective Twig on the job solving the crime.
Last day of the month - journaling, reading, and waiting. Spring IS coming!