Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It snowed on and off all weekend, but nothing really stuck.  The ground has been frozen, but it gives a little.  This isn't the same as the dead-of-winter ground freeze.  Yesterday and today have been beautiful and cool with bright blue skies and sunshine.  It's hard to believe that they have forecasted a Winter Storm Warning -  up to a foot of snow coming over tonight and tomorrow!

Sunday night I stayed up late finishing a book (and then wasting time browsing the electronic books available at the Library).  I took the dogs out just before midnight.  It was cold and clear.  The stars were huge and bright, and the big dipper was tipping out a few giant snowflakes right over my driveway.

Both cats slunk around the side of the garage to greet us.  That hasn't happened since before Bert the black kitty disappeared last Spring.  Bert and Ernie always appeared out of the darkness to visit with Kali when she came out for her late night constitutional.  Ernie had a lot to say Sunday night, but shy Lizzie hid in a corner of the garage doorway.  A few minutes later, both of them disappeared again on their silent paws.  Every now and again, I could hear a sleepy hen mutter from the hen house.  All was calm.  All was bright.

So, I made it through February.  But honestly, March doesn't feel that much different.  Winter should be over, but it isn't quite.  Not yet.

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