Making the best of the weather

Somehow, somewhere, winter got lost on its way here this year.  Normally by early February we are fairly buried in snow, frozen and cold.  Snow-days are declared and I wait impatiently for the plow-guy to arrive and create a path for me to get through to the icy roads and head to work.  Not this year.  This week  I spotted daffodils sprouting along the sidewalk at the office.  The kids are bemoaning the injustice of nature at having been deprived their winter sledding and snow play.  It’s jarring to look out the window at the sunshine and green lawns, and suddenly realize that it’s February- not April.  Instead of heading out to the annual ice-castle festival this year to visit the awesome structure built from ice blocks carved from Chautauqua Lake and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the snowy park this weekend (no ice= no festival), the kids played in the woods and built a fort.  Not bad for a weekend’s worth of work when you are 8.  They started with the important part- a log couch and coffee table….

The chickens at my folks’ farm were certainly not complaining as they roamed around enjoying the sunshine, grass, and mud everywhere. 

I’m just going to pretend it’s winter out there and bake up some warm, fresh bread.


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