when i let flora the cat out early yesterday morning i heard a summer bird call (2 long notes- so familiar but don't know what it is). there had also been a fresh snowfall so it wasn't looking like spring. in the afternoon brenda and i took the dogs for a walk around tippings pond. it's about an hour's walk and beautiful in all weather, all seasons. there was a family ice fishing on the pond and they'd built up a fire on the edge of the pond for a"boil up". i spent the rest of the day hooking and knitting.