As I write this I am feeling absolutely jaunty. Mike and I have finished and mailed in our taxes two days ahead of the April 15 deadline. A first for us. We are usually struggling sleepily into the night of April 14, papers everywhere across our dining room table, wondering where some critical piece of […]
Nature is pretty miraculous. After the past winter that seemed so long, cold, snowy, icy, long, my first blooming daffodils opened up this morning, right on schedule. Mike, the dogs, and I were driving home from our walk and saw bright yellow daffodils blooming along the south-facing wall of Linda Alley’s house, so I went […]
I have to admit a nostalgia for the old station with Chief George Manter’s acid green entryway and its view of the pond, the smallness of the station and the town’s troubles, a different time.
Maddie will study music. Luke will become an ER doctor. Charlie a fireman. Nick, we don’t know yet. All want to return to the department, to “give back” to their, and our, community. Another former junior, Alex Dorr, is studying Fire Science at Southern Connecticut State University. He, too, hopes to come back to town. This says a lot about the Fire Department… and the sense all these young folks have about our community.
Sprigs of forsythia are blooming in vases around my house, bringing spring inside earlier than it appears on these still gray, cold mornings. The wind whips through the dogs’ fur on our walks. For us, layers of sweaters, coats, gloves, and hats remain the norm. The cornus mas is putting on quite a show in […]
We are almost midway through March and the weather continues to seesaw between winter and spring. I have been raking out garden beds in sunshine and 40+ degrees, then awoke to snow Monday morning. The balmy weekend seemed to bring everyone out. Walkers with or without dogs and bicyclers in spandex were everywhere. Yardwork was […]
The first snowflakes fell as I walked out from church Sunday morning. They continued spitting intermittently throughout the afternoon, starting and stopping, not amounting to anything except wondering what was going to happen. Predictions ranged from one inch to a foot. So far, nothing. I want to report that the newly refurbished interior of the […]
A nice surprise to see grass again. It’s a bit dull, sodden in some places, but still a solid footing after snow/ice/rain/mud and slicked one atop the other. I know we can still get snow in March, but it makes me eager to be outside. I love my daily perambulations around the yard to look […]
Do you remember the fairy tale about the princesses who left their beds at night to dance their slippers to shreds? The description of the tree-lined path they walked through, trees with leaves of silver, gold, or diamonds, always appealed to my imagination. That was in my mind as I was drove home during Saturday […]
Another week starting off with snow. When I went out to get wood this afternoon, I thought the sky looked like what my mother called “a snow sky,” kind of a heavy translucent gray. Sure enough, I looked outside a few minutes ago to see snow falling. It had already prettily covered shrubs and footprints, […]