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Friday, February 15, 2013

Midwinter Break

Today is the first day of what my district calls Midwinter Break, or two days on either side of a week-end making a small vacation of four days from the routine of school. Believe me, it is a much needed break for me and my library clerk.  We have been working so hard the past two weeks.  It is almost laughable how busy we've been every day for the last nine days.  Anyways, enough about work.

Today I had breakfast with my husband before he went off to work, then I went to coffee with a friend, had a massage followed by a chiropractic adjustment, finished a book, walked the dog, visited with a neighbor, and watched Northanger Abbey on DVD. How's that for the life of leisure?

While walking my dog I was amazed at the signs of spring that had heretofore been missed. First, it was sunny, a rarity in the winter in the Pacific Northwest. I should have worn sunglasses but opted to just squint as the chiropractor had just reminded me that I should get out and get some vitamin D. Isn't that a funny thing to say instead of 'what a lovely day for a walk'? I noticed a few blooming bulbs, crocuses and something else that I couldn't identify without tromping though someone's yard. While I was marveling at the bulbs I looked up in time to notice a hummingbird sipping at a feeder on a neighbor's porch. Are these tiny birds supposed to be back already? I thought they migrated south for the winter.  What could it possibly be living on right now? Just this lone feeder? While I was pondering these questions I became aware of the sound of a croaking frog. Once again, isn't this a bit early for frogs? Up ahead there was a gaggle of little boys playing outside in shorts! It may still be winter but spring is here!

I'll sign off so I can start a new book. Happy reading!


  1. Coffee was great and it DID feel like spring. I mowed the front and back lawn(mostly moss)! It felt good to feel the sun on my face. Patt loved this kind of weather. *sigh*

    1. It was lovely seeing you, Margaret. And thanks for the words of support.

  2. Late breakfast then coffee and a massage? Sounds like a great way to spend a day off. We have a presidents 4-day weekend, which feels pretty good too

  3. Sounds like a lovely day!! My son had Friday and Monday off, too, but since he was home sick all last week and is now recovering from surgery, it hasn't been very relaxing for me!

    I think these early signs of spring are more signs of our warmer winters - not good. We've had a very, very mild winter here - I'm seeing bulb shoots already, too.

    Hope you enjoyed your days off!



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