I was so optimistic earlier in the year that Spring was just around the corner, but not any more. Do you see the little bit of green which is in the bottom of this picture? That is all the encouragement we have that spring will eventually come! For the last 2 weeks or more, we have had cold temperatures, more snow than the rest of the winter, treacherous roads, and discouraging weather forecasts. For 3 days now, it has been warm enough that the snow is mostly gone, and now I hear there is cold and even perhaps snow in the forecast again this week! It has been a long road into spring this year. Fortunately I have hope of warmth and sunshine in the near future - but only because we will be headed south on a couple of weeks of holidays soon. I am now counting the days - 12 - until we enter the belly of the great bird which will fly us away to the beauty of greenness, color in flowers and trees, and the laughter of children and family members. I can't wait!!!!