Today, as I sat in my windowed nook at the computer,
with the blinds tilted against the morning sun,
I heard the unmistakable pitter-patter
of raindrops on our conservatory roof.
A sun shower!
I ventured outside for proof:
The weather forecast here in northern New Jersey is for an afternoon high of 63 degrees today.
When you can walk your dog with just a sweater for warmth, that is a sweet February 1st.
One year ago, in 2011, our landscape looked like this:
And we were having ice storms on top of the snow.
Two years ago, in 2010, our landscape looked like this:
This year, along with many of you in the USA, we are having an almost-eerily mild winter,
with January's temperatures way above normal, and only one minor snowfall,
quickly melted, in what should have been the coldest and snowiest month of the year.
February's off to a good start if today is any indicator.
Did you know that we are adding 15 minutes of daylight, every week, now until the end of June?
It's already past 5:30 before it gets dark. I love to see the days get longer.
There are other changes from last year to this.
A year ago Howard and I, and my sister and her husband,
sat at my father's hospital bedside. Waiting.
We were not ready. But he was.
Pop, you were our go-to guy, our Oracle, the true center of the family.
It's strange and still surprising to be without you.
I guess we never would have been ready, huh?
I love you. Cass