02.07.13 Even while lying on the sofa, miserable day four of a bad cold, I rallied to grab my camera and capture the stripes of sunshine and blue vista out the windows to the lake. We really are into February now. Feeling better this morning, I went for a walk out to the head of the lake, loving the cold air on my sinuses. The Canadian geese were everywhere, Spring beginning to stir on their wings. And I heard the first sweet trilling of a red-wing blackbird over in the cat-tails. The males have returned! Soon they will be joined by the females, the robins, the cacophony of Spring sounds. I actually had tears in my eyes at the miracle of it all–both Winter and my cold are fading away.