Oops, I didn't mean to take a blog break. It turns out I can only keep so many plates spinning at a time--a project that had been in "hurry up and wait" mode for months and months suddenly hit "hurry up" mode and the nature writing class I'm teaching has taken much more preparation time than I anticipated (but it's all good), so the blog plate fell out of the air for a little while. I think I'm back on track now. In the meantime, we've had some snow and some ice and some warm, melty days and then some more snow. I'm glad the snow is back, because it was starting to look like March out there and that's no good for my psyche (my brain thinks "Tulips!" and the world says "Mud!").
It's been such a strange, warm winter. I went snowshoeing for the first time this weekend, though I didn't, strictly speaking, need snowshoes. Our river ice has pretty much all broken up in the last two weeks--there was never enough ice anywhere for iceskating (for my comfort level anywhere). I'm okay with the warmer temperatures, as long as we have snow, not mud (not that it's up to me). Happy February, friends.
P.S. For anyone wondering what the picture of the car driving through the snow wall was all about: