1. When I took Olive the pug out this morning, I couldn’t believe it. It was downright cold with a rather biting wind. It made me think that I had under-dressed for the occasion and should have worn my winter coat or that maybe I accidentally time traveled backwards and it was really February. But, no, there is no snow on the ground. It’s definitely April.
2. Well, I’ve lived here long enough to know that spring comes to New England in fits and starts. I was out yesterday buying a new toaster but couldn’t decide which one to buy. In order to put off making a decision, I decided to check Facebook instead. On Facebook, there was post after post of people complaining that it was snowing. I missed it yesterday because I was in Target trying to figure out what toaster to buy. But I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see it snow here today.
|Some things are blooming here....really!|
3. Speaking of toasters, Greg and I have been married for close to 35 years and have had terrible luck with toasters. I think we’ve owned six or seven in those years and we don’t eat that much toast. We’ve had expensive toasters and cheap toasters. I don’t see much difference between the two. The best one we’ve ever had was a middle-of-the-road toaster pricewise. It was the Oster that I was replacing yesterday. I bought it at Target about ten years ago and it toasted our toast until a few months ago when it didn’t want to keep the toast down to finish the toasting cycle and had to be coaxed with curses and kind words. I got sick of babying it. So, off I went yesterday hoping to find the exact same toaster – the best toaster we’ve ever had – but unfortunately, they’re selling a new model of that Oster there now. I bought it anyway and am hoping it lasts ten years like the last one, but I’m not holding my breath on that.
|I got sick of waiting on the forsythia, too. I brought this into the house and forced it.|
4. You know, we could probably get by in life without a toaster, but they are handy to have around. The toaster I bought yesterday is red. I consider that a kind of bonus. Yes, I’m happy about that even though my favorite color is blue.
5. Earlier this morning, I was sitting here at my computer with a blank expression on my face trying to think of what to write about, when I heard a great racket coming from the front yard. There were six crows in the pines crowing louder than a Counting Crows concert. I finally had to get up to see what it was all about and looking down, I saw a fox crossing the yard. I believe the crows must have been warning the whole neighborhood that the foxes were out and about. They kept at it for about five more minutes and then dispersed one at a time. I think that crows are about the coolest birds going. As a matter of fact, they are my favorite bird. They may not be colorful and flashy, but they are sleek, elegant and intelligent and infinitely fun to watch. What is your favorite bird?