John and I did find time recently to sneak away and soak in a couple of hot springs: one old favorite and one new one. So take a peek at our photograph in "Where in the world are John and Nancy #4?" on our home page and see if you can be the first to figure out where we are for a free night for two at the motel. We enjoy sharing one of our favorite pastimes with all of you!
Now the daffodils are beginning to bloom in the flowerbeds and the snow has disappeared from town. The first robin showed up on February 10th this year! I think I'll be able to hang the sheets on the line again this weekend, and to hike in my beloved mountains soon.
So here's a poem you might enjoy about winter's last snowfall:
The Last Winter Storm
Birds like pepper sprinkled on a winter sky, dive and twist
as grey-brown branches stir,
tearing the grey-white depths into jagged layers.
The clouds regroup, piling one atop another,
shoving and squeezing
billowing into shades of angry grey.
Dark and ominous in their hurry to stuff the narrow valley
and overfill every meandering canyon,
the blackening clouds expand,
drawing strength from strength,
inhaling with a growing wind,
intensity and power.
Then the silent blast begins,
as thickly, quickly,
the mute whiteness surrounds and reshapes
the dirty brown remains of previous storms.
Long, lovely minutes stretch into a magical hour until
suddenly still, the air, crystal clear,
carries tinkling laughter,
and the whiteness blinds as shards of twinkling crystal
burst in all directions.
The sky flaunts her new blue robe
with the golden orb about her neck.
The heavy trees bow to her beauty,
then toss their limbs high toward her
as they shake off the twinkling crystal dust
and laugh their tinkling bell laughter.
Robin Redbreast stands fluffed and perturbed
in a sheltered spot,
indignant at being caught yet again—
greedy to be the first red robin spotted
on the greening grass.