I saw the light

While hiking up a steep hill near me yesterday, I was thinking what a long winter it’s been.

But then aren’t they all?

The hill’s a popular one for sledding and has been a busy place this past week after a couple of back to back snow storms.

But Saturday it was empty except for me, the sun, and the trees swaying in the breeze.

It seemed most of the neighborhood children had set aside their sleds, and were busy dusting off their bicycles.

Others were already riding them through the growing puddles in the streets below.

As I stood and faced the sun shining down on the hill, I smelled the musty earth melting below my boots.

And I soon felt March’s blush of warmth on my winter weary face once again.

I even heard a flock of song birds sing a promise of spring as they flew overhead.

Sure, there’s another big snow storm coming here tomorrow, but I know spring is on the way.

How do I know?

Because yesterday I know I saw the light.

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Tink’s time out

Tinkerbell was sent to the bench this afternoon for a two minute time out.

She was caught playing ruff while participating in some chihuahua games with chi brother Rex in the snow filled backyard.

My girl moved to the snow belt just last year from sunny California and still has much to learn about snow forts and snowballs.

When her time out was up, I gave Tink a treat and told her she was the sweetest little snow angel.

I think I caught her smiling.

But I know it was the rawhide.