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    Stir Crazy in Caroga Lake

    It seems that everything I attempt to do these days I tire of immediately and am onto the next. But what then happens, I tire of the new thing too. I think it must have something to do with getting spring fever.

    I was speaking to my sister in Chicago just the other day, when she asked how the weather was up here. When I informed her that we still had snow (I’m writing this on April 5th in the calm before the next ice storm hits) she could not believe it.

    Herman’s standard greeting on days like this when he goes to pick up our mail at the post office is, "Well, it’s another beautiful day here in paradise." At which point I usually roll my eyes. He apparently thinks his sarcasm is funny.

    I am anxiously awaiting sunny, mild days so I can get on the beach with my selection of two piece swim suits. But looking out the window right now, it seems to be far away. The only way I can describe the weather today is "gray." Except for all the white, that is, and there’s plenty of that.

    I’ve actually been going to the sun booth on a fairly regular basis, as there has been no sun to speak of. Florida seems like a far away memory, and it was only a couple of weeks ago.

    Speaking of Florida, I spoke to my mom a couple of nights ago, and she made it back safe and sound to Cleveland. When I asked her how the ride was, her answer was, "fine." I think Herman would be willing to drive back down there, but I will never do it again.

    Mom sent me a piece of Florida by way of some crab cakes packed in dry ice. Herman and I tried them last night and I’m happy to report they were delicious. If only I’d had some warm sunshine and a view of the ocean to go with them as I did in Florida.

    And maybe that’s where this restlessness is really coming from. Having been prematurely in the warmth of spring by way of my visit to Florida, I can’t wait for the real thing.

    But wait I will and hopefully it will pay off with an outstanding spring and summer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. And so is Herman. After all, sunshine and warmth is the only thing that really calms me down and out of his hair. And that’s a direct quote.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"