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    There’s Finally Light at the End of the Tunnel

    So I can finally see the light to Spring. Forget that it has snowed here in April before! In exactly two weeks from today it will officially be Spring. I didn’t go to Florida this year. The condo my Mom got wasn’t accessible and, horrors, it wasn’t even near the beach.

    This is the first year my Mom went to the east coast of Florida instead of the Gulf Coast. And I’m not quite sure she was satisfied with her decision. I know it had to do with saving a lot of money, but what is a vacation about if you can’t enjoy it?

    Much as I do, my Mom loves the warmth. So at least she has that down there. I spoke to her a few weeks ago, and was describing to her the ice car races on the lake we have here at Caroga. It never fails to amaze me how all those cars, trucks and trailers can park on the ice without going through into the water. Herman tells me there are a couple of hundred tons of automotive equipment out there. I wouldn’t want to even go out there in my wheelchair, let alone driving a vehicle.

    It’s been so cold here the past two weeks, that the day I’m writing this (January 30th) the 32F and calm sunny day seems like a real warm-up. I spent most of the afternoon sunning in the front window, and it may not be the beach in Florida, but it was pretty good.

    Let me give you an update on my gas stove. We use it to heat the whole house. It’s called a Berkshire and has a very nice, lifelike visible flame when it’s working properly, which it hasn’t this season. The service man Bob has been here several times to the point that Ralph, the owner of Pine Lake Stoves, has decided to replace the stove-a last resort. I’ll let you know how that works out. (As of February 28th, when I’m sending this into the newspaper, the stove seems to be working better. Who knows? We’ll just wait and see.)

    We all have different priorities. Today (January 30th, again, as I said) the first elections in Iraq in fifty years are being held, cleanup after over 150,000 confirmed dead from the tsunami continues and we face another four years with Bush at the helm. But I am thinking about Florida, our gas stove and the great feelings my dog and cats give me.

    Speaking of my pets, as I lay down last night Sally my little black kitten snuggled up to me on the pillow and just purred away. This is how I fell asleep. I’m usually watching television as I drift off and I must say being serenaded by Sally was much better.

    So for next year I hope to get to an accessible place in Florida in the mid-winter and hopefully there won’t be so much devastation in the world around us. But uppermost in my mind is a sweet kitten purring in my ear.

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