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    My First Full Day in the Sun for 2006

    It was Friday the 13th in January, and I’m not superstitious about that date. It was a beautiful blue and sunny sky and I made up my mind to sit outside all day. I had actually done it the day before, but it wasn’t as sunny and I couldn’t stay out all day.

    I talked Terry into sitting outside with me. She agreed, but brought along a book to pass the time. She said I was smiling so hard it looked like my face was going to crack open. I didn’t go out in the morning, rather I waited until 2 PM, which is coincidentally after my soap opera (All My Children) ends. It’s also the time that the sun appears on my front deck.

    Terry and I saw a lot of people walking by that Friday since it was so nice out. I even had sun block on my face. Terry didn’t, but she usually doesn’t face the sun like I do. I hope this is a good sign for the upcoming spring and summer.

    I’m told that last summer was the nicest one on record here in the northeast since the 1800’s. And I can definitely believe it. Some people then said, “Well, we’ll pay for this with a hard winter.” But so far it hasn’t been that bad.

    Herman snow blows when the snow does fall. And every time after he does this, or so it seems, a big bunch slides off the roof into the driveway where he had just blown it clean.

    I haven’t been down to the beach yet, as my ramp to the beach is covered with snow. As I’m looking out there right now there are ice fishermen out and it is even hard to imagine the lake being warm enough to swim in again. Of course, I don’t actually swim. I sit in my manual wheelchair and let the water wash over me. Which is pretty nice on a hot day.

    The lake feels really good on my legs. Both because of the coolness and the wave motion that rocks them around when they won’t behave to move on their own. Which is always, these days.

    Anyway, looking forward to a mild rest of the winter. If wishes were only so easily made into reality.


    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