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    The Shortest Month of the Year

    There’s only two more days left in this month, the shortest of the year. But somehow, being in winter, it still seems to drag.  Being always optimistic, however, the next column you read will be March 5th, which should kick off some warmer temperatures. 

    Now, Herman reminds me that some of our worst snow storms have come in March. He is like that, always looking for a flaw in my thinking. But I’m looking towards the ice melting off the lake in April and the beach time to come. 

    Herman just turned 58 this January, and I’ll be 46 this April. I can’t believe I’m getting close to the big 5-0. But my plan is to always stay young at heart. Even Herman was joking around about what he plans to do when he “grows up.” It’s not a bad thing to never grow up, as far as I’m concerned. I always say I’m seven.

    As I’m writing this to you, on January 21st, the lights are flickering and there’s a terrible storm outside. Herman keeps telling me to abandon this column writing because we’ll lose power soon. So what we’re doing instead is saving the text on the computer every few lines.

    At least its coming down as rain instead of snow today. Which is fine with me, although maybe not so fine for the skiers and snowmobilers. Herman and I actually saw some ice fishermen standing out on the lake this morning. There was standing water on the ice, but they were out there getting rained on all the same. I’m not sure what that’s about.

    I’ve been near the fireplace with a book lately. I’ve been reading one or two books a week and going through authors I really enjoy. Lately, Its been Jodi Picoult. I highly recommend her to you. She writes about the human condition expressed in her characters’ lives. To date I’ve read all but one of her books which is due out in March. I ordered it this morning on Amazon.com and it will be sent as soon as it’s released.

    Whoever thought up Amazon certainly had the right idea. I’ve even gotten cat litter through their Web site, although I’ve found a closer source and save on shipping now. You don’t want to know what shipping on cat litter costs!

    So, that’s it for my winter time activities and thoughts and looking towards spring. It can only get better from here on.

     

    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