Saturday, March 17, 2007

More Snow!

Well winter hasn't given up on us yet. Vermont is scheduled to get between 10"-20" of snow over the course of the day. I don't think we'll get too much (we've got about 6" so far) as the snow is very heavy and coming down more like sleet at this point.

All this after we had started to see patches of grass poking through the snow and just the first hint of that Spring smell that makes you go outside and breathe deeply. As Dad says, despite what happens today, the back of Winter has been broken and Spring is inevitable now.

I'm just about ready for that.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Time Out!

We just returned from a week on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. It was a fantastic time-out for us in a beautiful setting. This is the view from the cottage we enjoyed last week.

The trip underscored the need to get away periodically. We both came back with slightly different perspectives on so many things and some energy and ideas. All this from mostly doing nothing for a week!

Actually we did snorkel almost every day and it was unbelievable. For those of us who are used to the grey colors you see snorkeling in New England lakes, this was a wonderland. We saw a huge variety of fish, several huge schools of fish, and colors like you see in National Geographic.

One bit of wildlife we did not anticipate was the tarantula that we discovered upon returning to our cottage one evening. We came into the room looking for geckos that sometimes would show up high on the walls and instead found this fellow. Though we determined that tarantulas are not common in these parts, we scanned the room carefully thereafter!