Normally I love Winter. I love the contrast of the bare limbs of the deciduous trees and the lush fullness of the evergreens, the sounds of foxes crying for mates, the owls hooting in the night and the crystal clear night sky with some of the most beautiful and recognizable constellations in the Northern hemisphere. Orion rises high, glowing bright with its two first magnitude stars, one of easiest of the constellations to learn.
But this year its different. It’s mid January and already I can’t wait for the month and indeed winter to be over. Winter has not even been that bad here in the DC Metro area. So many other regions have had it so much worse this season that to complain about what little harsh weather we have had seems like whining. But these last few months have been filled full of stress and anxiety over health issues, mine and others, that I am looking forward to Spring.
I can’t wait for the new buds, returning warm weather and longer days that herald the return of the season of renewal and new beginnings. My gardens start to come alive, the birds are singing for mates and territory as nest building begins. Winston and I can once again count on our daily walks around the neighborhood. Ice, wind, and the cold keep me inside for a number of reasons and Winston stays with me in total agreement.
When the weather is agreeable out we go. He loves his walks as much as I do, actually more. His steps are jaunty as we step out the door, his head on a swivel and that marvelous natural tail is on a constant wag. I have never had a terrier before with a natural tail as other my rescues, Kirby and Willow included, came with the typical terrier docked tail, one that comes with the birth of the terrier breeds. A docked tail that was used to pull the dogs out of the holes and places where they had run their prey to ground.
Now those little tails can wag, don’t get me wrong because they can wag up a storm. But Winston’s ? When a rabbit is spotted, he is in ecstasy and around and around it goes until it starts to resemble a helicopter ready to lift off. A most amazing sight, one guaranteed to lift one’s spirits and brighten the day in an instant. This spring will be our first Spring together. I can’t wait to see his reactions to our first walks into a new season and all that it brings. Come on, Spring!
Now here are the books to be reviewed this week:
Monday, Jan. 13: Horsing Around Anthology
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Tread Marks and Trademarks by S.A. McAuley
Wed., Jan. 15: The Lightning Moon by Silvia A. Winters
Thurs, Jan. 16: Tor (WWF #1) by Lynn Lorenz
Friday, Jan. 17: Ashland (WWF#2) by Lynn Lorenz
Sat., Jan. 18: The Actor and the Thief by Edward Kendricks