Sunday, February 02, 2014


I consider this date – Candlemas, Groundhog Day, or whatever name you prefer – to be the beginning of Spring. It lies half-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, both of which I would call the midpoints of their respective seasons.

It was quite foggy this morning so I did not see my shadow. The end of the cold? Oh well, this is Florida so I wouldn’t expect much more wintry weather anyway. It certainly has felt spring-like the last couple days, after those  two arctic incursions.

So it is time to get out and about. I need to get my vehicle situation straightened out some — I’m still running my twenty year old Ford Ranger, almost at 200,000 miles, and hope to for some time more. If it dies, who knows what I could afford as a replacement?

As a backup plan, I bought a bicycle, a fairly nice Essex Windsor single-speed with luggage racks, that I can use to travel the three miles or so to Graceville if need be. I could get by indefinitely without going farther, not that I would want to!

In other news, I am ‘fostering’ a pit-mix that showed up starved and somewhat beaten-up. He is a very nice and obedient fellow, especially compared to my willful Tucky (that’s border collies for you), but I do not think I can take care of him long-term. If anyone out there wants an amber-eyed buddy, let me know!

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