"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What March Looks Like

March is coming in like a lamb--by New England standards. It's sunny and bright--but we're enduring a bitterly cold spell.

This is traditionally our snowiest month. We're expecting a few more inches tomorrow, no big deal. At least the birthday forecast looks clear, which means I'll have an outing. Probably to Maine.

For a few days now we've had a visiting cardinal. This is very exciting for us. Although they hang out close by, up near the big pasture, they rarely--as in once or twice a year--venture into our more thickly wooded territory. I'm guessing the frigid temperatures might have something to do with his appearance, not to mention the constant supply of safflower seed. He's feeding on the ground, but also perches on the feeder.

At this moment a flock of robins are eating the red winterberries outside my office window. They winter over in New England, but we don't usually see them round here until later in March.


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