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To my delight the cool air followed me home from the Poconos. Aside from immensely enjoying the wonderful workshops and author talks, I was thrilled to escape the Florida heat and experience a few of the signs of early spring. Lady bugs were out and about, and even swarming some areas of the rustic bed and breakfast. Tiny yellow violets were beginning to blossom and soft green ground cover was just starting to spread. During a forest hike to a cascading waterfall, woodpeckers loudly pecked on the still barren trees which - to my surprise - creaked as they swayed in the wind. I don't think I have ever heard a tree creak here in Florida. Palm fronds will swish as they brush against each other but never a creak. Liking cold weather more than hot, (yes, I too wonder why I never left Florida) I was worried I would have major northern withdrawal symptoms, as I do every summer when we come home from Vermont, when I felt the oppressive balmy weather upon my return home. Our weather though has been uncharacteristically cool for mid April. It's in the mid 60's as I write this and the sun is shining. What a nice surprise! I even have the windows open, something I rarely do for fear of lizards, frogs and mosquitoes getting in the house.
Here is a photo of me and my online- now in person too :-) - writing buddy and friend, Roxanne, on our forest hike.


I have more pictures thanks to Lois at the Sterling Inn. I forgot to pack my digital camera and Lois was so nice to pick up a disposable one for me on her way into work. She also lent me a sweatshirt since I had left my jacket on the airplane, probably never to be seen again.

I'll post more pics and blurbs about the amazing Poconos retreat soon.

Happy Tax Day everyone. At least I get my husband back. (I'm still debating if that's a good or bad thing, LOL) He's a CPA.


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Apr. 15th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time. :>)

It was summery-hot here in SoCal last weekend...
Apr. 17th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It will be broiling here very soon so I'm enjoying this record cool weather.
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Can't wait to hear about the Poconos retreat!
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