A wet and dreary start to the work day. If this is our January thaw, it’s started way too early and gone on for much longer than is usual. Mud is not usually a feature of winter. The snow is all gone, except for a few small patches near the cabin. It's breezy, but warm! I don't like it. No sir, I don't like it at all.
Since I’m no longer trapped by skating rink quality ice in the driveway, I gave both Dog and Baby Dog decent walks this morning before work. Dog and I took a turn around the old snowmaking pond. The sky was so black with heavy rain clouds that I could barely see. Even a new moon sky is brighter.
I’ve heard reports that a snowy owl is visiting Berks County Pa. this year. This is the first one that I know of since the one I saw near Foglesville Pa. in 1996. I still have a picture of that one sitting on the roof of a heavy equipment manufacturer, gazing down at the birders directly below it, unconcerned with our presence.