The winter hasn't been all that severe (yet!), but my garden Buddha seems to have lost his arms in the last wind storm. I can't find them anywhere. Additionally, it looks as if he'll need a new paint job come spring. Nonetheless, I can always count on this guy with the truly hefty belly for good humor and an unfailing smile, and he seems quite content to wait out the winter outside. Way to go, enlightened but tarnished one! I laugh with you every time I walk by...
Two extremely warm days make me extremely suspicious that freezing butt weather could be on the way. I'm alone at The Farm now, officially declaring the holidays have come to an end since Samuel and Megan have gone back to school, Eliza's off for her two-week stay with her dad, and the rest of the farm family has scattered back across the country. It's quiet here, so quiet I find myself ready for bed by 9:30 PM.
Return to work has been bearable thanks to the presence of Mary Ann and students who seem happy to see me. I am a bit dull of brain until late morning--actually until about the time I finish my last class. I bumble about like Inspecteur Clousseau and am good for a few laughs along the way. I didn't realize until I got to the office today that I pulled the slacks I wore today out of the dirty clothes. One didn't have to look too closely to see the coffee and dirt stains down the legs of my pants...OOPS!!
On a final note, if anyone hasn't yet checked in on Daily Coyote, I again recommend this blog as one of the best in the world. Go to http://www.dailycoyote.blogspot.com/, and I promise you'll fall in love with Charlie, Eli, and Shreve...It's a great read, and I'm sure their story will be a movie some day. Enjoy!