After the thaw winter came back with a (cold)snap. It threw some more snow on us (making going a snow covered, iced over and sleek surface very...... exciting at times) and temperatures plummeted to -18C this morning. During the day and in the sun temperatures reached +15C only yesterday!!
The color of the sunlight is changing, going from a bleak white to a darker and much more warming yellow. The days have lengthened very noticeably already too! At least 1 hour in both the morning and the afternoon. The kids do not need flashlights anymore, when going to and coming home from the schoolbus.
However there are some issues with Lester and the cats. Our big, red one has things sorted out.... sort of. Lester will not get to pushy with him no more. He made sure of that and if Lester is in doubt, he just needs to look at his nose. No, the main issue is with our black cat. Although he too has quite the stare, he lacks the physical appearance and prowess to stand up to Lester, when he gets pushy again. Like last night, when Eddie, our black cat, wanted some affection and got onto my lap. Lester came close, nice and easy, and when he reached Eddie he shoved his nose under the cat and even nipped his paw! For Eddie there seemed only one way out; panic and flee... which he did.... using my chest as a launching pad. Didn't work out too well.
For me that is....
During that period of thaw the birds became quite vocal; calling and singing, claiming their territories, chasing each other through the trees, at least as far as the blue and great tits are concerned. There was a green woodpecker right next to the house, calling and hammering away and other species of woodpeckers are making their presence heard as well.
Ahhh the promises of spring..... But it'll be a while still, before we can really enjoy that! But temperatures are on the rise again and thaw is expected to return next weekend. More slippery, slushy misery....
And speaking of misery, I have to admit that I am quite worried about our near future. Looking at what has been and is going on these days (conflicts, refugees, civil unrest and finances/banking) and in what pace things are developing I can not help but wonder when things will go wrong.... horribly wrong. Tension within society just has been building and building. Something has to give.... All it needs is the right trigger.
Maybe it has something to do with the upcoming changing of the season, but I have had this feeling for a while now and it is only getting stronger. So no.... I think I can rule out winter depression.
Maybe it is just a severe case of I.C.I............. Insufficient Chocolate Intake...
from the livingroom window