Hints of Spring....and other Things


After sub-arctic temperatures for the few weeks here in the Philadelphia region, we were blessed with a weekend with highs in the upper 50s. Hints of spring are in the air - even if only temporarily...I was able to putz around in the backyard, followed by seven curious hens and one black lab - all of them looking for treats such as pieces of bread, cheese or maybe even some warm grits. Who knew hens eat grits?!!?!? Heck - hens are basically goats without teeth. And, my black lab was surely a goat in a former life.

I am sure that the warmer temps will be short-lived, but it was a nice antidote for what had become my 'Eskimo-esque" way of dressing and living. Along with a gloriously sunny and warmer Monday I learned that one of my favorite artists, Brandi Carlile will be doing a short acoustic tour in March and April. I am looking forward to reconnecting with my group of music-lovin' friends for a bit of a road trip (from PA to MD to VA and back). Nothing warms my soul more than good music paired with good friends. For tour dates and other information visit MySpace.

Over Spring Break, we are headed to our favorite cabin in the Poconos for a bit of R&R. This small cabin, built in the 1920s, is the perfect respite for our weary souls and two dogs. We spend our time there reading, listening to music, playing board games and exploring the hollow where the cabin was built. Nothing is more relaxing than watching the dogs romp in the creek that borders the property and track critters in the woods.

In mid-April I am headed to Chicago for a work-related conference hosted by The Center for Summer Learning and I look forward to exploring the city a bit. Aside from O'Hare airport, I've never been to the Windy City. If any of you have tips for touring Chicago, send them my way! Finishing off April will be a show at the Sellersville Theatre showcasing the immensely talented Jonatha Brooke. Her music soothes my soul and has gotten me through many rough patches. She's been posting journal entries on her website with regularity and I find them inspiring, whimsical and downright fun. Check them out when you get a chance.


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