Nuthatches, finches, and chickadees are beginning to fill the bare branches of the lilac hedges, and earth is warming its way through the melting snowcover. This has not been a long winter in terms of cabin fever, but I am ready for warmth. A tumult of plans and possibilities is gradually settling into a swirling pool, eddies filling up with calm resolve to finish the degree, put the hardscrabble years behind and move into the mainstream of things I enjoy, to float along on my back, enjoying the warmth and pace of semi-retirement. Exploring. Not limited to the landscape anymore!