The sudden cold this week shocked us into spending too much time
indoors. We had to walk it off and breathe in some clean, fresh,
unheated air for a change. The sun was bright, but even the bigger
lakes around us are freezing over. Birds cluster in any open water
Our own little pond is covered with ice. Just as I was thinking
it looked like amber with leaves frozen inside, I spotted a
two-inch-long painted turtle, not in the ice, but on top of it. I
brought him inside in the futile hope that he might just be cold,
but he was dead. I returned him to the outdoors after taking this
I hope our pond can help support a few living turtles next year.
Later we had a couple of impromptu dinner guests, but it was
still relaxed, informal – a pleasure to share food and friendship
for a few hours. We sent them home with a fresh-baked loaf of bread,
hot out of the oven (good thing I made two! ).