3:13:48 PM

It was warm all last night, just below 40°F, so the pond ice
melted again, and birds and squirrels are out by the dozens. But the
clouds are thick and brooding, so it’s hard to get too motivated to
work outside. Jenny and I helped a neighbor clear her gutters, but
I didn’t have the heart to start digging and moving manure again –
maybe tomorrow.

A couple of crows have come back to the neighborhood, which I’m happy
to see after so many died last year from the West Nile virus. They
look healthy, too – gleaming black plumage, strong voices and
wings. When so much seems to fade away, they stand out, vivid.