It’s a new month and I am happy that January passed by without too much in the way of cold, snow, and ice.

We moved to Ottawa in mid-December and were worried that we’d freeze.  But the weather has been mild (for Ottawa) and the free buses have been great.  I think that with very few exceptions, we have been on the bus every free day since we got here.  We even ventured out last week in the middle of freezing rain.  It was a skating rink out there and we inched along like two penguins and made it to the bus.  From there it was indoors all the way as the bus stops indoors at an indoor mall.

Tonight I am having the second monthly arts and crafts night at my house.  I had the first one shortly after New Year’s with two of my daughters and my sister.  It was fun but I wasn’t really prepared, since I had no tables, and only one small lamp.  My daughters were on the floor, one scrapbooking and the other crocheting.  My sister and I just sat on chairs and talked!

Now I am all set up for the girls.  This time my two daughters are coming and I have invited my cousin and her daughter as well.  I have five lamps and a nice large table as well as a couple of portable ones.  I have a rocking chair for the knitters and/or crocheters.  I’ll try to take some photos for the blog.

February is also my birthday month although why anyone would want to be born in this month is beyond me.  It is so cold!!!!  Hubby and I are planning to go out to dinner on Friday (the big day) on the free buses.  I will be 67 on Friday and I realize I am breathing down the neck of 70!!!  Wasn’t I a teenager just a few years ago?

February is a short month, even with the extra day this year, and I like that.  Because March is the month when the snow disappears (by the end of the month I always say), and my daughters and I look for the first robin of spring.  The flowers will start to pop up and everything is new again.

“For lo the winter is past, the rain (snow) is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove (robin) is heard in our land.”  Song of Solomon 2:11, 12.

The words in brackets are mine.

Yes, spring is really coming!!!  I can feel it.