Don’t you agree it’s about time that spring showed its face? For pity’s sake, it was ten below zero here yesterday morning. Ten below in Blue Plum, Tennessee, and there’s two feet of snow on the ground! Brrrrr! The whole town had a snow day. I thought I’d left this kind of winter nonsense behind in central Illinois. But, then, who doesn’t love a snow day? (Well, maybe not the folks who’ve had a dozen or more this year.)
So, what did everyone do with the unexpected day off? I called around to find out – and wasn’t terribly surprised. Mel had dough for rosemary raisin bread rising. Thea was doing word puzzles. Ardis was knitting a hat and scarf. Joe was painting a small watercolor and dreaming of fishing weather.
Cold as it was, I hiked through the drifts to the Weaver’s Cat to make sure Argyle had plenty of food and water – and to see what Geneva thought of the snow. Cat and ghost were both happy to see me. Argyle left a circle of orange fur around my ankles. Geneva was glad for the company, and glad for a day that I could spend with her in the snug study up in the attic, uninterrupted by customers.
We sat in the window seat with Argyle, listening to an audio book, and I finished a piece of embroidery – a picture of Argyle with a quotation from Mark Twain, “A house without a cat, and a well-fed, well-pampered, and properly revered cat, may be a proper house, perhaps, but how can it prove its title?”
Ardis just called – she wants to give away the hat and scarf she knit! They’re soft and a lovely cherry red. The color alone will keep you warm on these bitter cold days. Leave a comment telling how you’d like to spend an unexpected day off and Ardis will choose a name at random to win the hat and scarf.
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