This morning I stepped outside to sunshine and heavy humid air. Along the western horizon I could see dark clouds moving slowly east. Black birds were pushing aside wet leaves in an attempt to find worms that had felt the warmth and slithered to the surface. I wondered how many they actually found. Or was my guess of worms wrong and they were eating seeds, or larva. The ground was still a solid block of ice, later on I will have to crawl around and check out the area myself…
I shuffled over the leaves and the black birds scattered as I passed by.
The low area of the path had gotten muddier over night. Even now, the ice and snow melted under the glare of warm sunshine. The thick broken ice became more of an obstacle course than an uncomplicated walk. At least the ice held the sharp sticks as I slipped over them. The mud, black and slippery, allowed the one to two inches of broken and cut sticks and grass, the opportunity to puncture my boots.
Walking through this area took more time than it had yesterday. Uriah became impatient and ran on ahead. He had disappeared into the trees by the time I started walking up the slight incline. I moved south, then east, straight into the un-melted snow.
The distinct smell of skunk wafted around the trees, I glanced around and didn’t see him. I decided, that it was a smart idea to leave, while I could still taste and smell.
The birds were very vocal again today. Their songs intermingled into a sweet sound of spring. I stood next to a knocked down fence post and closed my eyes and listened.
A train was heading through the town; the wind blew straight at me from the south, bringing every clack-clack and heavy thudding sound clear as a bell into my universe. I turned on my camera and started the video; I was only able to capture a sixteen second piece of geese flying over head, before the camera flashed low battery and shut off.
Ooops! I forgot to recharge the battery last night. I slipped the camera back into its case and started walking home.
A breeze kicked up around me, low to the ground. I smiled, and looked up at the tree tops, enjoying the warmer air. Then I started to sneeze, and sneeze and sneeze and sneeze. I’m allergic to mold! When we have a heavy rain that hangs around for a few days or like today, slow melting snow… That’s when mold appears and I start sneezing, eyes watering and I sound very congested.
I stopped my trek to admire some bright green moss I had found yesterday under a tree. (I had taken a picture.) That tree had mold growing along its trunk… Oh well!
By the time I reached the house the sun had disappeared behind heavy dark grey clouds.
If it was possible it felt like the air had doubled in humidity. At least I stopped sneezing…