It is May 4, 2013. The mornings are still chill, but when the breeze is still, it’s quite pleasant to sit out in the backyard. It has been quite dry over the past week, and we really are going to need some rain soon, but having the sunny, spring weather has been a real gift. This year is the first year I’ve been able to enjoy the morning beauty of the pond resplendent with its border of violets. I miss teaching and the kinship with students and other teachers, but having time to putz around my kitchen and look out the window at this view helps me to cope.