With some nice weather we've had lately, it reminds me again how glad I am to live in the country, on a lake, in the mountains of the Adirondacks. Even more than Thanksgiving time, springtime with warm weather symbolizes rebirth and growth.
In fact, the day I wrote this to you guys I was actually too hot sitting in the sun and had to get in the shade of a tree. It's the antithesis of my usual sun-seeking, but the warmth and humidity reminds me once again why I like all four seasons.
Speaking of seasons and time passing, it's my mom's 88th birthday Tuesday. Where does the time go?
Mom now lives in Chicago, so unfortunately, I don't get to see her in person or visit Cleveland, the city of my birth, anymore. But then, travel anywhere is hard for me these days, and with the lake, mountains and country view of my custom-made home, why would I want to go elsewhere?
Fortunately, my sister, Debbie, lives near the home where my mom is, and when Debbie visits, she uses either her cellphone or her iPad to FaceTime with me so my mom can see me and I can see her while we talk. Isn't technology wonderful? I guess you either have to embrace it, or get out of the way. I see the newspaper that is my home here at The Leader-Herald now has an all-electronic version that includes everything the print version has.
With spring turning into summer, we again welcome back our seasonal neighbors here at the lake.
A special welcome to our neighbors, Bill and Carol, who were nice enough to look after our cats and flowers while I was away recently.
It's another indicator of small-town life that people around you care enough to look after your interests when you aren't there.
As the season works toward summer, I'm seeing more boats parked along the shore of our lake and more traffic at the local diners and stores. I hope you can take advantage of the the coming summer weather here where we enjoy all four seasons. I'm thankful for every one.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com.