The coyotes were in several slides of the motion camera's memory. Do they notice a change in the weather that arouses threat? What of the bears that come thru on their circuits? Are they sleeping less in the winter? Winters 40 years ago were strikingly more severe. I can remember several snow storms with 2 1/2 to 3 feet of snow. And hardly a winter passed without electrical outages of days. Broken water pipes. Excellent sledding! What I notice most clearly is the loss of bird life. Less song in the woods on my walks. Ah, here a bobcat.
It was a wonderful Christmas, beginning in Houston with an exceptional sushi dinner and time with Fia and Jen and Ez before we left for DR. The condo we rented fronted Playa Bonita, the end of the curve by the river which empties into the Atlantic. Baldwin, Mindy, Pearl and True played every day of the almost two weeks; we fixed delicious dinners or went out. Only one mostly rainy day. The day after Christmas we went out on Brycie and Kenny's boat. A beautiful day, we took turns kayaking to a river on the island we anchored by, visiting a cave and visiting another small island. I could hardly stop smiling with family all together - my heart full full full. Baldwin had a brilliant idea of flipping the puzzle we'd finished (Santa Express) and then he drew a wonderful picture which we all helped to color. When completed we dismantled the puzzle and reassembled it - now it is in my puzzle closet.