It was worthwhile for us to make the trip to Carbondale, despite the cold, snow and ice we encountered during our travels. Seeing our grandson was worth it all. Nathaniel is now one years old, and as yet not walking. He, however, can balance himself very well when standing. He just has to learn that walking is not possible when he is chattering and waving his arm around!
We hated to leave Carbondale, but my spirits felt a lift Friday once we crossed the Florida line and started seeing a green world after all the gray landscape of the Midwest. Spring is in bloom in northern Florida. Also, what I noticed right away, is the presence of many small puddles, and ponds which is characteristic of Florida- and, along with that, the many wading birds. One egret flew above are car soon after we entered the state, and more could be seen hanging out in the watery ditches alongside the highway.