Babs defines February for you

Posted on February 24, 2014


I am in receipt of the latest Michigan Pic from Babs.  She captured a typical February day on the ribbon roads of Antrim County, and shows you better than I ever could why Miss Sadie, the Cowboy and I have not been out and about in the car so much.

Ribbon road in February 2014

On the other hand, some February days can draw a person outdoors for a good walk (especially if she keeps dogs).  Babs sent this view of the Flat Road a week ago:

Sunny day on the Flat Road - February 2014

I find that quite inviting.  Of course, what most of us long for right about now is a little vacation someplace warm and sunny.  Babs went to Key West.  Now she’s back, and she brought you this souvenir from her visit to Fort Jefferson:

Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

She described it this way:

This is Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Key West. Construction began on this fort in 1846 and continued for 30 years, but it was never completed. During the Civil War this fort was used by the Union Army to house prisoners including four who were convicted of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination–including Dr. Samuel Mudd. Pretty amazing place.

And so we come full circle to my beloved Civil War veterans.  Not that any of them ever spent any time at–or in–Fort Jefferson.  No indeed.  Instead they were up here cutting down large trees with hand tools and disputing with the bears for provisions.  Extraordinary people.

Fortunately March will blow in on Saturday, and if March is here, the snowbirds will be not so very far behind.  Which reminds me.  Dear Snowbirds: If you plan to have beautiful flowers at your house this summer, you should be sure to order your geraniums from Loraine Mottern by Friday.  I will give you a handy link: Preserving the Wilkinson House one geranium at a time.