I have lost all track of time. The winter has been brutally harsh this year and we have not been outside very much. Well, thankfully Mr. Otter and Benjamin, my oldest, have been able to forage some food. Otter fur is thick and warm, but it can only take so much cold. Benjamin came home from a venture with swollen paws and I had to nurse them all night. He is able to walk, but one foot looks too injured to heal. He may end up with a limp.
Bradley and Bobby have been entertaining the family with stories and skits. Their most recent was of Mr. Nibbler, a kind old porcupine, trying to scare off a fox. Bobby played Mr. Nibbler and Bradley played the fox. Mr. Nibbler ran across a pile of logs and slipped. He luckily fell safely to a lower log, but landed on his back and became stuck by his quills. The fox laughed so hard as Mr. Nibble wriggled to right himself, that he did not see the grizzly bear behind him. Mr. Otter played the part of the bear and did a fabulous job of squishing the fox to death. After a long and dramatic death scene, the bear plucked Mr. Nibbler from the log and left in search of a quiet place to nap.
I will be glad to feel the warmth of the sun on my face this Spring. I certainly hope it comes soon.