There was just the dimmest of dim light in the eastern sky when I woke up this morning. I've been enjoying the sunrise every day on my way to work, and I'll be happy to enjoy them all over again! It's predicted that we'll be flirting with 40F by mid-week. There's still very thick ice all around, so the warm, sunny weather is most welcome.
I encountered some of that dangerous ice while walking yesterday. There was a very small window for clearing walkways one day when the sky spewed forth nearly every type of precipitation, and it turned to solid ice if no one was around. There have also been shortages of salt, as well as conservation measures, so roadways are even worse.
I took the dog -- and my camera -- for a walk before supper last night. This Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was in the window of an old hardware store downtown, along with some other items, and a sign stating that items in the window were for sale and with a name and phone number to call. It was a strange collection of things, and all very dirty. It humors me that they didn't even bother dusting anything off (the lens looks like milkglass!), so the broken bit of feather in the flash barely raised an eyebrow. The building's owner died several months ago, following a long illnes. The store has always been a curiosity, looking lost in time -- with the inventory to prove it -- for the entire time we've lived here. Every spring, though, like clockwork, tomato and pepper seedlings in flats would appear in the windows. Not this year. The store is for sale. It needs an amazing amount of work and will certainly be a money pot... or I'd be there. It's relatively untouched -- which means that it hasn't been monkeyed with, but neither has some very important, basic and routine maintenance been done. The things that make me long for it are the tin ceiling, the hardwood floor, the big glass windows in the entry, the beadboard, display cabinets all along the wall, and the twin storefronts. I would guess there are at least two apartments upstairs, too.