The trees are still bare on this second day of April. I see the sun setting behind a hill on the other side of the creek. The air is still, a few bird songs linger, a neighbor walks by stepping lightly on the mulched trail so she’s barely audible. The weather forecast says temperatures will dip into the twenties tonight. I’m debating whether to light a fire or turn up the heat. So far the Merlot is keeping me warm on this first night in the Grace cabin.

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