It is a glorious day on the tundra. The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze from the south and working outside is a gift rather than a punishment. The ice is just about gone from the bay that I live on. There are only miniature icebergs rafting across the bay and disintegrating as they hit the shore. The main part of the lake is still in ice, but its hours are numbered.
The best part of working outside today was the reappearance of all of the water birds. As soon as the ice on the bay opened three swans landed next to my dock. The loons, at least three different pairs, are swooping in and calling frantically. A squadron of Canadian geese honked as they overflew my house and circled in for a noisy landing on the bay. There are mallards, wood ducks, coots and a bunch of gulls and pelicans. All this activity started this morning and was going on all around me as I puttered on some shabby projects.
I added aged oak gel stain to a washstand that I had earlier painted red. I sanded and gel stained 8 shelves for an oak bookcase that I am going to set up at Gypsy Lea's. The top of the yellow legged antique lamp table was stained ebony and then aged oak. I have 4 other projects goings. The weather is good, the setting is fabulous and I will be getting many things done today.