I'd thought to show you pictures of the January thaw. But, there weren't any walks for me the past week, and now it is February. I've had a terrific cold, perhaps enhanced by the H1N1 flu shot that I got at a free clinic. I was down for the count by 7:30 that evening. Coincidence, probably. None the less, walking in the cold and wind with aches and chills, didn't happen. The thaw continued without me. Almost. Most of the thaw is extra work; raking snow from the roof, chipping away heavier ice packs to free up the walks and drive and pushing away accumulating slush when it finally melts. One part, my favorite to be sure, is the formation of icicles. Big, shining, light refracting stalactites of frozen water. I know that icicles and stalactites are different in composition, but they are alike too. It is an interesting article. Early in the thaw, as I do every winter if the icicles are large enough, I filled my planters with frozen light catchers.