5:00 p.m. It’s a dark, cold day (30 degrees out at the moment), but I wanted to get out before supper so I hiked up to Bob’s big pond just to see what it looked like without ice. I flushed SIX WOOD DUCKS the moment I arrived! Once I was out of the house, I decided to do a quick figure eight — up to my Thinking Bench, on up into the woods, back down to the Museum parking lot, over to the Retreat, and back home by way of the brook. I found a cell phone, of all things, near the bridge.