"Rejoice! Be joyful! The purpose of life is joy. You should feel joyful for the sky, the sun, the stars, the grass, the trees, the animals, and the people you meet. Be more like children-always be joyful." -Tolstoy
It was a beautiful day here in the Austrian countryside. A fine, powdery snow covering the rooftops, glistening like crystals. Smoke rose from the houses tucked into the hillside. We took a walk into the tawny fields, spotted with snow and ice which looked almost like sea foam. The evening sky was pale lemon, then apricot, then a dusty pink, as the sun sank below the perfectly even horizon of naked, charcoal-coloured trees.
Coming back home was a joy. After washing the salt which they cover the sidewalks with from Kiki's paws, we got into our pjs and plopped onto the couch. This first week of January is restful; much sleeping, eating, day dreaming. Once Ramon goes back to work, Kiki and I will have more adventurous walks, and I'll get back to my painting. There is something to be said for a regular schedule. But for now we are enjoying living like cats.