Our Blue Spruce in the back yard is decorated for Christmas. It warmed up enough this afternoon that there are little ice cycles hanging from the limbs. It is beautiful. Carolyn & Julie gave me the tree for a Father's Day gift many years ago when it was about 15" high. We have enjoyed it over the years. While we were having lunch this noon a Cardinal was sitting on one of the snow covered branches. It has been a popular nesting site for birds of various species. Last Sunday was the annual Bird Count here in Seward. We were all prepared with our sheet to fill out but the wind was blustery and we didn't see a single bird. Had it been today, we could have listed 8-10 species. We got mail and papers today and got downtown so things are getting back to normal. School was closed again today which meant that the Basketball games against Elkhorn were postponed. The girls have done real well by winning 3 games against good competition after their 104 winning streak was broken by Pius X recently.