I leave for Barrow tomorrow

Going home for a few days. Back to Barrow where winter knows how to be winter.  Back to the arctic air that invigorates me in ways I can’t fully explain.  It’s like I’m breathing right again when I get my first hit of that cold air.  My animals will be with my regular housesitter who treats them so well.  All of us who own animals probably have a person like this, a person we trust our precious creatures to who cares for them in our absence so that we don’t have to worry and can just enjoy ourselves.  Over the many years I’ve owned animals, lots of these wonderful people have passed through my life and home and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them…except possibly for Sam.  But that’s a whole other story.

Anyway, probably won’t post till I get back to my desk on Thursday. But, if I’ve hit all the right buttons, my column will magically appear on Wednesday after the paper is out.  Enjoy. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do till then.