I brought my laptop outside to the shady deck. Thankfully the Internet followed me, because I had a full day's worth of emails and blogs to read. It was wonderful to surf from site to site while a light breeze blew through the tree next to the deck. Because of our lot's layout, the deck is in effect on the second story; the tree branches are right next to the rail, so it feels a bit like being in a forest.
Nature surrounded me. I heard dozens of birds chirping in the background. A pair of noisy squirrels caught my attention as they chased each other on the ground. Several robins were poking around in the newly-unfrozen soil. I heard a noise from the side of the house. When I looked over I saw a chipmunk sitting on it's haunches on top of the retaining wall. A female cardinal alighted on the bird feeder just a few yards away from me. We were almost at eye level. Unfortunately, when I moved she flew away.
All too soon my other obligations called, so I turned off the laptop, put it into it's sleeve, and went inside.