"How you holding up?"
"Okay, I guess. It's kind of warm. And blue."
"Winter seems to have kept its pants on."
"I like seeing the recess kids. Their energy -- it makes me feel a little less sad."
"By the way, it looks like your dream almost came true."
"The one where the squirrels are relocated in a stiff wind. Their nest has definitely shifted south."
"Clearly they skipped Proper Nest Construction 101."
"December's winds were pretty intense."
"Oh, well. Everyone deserves a home, even if their habits are not as sanitary as they could be."
"The little guys seem to be hanging in there."
"Yes, they do. And they're very quiet. A nice quality in a treehouseguest... I have to ask, are we just about there? I'm missing my leaves."
"About 69 days and 3 hours away. No time at all."
"Doable, if the sun continues to shine. You ready to sleep?"
"I think I'll watch this last inning of kickball."
The Conflicted series began here, continued here and last showed up here. I probably should have said that at the beginning.