This morning I was able to go for a walk without dressing like Nanuk of the North and dodging mud. I found a couple of things that bring me optimism for warmer days. First, our lilac bush has buds on it. Last year we had a late hard frost and had no blooms. Am keeping my fingers crossed this doesn't happen this year. I got a closeup of a bud and was amazed to see the tiny promises of purple flowers are actually already showing.
Then I found two volunteer plants that I discovered a couple of summers ago. I'm thinking they came in via bear or bird. I haven't gone looking on line to see if I can identify them, wondering if maybe you recognize what they are. Lots of clusters of little, curly leaves and tons of nasty thorns. I'm thinking berry or perhaps currant. If you know, please share with me!
I got a message from Amazon.com yesterday. Starting May 1, it seems I probably won't be able to link to their site to show you what books I'm reading. Not that this will truly rock anyone's world, but it's been fun for me.
The ski valley closed on Sunday with tons of snow still left. Awesome year. Everyone's happy and I heard from a friend who works up there that snow boarders and skiers got along just fine during this, their first year to allow them up there. Good news all around.