When I wake up to below freezing temperatures, I get discouraged. A couple cups of coffee and a bundled stroll through the yard gives me hope. Yesterday's snow is gone, even from the shady spots in the yard. It's coming, but Mother Nature is taking her own sweet time. We're a month behind last year.
Some of the 200 daffodils on the front slope are finally poking through the soil.
Ditch lilies at the end of the driveway are showing promise.
Hyacinths are budding, finally.
An Endless Summer hydrangea on the north side of the house has been in the shade all winter. Still, it shows promise too.
The birds have stripped the neighbor's holly tree. Two weeks ago it was covered with bright red berries and bright red birds.
There won't be any baths this morning. The stream in the gully is the scene of constant chatter.
It's 40 degrees. Weather.com says we should reach the mid 50s today. By Monday, we'll see daytime highs in the 60s, for at least a week. Only three more nights of freezing weather is forecast for the next 10 days. Come on spring. Bring it on. Everyone's ready.