This is the time of year we refer to as "The Doldrums". The Holidays are over and so are the breeding groups. Lambing isn't until April. And on top of it all, it's too cold outside to really get interested in anything. Seed catalogs come regularly in the mail, but it's even too early to start seeds for our very short growing season.
This is the time of year I really appreciate either a trip to Las Vegas with all it's bright lights and colors, or the fact that some of the orchids I have begin to bloom.
The first picture is of an orchid my DH gave me. It's a "Bellara Tahoma Glacier 'Green'" and does have a bit of a scent. This one always blooms at this time of year, along with a dendrobium that my late father gave me (but I couldn't get a good picture of it today). I also have a sunset-colored phalanopsis getting ready to bloom - it's sent up four, yes, four, flower stalks and should be breath-taking when it does bloom.
What is almost overwhelming right now are the citrus trees I have indoors. My Calamondin Orange is just loaded with fragrant blossoms as well as green fruits of all sizes. When you walk in the front door all you smell are orange blossoms. It's very up-lifting for both soul and spirit on these cold days when all I can think about is being outside in the garden or with the sheep.
I have just realized that all of my morning chores are done...the sheep are fed and out, laundry is going, my DH has eaten breakfast and is, as I write this, outside on the garden tractor with the snowblower attachment. He's even clearing paths to the barn and from the barn to the compost pile (Is this a hint? Do I need to clean the barn again?). I actually have some time to spin today. My only problem is deciding which wonderful fiber to work with.
So many choices. Oh, bother! :)