I thought I would share a couple of the more cheerful, colorful aspects of this past weekend holiday with you.
This first picture is of a Christmas Cactus I have had for years. I should name it "Old Faithful" as it begins to bloom around Halloween continuing up to and usually through Easter. I had been worried about it as most of my plants suffered during my stay in the hospital last June and afterward. Poor guys. I feel like this plant came through just to let me know that they all hung in there for me. Now if the orchids will get off their (ahem!) backsides and follow suit!
Next we have a lovely bunch of Daffodils. While friends like Tina and Michelle have had many things bloom at their places, I have had to console myself with bought daffodils from a local grocery store. The nice thing about these is they have a wonderful fragrance. And a bonus is that none of the cats seem to want to munch on them.
We have also had quite a few active birds around. I've been waiting for the Western Bluebirds to start moving through - a sure sign of impending spring here in the mountains, but have had to "make do" with Mr. House Finch singing his beautiful little heart out trying to impress the Mrs. He's been here for a number of years (or maybe his son?) and every morning will sit by the kitchen door, serenading me with his beautiful renditions. As summer comes closer, his feathers will become much brighter in color. Sometimes, Bran will sit on a nearby telephone pole and try singing base along with the finches song. But he just can't cut the mustard like Mr. H. Finch!
That's OK, Bran...I'll still talk to just you down at the barn. I'm ready for another lesson in Raven. Are you ready to teach one?