Things have been coming alive recently - camellias in bloom, daffodils about to open, wild violets popping up through the grass, bright green leaves on the lilac tree - and it's easy to forget it's actually still winter.  Driving to Mt. Hood on Sunday was a quick reminder.  We ended up at the Tamanawas trailhead, a favorite hike of ours.  Under a clear blue sky and a golden sun that occasionally made its way down through the towering trees, we hiked until the snow got deeper and colder and wetter than we were prepared for.  We didn't make it to the falls this time, but oh, what a beautiful day.  

  • Alive Inside.  I was a social work major for a while during my brief time in college and I wanted to work with the elderly.  I did volunteer work at nursing homes and was always so saddened to see spirit and light missing in so many eyes.  This film made my heart want to burst.
  • On The Way To School.  Thor only watched part of this with us, but it was an eye-opener for him.  
  • The Man In The High Castle.  The US lost WWII and the Nazi Reich and Japanese Pacific States rule the country. 

With spring in the air, we're starting to plan our garden.  Time always seems to slip away from me and before I know it, it's way late to plant certain things I had "planned."  I've never started seed trays inside, but I may try that in the next few weeks to ensure timeliness.  We want less lawn and more garden this year!  Hopefully we can get at least two more beds put in.  I'm already dreaming of tomatoes and more tomatoes, but this year I'd really like to focus on more flowers, too.  Ah, spring.  Let's do this...

I hope your late winter/early spring is treating you kindly, and that you are filled with dreams of growing things, too.  
by mlekoshi