I'm loving today's blue skies and a thermometer that hovered near 70. It's enough to make me think that spring really will come one of these days. The Japanese magnolia is even more anxious than I am. See the pink tips of the flowers starting to open. Silly thing; we aren't likely done with winter yet.
I'm loving washing away the accumulation of dirt that's managed to build up on my car. It's been too long since it's last bath and while I hate the grime, I hate being cold worse. Warm sunshine and some soap and water fixed that problem and now my ride shines like new.
I'm loving recalling on our day with friends Tom and Durlene on Friday Friday but then I love recalling most of our times together. We laughed at old memories and made some new ones to laugh about next time we're together. Their time in Florida has gone much too quickly.
I'm loving the reveal when we open the rock tumbler each week. There's a whole post coming on this soon but we have to get one batch through all the steps to show the before and after. Yes, it's nerdy but it's fun too.
I'm loving getting some of the winter kill cut back and into the barrel. There are Mexican petunia and plumbago in this bed, both of which will come back in the spring so those dead leaves and branches are serving no purpose. I didn't get it all cut back but it feels better already.
I'm loving that there's still beauty in some of the dead plant life. I've learned that my hydrangea does best if I leave all the winter-kill and let the plant shed it on it's own. The paper-thin faded blooms don't hold the same magic that their former blue selves did last summer but they're pretty in their own right. I'd think they were frosty if I didn't know better.
I'm loving seeing blooms unfurl in the camellia bush out back. This could be the same bud I photographed covered in ice just a short time ago. Needless to say, the bad weather didn't seem to phase this hardy bush and that makes me smile. And that smile grows bigger seeing how many more buds there are waiting to offer up their creamy pink flowers in the days ahead.
And I'm especially loving some time on the trail with my favorite walking buddy. We headed out to UWF this afternoon to enjoy a little fresh air and get in some exercise too. It was a test of sorts...to see how the new knees would like uneven terrain and longer distances. Wayne's eager to get back to geocaching. We did 2.66 miles on a trail that was mostly flat but had a few sections with grades and steps and he said it was a pleasant change to go downhill without pain. While he was tired at the end, he did great.
There's a lot to love about life...today and every day.