I looked out my study window today and saw some suspiciously spring-green tips. Closer inspection revealed that, yes, some of my daffodils are feeling the siren call of the 40 degree weather we've been having.
A tour of the yard revealed that while most things are still safely hibernating, there is at least one early bloomer in the bunch.
The winter storm watch the weather station has declared for tomorrow may come as a bit of a shock. Fortunately, these plants are adapted to the vagaries of the winter and spring dance, and even though it doesn't usually begin already in January, they'll cope. Those bursting buds will just need to wait a little longer.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.