Welcome to spring, Northern Hemisphere style!
We've had some rather rough winter in Winnipeg this past winter, and in My role as Goddess of Random Equipment Malfunctions I also had a few chilly days dealing with a furnace that was sort-of-kind-of-but-not-quite working. After having the furnace guy put it to rights, I appreciate that hard-working machinery all the more.
As the tall snowbanks finally begin to dissolve into mass quantities of dirty puddles, I'm breathing a sigh of relief and getting ready for a season of Xtreme Gardening. I didn't make the mistake of starting my seedlings too early, though, as the Victoria Day weekend in mid-May is traditionally the first safe time to actually start gardening outdoors. (I am, however, eagerly awaiting the emergence of the 100 or so flower bulbs that I planted in the fall -- assuming, of course, that the neighbourhood squirrels haven't eaten them already.)
Happy Spring to all!