I'm psyched about the plant growth these days -- the vegetable garden is in and everything is currently thriving. The flower seedlings (such as cosmos and nasturtium) are coming up nicely and there are even flowers already blooming around the yard, brightening things up after what seemed like a long winter.
But we've also upped the number of bird feeders--from one to four--so there are all kinds of new birds showing up in our yard. Since I'm terrible with identification guides, I couldn't even guess what they might be. Some have yellow breasts and one looks like an oriole.
A really tame white dove has also been hanging around our yard the past few days. I'd like to take it as a sign--that universal peace is truly a coming reality--but I'm afraid that if I acted like it was a sign, that I'd also have to take it on faith that it's a sign when the neighbor's cats come and eat it. (Okay, so hopefully that won't happen, but I'm just nervous about jinxing either the white dove or the possibility of peace.)
But perhaps the coolest thing to show up in the yard lately? Juvenile praying mantises.
And yes, I'm procrastinating on a Friday afternoon.