Don't Shoot the Messenger

I know some of you feel betrayed by The Groundhog's pronouncement earlier this month. Even Central California was yesterday threatened with snow levels creeping down the foothills to the Valley floor. In fact there is a lovely dusting in the hills, and today's high was a chilly 46 degrees Fahrenheit, in spite of which Spring has sprung.

I have lived in this Valley for 20 years and every single year I am surprised by the third week of February when the almond trees and thereafter the stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums) explode in a riot of pink. It is a wonderful surprise.

Every. Single. Year.

It was overcast when we left town this morning to take care of business 90 miles north. But look at our drive home! 

Sunshine or snowbanks, it is a beautiful world in which we live.         (And I'm gonna keep that mirror sparkling clean from here on out. You never know when something amazing will show up in the rearview.)


  1. I am now and will always be a California girl at heart--- and not the kind Katy Perry sings about. Ah the green. March was a good month to get married in California in. Wish we could come visit :)

  2. You can take the girl out of California, but you can't take the California out of the girl. You & Sean made a good choice five years ago. I wish you could celebrate your anniversary here every March, too.

  3. What I wouldn't give for a "chilly" 46 degrees. I never thought I'd say this, but I miss the valley.

  4. One of the gifts of leaving home is finding out the unique bits that you love about it. The Valley is a good place to be from.

  5. I'm with Christina Marie on this one.