I know, I know. I'm late. Again. I think it is starting to become a habit. I suppose that's okay. Others look good in habits, like say a nun. Although they don't wear habits anymore ...
Oh, right. Sorry. I guess I have the after-Christmas doldrums. Do you? You know, that feeling of emptiness. Oh, wait. That's hunger. Okay, that feeling of there being a void in your life? No. That's when there are no Peanuts. Well, shoot. You know that feeling I'm talking about, don't you?
Anyway, it has been so dull and gray here. Rain, wind, more rain, more wind, then just more gray. Harumpff! Well, no matter. I'm going to be cheerful anyway. Besides, Penny over at Planet Penny, here, is finally back to being cheerful, so I simply have to link up and put in my two cents.
So, let's see. What am I cheerful about. Well, even though the weather has been so grumpy, it has been unseasonably warm and all the plants are becoming confused. At least they are trying to lend a little color to the surroundings:
And with all the wet weather, there are strange, alien-like plants springing forth. They are kind of cheery:
And, of course, the Goatmother is cheerful because of this:
I know. Why get excited about a little run-of-the-mill pine tree, right? I have to say, though, that the Goatmother is so stoked because this is, in fact, a Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana), sent to her by her friend in Oregon. This pine bears the longest cones of any conifer and is rarely seen outside its native range because they are notoriously difficult to transplant. But the Goatmother has three that have actually survived and are finally beginning to thrive! Go little pine trees!
And lastly, I am cheerful because of this:
Lovely apples still clinging to the tree like forgotten Christmas ornaments. Soon they shall be mine. Oh, yes!
So even though the Goatmother took down our decoration. And even though we ate it. There is still a lot to be cheerful about. Be sure to hop on over to Planet Penny and see how others are dealing with those nasty doldrums!