This is a Queen Anne's Lace heart. When summer is done, the flowers dry and curl into little nests. This one was embellished by winter's touch. I took this picture last year. December and January have been unseasonably warm here in the valley--the warmest on record.
The tiny daffodils are flowering and my Rhodies are trying to bloom. I kept telling them it was too soon--but with the springlike weather--they weren't listening.
And I was right! This coming week arctic air is dipping into the valley and we might even see some snow. My Grandfather called unseasonably early warm weather a "False Spring." I love his take on the weather. He would call an ice storm a "Silver thaw." So much more descriptive than just an "ice storm!" I miss him--he was my best friend growing up.
Today is bittersweet. This is my third Valentine's Day without my Beloved husband. This year has been the hardest in some ways. My heart and mind are finally realizing he won't be coming back and I am truly alone.
However, instead of moping around, I have decided to celebrate friendship. I have some of the most amazing, beautiful, wonderful friends in the world. What a blessing they are!
May God bring unexpected joy and beauty into YOUR lives, this day, dear ones. You know who you are, and you are ever in my prayers.