Although we're freezing our butts of today, again, there were a few pretty mornings this week.
One of my morning hikes landed me in this meadow of Texas Blue Bonnets. Sure thing to beat the winter-blues!
When the sun is out the birds are twittering like crazy! Time to impress the ladies!
|I think this is a Common Yellow-Throat Warbler|
|Cardinals sing especially loud and beautiful!|
And lets not forget the Brittlebush, one of the desert's earliest and hardiest.
The flowers attract butterflies (I've already seen a few) especially when other blooming plants are scarce and broken mature stems exude a resinous, aromatic gum that was used as chewing gum and burned as incense in the past.
|And they're so cheery too!|
And we could need some cheering up since all of the 'regulars' from this winter have left us now.
Last to go was John, and his attached-to-the-hip, faithful sidekick, Carlie.
I'm gonna miss them, period, but especially because John was a 'juicer' and whenever he made a little too much, he would bring me some:
The left one has a little more carrot and the right more beets, together with celery, kale, cabbage, apple and ginger.
I've never gotten into it myself but I do believe it's a very healthy habit. It's a sure way to get your daily veggies in and to my surprise it's actually very, very tasty. Delicious even!
To offset all this 'healthiness' I returned the jars with a variety of homemade cookies, chocolates, deviled eggs or macaroni salad, etc.
We both got a kick out of being surprised by what would be in it next time!
I doubt we will see each other again, since he (still) lives in Kerville, TX, but stranger things have happened and we got him thinking about full-timing too!
|Another one bites the dust!|
So to cheer us up (even more) I just had to have some cake (and wanted to eat it too) so I baked this apple-raisin-cranberry one ...
By some kind of miracle it (almost) always turns out great.