I've bitten the bullet and made out a check to PictureTrail for a years worth of photo hosting. It was that, or find some free place to move all the photos I have linked to my journal over the last year. That would be a lot of bother, and PhotoTrail only charges $19.95 a year to store 500 pictures or 50Mb, whichever comes first, so it isn't going to break my budget (though it comes closer than I'd like.) My free account is scheduled to be deleted in February, so I hope the snail mail isn't too slow in getting the check to Santa Clara.
The mild weather seems to be coming to an end. It is considerably colder out tonight. I'll miss the warmth, but it's just as well if it ends now. Too much of it, and the plants think it's already spring, and their blossoms come out just in time to get frozen in the next cold spell. But yesterday afternoon, I did catch the first whiff of spurge laurel yet this year. It usually doesn't turn up until early March. I also heard some frogs croaking nearby, and the unopened buds on the camellia bush are getting large. Ah, the little harbingers of spring. They're making me impatient.