I just had to go out and break up a cat fight. For a small cat who is over ten years old, Sugar is awfully feisty. I didn't get a look at her opponent, who vanished into the darkness at my approach, but I suspect that grey tom cat who has been hanging around for a couple of weeks. She doesn't like him at all. Right now, she is sitting on the front porch, guarding her territory, looking quite pleased with herself. I'm hoping she doesn't get any bite or scratch related abscesses. Stupid cats.
Anyway, what was I going to say next? Oh, right. Weather. It's warming up again, and I'm afraid that the cherry tree will begin to bloom any time now, a month early. In fact, I'm surprised it has held out as long as it has. Although quite a few plants are blooming, I don't recall seeing a single bee out and about yet. Some of these plants may be pollinated by other creatures, but the cherry tree needs bees. Also, once it blooms, rain becomes a hazard to it, and is even more harmful once the cherries have formed. Cherries split open when they get wet on the tree.
Of course, I've just about given up hope that there will be much more rain this year. It looks as though we are heading into a period of dry years. True, we sometimes have wet springs following dry winters, but those are rare. Today, there were only weak, filmy clouds in the sky-- lovely to look at, but empty of moisture. There is no change in sight.
Now that I'm thoroughly depressed about the dryness, I will post a cheerful picture of the first camellia of the year, which bloomed a few weeks ago. I'm not putting this one behind a cut, since it is only 600 pixels wide. If that's still a problem for anyone with a tiny monitor, let me know and I'll hide pictures of this size in the future.
Oh, yeah-- carrot juice is very tasty stuff! I'm thinking it would make a nice flavor for frozen yogurt, and being naturally sweet, it wouldn't need any sugar added. Maybe I'll get a yogurt freezer someday.