I was able to open the windows for a couple of hours this afternoon, though the day was still a bit cool. It was pleasant to fill the house with fresh air unsullied by wood smoke. The damp on the ground has retreated, remaining only in the places that got little or no direct sunlight, and along the cracks in the driveway, where it continues to seep up. Another half dozen camellias have bloomed. I expect the mulberry tree to begin displaying its greeny, Caterpillar-like blossoms any day now. There will soon be pollen, and I will be sneezing. There will be mosquitoes, too, and I will be itching. It's the price of my favorite season. Ah, well. I'd still like to see May arrive in February and last through June.
After looking through all those old pictures last night, I'm coveting a printer-scanner more than ever. Currently, I'm leaning toward the Canon Pixma MP800, which I can probably pick up for around 300 bucks-- a bit of a strain on the budget, but nothing cheaper that I've seen has all the features I want plus generally positive reviews. Must have slide and film scanning as well as print scanning, and that's pretty rare in low-price devices. One problem with the Canon is that I'd probably have to buy it online, as no store within a hundred miles of this town stocks it. I do like to