The oak leaves are finally darkening to a rich, bright green. They were brownish for an awfully long time this year, and I feared that their premature sprouting and subsequent exposure to so much cold weather would prevent them from achieving their usual degree of lushness, but they have overcome their poor start. The entire landscape is looking particularly lush this year. All that water that fell will make for a splendid May, I think. This morning is so balmy that, going out at six o'clock, I saw a bumblebee buzzing about in the gray light. I'll take that as a good sign.
For fellow fans of old movie palaces: Chicago's Uptown Theatre Renovation Project. I've never been there, but I'd like to see it someday. I hope they do manage to save this one.