Hope everyone had a good weekend and I hope most of you (in the US at least) got the day off of work today too. It's been bitterly cold here and very sunny. We do not often get that combination here in Portland, so it completely muddles my mind when I look out my window to see what appears to be a bright and sunny spring day. I know I should be grateful for the sun but in reality it just makes me anxious for spring to arrive. I miss the colors and the breeze through my windows. While we did brave the freezing cold to go for one walk we mostly stayed inside where it was warm. This weekend I read The Walking Dead compendium, Fisher and I both breezed through it. Lucky for him I didn't read it first because I don't know if I would have wanted him to. The books are a lot more HBO than AMC. I don't know if that giant (comic) book entirely counts in my "read more" goal for the new year, but hopefully it was a good jump start.
We also went to one of my favorite places to visit and wander around for a quick fix of winter burnout - my local nursery. In the spring and summer they have a huge outdoor area full of trees and every annual and perennial you can imagine. In the fall they have an apple festival with hundreds of varieties to taste and nibble on (obviously one of the best times to go). And recently I discovered that the winter is also a good time to go and linger in the humid tropical section taking in all the exotic plants and succulents.
Awhile ago you may remember I was inspired to get a couple house plants, which I did, but as usual they didn't make it. So I am back to the drawing board trying to find some plant life for my house. M+L did pick out a couple cacti to add to our family this trip and I found so many succulents I am eager to bring home with me on another trip (I love those big ones in the first photo!). I seem to do okay with cacti and succulents so I think I am going to not venture too far from there again anytime soon. Though, I do want to try out an air plant one of these days, I must be able to keep one of those alive.