I finally put my sewing down and went outside for awhile yesterday just before a thunderous lightening storm blew in and abruptly changed this sunny scene. We've been brainstorming ideas and planning the next phase of the backyard garden; making notes, flipping through back issues of favorite gardening magazines, and dreaming BIG! (It always starts out that way doesn't it?) Conversations about it actually started mid-winter, but there are stakes in the ground now and sketched diagrams. As I was filling the bird feeders I noticed a few tulips emerging out of the ground. Sadly though, I never hold out much hope for them. Their leaves get nibbled by rabbits, and as soon as the flowers appear the deer sneak in and nip them off before they ever get a chance to bloom. I tell ya, this is somewhat heart-wrenching for me, so I remain detached and try not to coo over them too much. This is as good as it gets. A ladybug's point of view perhaps, against an undecided March sky.