I turn 35 in two days and this year for my birthday I got some feathered friends and that coop you see in the background. The birds' (new) names are Stripey, Daisy, Pretty, Sukie-AKA-Elvis and Ed. I didn't know, until now, how deeply I associate the sound of a rooster's crow with home. I wake at dawn and I'm...home.
I also got the thing I get every year, which is always the thing I most want--spring. She's coming slow, but there's no doubt she's on her way. This photo was taken at 6:30 am; by noon we'd stripped off the hats and jackets. My star magnolia is about to bloom and my shoulders are pink. Halle-sweet-lujah.