Michael's Venus fly trap is blooming, which means it's in its third year of life. You can't tell from the photo, but the flower's stem is about 5 inches tall - to keep the pollinators from becoming food. We're excited to have one live so long!
The storms the other day brought a cold front that has made it okay to wear my flannel pajama pants and warm fuzzy slippers a bit longer. (I have to admit they're so comfy that I was sad earlier in the week when I thought it was time to put them away for the season.)
Last night's storm didn't do any major damage here, but the high winds today brought down this tree next to our driveway. Luckily no one was hurt and it didn't hit our building or the neighbor's house. We're just hoping that what's left of the tree doesn't come down on the house as well.
Exciting night to be a meteorologist. This is the radar map from about 11:20 tonight. The storm moved through rather quickly, though they're still warning people about high winds as the storm moves to the east.
The office building I work in is located in what was meant to be a "live-work-play" development that mixes condos with retail and office space - before the economy tanked. Many of the retail spaces are empty and sometimes are leased for special events. The latest was for Audi sales training - hence two rows of Audis in the street.
I didn't leave the house today. Still getting over the end of the cold and we were under a wind advisory. I figured that adding blowing pollen to the mix was not a good idea. Here's a shot of some delicate tree buds from our walk yesterday.
Kudos to Google for an excellent April Fools' Day joke - Gmail Motion, in which you use the webcam on your computer, along with "Google's patented spatial tracking technology" to compose, rather than using a mouse and keyboard.
I've been recovering from a cold all week. Thank goodness for cough drops and tissues, among other things! I am now aware of all the daily things we take for granted - like breathing with ease - and looking forward to getting back to those things.