Monday, January 9, 2012
2012 Is Off To A Good Start
Later the same day as I was working in the garden I heard the unmistakable call of a red-tailed hawk, you know the one- the long lonely scree they dub into movies and TV at a critical moment in the plot. I looked up and spied the hawk, high in the air flying away to the north, then it circled back and soared right over me and the yard and house, circled over the farm and then flapped its way back across our yard and off to the north again and out of sight.
I take these hawk sitings as good omens for the new year.
It's been unseasonably warm and as a result the prunus mume is blooming about two months earlier than normal. Apparently they can bloom anytime in the winter. I'm not complaining, the pink cloud of blossoms outside my desk window has been very cheery over the past few weeks. The delicate cupped flowers are to me the epitome of Asian floral splendor.
Yesterday we took apart the holiday tree, packed all the treasures carefully away and put the boxes back up in the attic along with the now empty cookie tins, cleaned the whole house and put the furniture back to normal. I was a bit sad to see the beauty go, but it was time to move on into the new year and leave the holiday season behind. 2011 was a good year and the holidays memorable, but I'm ready to embark now on 2012.