Although April is not what you'd call warm yet, and rain is still on the horizon, here is what is true this morning: my sweet old mare can be out in her corral having her breakfast instead of in her stall because the ground is too muddy; the lilacs are putting forth their apple-green leaves and buds; a small spider dared to spin a web fully exposed to the fickle elements; my backyard hens are now laying 6-8 eggs a day instead of 2 or none.
All sure signs that our hemisphere is turning toward the sun.
Six out of seven tulip buds are waiting to bloom in an old black plastic pot beside the stairs to my office. Someone always has to be first, and she put on such a show in yesterday's bright morning sunlight that I knew she would be the Ruby of my Tuesday this week.
Mary's got a lot more ruby photos to show you. Check 'em out.