With much of the country experiencing snow, ice, and other chilling winter weather, I know, myself, I sure like thinking ahead to warmer weather, starting seeds, planting gardens, and watching flowers bloom and vegetables ripen. I can’t wait for the first of my fancy daylilies to bloom, that first monarch butterfly hovering over the butterfly weed in our front flower bed, getting ready to lay her eggs. Then there’s the very first garden salad, the first ripe tomato, and the first bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Gee, how I’m craving a salad and real tomatoes! I got desperate last week and bought a head of iceberg lettuce, several pretty tomatoes, and a few assorted veggies to go on my salad. I was a little worried as the last two times I’d eaten a salad from store-bought vegetables, I ended up throwing up all night. Surely, that was a coincidence, I rationalized. I made up a real pretty salad (which Will declined on participating in) and started eating. Well, the lettuce tasted funny, and the tomato was horrible. But, being raised to “clean up my plate” and not waste food, I finished it up. Yep, I was sick all night. Not throwing up that time, but right on the verge. Not very pleasant, I’ll tell you! So, no more salads for me until I cut my own in the garden. (Yes, the vegetables were organic!) The good news is spring is coming — let’s take a quick walk through our yard and see what it will look like. Enjoy!