Sorry for the absolutely atrocious photo quality here, but I totally saw daffodils in bloom yesterday.
Winter will probably rain down like hellfire now that I've posted that.
Maybe it was luck, but winter was really anticlimactic here. The worst part of it was waking up and going to work in inky blackness, and having the sun come to a full stop at 4pm. The three months of ultra-short days and dim northern sun was killer, and one week it got cold enough to get icy. That was it so far. Kind of boring. I'll take boring.
Meanwhile, reports from Maine lead me to conclude that packing up and moving from that state is the wisest thing I've ever done.