And this is one of them. I love that mid-February feeling, especially in Portland. I've already spotted crocus in bloom and buds in some bushes. And the pink trees along the Willamette River in downtown will be in bloom within a week or so. Those are the first signs of late winter, early spring to me. The grocery stores now have primrose and pansies stacked in front of them....perfect for pairing with kale in a pot near a front door. It is still cold, but not below freezing like much of the rest of the country. I like it here. It feels comfortable.
Plus, there's Valentine's Day. Tomorrow. Valentine's Day was my due date when Mommy was pregnant with me. Alas, I needed five additional days of sweetening up in the pot before she pushed me out. And, unfortunately, the five extra days didn't do a damned thing for sweetening me up. At. All. I like having my birthday at this time of year.
We are heading to Boise next week on another of our pilgrimage road trips back to Idaho for a family visit. We're planning a big combination Birthday/Valentine's Day/Niece's Birthday gathering while we're there. We do have to traverse the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon as we move along Interstate 84....but, honestly, the winters have just not been what they used to be years ago as far as snow, cold, ice and all of that. We always enjoy our road trips.
Tomorrow our taxes get done. Like clockwork. It's a little complicated nowadays what with our registered Oregon Domestic Partnership and all of that. It requires extra pieces of paperwork to be completed. And of course, the benefits that we get in our own state don't apply on a federal level. Grrr. But it always feels good to have them done for the year. And it goes without saying that it feels good to have the extra cash back in my own pocket!
So, it's easy for you to see why this is one of my most Favorite Times of the Year.