Another sure sign of spring for me is seeing the migratory birds return. And today I not only saw a bunch of robins in the neighborhood, but I heard the mysterious cries of the sand hill cranes as wave after wave of them glided high overhead on their way north. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm weird, but I headed out to take pictures. I did manage to get the cranes as they disappeared over my neighbor's roof, but the robins were a little shy today.One final picture from yesterday. I went with some friends to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. And yes, I took LOTS of pictures of flowers, but this picture represents a HUGE step of courage for me. Uh-huh, that's a real tarantula that I'm holding. Please know that I am so scared of spiders that I feel physically sick to my stomach just looking at them. But for some reason yesterday I went over to the insect petting zoo and, well the picture tells the rest. You can see from the expression on my face that I am as surprised as anyone to be holding an actual spider and not passing out from terror!
Spring is a time of new beginnings, and I wish you many wonderful new beginnings this season!
(Now that I managed to format the pictures better, I am stuck with underlining beneath the text! Sorry -- that looks a little rude. I'll keep working on it.)