It's January which means the narcissus are beginning to bloom. I have several in my garden, but it will take another week or two before I see any blooms. Meanwhile, the local shrine has blooms galore! (See below.) What's up with that?!
(By the way, did you know that narcissus belong to the amaryllis family? I did not.)
Based on the Japanese zodiac, 2022 is the year of the tiger and so you can see tiger images everywhere this new year! My favourite so far is this one seen in a hotel lobby. Looking stubborn but cute!
For a brief introduction to the Japanese zodiac, visit https://www.thoughtco.com/japanese-zodiac-overview-2028019
Curious as to why I haven't made a Japan-themed calendar yet? I have given it some thought but putting one together isn't as easy as one would think! (To learn about some of the challenges, I recommend reading my answer to question 10 on the FAQ page.) I haven't given up though. Let's see what the next year brings. (^.^)/
(This is the kind of photo I refer to in my answer to question 10. As much as I love photos like this, I'm not sure it's for everyone. Oh, it's also in portrait mode so there's that as well. Phooey!)
We've been practicing social distancing and staying very close to home these past few weeks. The plan was to tackle house chores and various projects while working at home. However, the fact is that not much is getting done despite having more time on our hands than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed right now as well as frustrated with all that is not going as usual, but I'm trying to be kind to myself in these complicated times and I pray that you are doing the same. Let's help each other through this...
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. (^.^)/
(This is from a walk we took several days ago. Ah, it was so refreshing to be out and about.)
Spring is most definitely in the air! There are flowers around, of course. The plum blossoms are in full bloom and various camellia trees are as well. However, it's a delight to stubble across something unexpected, like this phox that was growing among the rock work fronting a grand house nearby. I can't wait for spring to really be here!
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