NewBook is over 51,000 words now. We had sunshine (bright, unclouded sunshine) nearly all day today and the solar panels produced just a hair under 40 Kwh. We are still healthy. For supper we had many-bean and ham soup, from the freezer. (I make bean soup a couple of times a winter and freeze whatever we don’t eat for later use. I mix the dry beans up (red, white, black, and at least two spotted types), store them in a big (big!) pickle jar, and then measure out 4 cups for a big pot of soup, soak ’em overnight, and then they go in the pot with ham bone or smoked ham hocks and a diced onion and a few other things if I have them.
It was a lovely day: bright sun (first time in several weeks), warmer that it’s been, and every living plant on the place stood up in multiple shades of green (some with flowers on top) and cheered. We have a Lady Banks rose that had been flowering very sparsely…and today it was covered in pale yellow flowers. Next to it our latest blooming rusty blackhaw viburnum had powder-puffs of pure white on it. Out on the land the bluebonnets burst open…not at peak yet, but suddenly showing the blue haze in the distance and filling the breeze with their luscious fragrance. Bright yellow small flowers in several shades had come out along the wettest part of the south grass. Blue-eyed grass (a different blue than bluebonnets) showed up. Water ran clear and slow across the near meadow, and in the dry woods swale up right at the edge of the woods. Every spring is different, depending on rainfall and the timing of mowing.