Well how about a little happy news. I located the cable for my new camera and I was able to get the pictures from that so I do have new material. My other camera is still holding pictures hostage until I get a card reader though.
On April fools day I got a pleasant surprise. No joke, I found signs of spring.
I found the first signs of my Lupines returning. Of course the flower beds around my house are in horrible condition. I've been so neglectful. I love seeing these come back every year. My dad gave me the seeds for these years ago and every time they come up I think of him. They get a beautiful flower on them that dries out and the pods open up and drop their seeds for the next year. My dad had a ton of these around his house and had gave me several of the pods before they had opened. They grow in a very scattered pattern in my front flower bed because between kids and dogs things like that have a way of happening.