Today I was outside pulling up the soggy, slimy, frozen annuals from the garden. There were a few fall asters bravely showing their lovely purple colour, so they now are showing off in my kitchen, along with coloured kale. I am sad to think that this will be the last bouquet from the garden for this season. I have resolved to purchase flowers periodically during the next few months to brighten our surroundings. Since there is the promise of spring, I did plant some tulips and crocuses, so hopefully while I look out at a drab landscape, they will be preparing to bring joy in a few months!