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So ... Gratitude. 

I am grateful for these flowers. They bloom for a very short time every spring in Chicago, just a breath ahead of the forsythia bushes. To me, they are spring. There are some stretches of Ridge Road in Evanston where lawns are blanketed in the bluest blue for a few glorious days. I've always told myself I'd take photos of the flowers, and I finally got around to doing so. No enhancement needed for this picture.  Happy Spring!

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Other things for which I'm grateful: 

I'm finally fic writing again. Three separate things (Chapter 26 of H&M, and two MCU tales) all at the same time. I'm not complaining - you go with what works, right?

I'm going to try to be grateful for the surgical team that will be working with BB this Thursday, but I'm not grateful to the "support" team at the surgeon's office. Incompetent twits. But this is a post about gratitude, so we'll leave that alone. 

I'm grateful for the clarity of mind that descended on me this afternoon, and which has convinced me - or nearly convinced me - not to run for Chicago NewsGuild local president. Being acting president is bidding fair to convince me to run the other way. Screaming. 

I am, as always, grateful for BB, and grateful for all of you. I hope your weekends were good, and that your week began well, and will end well. 
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Apr. 12th, 2016 02:51 pm (UTC)
I think they might be bluebells from the picture, but am no expert, particularly on North American flora!
Apr. 12th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Well, given that many British and European flowers were imported by homesick pioneers to North America, they very well could be bluebells.

It's funny, I fully agree with specialists in native flora, who beg North American gardeners to plant native flowers and bushes — because North American honey bees and other absolutely necessary pollinating insects can't feed on the imports; they never evolved to do so — so when people plant the gazillion species of milkweed (which is actually very pretty, and is the only thing Monarch butterflies can eat or nest on), and many other equally gorgeous native plants, like coneflowers, I cheer. But I would still miss roses, lilac bushes and Queen Ann's Lace if those were successfully eradicated.

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