It’s cold, dark, and dreary now in January, here in the Pacific Northwest (but not as cold as most of the rest of the country). The birds need extra food these days. They go through the seeds almost quicker than I can put it out, and they can destroy two cakes of suet in less than a week. The deer have been more in evidence lately – probably because they are running out of forage in the forest. I’m beginning to dream of daffodils (or I would be if I could ever get my bulbs in the ground), and fresh tomatoes, and berries from the farmer’s market. Only two more months for the daffodils, and four more months for the tomatoes.