This is the most recent interloper to our backyard, isn't she pretty? While not quite as wild as most of the other neighbor cats she is not exactly cuddly. She lets us pet her once in a while but is not about to let us pick her up.
At one time I wanted to rip every 'elephant ear' out of my yard. I thought them to be old fashioned (I still think they are) and boring. They also are a great hiding place for lots and lots of snails that chomp away at nearly every foliage they creep across. But over time I realized these 'old fashioned' plants were a welcome splash of pink in the earliest of spring and they fill up rockery crevices like nobody's business, leaving no room for weeds.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.