It's a cold and dreary day in January. The sky is a depressing shade of gray and the trees are bare. There are still a lot of weeks before the weather starts to improve and the landscape starts to turn green. For this reason, I am thankful that my kitchen is blooming so cheerfully! After five years of taking up space on the counters, my African violets burst into full bloom for the first time ever in November. They're blooming still. And words cannot describe this brilliant amaryllis, which has thus far escaped being knocked off the china cabinet by rogue cats. They make doing the dishes a pleasure of the senses. Ok, that's taking it a bit far, but I am enjoying my flowers, if not the dishes!