Why, you might wonder, does a house with a muddy yard and a porta-potty in front of it make me optimistic?
Well, it’s because the above photo is such an improvement over the photo I took of this same house last spring.
Not an improvement in my photography skills. Those seem to have gone downhill! But an improvement in the house. Last year I fell in love with this abandoned house and wished that someone would save it. When we drove by this weekend, I saw that my wish had come true. I feel optimistic about the future of this house and that makes me feel optimistic about the other historic homes of Snohomish that are falling into ruin.
The way I keep myself feeling optimistic in general during these dark, dreary winter days, is looking through my spring photo folder from last year. I took this photo of new leaves on my honeysuckle bush one year ago today.
Seeing these fresh, green leaves and looking at the date made me run out to the honeysuckle to see if there are leaves on it yet this year, and there are! Life is returning. 🙂