Back in early November I came across that photo of the Acropolis in the snow and thought it would make a great background. I really enjoyed it except for one thing. It seems that it brought winter along with it. November is usually my favorite fall month, full of sunshine and just warm enough to be comfortable. Winter doesn't normally start here until late December and really gets going in January and February. But I am looking at snow in my yard and on my street that fell in early November - apparently following the example of the blog background.
So the background is gone, replaced with a neutral, hopefully springlike background.
The date is not random, February 1 is Imbolc. For those of you not familiar with ancient Celtic celebrations.... Imbolc is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is also the start of lambing season. And it is the holiday of Brigid.
It is the early warning that spring is going to come soon.
I am so sick of winter that I figured this couldn't hurt.