last week the weather turned nice. friday was beautiful. saturday was nice, but it became cooler in the afternoon. then it snowed on monday and tuesday. nothing much, really, because of the wind, but it was so damn cold. i'm tired of winter. i'm tired of being cold. today is supposed to be sunny and warm, but it will rain again tomorrow. but i think the cold spells are over. at least i hope they are.

last saturday we went to costco. along the way there were these beautiful ume trees in bloom. however, the trees are nearly finished and we are waiting for the sakura, the cherry blossoms. then it will truly be spring.