The crowned Mother of God statue at a nearby Catholic Church reminds me of all of the time I was a Catholic schoolgirl (from first grade through my B.A. in college). Seeing the pretty white blooms in her crown put me in the mood to spruce up the porch with some potted plants. I stopped at the nursery just as the sky started to clear (after days of rain) and bought some geraniums and a pot full of mixed plants. Our porch is now tidied and adorned with cheerful flowers... it feels as if spring has finally arrived.