I've been a California resident since the summer of 2001, and, having grown up in a town that receives an average of 128 inches of snowfall a year (in 1995, we received 28 inches in 24 hours), it's been fun to tease my family back home about our mild, sunny weather.
Living in L.A., it's easy to forget about spring altogether. It surprises me when my mom talks about tilling the garden in April, because I guess I just expect them to be covered with a thick blanket of snow until July. To remind myself this year, I bought a bouquet of tulips to set on my dining table. We associate the tulip with Holland, but according to my husband, the Dutch swiped their tulips from Turkey, where the flower was hugely popular with the Ottomans. In fact, the most prosperous era of the Ottoman Empire is called the Lale devri, or Tulip era. And that is your historical flower trivia for the day.
I hope you all have a happy and productive weekend. Happy holiday to those of you who are celebrating!
P.S. I'm not a big country fan, but Patsy Cline's been in my head all week, so for your enjoyment, here she is with her ridiculous voice: