Friday morning we awoke to bright sunshine and chilly temperatures. We continued our travels north on I-81 through the mountains of Virginia. This is a wonderful drive for the scenery although it is also a heavy truck route. Usually we see the redbud and dogwood most of the way home but with the warmer temperatures this winter in the east these flowering trees were further advanced this year. On Thursday when we got to Knoxville, Tn. we saw the first of the redbud and then a little further north we began seeing the dogwood also. Flowering trees continued all the way home. Our flowering crabapple trees and Japanese cherry tree were a real welcoming sight when we pulled into our driveway.
After being gone for sometime we worry a little about what we may find at home. Usually everything is in order but this time we found that our heat pumps and furnace was not working. So we had to call our service provider to deal with that problem. The house was a cool 55 degrees but that is the temperature we set it on in the winter. After the service call we had warmth once again. The other issue we had to deal with was the lawn needing to be mowed which will be done Saturday. The warmer weather has been effective in getting the vegetation awoken up and greening up and growing.
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