As you may know, we are actively involved with Kiva, a microloan nonprofit that is fighting global poverty by assisting connecting lenders with borrowers who own small businesses in poor areas. Our 44th Kiva microloan to a small business owner in a developing nation takes us to Indonesia, where Beatrix manages a vegetable stand at a local food market. Beatrix is a married working mom with five kids and her income helps support her children’s high school and college expenses. With her loan, which was funded by us and 20 other Kiva lenders from around the world, she will be buying corn and rice in bulk to add to improve her business.
While we (OK, Brigette mostly) have been walking around inspecting every inch of the garden for signs of Spring to break through and looking at all the trees for signs of Spring to bud, and looking at all the birds to see if any Spring ones have arrived, we were reminded today that no, Spring isn’t quite here yet!
|Cardinal at the Inn, Winter 2011|
We can always count on the Northern Cardinal to add some pep to a winter day, with cheerful chirping and colorful plumage, so we’re giving this spunky bird the February spot in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn series.
Our crocuses and hellebores have come out to let us know that Spring is just one month away! A few of the daffodils are budding as well, and tulips are peeking through the ground. Even the roses and butterfly bushes are coming out of hibernation. Spring is definitely on the way!
We’ve been having an up-and-down winter in our neck of the woods, how about you? Some days are warm, others are cold, rain here, flurries there…our spring flowers are so confused!