Woke up this morning to a big surprise - several inches of snow on the ground! Perhaps needless to say, this does not happen often in Tucson, Arizona. Yesterday the temperature was in the 60's. I'm at the foot of the Catalina Mountains, a few miles out of town and a few hundred feet above most of the city. According to the radio, it's raining at lower elevations. I'm grateful for water in any form, rain or snow. We've been having a very dry winter following a near- total failure of the summer monsoon, so the snow is welcome. Apologies for the off-topic post, but I couldn't resist. Here's my house at 8:00 this morning. And here's the back yard. You can just see the roofline of the workshop in the center. This is the giant agave in my front yard. I thought it looked kind of cool with the snow. It really doesn't belong in a narrow space like that. Those agaves get quite a bit bigger, and when they bloom, they send up a stalk 20-30 feet in the air. Then they die, leaving the stalk and an enormous pile of dead leaves. The original owner was from Ohio, and didn't know anything about desert plants. He planted agaves and saguaros in several places they should not be. And this is what the house normally looks like. This is an old photo, taken a couple of years after I planted the Desert Willow you see in the other picture. The tree has grown a bit.