But the icy weather persisted, some days not even getting out of the 20s. Finally, the day after Thanksgiving, most of the snow was gone so I bundled up (still really cold) and went after those last leaves. Ah. Closure!
Afterward I took a quick walk-a-bout to check out the flower beds and found a lovely surprise. Daffodil shoots. No, really. Daffodils! I know, I know. I've seen established daffs send up shoots in November before. But this was a shock as I had only put these bulbs in the ground less than 3 weeks ago. They really surprised me, being so newly dug in. A real spirit-lifter and and a nice promise of Spring. Made the day seem warmer and brighter than it really was.