While I'm busy entertaining all the folks and a bad cough, I'm offering a tip for the remainder of the holidays. Glasshouses like that at Marjorie Neely Conservatory at the Como Zoo and other similar facilities in the area are a great way to escape winter if just for a few hours. Step into one of these wonders on a frigid day like today; see green things growing, feel the warm air and smell the damp soil and it goes a long ways in chasing the winter blues away.

In keeping with the same theme here's the link to another one of my Home Depot guest blogs. This post isn't selling anything, just reminiscing about a time when I was lucky enough to have a backyard greenhouse of my own.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers.