Two different views from outside the front door ... today. First, around 9.15 a.m., just before I took Alice down to ABQ to head back to sunny, warm Los Angeles; the second, this evening - the day warmed up (obviously!) and who would know there had ever been snow? Who, indeed, apart from the ANTS - a large cohort of them seem to have marched indoors into the main study this evening, presumably horrified by the climate outside (or escaping the mockingbirds, who are digging up the terrace in a hunt for, I guess, ants). I have sprinkled a lot of green chile powder over them, as one does, and I'll face the grim reality of this invasion in the morning.