More frustrating news is that the bank has sent word that they don't want to finalize a sale contract for the house I'm trying to buy until the end of May. I suspect that they've realized they can't get a higher purchase price, so they're trying to squeeze some money out of the current owner while it's still in their hands. I'm just hoping that they'll stick to the date they specified and won't change their minds again.
On the bright side, the weather is warming up, and my balcony garden is doing well. Strawberry blossoms are starting to appear in profusion. The oregano is going crazy, as is the mint. Two of the scarlet runner beans survived the winter and are sending up nice vines. The tomato has several clusters of flowers. All five of my potato varieties have finally poked leaves above the ground, with the German Butterball leading the pack. Hopefully they'll be ready for hilling by next week. Even my little Rodney fuchsia has produced a few berries. (I ate a couple. They aren't bad, but they don't taste as berry-like as I'd expect. They actually taste a bit like raw corn.)
Today I'm meeting up with gnine and xparrot, who were in the area for a wedding.