Extreme cold on the east coast. Extreme heat in Australia. Here in California we are seeing how bad news can come wrapped in one beautiful day after another. We drove to the wine country yesterday and saw the hills in all their parchedness. The plants are wondering whether to bloom or not to bloom. The butterflies are back or else a new group is arriving. This morning a hummingbird circled my head as if I were Snow White. Or Bugs Bunny post-punch in the face. There is confusion in the garden.