Yes, I AM ready! I haven't actually begun packing, but I have been sorting clothes and making lists of what to tuck into my suitcases. I have made a few purchases of last-minute items and I am planning another small shopping trip to pick up American gifts for my French friends. One more load of laundry will take of care of the rest of my clothing and then I will be ready to pack my bags.
I haven't planted any spring annuals yet. That pleasure will have to wait until I return from France. My doctor has advised me to stay indoors as much as possible, though it's difficult when the weather is so lovely. Okay, I DID purchase one small six-pack of impatiens. I simply had to have a bit of cheerful color on the front porch. The lilacs are blooming and scenting the outdoors with their heady perfume. In the flowerbed out front, the columbines are showing lots of green and will be flowering soon.