It's mid-January in the goyish calendar and early Shevat in the Jewish Calendar.
|grape vines, empty of leaves and fruit|
|Just a few short months ago, late summer, we feasted on the grapes.|
My two and a half year old granddaughter has been taught to sing השקידיה פורחת "Hashkeidiyah porachat," "the almond tree is blooming" to celebrate TU B'Shvat, but...
|I don't think this almond tree will be ready in time.|
Maybe because this tree gets very little sun, it's usually blooming a month late. Yes, we see flowers on it around Purim, which is a month after TU B'Shvat.