And the tulips. The tulips helped too. Skagit Valley, just to the north of us (and my birthplace) is an internationally important tulip bulb and bloom area. Many of the bulbs that come from the Netherlands (which is also known for its tulips) actually have their origins in Skagit Valley. April is probably the biggest bloom month, and it's always beautiful. This photo only shows a very small slice of a very large and colorful flower pie. Not only are there tulips, but irises and daffodils. Walking up and down the rows of blooms is very cathartic, peaceful and comforting.
So did the cat, although his "helpfulness" is debatable. . .