One mild day the first of February I was exploring along the back fence. Although the forsythia shrub is a little rangy, nearly all the branches had stubby brown potential buds. I decided I could use a challenge, cut a couple branches and brought them indoors to force. I cut the stem ends off under warm water every other day for three days and soon there were hints of green. In just two weeks I had the most beautiful yellow flowers and a week later the blossoms are continuing to hold on. I brought a few small pots of geraniums indoors in October, snipped them back severely, and they, too, are giving me promise of warm days to come.