Églantine and I found the last flower of December and the first flower of January growing in a crack of the sidewalk next door to our place. The plant has been there since late summer but stopped blooming in November, I thought. Anyway, when Églantine and I went next door to deliver a present to our neighbour we found the plant again in bloom on December 30th. It is still blooming today although it's not showing itself in a wide open manner. Mind you, the temperature is just above freezing so I'm not too open outside either.
Also on December 30th we had about 5 minutes of sunshine. I just happened to be outside at the time and found this Praying Mantis egg case on a grass stem.
Note to KR - It's +2 C (35.6 F) with rain, fog, and cloud again. We saw the sun for most of the day on Dec. 19 and about 10 minutes since then.