I discovered a wonderful surprise tonight in the kitchen! Check it out:
It's my unnamed, variegated hoya in bud! This is the same spot from which it bloomed the last time, and (luckily) I was warned not to clip it back or mess with it too much after the spent flowers dropped. The only reason that I really noticed it today was that I've been painting the kitchen white, so the dark cluster of buds seemed to pop off of the flower stem:
I'm not sure why all of these indoor plants have decided to show off lately. Maybe they feel like it's been the longest. winter. ever. too? In any case, I probably should actually look around at my plants a little bit more often, and see if any more pleasant surprises await. They are certainly taking the edge off of a spring that seems loathe to be sprung here in Northeast Ohio!