Spring has Sprung!


Spring has sprung.  The grass is riz.  I wonder where the birdies is?  They say the birdie’s on the wing; but that’s absurd, the wing is on the bird! (Anonymous – but this has been attributed to poet, Ogden Nash).

Well, I can now say that they are making their presence known.  Just this week, I was scolded by robins, as I tended to a chore outside.  I must have disturbed their foraging.  So nice to hear them again.  The grackles, starlings, red-winged blackbirds too, have been winging their way across the skies.  Welcome back. So good to have you back with us.

It is still cold.  I can tell, without stepping outside.  I look at the water in the birdbath……………yup, it is still frozen.  But that will change.  The birds will no longer skate across it as they attempt to drink.  Instead, they will be able to quench their thirst and bathe, and I, for one, wait patiently for those warmer days.

The winter of 2014-2015, has been brutally cold.  Frigid temperatures that caused your nose hairs to stand to attention, as they were assaulted by the intemperate sub-zero air.

I am loving watching everything in the garden come alive again.  Albeit slowly.  That’s okay, because I know that it won’t be too long before we can all enjoy the outdoors again, without the boots, winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves.  YAY!  Spring is here.




It Gives Me Great Pleasure……………

A balm to the eyes, and a winter-weary spirit.

A balm to the eyes, and a winter-weary spirit.


To announce that I heard the red-winged blackbird today.  Friends told me they have seen a robin, and I spotted these little beauties – snowdrops – after the snow melted from the flowerbed.

Friday, is the first day of spring, and it looks, and sounds, as if all is right on cue.  Praise the Lord.  Warmer days are close.





Slipping Away

IMG_6068At last, winter is losing its icy grip.  The snow is gradually slipping away, and green grass can be seen.

As it has been months since my last sighting, it is a relief to see more than white covering the ground.

A friend said she had seen a robin last week.  I haven’t seen, nor heard, one yet.  Despite this, I am relieved that the brutally cold, snowy winter is slipping away, and we can now look forward to warmer temperatures.  They don’t have to be high – just above freezing.

Along with the snow, SAD will also slip away, as the sun rises higher in the sky and warms the air.

It’s a wonderful time of year.

The best time of the year.

Enjoy every moment, and don’t forget to breathe deeply, and drink in the – soon to be – springtime air.





Why Am I Here?


I’m sure I am not alone, when I own up to asking myself this question.  ‘Why am I here?’

I am known to move, with great purpose, from one room to another, with a particular goal in mind, only to reach the destination and ask myself, ‘Now, why am I here?’

Can you relate?

I looked out the window this morning to see starlings arrive, and perch in a tall tree.  They chuntered among themselves, looked up and down and all around, and I can imagine each one saying, ‘What did we come here for?  Why am I here?’

You see, for the past few years, they have arrived at this time of year and proceeded to raid a birdhouse, which stood beside the tree.  Whether they use it or not, they would empty each compartment (there were twelve) of the bedding and fly away with it.

Last year, after sparrows had claimed the house, it was removed.  The bird mess on the patio and furniture was pretty nasty, and I got tired having to clean the way, before I was able to use the area.

Hence, the bewilderment of the starlings.  They – presumably – had come to do their annual raid – but, what was it they were to raid?  The birdhouse no longer stood beside the tree, but here they were, but for what?

They hung around for a while, then flew away.  Empty mouthed (or is that beaked)?

In our daily meanderings, I think we all have vague moments.  Oh, come on – yes, you do!  NO?  Well, perhaps there are times when you lose track of your goal, and have to re-route. Nothing wrong with that.  It could save each of us a lot of wasted time and effort, if we accepted that we need to change our focus, and follow a different path in life.

How about you?

Do you like where you are in life?

Do you know what you are supposed to be doing?  If so, is it giving you the satisfaction, and productivity, that fulfills, or do you find yourself asking – ‘Where Am I.  What am I supposed to be doing?’

If so, be reassured in knowing, you are not alone.





Smile. Today It Feels Like Spring



The sky is blue, and fluffy white clouds are floating across the sky.  You could be fooled into thinking it is warm outside, but it is not.  The temperature started out at zero degrees; rising to plus six (above freezing), and it really feels as if spring is here.  

It officially arrives in eleven days; then, thankfully, the frigid cold and the snow will finally begin to disappear.  

Until then, I prefer to look skyward at the sun, the blue of the sky and cotton ball clouds, and ignore the snow still laying on the ground.


We have two to three feet around the house, so there is much melting to come.

Nevertheless, it is a joy to hear birds again.  

Let’s see who can be the first person to hear the red-winged blackbird, or a robin.

Spring is, almost, here.