"Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God." ~ Noah Webster

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Love Is In The Air

I knew I would see them early. It only made sense considering the way the seasons have been. I hadn't really started watching yet for the birds I love so much, but I had it at the back of my mind that the yard would soon be full of nesting families, and melodious communications.

The truth of the matter is this has been an extremely mild winter. Fall went down easy. We were well into November before our first snow. Maybe it was even December. Then as every winter should be, we were covered in white for our Christmas holiday in December and then continuing into January. Enter February. February is always my favorite winter month. I always say it is "the sunniest month of winter". This year did not disappoint. But with the sun, we have also had warmer temperatures throughout the month. That makes for an early spring.

I noticed the first Robin on Monday, February 22nd. I couldn't see him real well, so I wasn't positive. But it was only a few more minutes when I saw 3 or 4 more. Well, we are on our way, I thought. The next day while talking to my son in the drive way, we saw the little Chickadees and Nuthatch.

It was Thursday, as I was looking out the living room windows while talking to my husband, that I saw the first Bluebird -  two actually. One was sitting on each box at the corner of the pasture. They were Westerns. The Mountains have been rare the last couple years. I am really hoping some will return this spring. I was a bit surprised to see the Westerns so soon. They usually don't appear until around the first week of March. March 11th, last year. But then again, with the early spring, as I said, I really wasn't that surprised.

Finally, Friday, the 26th, as I headed out to feed the horses, I heard the warble of the first Meadowlark. For some reason, this did surprise me. I simply wasn't expecting them. In fact, I think I had almost forgotten about them....yeah, age will do that to you. But I stopped what I was doing to listen carefully. There was more than one. Maybe even more than a few. The sound gives me pause every time. It simply warms my heart, and brings back nostalgic feelings and hope for the future. Love is in the air.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Rambles

There is a "fingernail moon" tonight. So beautiful! And because of the bright, clear night, I could also see the outline of the full moon. I started to pull the blinds, but then raised them again to gaze a bit longer.

My son is safe, where he is supposed to be...

I got a new car. It was exactly what I wanted.

I slipped and fell flat today...landing in the thawing snow. There is only one way to get up, when I am down...and it ain't easy. My dress was soaked before I was on my feet.

My beagle likes apple horse biscuits.

My lab likes me.

Everyone is well (sort of) for the moment.

Vacations, empty, "new" houses, days off work, and news of new babies cheer me..no matter who it is that gets them.

Waiting is never, ever easy and so I wait and I wait and I wait. And then I wait some more. And yes, I meant to use the conjunction "so". If waiting were easy, I would not be required to wait. It is simply the way of it.

The horses had visitors today...and got extra carrots and extra treats, because the little two year old lass wanted to feed them, and touch them and smell them...there is a horse in her future, I am quite sure. She already gets it.

It is February, my favorite winter month and the sunniest of the season. Today was prime example.

It is now 6:24 pm. A bit closer to bed time.

Saw a moose in our downtown little town. Saw moose prints in my son's driveway.

Freeze and melt; freeze and melt; but we are on our way.

I follow politics; there is no way out of it. I have tried. I am protecting my faith, so we can continue to share our faith. I am a missionary, too. "Some have to churn and some get to take the cream off the top"...as my youngest sis says. Churning, churning, churning...I'm sorry some don't like it...but only a little.

We have new friends. They laugh with us, and visit like we have known each other forever.

I am still not writing or reading very well; thus this post.

Spring is coming.

"The best part of waking up, is [coffee] in your cup."