The Wind Takes My Breath Away

The wind, this morning, is roaring like a lion. Fierce and unrelenting.

The entire house is heaving against the force, bracing against the assault.

Walking the dog in this wind is no easy feat.

He is getting pushed down the yard.

Hair blowing wild. The wind taking my breath away.

Barren trees bending low.

Springtime is windy.

















Today I am thankful for: 

* wind that dries up mud

* peaceful time alone in the early morning

* a cold glass of green tea

* a slow day

* paws padding on the floor

* hearing my son on the radio

* days closer to his graduation

* looking forward to family visiting

* the week before Easter

* Jesus, God’s only Son

* His sacrifice for me






























































Quietly, soaking in the moments this Saturday…


Even Dandelions Can Be Beautiful


































































I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30  NIV

Springtime In The Country


This Saturday is damp and foggy. The ground is wet from the rain…

and there is goodness, even in the gray of this day.

Last Saturday was wrapped in sunshine. Wonderful warmth.

These are the beautiful opposites of Spring in the country.






















































There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens…  Ecclesiastes 3:1  NIV

A Saturday In Spring










Good morning, sunshine!

The view from my kitchen window always makes me smile.










The start of a new day…











I love to watch the neighbor’s llamas, across the road.

Shortly, there will be babies running around, that resemble cotton balls with legs.











Salem kitty is on the prowl.

She doesn’t like her picture taken, but she tolerates me chasing her around the yard until I get one!











Ace, you goober head!

You cannot lay in what will soon be my flower bed.











Jazz watches me from afar.

She’s usually curious about what is going on around the house.











These are the newest members of our family.

Ten chicks. Typical babies…they eat, sleep, and poop.











The neighbor’s barn. Doesn’t it look picturesque?

My family’s barn is metal and doesn’t have quite the same “Norman Rockwell” appeal to me, as this one.











Spring is busting out all over!











Necessary during the spring months, around here.











….and I took the one less traveled by….and it has made all the difference.


In A Few Short Months…


The early morning light pours in through the window, spilling onto the floor like a puddle of sunshine.

In just a few short months the yard that is now covered in snow and ice, will give way to the lush greens of Spring.

The fields across the road that are playgrounds for drivers of snowmobiles, and cross country skiers, will be filled with seed.

In the midst of deep winter, there is the promise of Spring and of life.

Spring with all it’s muddiness.

And newness.

And freshness.

Blue skies and fluffy white clouds.

Roaring winds in kite flying weather

The promise of life in the midst of winter.

The Seed Catalog

I have been leafing through my Burgess Seed and Plant Co. catalog. This is a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. We moved into our newly built house last July, so it was past the time to plant anything. Well, we did plant some things in October that we were hoping would remain dormant through the winter months. I’m hoping that I’ll have some pretty bushes that will show themselves in another month or so…… I really want to get lavender for my front flower beds, and I want lilac bushes. I had 3 lilac bushes back in Tennessee and I loved them!  I also want a hydrangea bush. Oh, and some hostas because they are so easy to grow.  All these flowers smell so good. My plan is to plant them at the front of the house around the front porch and under the living room, and kitchen windows. Then in the Spring and Summer I can have the windows open and the house will smell so good. That is the plan anyway.  I’m not as familiar with the Ohio seasons yet. I don’t want to plant and then get a hard frost and everything keels over. I’ll need to check into that.

Scott and I were going to try a vegetable garden this year too. It would be nice to have cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and  maybe some squash.  It would be great to have all those veggies picked from our own garden. There is nothing better.

So, that is the plan.

I love all the seasons and have had fun with each one of them. I just hope when we start the planting that we don’t get stuck in all this mud. I’ve been told that mud is part of the whole Ohio “spring scene”.  And lots of it.