Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Is In The Air

It was a pretty day yesterday with mild temperatures and sunshine. So many of our little feathered friends are returning and blessing us with their sweet songs. I won't put any humming bird food out yet though. Last year when they returned, they came to the windows and hovered there looking in as if to say, "Well, it's been a long trip.... Got anything to drink in there?"

On the way to town the other day I saw a few new calves in the fields. As more are born we will see the older cows meandering around in the fields munching new grasses while the little ones are full of energy and go running and playing. Something I really enjoy is when the baby bunnies start popping up all over the yard. I love watching them, they can be so comical.

If I had to choose a time of year that I could call my favorite, I think it would have to be Spring. I love the beauty of autumn with the bright colors of the leaves and the smell that accompanies those leaves as they dry up and gently float to the ground can not be compared. To me though, Spring is just a bit more beautiful because of all of its symbolisms. It is plain and simply a rebirth of everything that is. A promise of new beginnings that comes every year. Something we all can use from time to time. How Great Is That? In the spring every where you look is eye candy. The pretty fuchsia pink of the red buds followed by the bright white of the dogwood. The dogwood itself, the symbolism of the Crucifixion of Jesus. It is such a beautiful sight to behold, to see the dogwood in bloom in the woods and hillsides. It looks as if big billowy white clouds are floating amongst the trees.

I felt a bit of Spring Fever coming on yesterday. I really had the urge to go out and start digging around in my flower beds and getting them ready for the warmer weather. I have my first appointment at the Pain Management Clinic tomorrow to see what (if anything) they can do to help me with the pain associated with my fibromyalgia and Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I think it would be wise for me to wait a bit before I jump out there and start digging around in those flower beds. I neglected them terribly last year because I just plain hurt too much.

Thanks to the price of gas it doesn't look as if we will be traveling far from home this year. With that in mind, I have been considering putting out a small vegetable garden. I don't recall a year that my mother didn't have a vegetable garden as I was growing up. I remember when I was small, quietly picking up the salt shaker and going to the garden. I would find a good hiding spot between the tomatoes and cucumbers and would eat tomato after tomato until I was as full as a tick...... While most children balked at eating vegetables, I couldn't get enough of them. When J.D. talks about the garden his grandma grew, he calls it a truck farm.

J.D.'s oldest daughter, Darlene will be having surgery today. She has been in the hospital for several days. They have diagnosed the problem as pancreatitus. She is in so much pain that morphine isn't even touching it. They have her on some sort of pain meds now that is 5 times stronger than morphine. They have found blockage of the bile duct and will be trying to repair that. She also is having pain that is generating from her colon, which they will deal with after they take care of the problem with her pancreas. I know there are a lot of Prayer Warriors out there and I ask that you please remember her in your prayers as you go about your day. I will post more when we know more. Wishing all a blessed day. ~Jo


smilnsigh said...

Spring has not arrived here, so I don't have any of that get-outside feeling. I'm not a gardener though, so I'd not get it, like you would.

Seems wise to wait on doing outside work though, 'till your appointment.

Best of luck to your daughter. And o you, with your appointment about the pain management.

violetlady said...

Jo, thank you so much for letting me know about the violet poem. I love it. I especially love the fact that you remember me when you see violet related things. Isn't the blog world wonderful? When you said that it made me feel very special. I also think of you when I hear things about Ohio and the mountains. What a great world we have discovered. As I am sitting here writing this I am listening to "I'll Fly Away" on your play list. I always loved this song from one of my favorite movies.
I hope JD's daugher gets well soon. Take care, Jo.

BClark said...

Ah Jo, I know Spring is out there somewhere,lol. I am looking forward to putting in a garden this year. Last year I tried a few things that worked, so now I am excited. I grew some heritage tomatoes that were so delicious. Just like when my Grandfather grew them, like you I would get them right out of the garden. I want to go out and pick nice chemical free vegies and maybe even learn to can them. Best of luck to you, Barbara

Artsy Etc. said...

You have a wonderful blog and such a nice writing style. It reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Gladys Taber. Here's to spring getting here soon.


Diane J. said...

Spring is definitely here in Northeast Arkansas. However, right now we're considering building an ark! We've got some serious flooding and flash flooding going on and it's still raining.

I remember taking the salt shaker to the garden and eating my uncle's tomatoes when I was only 4 or 5, and then the ones from our garden as I got a little older. Nothing like a sun warmed mater straight from the vine! Unless it's ice cold pump water to chase the mater down.

I'll remember your step daughter, Jo. We know all about pancreatitis in our family.

Hope you have a good rest of your week.

Love and hugs,


Theresa said...

You're all definately in my thoughts today. Welcome back and welcome Spring!

Aisha said...

Your blog made me feel good about spring in your country. :) I will pray for Darlene. Can't imagine what she's going through. 5x stronger than morphine, I also worry about the side effects.

Prixie said...

may you enjoy your spring to its fullest. i hope darlene feels better soon, and you too.

Connie said...

My prayers are coming your way, too.