Goodness me! I've done so much pruning and burning lately I am getting stuptified!

Ah, but a taste of "my" elderberry wine was delicious! It tastes strong and sweet. I really am impressed with it, especially because I am partially responsible for making the wine! Last year was an exceptionally fine elderberry year!

This morning, I was greeted at daybreak with beautiful streaks across the sky as usual. My friends call me from Aurora and near Rockford, and they just have plain, boring clear blue skies. I never do! I have wild and wonderful skies. They are with me every where I go - from this morning as I stepped out my door, later in Rochelle while doing errands, and back here at the ponderosa as I worked on the land. Please see the photos above and marvel at such lovely skies!

                          "Viewing . 'Someone' will trace the pattern."

I have a dear friend I may have told you about. He and I went to Ireland together when I was fresh out of college. Here is part of his email yesterday on St. Patrick's Day which includes  the famous Irish Blessing (and his "take" on it):

Top o’ the mornin’ to yer, lassie!  I have so many fond memories of our trip to Ireland! 

May the road rise to meet you,                                  it usually did when my motorcycle stopped and fell over!

May the wind be always at your back.                      I remember rain in my face most of the trip

May the sun shine warm upon your face,                there must have been one day of sunshine while we were there

The rains fall soft upon your fields.                           Would those be the soggy fields where we pitched our leaky tent?

And until we meet again,                                             sooner rather than later! ;)

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.             Always!!

How sweet! May I explain that the "motorcycle"  was really a used moped. I had one, too, that was in just a wee bit better shape, so I constantly passed up my dear friend, as I went roaring (at 2 miles per hour, if that!)  past his struggling bike.

I have such wonderful friends! Just like you, dear Reader. And I cherish all of you!

Today, even while burning and pruning, I managed to plant two  rows of peas (the folk lore is that peas are to be planted on St. Patrick's Day), and some radishes and lettuce salad mix. The day was perfect for planting! I also spied some green coming up in the straw covering two of the garden beds. On closer look, it was garlic I planted last fall! (see photo) Spring IS here!

And best of all, the blue heron was quietly sitting on the shore near the lower garden when I planted the peas.
After planting, I went to the beach area to wash the dirt off my hands. The great blue heron gently and quickly flew up and away. Unbeknownst to me, he had been there the entire time. I wish I had a picture of him. He is so large and graceful!

Tonight the peepers are at it again. ("Peepers are the toads or frogs you hear in the watery ditches and creeks, etc.) I love their happy little chirps. I flashed my floodlight all around the lake when I went outside a few minutes ago, but couldn't see any little peepers. I can hear them in the creek, though. Another sign of spring!

So, even though snow is forecasted for Sunday, I wish you a Happy Spring, dear Reader! Happy Spring!


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