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Spring-Wake Up!

Wake Up

The garden’s in chaos,

Things are quite bad-

And Spring slumbers on,

Snoring like mad.

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A snail hurries over

And gives Spring a shake,

Planning, if needed

To bribe him with cake.

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Wake up! Wake up!

You have to see reason-

Winter is leaving-

And we don’t have a season!

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Spring jumps and mutters

‘Sorry, sorry, my dear,

Nobody told me

I’m on early this year.’

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(Another lovely poem that I found at

handmadebyamalia.blogspot.co.il)

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Psalm 62:1

My soul finds rest in God alone;

my salvation comes from Him.

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It Is Spring!

Yes, It Is Spring!

Tell me mother!

I keep hearing you say the word Spring….

Please -tell me- is it really Spring!?

Will I no longer just gaze wistfully out the window,

watching the wind and snow,

dreaming of moles,

waiting for Spring?

Will I no longer have to wear my dreaded sweater?

No more creeping under the covers to sleep?

(You know this is ALWAYS a good place to hide… hee… hee… hee…

now you can’t find me to put me in that awful crate!)

Now I can poop outside!

And dig in the dirt instead of the trash!

Ahh…I can’t wait to for the wonderful smell

of dandelions and forget-me-nots!

Isn’t Spring wonderful?

I can help you collect the eggs!

And take long naps in the warm straw mulch!

(While you are weeding and sweating…hee…hee…hee!)

Mother, I am so glad it is Spring!

What a wonderful life!

And, yes, the dog mom is glad it is Spring, too!

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No matter how long the winter,

Spring is sure to follow.

English proverb

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Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD

and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

 

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This Sunday and Good-By Winter!

Thoughts for this Sunday

Three Things

There are three things that earthly riches can never do-

They can never satisfy divine justice-

They can never pacify divine wrath-

Nor can they ever quiet a guilty conscience.

And….

Until these things are done-

Man is undone.

Thomas Brooks

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Good-By Winter!

I found this lovely blog http://handmadebyamalia.blogspot.co.il/

and she has some cute poems there-

maybe she wrote them?

Here is one-

They’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

Going out the door

Is old man winter,

Muttering to himself

And feeling quite bitter;

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“For all my hard work,

The quality weather I bring-

All I hear about me

Is joy to welcome Spring!

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It makes me want to storm,

It makes me want to rain,

But after a long, hot summer,

See if they don’t want me again!”

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Blessings on this Lord’s Day!

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 Deuteronomy 31:8

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you:

He will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Today-3 Things

March 17

#1

I was planning to post a weekly ‘Friday’s Flower’ –

Here is last weeks Friday Flower…

well, we enjoyed it while it lasted!

Right after this photo was posted, we were hammered by an awesome (?) winter storm.

Here is the same view of these poor crocus a week later…

It is all hunkered down and surviving under the snow.

Still waiting for spring.

This storm was a quite a surprise, in its intensity and bitter cold.

We didn’t get the great amount of snow that the northern part of PA did,

but the wind and cold temperature was bad enough.

It was probably made worse in that we are all weary of winter,

and were beguiled by the stretch of nice weather the previous weeks.

Church was cancelled on Wednesday.

So, since I have nothing else blooming right now,

here are some ‘flowers in the snow’ pictures.

A clump of daffodils in the snow-many buds ready to bloom…when spring arrives.

Hyacinths pushing up.  Can’t wait for their fragrance!

And some veggies-

The garlic patch, under its protecting wire grid.  The chickens are being let out every afternoon

to scratch about before the garden planting begins and this grid stops them from scratching in this bed.

The garlic will survive just fine, but they are looking sad right now.

Rhubarb, pushing up.  Can’t wait for pie!  Soon….

This green, grassy perennial vegetable is coming up nicely.

Do you know what it is?

I think no home should be without it-I love it, and love using it in my cooking.

I will tell you all about it later!

It deserves a blog post all of its own.

#2

March 17 was Dan’s birthday.

Son Aaron made him a pan of Rice Krispie Treats-his favorite.

He loves some with his morning coffee  (or pie!)

I am thankful, and rather amazed that 3 of my sons like to cook and do it so willingly!

#3

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I put an Irish jig on and asked Dan if he would dance an Irish jig for us, but he declined,

said “I’m not Irish!… I’m Scottish!”

Ah, yes, I know that…

‘You may kiss an Irishman but…

its a Scotsman you take home!’

That I did!

And glad I did!

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Ephesian 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

 

 

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Reasons to Start Your Own Garden Seeds

Reasons to Start Seeds

Yes, I know there is such a huge selection of seeds to choose from!  Hours can be spent in pouring over the seed catalogs.

How to decided which seeds to grow, which varieties of each kind, it can be mind boggling to make the final decisions of which seeds to grow from year to year.

(This is where your garden journal comes in real handy-you can look back and see what did well for you last year.)

It is wise to grow again what you found that grew well for you, and it is always fun to try something new.

The seed catalogs just keep coming, and the photos and descriptions are so tempting….it is so easy to succumb to the lure of the gorgeous imaginary of the in-the future garden.

The catalogs are not the only siren song-the stores are filling up with enticing seed racks.  Sigh.  But, eventually the choices must be made, and the seed starting begins.

 

Why would you start your own seeds?

  • Save money.  You can start many more plants and save $$ over buying nursery started plants.  For the price of one seed packet you will have many more seeds than you will probably need for a home garden. The extra seeds can be saved to grow for another years garden.
  • Bigger selection.  You will be able to choose many more different varieties than you can find at the local nursery.  Most greenhouses will only grow the tried and true varieties that they know will sell well-which are still very good choices.  They usually know what will grow well in your area.  Many nurseries are now growing some heirloom varieties.
  • You can grow more heirloom varieties.  One of the advantages of heirlooms is that seed can be saved from them and they will grow true to kind.  If you save seed from year to year, the variety becomes acclimated to your specific garden.
  • You can do seed swapping with your gardening friends, and even share the starting of seeds.   One can start the tomatoes, and one can start the peppers.
  • You can control how the seeds are grown.
  • Seed starting gets you ‘gardening’ sooner.  You can get your hands in the dirt right now, when you can’t garden outside yet.
  • You will avoid the ‘shopper’s crowd’.    Everyone and their brother seems to show up on the same couple of weekends at the greenhouse at the end of May.  It can get crowded and the selection gets low.  Good for the grower, bad for you.
  • It is just plain FUN to start seeds…to get to play in the dirt, plant the little dead looking seeds, and marvel at the new growth when it comes.  Seeds are one of God’s marvels-new life from ‘dead’ seeds-it never ceases to amaze me.
  • Seed starting is a good activity to involve children in.  They will learn about growing things and can help with many of the chores involved, and hopefully become excited about the growing of seeds.  Let them grow the things they like to eat, and also some things they don’t like to eat-maybe they will like to eat it after growing it!

Do you start your own seeds for your garden?

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Psalm 33:4

The word of the LORD is right and true;

He is faithful in all He does.

 

 

 

 

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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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