The insects are out, as the red-bellied woodpecker knows.
This very morning at 5:29 CDT the vernal equinox took place while some of us were sleeping. We in the northern hemisphere were officially ushered into spring while at the same time the southern hemisphere ventured into fall.
I tried to tell Sam fishing the crappie spawn is a lot like spring shopping.
Last week we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season. I love these 40 days as they march toward Easter. It happened that Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday -- a new year for me. Also, it's the day Sam asked me to marry him. It was a fitting day to remember and evaluate the past while beginning afresh a new life together.
Early in the week we had a much-needed rain. This was a good thing as the lakes were low and the gardenias dry.
When the lakes, creeks and rivers fill up and when the flowers bloom and the grasses green Sam's out to find the first crappie "spawners." Every few days the big brown delivery truck leaves a package from "Monk's Crappie," Sam's favorite fishing supplier.
Last week, in the early morning, daffodils were standing 4 inches tall, topped with buds.
Roy walked into the Oktibbeha County Courthouse and said he'd been reading about my animals, the cats, ducks and rabbits. Said he wasn't much of a cat person though. Then he started telling me about his cat.
Sometimes the world is too much with me, making me forever grateful for things that bring me joy.
It's not easy being a cat person in a canine world. Sitting on the porch while studying and occasionally letting my eyes and thoughts wander over to the lake or into the woods, I noticed the cats pouncing on butterflies.
Stepping off the front porch, I saw the season's first blooming dandelion.
Who knew there was a pecking order among buzzards? First off, we don't actually have buzzards here in the Prairie; we just call them buzzards.
What if a New Year's resolution had more to do with finding your passion than restricting your diet, exercising more or spending less?
Last year's New Year's resolution didn't turn out as well as I had hoped or maybe it did in the long run.
Carefully arranged on the table is the Nativity scene -- the tiny baby all glowing bright with Mary and Joseph kneeling peacefully beside the manger, and all around while angels are singing, the shepherds pose near the little drummer boy holding a lamb to give to the newborn king while three wise men enter bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh ...
I called out to Sam, "Come look. It looks like a platypus."
After a season of prolonged drought, rain came to the Prairie in the form of storms.
'Tis the season for the onslaught of holiday catalogs. Some days I open the mailbox optimistically hoping I find a catalog or two. Perusing catalogs is a mindless activity that can transport one to another world, something akin to a "Take me away, Calgon" moment or an hour spent on Pinterest.
There's lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Green circles created by circular sprinklers leave the front yard looking like alien spaceships landed. I told a friend deer have come closer to the house than ever before and they were eating the vegetation, pulling flowers from pots; even eating the palm tree fronds and nipping the pineapple plant.
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