After all the winter months when it was icy underfoot and the great danger of the aged loomed ferociously month by month; when the children were worried and worrisome in case their own particular aged one should fall and break a hip, a leg, a shoulder (I have done the wrist thing) - anything that requires surgery and the sad circumstances that took their father away from them; after all those winter months it is such a joy to get out into the sunshine and the fresh air, even if it is only in to the garden....
where the early peonies and the lilacs are in bud
and the leaves on the trees are that wonderful
tender green of early spring...
but wait,- that's not all my blessings!
Yesterday I heard a Meadowlark!
Not a common occurrence now I live in town, but the first
meadowlark of the year is a tradition in our family.
We listened for them on the farm,where they were plentiful
among the sage brush,
and the first one to carry the news of the newly arrived
meadowlark had something to crow about!
I heard the meadowlark as we,
son Sid and I, turned off the highway onto the dry meadow
where you stop and put the four wheel drive in
gear for the road up the mountain.
I was working at the computer when he surprised me with an invitation
to accompany him on his drive to the internet station,
where he had business.
One must be very sure that they want Mother along before
they ask because ten to one she is always going to look delighted
and then say "yes, yes, yes - just wait until I
find a sweater, or go to the loo, or lock the back door...."
The Nickel Plate road is notorious for being steep and winding,
but I figured that the miners who worked there in days gone by
must surely have visited the village pub and climbed
back up the mountain to safety, so what's to worry about!!!
I didn't get close enough to the edge to show you just how
steep and winding the road is, - I may be adventurous, but not foolhardy!!
It was a lovely afternoon...
About ten days ago our oldest son and his very dear wife
came and picked me up to take me to a performance of
The Lord of the Dance, in Penticton.
That was spectacular in a very different way
with marvelous lighting and magnificent stage effects
and I loved it.......
So these days I'm not feeling such a stay-at-home
and it's most refreshing