Monthly Archives: April 2014

Spring is getting closer…

Persian Lilac

My Persian Lilacs are starting to bloom!  I’m so excited!  And, no, the attached picture is not of my lilacs.  That will come in a day or two when more have opened.  The point is, though, I made it through another winter.


As I may have mentioned before, winter and I are not friends.  I suffer from S.A.D. aka Seasonal Affective Disorder.  (Short hand version is that when the sun goes away, I get depressed.)  I also had several issues to deal with over this winter that were difficult and worrisome.  My health, my sister’s health, my Mom’s health, my brother employment situation and my employment situation.  And, yes, I am a worrier by nature, thank you for asking.  (And yes, I know that the Bible says not to worry, give it all to God, but I really have a hard time doing that sometimes.  I’m still dealing with God’s time frame not being our/my time frame.  It’s a constant battle.)

But, Spring is almost here.  (In Colorado, it’s never safe to say Spring is here until after Mother’s Day.  Usually.)  I have grass and stuff growing in my yard, there are leaves on the trees and I can leave one of the living room windows open most of the time, much to Meow-Yen’s utter delight.  The itch to plant is almost unbearable, but it’s only a little while longer and I can start digging in the dirt and try my hand at growing things once more.  This year I’m going to try corn and okra and sunflowers and cucumbers and poppies and passion flowers and creeping thyme…  I need to stop cause I really want to get out there and start planting.

The other good thing is that I can start sitting on my front porch again.  I love doing that at the end of the day.  Listening to the birds and the wind in the trees.  Even the occasional train doesn’t really bother me.  It just adds another layer to the whole evening.  (There really isn’t much traffic, so it’s very quiet and relaxing.)  And with the sun going down later and later, I can sit outside longer and longer…

Well, that’s about all for now.  It’s getting latish and I really do need to get a good night’s sleep.  But, to reiterate – Spring is almost here!

Woo Hoo!


Paying it forward


Been trying to sleep and it’s not been working – again.  The inadvertent nap I took this afternoon could be the problem.  Or the 3 trains going through town one right after the other, might be part of the cause.  (I live 4 blocks from the train tracks.  Lately it seems there have been quite a few and they seem to be louder than usual…)  Either way, it’s given me a little time to think.  and for a change, it’s thinking about good things.

A few weeks or so back, I became a member of the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.  That’s going to be very interesting and I think I’m going to learn a lot.  I know I’m going to have to learn a lot.  Then last night, I became a member of the Prowers County Genealogy Society.  This one will be fun and I will learn a lot and I can also teach a few things.  Most everybody in this group, and it’s a very small group, are learning as they go, too.  They found a bunch of reference and source books, some going back to 1909, that have to be cataloged and filed and stored properly, etc.  When I have a free Monday, I may have to go help out.  No, I will go help out.  This stuff is so interesting and fun for me.  Then today, I found out that, if I can find a replacement, I can move into the Genealogy position at the Resource Center next month.  That one makes me very happy as it’s getting physically harder and harder to “perform the tasks expected of me in my current position”.  Which is fancy talk for its getting harder and harder for me to set tables, carry trays of food for 45 minutes, clear tables and vacuum 4 days a week.  Which not only annoys me, but it’s making me physically sick having to go into work every day.

So, I am now, or soon will be, in a position to help out my community.  Senior Citizens, of which I am rapidly heading toward myself and any one interested in learning their family histories, or just the town’s histories.  I am really looking forward to it.