Being a teacher, like the kids I look forward to spring break because typically we take a trip during my time off. But this year, we decided it would just be absolutely great to just stay home and really rest. As much as I love to travel . . . sometimes, it can end up being a lot of work – especially all that laundry when you get home! So leisurely days of catching up on writing and reading, lunches and dinners with friends, celebrating our family March birthdays, and spending some time with the folks were all on the “to-do” list.
Even though the calendar for this Wednesday says “first day of spring,” here in Texas, spring has been peeking around the corner for a few weeks now. We will still have a day or two here and there of “really cool” temperatures, but most days have been gradually getting a little bit warmer… the weather has been absolutely beautiful here and is screaming . . . “Come on out and enjoy God’s beauty!” So that’s exactly what we did!
The highlight of the week, came at the end of the week when we made the trek up 290 to visit Mom and Dad and spend some time at the country place.
So we packed puppy Lizzy into the truck and hit the road! We were really excited to go because the blue birds usually start their nesting right around the first of March, so I was hoping that we’d find at least one of houses had hung out the “occupied” sign. And of course, this time of the year signals the time for the native wildflowers to start their budding time . . . so iI was hoping not only to discover some blue bird activity, but also some signs of bluebonnets. We definitely were not disappointed!
As we walked the west fence line with Lizzy, we discovered 5 of our 7 blue bird houses have nests! No eggs yet, but at least we have nests. And we could see the momma birds hovering around the area. With so much to see and so many distractions, Lizzy decided she’d play a little “where in the world is Lizzy” – thank goodness for her pink tongue! I was hoping she hadn’t snuck under the fence and gone into our neighbor’s cow pasture. She’s got some pretty good camouflage working.
And a few other little surprises we found as we were walking were some bright promises of future patches of wildflowers . . .
and while we did some mowing, cleaning out dead brush and checking out other wildlife activity, Lizzy enjoyed laying in the cool green grass and chasing a grasshopper or two.
As the day was coming to a close . . . one last birthday gift was given. Our Creator’s beauty was brilliantly painting the western sky. We delighted in what will be the view from our front porch . . . such Splendor!
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” ~Psalm 118:24