Happy Days

‘To be whole. To be complete. Nature reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams

The sun is shining! And looks to be doing the same tomorrow. Father Winter kinda tripped over Texas and missed us altogether, it seems.

The Carolina Wrens are building again, as they do by our back porch swing every year. It’s fun to watch while having my morning coffee from the comfy chair inside looking out.

They know good real estate when they find it!

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Animated Carolina Wren


Home Under Construction

The pocket prairie is growing just as I planned it. Even the neighbor is dong his part to curb noise pollution this morning … at least for the meantime.

It won’t be long before he’s awake again and all of nature’s sounds are drowned out by man and machine.


Wild Annuals

Nothing Like A Little ‘WILD’!

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A Nice, Quiet Work Morning … Ruined.

The trees have all been trimmed for the year and the chipped mulch pile is ready for spreading.

More Mulch. My Favorite!

Our eldest, in his last year of high school, has been accepted to the college of his choice — and even the Honors and Engineering Colleges within in — and is finishing high in his class. A nice academic scholarship award means he might even get to live on campus instead of commuting.

Now, if we could just get him excited about driving.

Go Coogs!

The wildflowers are beginning to pop up all over the yard and the redbud trees are waking up. Even the figs are springing forth a couple weeks early.


Redbud Tree

Slender Vetch

Deer Vetch

The indoor furry and feathered peepsbirb and buns — are fat and contented and warm on the inside, waiting for sunnier weather for the chance to go outside again.


Hey … what’s this? Grass?! Ew!

The keyhole garden is ready for another season of tomatoes and cucumbers and other yum-yums for the spring and summer. It is fenced again this year because we expect another fawn upbringing. This big giant planted-in compost pile never fails me!

Keyhole 2020

I’ll be finishing the last day of park volunteer training at my favorite state park tomorrow (opening photo), and it looks to be a beautiful day ordered to finally check that box. In my absence, the fine Prairie Chapter folks are taking care of 23 interns in my absence.

As New Class Director, it’s gonna be a rockin’ year to grow the Chapter. The first of 14 Daytime Sessions started this week!

Yellow Indiangrass
From Their Prairie … To Mine

There is still no hope for being back to blogging. It’s just too much to add to my plate at this very busy, crazy time in my wonderful, beautiful, life.

Still, I wish you all well in my continued absence. Happy Winter!

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7 thoughts on “Happy Days

    1. You are NOT kidding. We went from 90 mph to just walking speed in the course of a few days. The remaining naturalist classes are canceled …
      so much for careful planning!

      On the upside, the kids were already engaged in public school virtually — have been for 7 years now! — and Scott has come home for work. As for my classes, we are trying our first ever virtual classroom on Tuesday. It may become the norm for a while, though I miss the group field trips the most.

      No one is sick here, thankfully, so catching up on long-put-off chores, taking nature walks and cooking together, and enjoying the relative quiet that is now my yard have all catapulted to the top of the list. Maybe a return to blogging is in the near future?

      I hope you and Mike are well. I’m popping over to your blog to see if you’ve posted any news there. Be well and be safe, Tanja.

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      1. Thank you for the update, Shannon. I’m glad to hear all of you are healthy and making do somehow.
        We are worried, like most people, but otherwise ok, but we just learned from our governor that a “stay-at-home” order has been issued, for all but essential travel/errands. That will be very trying, but we all have to try to do our best to limit the spread of this virus.
        Best wishes to all of you. I hope you can make use of this time to catch up on various projects that are dear to you.

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  1. Congrats to your eldest! Your quote reminds me of this one:

    The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.
    Thích Nhất Hạnh, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth


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