If I Were a Cat

Photo of sunbeams across the floor

If I were a cat I would be curled up in one of those sunbeams taking in the warmth of the sun. I love this time of year when the direction of the sun shifts and casts warmth into my world. By the calendar, spring is still 27 days away, but nature has her own sense of timing.

Yesterday I ran some errands. The first thing I noticed was the yellow blooms on my forsythia. I have a special relationship with forsythia and a memory of my grandmother. I think I have mentioned those memories six or seven times in my blog. I just love those cheerful yellow blooms.

The daffodils have been blooming for about a week now. Sometimes they are in curated in little garden spots and sometimes in wild solitary bunches clustered in the woods near the side of the road. I will always think of Mary Smith when the daffodils bloom. ❤️

My camellia bushes are all blooming and yesterday I saw a few tiny azalea buds coming to life. The dogwoods and redbud trees will follow shortly.

My husband said he saw the first mason bee leave the bee house this week so spring is definitely in the air. Of course, just this morning I read about a new wave of cold weather on the way. At this moment it looks to move north of us. For those of you in the path, hang in there!

Spring always makes me think of Mary Oliver. Her ability to use everyday words to craft the remarkable has always amazed me.

How I go to the wood

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.

Mary Oliver


It is a Matter of Time – #JusJoJan 2023

Welcome to day twenty-two of Just Jot It January for 2023. Today’s word is seasonal.

Today I was inspired to write an acrostic poem.

Spring seems distant

Evasive and quiet

A veil of winter

Silently covers her as she lies in wait ready to

Orchestrate her annual rebirth

Nature has her own timeframe

Alone she wields her magic urging the

Lilacs to bloom again

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (seasonal) submitted by Kaye from Kaye Spencer.


One Liner Wednesday – More Spring

I wish you could be here to smell spring and see her with butterflies in her hair.

(Have I mentioned how much I love spring?)

One liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit Linda’s blog to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!


One Liner Wednesday – Wildflowers

“What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a wildflower!”
Roland R Kemler

We saw our first hummingbird today so I put the feeder out. Spring has officially hit her stride. The rose-breasted grosbeaks cannot be far behind. And look what is blooming in the woods!



One liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit Linda’s blog to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!


Monday Missive – A Time of Change

I don’t know about you, but there is more to focus on these days than I have the mental capacity to undertake. I prioritize and try to maintain a modicum of positivity as I look forward to change.

  • I am still riding high on the tails of our first visit with family. We may get a chance to hug two of our grandchildren and my son this coming weekend.  I am more than excited for the possibility but will discuss the boundaries before we proceed. We will definitely take a little Easter surprise for them to enjoy.
  • After our last few days of on again off again rain and storms, spring is coming on with a vengeance. It is as if azalea buds happened overnight. I am anxious to plant our garden but with predictions of lows in the high 20° F range, I will wait even if impatiently.
  • Even though the date for filing Federal taxes is delayed this year as are our state taxes, our state tax payment dates are not. So, we must first complete complete the Federal so no delay for us.
  • As of this coming Wednesday, all of our children are now eligible to receive the vaccine. In our latest video chat with our youngest granddaughter, she was beside herself to think we will get to hug her soon! This time has been so hard on the little ones.
  • Last night we dropped off our cars to be inspected. This is an annual requirement to insure your vehicle is road safe. They are following Covid protocols so everything is no contact. They sanitize the car when the inspection is complete so all we need to do is pick them up. Easy.
  • Yes, there is a lot going on in the world and unfortunately it is not always good. There  are good things we can do, though. I hope you all continue to line up for your shot, mask up when going out, and stay safe. Let’s get through this thing!
  • Here’s a little spring for you to enjoy!

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