March 27, 2015
Backward Glances and Spring in My Step
I found the photo above at random on my phone- taken by accident with the front facing camera feature when instead I was aiming the other way at the kids in kayaks on the pond. (Our pond had opened up a couple of weeks ago. It's once again frozen over.)
When I saw this image, I liked it so much I kept it. A beautiful blooper.
Fitting for the quote, because it is indeed a backward glance over my shoulder!
True words, applicable to Northern Minnesota, especially in March and April.
1. Last week was a hard week, explaining my absence for a while. I attended funeral services for a friend and visited our dearest neighbor in the hospital the same day.
The loss of a friend brought on a great deal of thought, which I hope to share more about soon. Thank goodness our friend and neighbor Marianne is on the mend. We care a great deal for her. She had me worried!
2. If you haven't had fresh parsnips dug up from the frozen Minnesota ground in March, you don't know what you're missing. Marianne's sons come visiting the homestead each March for their birthdays (one of them turned 70 this year) and take to the garden with a pry bar. They shared a few of their prized parsnips with us. DELICIOUS. I'll be giving parsnip seeds a go this gardening season.
3. Late Saturday afternoon after a quiet day of recuperating, my phone rang with a surprise invitation to go hiking with Marianne's visiting daughter. We agreed to meet in the field at 4 o' clock and enjoyed three hours of cold fresh air, hiking through the woods together. My phone said we put on 7.1 miles. I'm not sure if that's accurate, but it was invigorating.
4. My hiking visit, as well as a few long chats with friends came at wonderful times last week. Often solitary by nature and largely family oriented, I'm thankful for connected conversations and friends I can pick up with wherever we left off, as if a few months is no different than a few moments. Isn't is wonderful to be understood?
5. I had the snow tires swapped off of my car yesterday for regular tires once again.. optimistic that I won't need them anymore this year. :)
It's still quite cold here, but I'm feeling a whole lot of Spring in my step.
Peace, Love, and PARSNIPS,
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