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Date:7/22/2014 8:45:54 PM
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Country Evening
This year, more than ever before, I find myself glorying (yes, glorying, if it can be used as a gerund) in Spring. As I've probably said before, this last Winter was the worst in my memory. As a result, these last two weeks of fine weather has been like balm to my soul.

Right now, the apple trees, crab apples, lilacs, and creeping phlox are all in full bloom. When I was mowing grass at the Homestead, the Southern breeze would bring to me the strong lilac scent from Ma's big bush (tree) in the front yard. When I was filling the birdbaths at my own place I noticed for the first time, how my Ruthie's creeping phlox filled the air with their sweetness.

Perhaps because of the severity of the past Winter, and the lateness of this Spring, I also find myself wishing that these blooms would last longer than just a week or so. I know that the growing season is pushing along full bore, as if making up for lost time, but I am a little gun-shy from last Winter and I am wistful in wishing that this Summer would go by a little slower.

Nevertheless, I am enjoying this time of year. One evening this week at sunset, I walked along all our lilac bushes (and there's quite a few!). I then checked the vegetable gardens and was encouraged by all the new growth poking up. As the sun disappeared in the Northwest sky and the mosquitoes came out in droves, I was about to go inside when a skein of geese flew right over my hill. It was so quiet I could hear the flapping of their wings. I was so moved by it all that I raised my arms in joy and triumph at just being alive and allowed to experience the rebirth of another country year. --Gary
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