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March Madness
March 11, 2019

A new moon just before dark, you can still see the earth shine making a complete disk.

Prayers for Alabama and other regions that were ripped by tornadoes.

The loss of life is devastating.

'March Madness' what can I say.

'Daylight Saving Time'.

For most of us, we gain an hour of daylight on the evening side, while losing an hour in the morning.

For me, I Love It.

I like the daylight extended on the evening side.

So have you recouped from the loss of sleep?

No problems here.

I had laser surgery in my left eye this past Wednesday and my right eye is scheduled for next week.

Pre-Glaucoma, or the early stages of.

The surgery helps to lesson the eye pressure that if left untreated leads to eventual blindness.

Much like high blood pressure can lead to serious health issues.

Of all the sense, I don't want to lose my sight.

Karen and Yolanda are doing well.

Thank you again for all of your support for the loss of my beloved fur child, Akita.

More and more, bird songs increase.

I saw my first Red-Wing Blackbirds This past Saturday.

I have a marker to place on her, and Karen surprised me with a little book titled " I Will See You In Heaven" by Friar Jack Wintz.

A comfort for those who plan on seeing their fur kids in heaven.

I cried again.

(Lake effect snow storm.)

Spring grows ever so close now.

'March Madness'.


'March Madness'.

It's that time of year.

High school, and college basketball tournaments are going on.

Punch in the Words 'March Madness'.

Google comes up with everything that is NCAA Tournament.

You may even have your favorite choices.

However, I'm not referring to everything basketball.

No, there is much more to March Madness than 'Your Brackets'.

Here in Michigan, the weather is often 'Mercurial'. 

Yes, Michigan's weather is volatile, subject to quick change, etc.

This past week started out with high temperatures in low teens (F.) for daytime highs, with all sorts of wind and Lake Effect Snow.

(Lake snow is so pretty.)

Friday touched 40 (F.) with a boatload of sunshine.

The week ended, temperatures made it to the 40's (F.).

We had a winter mix, rain,
followed by more rain.

All with strong winds, again.

'March Madness', it tests a person's will and temperament.

(Turkeys continue to visit, at the bottom are a couple pictures of a deer family, yes I had to feed them in my backyard.)

In subtropic regions, gardening can be pretty much a year round deal.

In the deep south, gardens are getting prepped, and you may be growing some of your own plants from seed.

Here in the more temperate regions, gardening doesn't start until late April and early May.

Even later the further north you go. 

'March Madness' has me calendar watching, planning on what to plant next, when to transplant, and so on.

Grow lights make a huge difference for me.

Frozen earth doesn't allow for any outdoor activity.

'March Madness' may find you scurrying around as you search for lost or misplaced garden tools.

If you didn't prep and store properly, you may find your self oiling and sanding the rust off mettle parts.

Wooden handles become splintered.

What to do?

Maybe you need to purchase a new spade, or set of hand tools.

It happens.

Do you need to replace a garden hose?

If you kept written notes, or even a mental note, now is the time to act on it.

'March Madness' is also in full swing in nursery and garden centers.

You may not always see it, but it is going on.

After working several years in a major garden center in Grand Rapids, MI., I can assure you.

Things are going on.

Outdoor sales areas are getting cleaned and tables in place.

Nursery stock is getting ordered and held over trees and shrubs are uncovered.

Inside, fertilizers for lawns and gardens are displayed.

Seeds and planting supplies are forefront in most places.

Many a cold body, and aching back is happening right now.

The 'March Madness' you may not think about, but it's there.

We even lose an hour of sleep.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go,

Here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

Pablo Picasso

Reach for the impossible.

Step out of your comfort zone.

Life can be exiting.

From God's word.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart".

Psalm 37:4

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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