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Has Spring Sprung?
March 18, 2019

(So I'm a day late for St. Patty's Day.)

Has Spring finally Sprung?

The calendar says it will this coming Wednesday.

Here in the Midwest, It is often one step forward and two steps back.

Then two steps forward and one back.

Followed by a few days of true spring like weather before it turns to instant summer.

This past Thursday, thunderstorms and heavy rains, and couple of small tornadoes on the east side of Michigan (Thankfully there were no injuries).

Many states experienced flooding as the frozen ground kept rain waters from soaking in.

Friday, rains turned to snow showers.

Transition in full blown action.

The laser surgery on my left eye went well, the right eye is next week.

A few weeks later I go back for a pressure check to see where I am at.

Poor Snickers, she has really missed Akita, more than we realized.

It's been four weeks today February 18), and I still cry some.

Karen had the feather duster out, and the next thing we know, Snickers has found a new friend.

For a few days, she would rarely leave it.

I finally had to take it away from her.

By Friday, she seems to be herself again.

Actually, she's been more affectionate.

Readers come and go, so material may seem familiar to some of you.

For others it may bring light to some subjects, either way, we are thinking spring.

Has Spring Sprung?



It's spring?

Even if the March weather doesn't say so, nature does.

God has put into every living thing a certain time clock like system.

Mostly dictated on the length of day (or light).

As the days grow longer, we hope they grow warmer as well.

No matter, winter transitioning to spring doesn't always work smoothly.

Longer, yet cold days may slow things down a bit, but doesn't deter life.

Length of day triggers hormone changes in animals.

It also triggers photohormones in plants.

So when the March days are still cold and snowy, or well below normal temperatures, Hormones are still growing and raging.

Clocks are ticking. For the past couple of weeks, when most of March the temperatures have been well below freezing, snow storms, wind storms, and what ever happens.

We are supposed to be in transition from winter to spring.

Birds have migrated north like clock work.

Red-winged blackbirds, Robins, Canada geese, Sandhill cranes, are all on the move north.

Temperatures below freezing and non migratory birds like Northern Cardinals, Black-capped chickadees, Tufted-Titmouse, woodpeckers, and others are singing and in mating mode.

Same clock, different times for different species of life.

Still, winter birds like Juncos, Tree sparrows and Red-breasted nuthatches are still here because they are on a different time.

The breed at a later date because they live further north where conditions are more harsh.

In their time, they too will move on.

Does this make sense to you?

If not, let me know and I will try to better explain.

Deciduous trees and shrubs slowly awaken to the length of day.

Yes, a warm spell will hasten the buds to open, the first signs of swollen buds is dictated by day length.

Pictured is a Red-maple in my yard (maples are one of the earliest trees in Michigan to crack bud.).

Anyone that lives in the Midwest knows the weather we have had this month.

Still, the buds are swollen.

You will find this to be pretty much be the case throughout the world.

Farmers of agriculture and livestock manipulate the length of days to encourage plant growth and bring animals into season.

Has Spring Finally Sprung?

The calendar and Mother Nature say it has.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“You show up on time.

When you say you're going to do something,

you try to do your best at it.

You don't backstab people.

You don't bitch and complain about what you're doing.

Being compassionate is big.

And it's always important to act like a gentleman.”

Scott Eastwood on the code taught by his father Clint Eastwood(1986)

I like this bible verse.

Here are two different versions.

Me, I like the first version where it says to act like men.

We need that in this world today.

"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong".

(New International Version)

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

(American Standard Bible)

1 Corinthians 16:13

"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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