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May 18, 2020

Memorial Day and Weekend are approaching.

A Time set aside to honor those that served.

Many gave their life, so we can live free.

Wow, Michigan remains under a stay at home lock down until May 28.

Stay at home if you don't need to get out.

No Boy Scout flags this year on the sites of fallen heroes.

What a shame.

I will honor my parents, and thank the millions that served and serve.

I will visit the cemetery.

Lock down, or not.

Last week was one busy week.

We are trying to get caught up on yard and gardening  tasks.

Garden centers are finally open in Michigan, so many residents can't wait to get out and do our thing.

Between rainy days (still dodging the rain), and outside when I can, the week passed us by.

The month of May is passing me by way too quickly.

Here it is more than half over.

I think we need to add a couple of weeks to May.

As you may know by now, May is by far my favorite month of the year.


Life explodes.

Everywhere you look, there are signs of new life.

Flowers are blooming, trees and shrubs awaken to show green foliage.

Birds songs still fill the air, as yet more of our feathered friends are returning to their breeding grounds.

(Indigo Bunting)

While migrating and new birds enjoy my yard and feeders, the regulars have dispersed to some degree as they are busy nesting.

It's not so bad, it gives the bird feed budget a respite.

As the weather continues to warm up, insects emerge and this creates a feast for many of your birds.

(Can mosquitoes season be far off?)

(Jack in the Pulpit)

Time for some levity again.

At least to bring back some memories.

As the world is slowly opening back up, people are going back to work.

For one reason, or another, I got to thinking about my first For Pay Job.

I must've been 12 or 13 (couldn't really tell you).

One of my best friends family (a neighbor), had a greenhouse.

Now, this is a seasonal business.

For a couple of years, I would gladly go and help with the chores.

The sooner my friend was done, the sooner we could do things.

Then one year, his dad asked me if I wanted a job (mostly doing what I had been doing).

Filling flats with planting mix, and transplanting the seedlings.

Sure I will.

Even if it was next to nothing, I was getting paid to do something I enjoyed and to hang out with my friend.

Afterwards, there was maintenance, and caring for the young plants.

Learning how to stoke the coal burning furnace that kept the greenhouse warm ( kids can't do this today).

Even helping to sell them after we got home from school.

I can't tell you the hours that were spent in that hothouse, especially after hours.


It became a hang out, more or less.

This seasonal job lasted about five years.

Baby sitting gigs don't count, that simply lets me know I didn't have much of a life.

Other seasonal jobs in my teen years.

Working on farms, bailing hay and straw, and pitching manure.

This payed a bit better than my friends greenhouse, but the work was much harder not to mention, agriculture doesn't pay a lot to begin with.

Farm work is hard, and the days are long.

However, I think every teenage boy ( today), should spend at least two weeks working on a farm.

I know bailing or rolling hay is different these days (on the most part), and many farms have systems that wash and flush out barns.

That being said, farm work teaches discipline, and a work ethic.

Two things that are sadly missing in today's world.

(You might even learn how to milk a cow.)

So, go back into your archives.

Feel free to share some of your jobs.

You will be amazed how times have changed.

It can be painful, but you want to pinch off the first buds on your annuals, before they bloom.

By doing so, you force your plants to grow side shoots and more buds.

More buds, more flowers.

The whole idea for your annuals is to reproduce.

If you left the main bud on to bloom and go to seed, there wouldn't be much reason for the plant to continue growing the rest of the season.

Pinch of the main bud, then continue to deadhead faded blooms.

With proper water and feeding, your annuals will produce for all season long.

I still haven't seen a hummingbird.

Finally, a descent image of the camera shy Gray Catbird.

The name may sound like a dull and boring bird, but as you can see................

This male catbird is rather handsome.

Don't you think?

Check out the dark 'Mohawk' like steak down the head.

A shy bird that stays in hiding most of the time, this insect and fruit eating bird will visit yards if the habitat is there for them.

Famous for their cat like calls, this bird also produces a wonderful, multi-toned song, that is pleasing to any ear.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive words for the day.

God Bless.

"Turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding indeed, if you call out for insightand cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come
knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,for he guards the course of the justand protects the way of his faithful ones."

Proverbs 2:2-8

Need confirmation?

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you".

James 1:5

"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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