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March 30, 2015

Ahh yes.

Baseball is just around the corner.

The first full week of spring was rather uneventful..... weatherwise.

Temperatures were below normal, and our first bit of precipitation (rain) in more than three weeks.

Karen's mom spent three days in the hospital and is now is an assisted living home.

Yes, I suppose that was rather eventful.

Stressful, that's for sure.

Poor mom is having a difficult time adjusting (she'll be 91 in July).

Yolanda had a minor seizure early Thursday morning.

By late afternoon we had her in Emergency (again).

She has been in the hospital since with a 'Bowel Obstruction'.

Very painful for her as the medical staff continues to run tests and attempt to figure out the next move.

Please keep her and us in your prayers.

My heart (and time), isn't into a full letter today, I hope you understand.

On a brighter side.........

Turkey vultures slowly circle above, as they are migrating north.

American goldfinches are noticeably molting from their drab olive green, winter color to their bright, yellow colors we are familiar with, and look forward too seeing.

I spotted a large flock of Snow geese heading north.

It was fun watching the geese maneuver from the back to take their place in the front of the "V", as the front runners peeled off into the pack.

"Nature" is a marvel to watch and admire.

I also notice the rabbits are also in full mating mode as well, as I continue to see them in pairs now.

No matter the weather, or our circumstances, all the bird songs are uplifting, aren't they?

We start a new month this week.

Yes, April is here on Wednesday.

A new month means it is time for a good cleaning of all your bird feeders and birdbaths.

Weather is cooperating for most of you by now, this means cleaning shouldn't be an issue.

A thorough, and deep scrubbing, followed by a sanitize and rinse will kill off the cooties, besides making things shine.

Allow feeders to dry before you place food in them.

If you have several feeders, do them in shifts.

Not so much for the birds, as birds at feeders have slowed down dramatically.

Do things in shifts for yourself.

This way you don't over do it, and you won't get bored or frustrated and do a poor job on the last couple of feeders.

If you haven't placed your nest boxes (bird houses) out yet, now is the time to do so.

If you never cleaned your boxes last fall, get with it soon.

If you plan to paint or stain nest boxes or feders, use a water base paint, or stain/toner.

Several companies manufacture water base products.

I might also add this.

Use Earth Tones when you do rejuvenate.

While bright colors and pastels may look attractive to you and me, think what the natural world is like.

Wood Tones, Earthtones, Forest Greens.

What birds look for in nature.

Sure they will build in colorful boxes if need be.

sure they will flock to colorful feeders.

Now remember this..........

Predators see in living color as well as your birds.

Nothing attracts a squirrel, hawk, cat, or maybe a snake as much as a nice, bright red, or bright yellow, object.

Especially when the object shows activity.

Always think in nature, when you design your gardens, and incorporate houses and feeders.

Does this make sense to you?

Well, it is time for me to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

"God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty."

Peter Marshall

Pay attention.

Read that again.

God allows the devil, He doesn't create the evil.

God intends for good, we must search Him out.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

James 1:17

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."

Genesis 50:20

"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

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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