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Gardening For Wildlife- Mothers Day
May 05, 2008
Hi,

Don't you just love this time of year?

After some record setting cold temperatures and a few snow pellets, we rebounded nicely to day sin the 60's and 70's with some well needed rain.

Prayers to those dealing with tornadoes and May blizzards.

Spring is my favorite season, but May is by far my favorite month.

So much happens in May.

Bird migration is in full swing.

Flowers really begin to start blooming.

Here in my part of the world planting season for annuals and veggie gardens will hit full stride in a couple of weeks.

And of course, Mothers Day is celebrated in May.

You can't ask for much more than that can you?

Birds songs continue to fill the air and of course all of the courting rituals and nest building taking place.

May 1st, brought the return of White crowned sparrows (at least 2 dozen). I love their cheerful little calls, to bad they stay for only 2 to 3 weeks before heading North to Canada.

May 1st, also brought the return of Rose breasted grosbeaks. Another bird with a very pretty call.

May 2nd brought the return of those tropical looking Orioles. What a pretty song they give us.

Walks near woods edge with Keet treated me with the sight and melodic song of a Brown thrasher.

Soon I will see Ruby-throated hummingbirds and other migratory birds.

You can't ask for much more than that can you?

Leash training Ziggy the poodle pup is becoming a challenge. He begs to go for a walk when he sees the leash, but turns into one pansy of a dog as soon as he leave the yard.

Hey, let's hear it for "Waste Management" for providing recycle bins for plant pots and seed trays. That's a first here in West Michigan.

Should I say well done, or what took you guys so long?

Hours at the garden center are long as this is "THE MONTH."

If you have ever worked retail, you know there is no such thing as a regular schedule and time constraints become an issue.

I'm the first to admit it's a woman's world, but it is a different program when it comes to mom.

In years past I would write a special issue in honor of moms every where. This year I am not allowed that privilege so this week is in honor of all Moms.

Your mom and my mom.

Mother birds and other critters.

And we can't forget "Mother Nature", the ultimate mom.

May 1st, brought the return of White crowned sparrows (at least 2 dozen). I love their cheerful little calls, to bad they stay for only 2 to 3 weeks before heading North to Canada.

May 1st, also brought the return of Rose breasted grosbeaks. Another bird with a very pretty call.

May 2nd brought the return of those tropical looking Orioles. What a pretty song they give us.

Walks near woods edge with Keet treated me with the sight and melodic song of a Brown thrasher.

Soon I will see Ruby-throated hummingbirds and other migratory birds.

You can't ask for much more than that can you?

Leash training Ziggy the poodle pup is becoming a challenge. He begs to go for a walk when he sees the leash, but turns into one pansy of a dog as soon as he leave the yard.

Hey, let's hear it for "Waste Management" for providing recycle bins for plant pots and seed trays. That's a first here in West Michigan.

Should I say well done, or what took you guys so long?

Hours at the garden center are long as this is "THE MONTH."

If you have ever worked retail, you know there is no such thing as a regular schedule and time constraints become an issue.

I'm the first to admit it's a woman's world, but it is a different program when it comes to mom.

In years past I would write a special issue in honor of moms every where. This year I am not allowed that privilege so this week is in honor of all Moms.

Your mom and my mom.

Mother birds and other critters.

And we can't forget "Mother Nature", the ultimate mom.






This is one of those topics where I can say I don't really know where or how to start, yet moms of all species need to be honored and respected.

Your mom needs to be loved and appreciated, just like you need to be.

Even if that special person has passed on like my mother, mom needs to be remembered and loved.

I mention this every year, but mom doesn't have to be the person that gave birth to you.

Mom can be a grandmother, an aunt, maybe a big sister or step or foster mom.

Mom can be your dad, grandpa, big brother or uncle.

Mom is the one that helped to raise you and hopefully the best she (or he) knew how.

If you are my generation or older, more than likely mom was at home. True, few moms had jobs outside the house.

Mom was there when we came home from school.

She was there for all those boring schools plays and parent, teacher ordeals.

Mom was a nurse in more ways than one.

She knew how to fix a scraped knee and how to help heal a young man's breaking heart.

Things I took for granted as I was growing up.

Hey, mom was alway there, right?

Many moms today work outside the home, but that doesn't make them less of a mom.

Think of all she (or he) must do.

Bring home the bacon and find time to cook it.

Keep house, do laundry, find time to help with home work and the list is almost non ending.

Who else could do all of this but a MOM?

My mother has been gone for 2 and 1/2 years now. Sometimes it seems much longer and other times it seems like yesterday.

The times I yearn to call her and missing her wisdom.

My mother was a very important mentor to me and for sure helped me in my walk with the Lord.

One of my greatest honors was when my mom told me "your more than a son to me, you have become a friend as well." (tears in my eyes as I write this)

Single parents can really have it rough and that can be dad also being your mom.

You may have been raised by your dad or another important male figure in your life.

You need to think of them on mothers day too.

Aunts, grandma, sis.

Whom ever had an important role in your life, needs to be recognized this coming Mothers Day.

Yes, that special person or persons needs to be honored, even if they no longer are with you.

Take a look into the animal kingdom.

Many creatures have only mom to rely on for daily survival and training.

Bears, ducks, hummingbirds, tigers and a host of others that rely on mom to do it all.

Build the nest, lay on the eggs, give birth, suckle, hunt, feed and train them how to hunt and fend for them selves and hopefully not any along the way.

Fat chance of that happening though.

It seems that in the animal kingdom, there is much more success when there are two parents as in the case of some birds and fox or raising young by committee, like lions, elephants and so on.

Parents and guidance are needed.

Good parents are a must.

The ultimate mom is "Mother Nature".

We know of "Mom Nature" as the birds, butterflies, woods, lakes and streams.

You might even pause to think of the air we breathe.

Now pause for a moment and really think about "Mother Nature".

Pause............

Pause............

Pause............

To me, "Mother Nature" isn't just about nature, but nature and our Creator.

I believe that both combine to make Mother Nature. (Can you really have one without the other?)

Nature was designed to take care of us and for us to respect and love her back.

Growing up in the 60's, many of us lived with a throw away mind set. That's the way we were brought up after all.

We threw just about everything every where.

Our roads and streets were cluttered with garbage and trash ( a guy could make a few bucks collecting bottles and returning them to stores and bars.)

You may remember how dirty thing looked.

Yards and gardens were treated much the same as we gave them a liberal dose of herbicides and insecticides.

But, we don't live on a throw away planet.

No.................

Mother Earth is very much alive and was created to be a healthy living planet.

Eventually, Mother Nature became some what ill from all the toxins and destruction that was taking place.

What happens when we become ill or we hurt our muscles, bones or plumbing?

The same happens to Mom Nature, and she began to rebel and showed signs of weakness.

Funny thing, the more civilized the human race became, the more destructive we became.

To this day, in parts of the world where tribes remain pretty much as they were hundreds if not thousands of years ago, the people take care of "Mother Earth", because they know she takes care of them.

They also understand there is a Creator of it all.

A look at American history shows us and tells us how the American Indian had such respect and love for our planet.

They knew that she would provide and take care of them if they continued to love and respect earth.

"Mother Nature", much like our own moms and for sure like our Creator is very forgiving.

Give earth a chance to heal and most of the time she will.

Good stewardship on our part can help earth to heal and gives "Mother Nature" some love and respect she deserves.

It also shows God some love and respect toward him and all of creation made for us to enjoy and respect.

Nature provides mankind to hunt and gather for survival.

"Mother Nature" offers us the ultimate playground and learning center.

We are made to explore and be curious about our surroundings. To wonder how things work and ask why...............

Even if we never find the answers.

We are the only species that can plan for the future.

We are the only species created to do a lot of things.

It is time we gave "Mom Nature" the respect and some love so richly deserved.

It is time to give back.

While you're at it, a thank you to the "ALMIGHTY" for this awesome gift we call earth, would be nice too.

Yes, Mothers Day is for anyone and everyone that had that important role of raising and loving you.

A mother's love is a special love.

A tender love.

A forgiving love.

A love that lasts, even when our earthly mom is gone.

Because of all the Mothers in your life, you are here today.

You are special because they made time for you.

A GREAT BIG "HAPPY MOTHERS DAY" TO ALL THE SPECIAL MOMS OUT THERE"

Well, It's time to fly for now.

I hope you enjoyed this Mothers Day letter and if you have a Mom or mom-figure in your life, let them know how much they mean to you.

Here is a thought for this week.

The world is good natured to people who are good natured.

William Thackeray

Good natured must mean lots of smiles.

Be sure to smile this week and make sure you share your best ones with friends and especially with strangers.

It may be a difference maker to some one.

Now you understand why I write this Indian saying every week.

Now you may ask, who really had their act together?

Until next time my friend.






"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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