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First Day of Spring

Although just a few days ago the snow was still blowing into drifts on our road, spring is officially here! The trees know that and are sending up sweet sap which some of my friends toilsomely turn into maple syrup. We know, too, and are almost ready to order our seeds for the summer, dreaming […]

Nature in January

We live in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, yet in the past I often forgot to notice what God was doing outside.  That was both ungrateful and foolish. The tiny walks I now regularly take have been such a joy.  What a relief from the everyday busyness of algebra, cellular reproduction, […]

Banana Peach ‘Mushrooms’

For a celebration this month, one of my children requested a special treat from the past, these simple Banana Peach ‘Mushrooms’.  I used to make them occasionally when the children were small, so long ago that Miss 15 cannot even recall them, and they always brought joy then.  They did the same now. I hope […]

Spring in January

  It has been a very cold winter so far but last week, for a blissful day and half, the snow disappeared, the river ice creaked and thumped as it broke up, and the ditches flowed as though it were spring. We took a day off school to celebrate. It was an amazing day and, […]

Watching the Sun Come Up

We are all busy with all sorts of important and meaningful activities.  I have been ill, unable to be busy in the usual ways, so one morning I watched the sun come up. It was amazing, much more amazing than the photos show. Colors glowing, slowly fading, and then shifting to echoes of themselves on […]

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