Yesterday morning while milking, I noticed the willow tree in the corner of the hay meadow. It was brushed with a pale yellow green wash. It appeared to glow. My toes and nose were numb, milking in the brisk morning wind. Even so, the heart warmed a degree or two, enjoying the green glow of the little willow tree. What a relief. After 2 weeks of 80-90 degree temperatures, it is truly brutal to be cold again.
Never fear. Spring is almost here. In a few weeks we will be seeing blossoms, I hope.
We are readying the barn for goat babies which we expect to begin arriving in a couple of weeks. It is time to plant peas and spinach. That means the free-ranging chickens need to move to another area to free-range so they don't decimate the new garden. It is more fun to work in the garden in March than in cold February, but today's Proverb is a good reminder:
"A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing." Prov 20:4
Is a sluggard a cold person, wanting to stay tucked under the down comforter? No, I think it must be the cold person that doesn't just want to stay tucked under, he/she DOES stay tucked in until the warm days of May!
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace..." Hebrews 12:11
Not to mention PEAS!!! We are still enjoying last year's abundant harvest of frozen green peas. I will try to endure the discipline of gardening because I want more of those sweet treats for next winter. Maybe this weekend or early next week we will be getting the garden beds ready.