Sometimes even crueler than the storms and harsh weather are the days when nature teases us. After a long spell of frigid temps, the air turned almost balmy yesterday and the sun spread its warmth. But I know what lies ahead. I know the 'spring' will be yanked back out from under me and winter will be wicked again. That's just how it goes here in Tennessee farmland.
But for now I will bask in this reprieve. I will think of my little feathered friends who will come back in their multitudes and taunt my psychotic kitty this Spring and those who will nest on my front porch (what a mess they make) and those who will be singing outside my open window every morning (oh I miss them!). Even their names sound like a song...red-winged blackbird, meadowlark, song sparrow, house wren, hummingbird, scarlet tanager...can you tell I'm a bird lover? :)
I guess it's these thoughts that led me to create my latest journals (in etsy today). I finally broke down and used the pages from my vintage 1928 "Birds We Know" book. Large renderings from my favorite bird painter, Ray Gleason. Like this one, the goldfinch. Just look at that sweet face. That will hold me over until the real ones are sitting on the fence posts outside my back door.
I hope that, wherever you are, nature will be kind to you this weekend. But kind or not, remember to step out there and breathe deeply.