Saturday, March 4, 2017

Spring is Coming

February flew by in a whirlwind and life has been very busy (hence the lack of posting!) Awhile before the month came to a close, warm temperatures had hurried along the coming of spring so the early irises were in bloom, the daffodils are just about ready to break into their cheery blossoms, and many trees and bushes are beginning to leaf out.

These are always the first flowers of the year, and it was a treat to see them bloom extra early!


Even with chilly days intermixed, the air has that characteristic springtime feel. I always love watching my favorite season arrive and unfold!

Elderberry bushes are one of the many plants/trees beginning to leaf out 

We have a bunch of baby rabbits right now, and they are so cute and fun to watch!

The delicate blooms of tiny crocuses 

 Kale growing in the garden

The goat kids running up to greet me . . . they sure love attention. :)

Yes, spring is certainly on its way!

Switching topics now . . . awhile back Leah was able to join me in going to the nursing home, and after visiting with residents and going to get my sweet friend J. from her room, we started in with Leah playing the piano and me singing. (I love when Mom or Leah are with as then I can interact with the residents much more than if I was playing the piano, too!)

There is a tiny older lady, E., who often will be around when I am there, but she never comes up to the piano. She will often be back in a corner of the room in her wheelchair, and she doesn't stay in one place long. I have talked with her a number of times, though, and through those, I knew she enjoyed the music. Anyway, this time, she was wheeling by leaving the room, and the Activities Director stopped her and teased that she was supposed to be keeping an eye on Leah and I. :)

When hearing that, I went up to them and joined in the teasing and conversation. Through it, the Activities Director mentioned that E. had recently surprised them by playing the piano! Before that, they hadn't known she could play. After an enthusiastic response on my part, we were able to convince her to come and play for us. We helped transfer her from her wheelchair to the piano bench, and she opened up the book and played and played.

Such a special time together!
(J. is in her wheelchair to the right. She always loves hearing the music every time I/we visit!)

Despite having a hard time following the music due to her poor eyesight, her bent, arthritic fingers made the piano come alive . . . she definitely was a talented pianist! Leah and I sang along and after each song, everyone would clap and we would encourage her. The joy and bashful happiness on her face was priceless! It was so special and heartwarming!

Pretty soon another resident who used to sing soprano came up and sang along as well. The room was filled with music, singing, smiles, and infectious joy. We'll have to be sure to convince her to play for us again!

And to close . . . a phone photo from when Ivan, Leah, Abel, and I were out for a walk in our subdivision awhile back . . . . fun times!

12 comments:

  1. Sarah,

    I was so happy to see this new post from you! Your February looks so lovely, and busy! The baby bunnies are adorable!! The story you shared of your experience at the retirement home was beautiful. What a special time for the residents. I am sure they greatly anticipate your visits.

    -Sarah

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Sarah! We did have a lovely and busy February . . . except for two weeks with the flu. :) Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  2. Soooooooo glad you're back. You inspire me! Bless You. Miss Lila

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    1. Your comment made me smile, Miss Lila! Thanks so much. :) It's good to be back!

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  3. You are at about the same stage as we are in England, with Spring
    just beginning. It is a lovely season of hope and promise.
    You and Leah bring such joy to the folk in the nursing home. How wonderful to have inspired ladies to participate, maybe for the first time in years.

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    1. How nice that spring is arriving for you as well, Elizabeth. It is indeed a lovely season! Unfortunately for us here, winter temperatures have returned, so there likely will be a fair bit of freeze damage to the plants/trees that are leafing out and flowering. I'm hoping our blueberry bushes, peach trees, and my rose bush will make it through okay!

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words. It is certainly a joy to us!

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  4. Such a gift, to have that musical time with the ladies, I bet they enjoyed every minute!
    Happy Spring!

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    1. It was indeed, Alex! I think they did enjoy every minute. :) I love seeing their happy, joy-filled faces!

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  5. Okay, this might be some stupid questions, but how high of fences do you need to keep rabbits in? Do they manage to get out of pretty small holes in fences?

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    1. Not a stupid question at all, K family! Rabbits are quite the adept escape-artists. :) I am not sure, though, how small of a hole they can get out of or how high of a fence they would need to keep them in. All of ours are kept in covered wire cages with small enough wire to protect their feet and keep their legs from going through. This is by far the typical way to house rabbits as it is a healthy environment for them, protects them from most predators, and they can't escape either. Hope that helps!

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  6. What a blessed time at the retirement home. The bunnies are just adorable.
    I hope you have weathered the recent storms with no damage. It has really been blowing here. God bless ♡

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    1. It was indeed, Anne!

      We did weather the storms all right, thank you! :) We had some minor wind damage, but thankfully nothing more. There was another bad storm this past week with a tornado warning, but thankfully there was no significant damage from that either. I hope you all made it through the storms safely without damage!

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