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!