Spring is in the air. Yes, I know. The OFFICIAL start of Spring was March 20th but many folks feel it begins with the Christian holiday of Easter. I grew up in a very relaxed Christian household. Episcopalian, to be precise and Easter was a big to-do. Easter basket decked-out with chocolate bunny and eggs (both chocolate and jelly bean), the tradition of dying hard-boiled eggs with food coloring, and a new Easter outfit (complete with hat and gloves) which I wore to church that day. Most years Easter occurred right around April 4th, which is my birthday, so I got a new outfit AND birthday presents. Score! A little fashionista’s delight.
Days and nights have been mild although we had a small squall travel through here yesterday (♫ April showers bring May flowers… ♫) Today the sun is shining and the birds are singing. The robins are once again tearing my coco fiber planter boxes to shreds – they apparently LOVE the material for their nests; and a pair of really cute birds have made a nest in the hole where a rainspout used to be. All day they fly back and forth with insects and worms in their beaks. (These little guys give Ramses and I HELL whenever we’re in the Concrete Jungle. Protective parents.)
Speaking of Ramses, the neighborhood Canada Geese have chosen the rooftops of our complex on which to conduct their Spring courtships. Ramses was in the dining room window when one of them flew upward. Scared the shit out of him. He went into full “halloween cat mode” while nervously looking up to where the goose had flown. Another was perched on the roof of the townhouse straight across from us and he was equally afraid of it. Ramses had seen these geese parade past our apartment before but they were always on the ground. When one is reminded that small felines are both predator AND prey, this behavior makes perfect sense as he didn’t know if that huge flying bird was going to eat him. Took him an hour (and the birds leaving) before he calmed down.
In the Concrete Jungle all three hellebores bloomed this year – for the very first time! I also coaxed some bedding (annuals) plants to overwinter and they are all blooming: impatiens and purple alyssum. The brunfelsia is full of buds and one has already opened. I’ve got to re-pot the feverfew as it’s root-bound already and my precious datura is due for a pot upgrade, as well. My “green dragon” (aka pinellia tripartita) has awoken from its corm-slumber like Sleeping Beauty and seems to grow fluffier day-by-day. Likewise the aristolochia fimbriata is putting out new vines and I’m expecting to see its unusual flowers soon. In fact, everything is doing very well. Picked up some small black planters to hang on the fenceline so I’ll be making a trip to the nurseries for more plants very soon…This year I’m carving out a niche in the corner for two acacia wood folding chairs and a small table – someplace I can relax with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night. (♫ Hot summer nights that’s my time of the year… ♫)
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention another amazing occurrence last Friday: Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn were aligned in the skies. Amateur astronomer Alexander Krivenyshev snapped a gorgeous shot this morning (April 15) of four planets aligned over Manhattan’s Upper West Side. April’s Pink Full Moon materialized yesterday in the sign of Libra. Next Friday is Earth Day and there will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse on the last day of the month. Whew!
I know there’s a lot of insane stuff going on in the world right now, too. I mentioned back in February that the only shortages I’ve seen here is canned cat food – especially the higher-end brands (Which, of course, is what the Prince demands…) I had contacted the company, Fussie Cat, directly and was told it was a transportation issue. Fussie Cat is produced right here in the states. They assured me that I should see more stock in March and sure enough I did. Pet Club is still not as stocked-up as they usually are, but their main warehouse has been sending them more of the flavors Ramses likes. (Been doctoring the ones he picks at with canned tuna. They don’t call it “Fussie Cat” for nothing! LOL.)
Additionally, the FEAR-factor regarding so-called “food shortages” is being pushed hard. Although I cannot speak for other parts of the world, it doesn’t take a blind person to see the enormous amount of food we waste here in the United States. Again, I cannot speak for other parts of this country but here in California there’s no shortage of fresh produce to be had, considering all our Farmers Markets. We’re seeing more and more folks shopping every Saturday at the one here in Sunnyvale. Please support the efforts of small and family-owned farms. Not only does it put good food on YOUR table but it also helps keep these businesses operational – a WIN-WIN!! Note: Since you are cutting out the middle man the prices you pay for quality food (especially organic) is considerably lower than you’ll find in the grocer stores – AND it’s fresher.
The food shortage [is] not due to short supply, Covid, or shipping delays. Processed foods meant to sicken you have resulted from farmers who [are] paid to grow [or not grow] GMO vegetables and fruit.
– Judy Byington
Amen to that! And please, try not to make this manufactured shortage a self-fulfilling prophecy by hoarding essential items. That’s what THEY are counting on. Our selfishness. Let’s not panic. Instead let’s help each other out and practice consideration and thoughtfulness. Whatever trickery THEY have planned for us will not last more than a month or two. They don’t want starved and ARMED masses coming for them – for we are LEGION.
Be light of heart, dear Readers. THEY feed on our fear and despair. Open your heart to the possibilities life holds. To the MAGICK that fills every inch of this beautiful planet and all that live herein. Focus on the positive and the possibilities each day brings. Let go of fear, embrace change (even unwanted change), and move toward JOY.
Each morning Ramses and I awake to the sun shining and the birds singing and I turn to him and ask: “Are you ready to start a new day? Are you ready for a new adventure?”