|Sunrise yesterday from my backyard|
|Apple blossoms in Ojito Open Space, San Antonio|
Pear, Apple and Plum blossoms
spring forth wherever I go.
|St. Francis of Assisi by Alma Quillian and forsythia|
|Sierra Blanca Bladderpod|
|Hedgehog cactus flower buds|
|Red-stemmed Filaree, Heronbill|
|White Ragweed buds|
New Mexico State University Agricultural Extension has a series of How-To videos for the Southwest Yard & Garden that I find very valuable. Here's their video on what to be doing in March and April in North Central New Mexico to prepare your garden:
I must wait until May to plant a garden because El Cheapo Ranchito is at 6900 ft. elevation and there is still a chance of a freeze. It was 25 degrees F. yesterday after 60 mile an hour wind gusts blew through here on Sunday. There are a lot of things to do his month to prepare for my garden. Last years garden was very productive although I lost some tops off my tomato plants due to a late freeze. You get fooled by the warm spring-like temperatures and then -boom - comes a snowstorm, even in early June!
|Blue moon in dawn view of Sandia Mountains from my house|
|Sandia Park Sunrise, April 4, 2011|
Ron is making Green Chile Stew. Smells wonderful! The sun is shining and it's warm outside (70 degrees F.) today. I get busy cleaning up the garden, putting in fertilizer and weeding. Can't wait to move the potted flowers outside and to get my veggies planted.
with my jigsaw puzzle.
Precious is perched on the back of the couch,
just watching -- maybe Ron will drop a nice morsel of meat from the chopping block?
Ron's daughter, Margaret, emailed pictures of the grandkids. Our newest grandson, Max, is now 4 months old. Here he is during a visit from his Minnesota cousins (Will and Mila):
|Max and Tauzer|
|Will, Max, and Milla|
|Auntie Anne with Max|
Ron's daughter, Anne, visited Max in Iowa with her children: Milla, who will be 3 years old April 17th and Will, who turns 8 on May 7th. They will see us in New Mexico this coming August.
|Uncle Jeff with Will and Milla|
Thoughts from my teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh:
"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion."
"Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive."
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending."