Nature Nurtures Hope

Tree-FreezeThis was my Japanese magnolia tree almost a month ago.

It had bloomed gloriously, but got hit by a freeze. This was the result.

I wanted to cry when I saw the tree, but I walked out and looked at it closely.

This is a picture of what I found. Can you see the green buds?

natures-hopeTo me, this is an example of how nature nurtures hope.

It’s a good lesson for me and maybe you.

Sometimes, everything looks brown and dead.

And it’s easy to believe there’s no hope left.

But looks can be deceiving, as my Japanese magnolia proves.

Even in the darkest times, there is a bud of hope waiting to blossom.

Look for it!

Hope

Cat Predicts the LONG Winter is Ending!

AggiePredictsSpringThis is Aggie on our screened porch. It’s the first time in weeks; she’s actually gone outdoors and stayed. I can’t get her to come inside. It’s a sign!!!

Before today, like Punxsutawney Phil, Aggie’s been going to the door, meowing at us. When we open it, she sees her shadow and turns around.

I’ve accused her of trying to hibernate as she sleeps almost all day, hidden in her burrow.Aggie-Burrow-2

But today, she couldn’t wait to get to the porch. I’ve offered to let her back in, but as you can see from her face, she’s a pretty happy kitty.

So, for all of you still freezing, hang in there! Aggie is predicting the end of winter. Soon, you’ll also be basking in the warm sunlight.