We’re getting our first April shower. Nice! It is so needed. Before the rain started, I put in drip-hose for my new garden beds. Hopefully, all is set so I can take trips with confidence this summer. I don’t want to come home to dead lawn and flowers.
I saw my first American Goldfinch for the season at my finch feeder. The brilliant yellow plumage is unmistakable and spurred me to get out my camera with the big lens so I can see the birds better. As small as my backyard is, I had to order a better pair of binoculars for birding. I have a hard enough time telling sparrows and female finches apart. I’m keeping my eye out for the Lark Buntings so I will know when it’s time to plant the sweet corn.
Okay, the shower has turned into non-stop rain. We are into our second day of it. It has come slowly, so it is soaking in and wonderful for the grass and winter wheat. There are some drawbacks though. For example: I went to my granddaughter’s kindergarten class yesterday. The teachers all looked frazzled. One looked at me in desperation, “We can’t send them outside. They go crazy without recess, and they’re driving us crazy!” If you’ve ever considered volunteering at a school, now’s not the time to start – or – now’s a good time because they need you!
When I look outside, it seems as if things are greening up right in front of my eyes. That is the wonder of spring, the earth renewing itself. The days are getting longer and warmer, the birds are singing non-stop, the flowers, and the weeds, are pushing through the wet earth to find the warm sunshine.
Everything looks a little be-draggled today, but in a day or two, all will look happy. That’s the way nature works, year after year, as long as we take care of our planet. Be an Earth Advocate today. After all, what other place can we call home?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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