‘Song of the Brook’, by Lois Mountz Lilacs fresh pickedFor those who are fortunate enough to experience the seasons, Spring comes forth from the earth, from the sky, from the trees.  It seems to slowly emerge from the cold of winter, sometimes teasing with a longed for break in the weather, but still having a mind of its own, coming when it is good and ready.

Spring is like nature tuning up, then breaking into song. There are no words, but many voices make up the chorus.  From the swamps, from the bogs, the Spring peepers fill the countryside with song; from the skies, flocks of birds anxious to settle into their summer homes return and join the chorus along with the Canadas who honk overhead, seeking a pond for their coming brood.

As the chorus continues, spring rain cleanses the earth. Some thunder, some warmth from the sun, more rain, and soon plants are a foot high!   Time to head outside with the garden rake.

It’s like seeing a miracle as one drives through the countryside.  Lush hillsides are tinted in soft shades of yellow and green; surely an artist with brush in hand must have painted this scene!  The  dogwood, some white and others almost florescent pink, put on quite a show as do the glorious magnolias.   Daffodils, tulips, spring beauties, violets, even mushrooms spring forth after a winter’s rest.

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THIS IS SPRING!   GOD HAS GIVEN RENEWAL.  LET US BE THANKFUL AS WE ENJOY THE BEAUTY AROUND US.  YES, GOD IS GOOD!  EVERYDAY – GOD IS GOOD!

Watercolor painting ‘Lilacs and Robin’s Nest’ by Lois Mountz

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Our tour to Holland and Belgium was only for a weekend, as most of our GI tours were.  Along the canals of Amsterdam were charming houses side-by-side where folks dressed in clothing of their ancestors. I especially remember the ladies who were seated on the brick walkways making bobbin lace.  Their fingers flew as they flipped the many bobbins attached to threads to create  beautiful lace.   Of course, we saw windmills, wooden shoe makers, and the market where Edam cheese was made.  My favorite reminder of our trip was the photo we had taken in Dutch costumes.

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Lois and Ken in Holland in May 1960

(Wooden shoes are very uncomfortable!)