We have enjoyed the mild weather in recent days, but don't be fooled, winter is not ready to give up just yet. By the time you read Neighbors again the day and nighttime temperatures may be below average.
I am in no great hurry to remove winter protection from perennials and biennials. After all, March weather is fickle.
An early spell of mild weather may lure us into a false sense of security. But, as we know, spring weather can be treacherous, and early warm days may be followed by bitter nights and cold, windy, sunny days, a combination that is hard on small plants. I keep an eye on the small tender green shoots as they emerge from beneath their winter covers.
Like kids waiting for the go- ahead from their parents on Christmas morning, some excited little sprouts and budding buddies can't wait until that trickster Mother Nature decides to cut out the funny stuff.
Last week I did some yard work, an arduous job, and began to finish taking down the dog pen that the catalpa tree ruined -- However, a box elder, marked with an invisible X hovers over my work site and the wind was strong. I placed the pliers and wire cutters back in the junk drawer and put the project on hold. There was plenty of other work to do and I did that.
Last Monday, Paul and I visited the VA clinic in Terre Haute, the reason: his annual check-up was due. A few adjustments were made to the medications and diet modification will be necessary, but for most part; he is enjoying better health these days.
Tuesday afternoon, we visited the fine folks at H&R Block, in Brazil. We entrust the company to handle our tax matters each year.
I also received several calls and emails last week. I am grateful for the readership of "Brazil Buzz," more than I can ever express in words.
When and if you call me, I am never too busy to talk to you. I am a good listener too.
Some people say, " I wanted to call you, but I don't want my name in the paper." I don't do that and I do not spread gossip. What comes in on my phone line, computer or through correspondence stays here, unless you wish otherwise.
Others call me because something I said hit home with them. Some ask for advice, or are just sad and/or lonely, needing a receptive ear. My shoulder is user friendly, as well.
I hear from nature lovers and more -- " Paul Baby" followers. Imagine that!
My sister, Sandra, and her husband, Gilbert Gallardo visited me last week. Sandy handicrafts beautiful quilts. She brought the latest addition to her huge store of handy-work for me to view and admire.
I didn't know whether to hug my little sister or grab hold of that bed cover and tear up my bed and remake it, but she already gifted me with two quilts, equally as beautiful. Besides, later, if she asks me what I want for Christmas, I can suggest!
I send my condolence to the family of Bill Hall.
Well folks this is all that I have this week. I am not feeling my best. I truly am a dizzy blonde today.
I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line to 613 North Elm St., Brazil, Ind., 47834 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.