Spring is here! I suppose I can’t be totally sure of that since we had huge flakes of snow falling thick enough we couldn’t see through them right here at N. Ranch less than two weeks ago. But, all the green plants growing in my rock-covered yard that looked like weeds weren’t! I went out to rake up everything that the trees emptied on to the ground making room for new leaves and discovered all those green plants were Mexican poppies readying to pop. Three of them bloomed into the beautiful bright yellow and orange blossoms that will fill the yard within the week.
Other signs of springtime will soon show themselves in tiny green buds on the trees. One day you look and bare limbs and the next, every branch will be decorated with green spots. They seem to wiggle into being overnight. I love springtime and it is so welcome here in the desert. We had enough rain this year that when I look out across the desert just beyond my lot, it is green and lush just like a Michigan cow pasture. Actually, there are cows out there on occasion so I’m not all that far off.
The Joshua tree outside my office window has bloomed a major bloom and soon the Easter cactus will awaken with its array of 6 to 8 inch white blooms. If you aren’t out very early, you will miss them. They wilt by 10 a.m.
It isn’t unusual to see rabbits and quail any time of the year but soon baby bunnies will appear from under hiding places to bask in the sun. Tiny quail will run after their parents, looking every bit like quarters with legs speeding along as fast as they can go. Can you tell I’m ready for spring? I think I will go for a walk. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites, and is now available as a print edition. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”