Signs of spring and soaking up sun

Published 12:03 pm Friday, March 22, 2013

A bee feeding on Bonnie Bardos’ lunch. (photo by Bonnie Bardos)

A bee feeding on Bonnie Bardos’ lunch. (photo by Bonnie Bardos)

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

~ Chief Seattle 

Out in the Pooh Garden one drizzly morning, River dog and I discovered a sweet-scented white hyacinth: one fragrant stem came inside; the others stayed to bloom for Pooh and the birds. In the kitchen window, vintage glass bottles sparkle with an array of flowers: a small altar to spring. River and I have been busy in the yard: after the chainsaw saga, we started trimming boxwoods (he decided to supervise from far, far away — River does not like things that cut, clip, or roar loudly), cleaning the fish pond and getting the fountain pump started, then finding time for a lunch break outside on the sunny deck.

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A wasp, who had wintered in the patio umbrella, ventured out to join River and me: like us, she’d had enough of cold. I shared my lunch with her, hoping afternoon sunshine would help her move better. First, a crumb of wheat bread, then a little piece of sweet pickle … she tried both. Last, the winner hands-down was a bit of cupcake – the sugar probably did the trick! She enjoyed that morsel all afternoon. Not once did she try to sting me, nor did I wish to mash her. River seemed to know well enough to leave her alone, his inquisitive Shar-Pei snout stayed well away from her, although he eyed the breadcrumbs. Even one-eyed dogs have a knack for targeting the treats! We all just visited, peacefully, glad to be soaking up the warmth of sun.

Saluda Welcome Table is every Tuesday, dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church. All welcomed; donations appreciated.

“Sound Investment” will play at The Party Place & Event Center on March 23 for “50 Concerts in 50 States;” this is to help awareness about epilepsy with information available.

Saluda Center events: Community Potluck and Bingo March 25 at 6 p.m. Polk County Red Cross blood drive, March 27, 1-7 p.m.