Sunshine! And it has hit 70 degrees! Spring has definitely sprung! There is more rain forecast, but less and less. We are having more sunshine than rain and it is great weather for working outdoors. When the sun starts shining this much I feel myself perking up and my energy levels getting higher and stronger.

The river is still high but slowly dropping. Nearly every road that was closed is now open…yea! I have been to our local big town twice this past week. Nothing like not being able to go anywhere to really get your ‘want to go’ reflexes start aching for activity. Sadly, so much of the rest of the country is still under siege by winter weather: snow, ice, floods. There is nearly thirty five feet of snow at Tahoe which for us means lots of runoff once it all starts to melt, but hopefully there won’t be any more flooding in the valley. I’m ready for lots of sunshine even though it may well lead to a long, hot summer.

I’m ready for a change of wardrobe…out with the sweaters and in with new colors and outfits. I’m ready for yard work and everything in full blossom in my yard. I’m ready for sandals and painted toenails! With all the fires last year and the year before; and all the rain and floods this year; I’m ready for a year of nothing happening. Sunshine and morning walks, working in the yard, clear skies… clouds, no smoke; my soul longs for the natural light of the sun, just as my spirit longs for God’s inner ”Son’ light. Trips planned, a family gathering coming up, local events, things to do; winter means being shut up in the house, but spring and summer mean being able to go.

Sunshine energizes me and brightens the world around me. Thank you, Father God, for light! Thank you for green growing plants, blue skies and gentle breezes.

“I see trees of green, red roses too; I see them bloom for me and for you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do. They’re really saying, I love you. I hear babies cry. I watch them grow. They”ll learn much more than I’ll ever know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself….what a wonderful world.” ………….Louis Armstrong

It really is a wonderful world.

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