The Harbinger

Trusting a harbinger, trusting a messenger for what it tells of things to come is a matter of faith. The visual appearance of a messenger lends strength to subtler clues … as in the case of the song of our much anticipated springtime harbinger – The Meadowlark.

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  1. Joan says:

    Shery, what a sweet, precious, loving look at Spring. I too love hearing and seeing God’s creatures arriving to my area to make it special. Thanks for your wonderful words. God Bless

  2. Diann says:

    My harbinger arrived just yesterday in a glorious streak of bright yellow. Five years ago I awoke to see a bright yellow bird nesting in the cedar just outside my window. It was an amazing site. I immediately went to my bird id book and found what I believed could be the California Oriole. A bird that has not been seen in California for many, many years, believed to be extinct. I called some experts and started a frenzy. We had experts, cameras and video galore on the property. And yes, the California Oriole still exists. Now five years later "my" lovely orioles return each April to nest. There are now 4 or 5 pairs and they are a riot of marvelous color as they dart from olive to fig to cedar to oak. I have taken the orioles as a wonderful sign of life and strength and I am encouraged at their sight.

  3. Jan says:

    Hi Shery, I really liked this post about the Meadowlarks. I live in KS and this is our state bird. Sad to say that I haven’t seen very many the last few years here, but sounds like you get lots of them.

  4. Marcie says:

    Hi Shery,
    Love your writings about the Meadowlark.
    There is nothing like the call of a favorite bird to make one connect with Mother Nature. It soothes my inner being. I love to sit in my favorite spot in my yard beside the coral honeysuckle on a trellis (where a Robin has made a nest) and become one with the natural world. Reminds me of our ten and a half years as caretakers/land managers of a 700 acre wildlife refuge in central TX. That was then and this is now and in our retirement years we live on our tiny spot in the TN Smoky Mountains which we have turned into our bird/butterfly/bat haven and enjoy the sounds and sights of nature.

  5. Connie says:

    Hi Shery,
    I enjoyed your post on the Meadowlark. It made me feel like Spring is here even though we are still looking at snow here in Alberta. Happy Spring to You! :o)

  6. Jan says:

    My favorite bird of all time! Easter day we drove to a hill in farm country called Steptoe Butte. As we neared the crest I could hear many Meadowlarks, even with the windows rolled up! My comment to my husband was ‘Wish that we had them around the house like we used to!’. The next morning I was outside feeding my dog and heard the beautiful song. Right there, in the top of the spruce tree…Heaven sent…

  7. Louise Marie says:

    I loved the song of the meadowlark, but the song of Bing and Johnny was out of this world! Your post was beautiful and touching. God encourages His own, doesn’t He? With all the evil in the world, He still brings us this tiny, melodious creature to sing of a promise made long ago. I thank God for the promise, for the meadowlark, and for you.

  8. Becky LaTray says:

    You always inspire me. It is wonderful to know so many others wait for the song of spring in the call of the Meadowlark.

    Thank you so much for your blog

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Out With The Old

Do you periodically do a “new” thing or see old things in a new way? Spring is a time of newness. Ok, everybody knows that. The seasonal change fixin’ to happen soon isn’t responsible for the “new” I’m dealing with. No, there is a new kind of new around here, a herd of new, a new look, a new spin, and a fresh view. Newness. If it had a fragrance, it would smell like rain … after a summer shower.

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  1. Michele says:

    Shery. Everything looks wonderful :). Tears once again rolled down my checks…I can’t stand to let a friend cry alone. My heart goes out to you…as I fear the time is coming when my old dog day will be there… I dread that. I trust in The Lord that I will meet my four legged children again someday and my heartache will be gone. Hugs to you. Oh and have a wondeful birthday my friend!!! Always Michele

  2. Christy says:

    Shery, My thoughts have been with you this winter as I know you continue to feel your loss. You are such a lovely lady with such a positive spirit. I continue to wish you well and hope that you have a blessed Spring, filled with newness and joy!

  3. Nanette Boots says:

    Congrats on your guest room. It’s alive with color and old memories. I am a quilter and enjoy seeing what others do with old quilts. Also, your photos are always so vibrant with color. I read your blog mainly for the photos. Thanks for the entertainment.

  4. Betty says:

    Boy, I’m with you on the clean out of the crafts stuff and getting rid of things. My husband and I downsized yet again and are trying to remodel our new old house while we are living in it. Unfortunately or fortunately there are no real closets. I’d just been stashing my boxes from the move last year in piles. Now the piles are in one big heap in the first room I see down stairs. Talk about motivation. One thing I discovered was that looking through my undone projects made me feel guilty for not using everything up.
    I am now in the process of discovering how to pass them along to others! And Shery, the only thing we know for sure is that everything changes. You are an inspiration!

  5. Ruth says:

    Dear Shery, As always, your words deeply touch my heart. I was reminded of the saying that "There is no heavier burden than an unfinished task" when you talked about being a procrastinator. Boy, is that ever true!! I commend you for tackling all your waiting projects! You are definitely an inspiration! Enjoy your ‘new’ time with Ribbon. Happy Spring to you and yours!! With you in Spirit!

  6. Diana Henretty says:

    The beautiful quilt lifted my spirits today, and all of your words too.
    Spring is in the Ozarks finally, we spent 5 hours today building fences for our
    pole beans to grow up on this year, all under the beautiful sunshine at 70 degrees.
    We too love the old, there is something comfy and cozy about a home filled with treasures from the past that someone else has loved and cherished before us.
    It is like passing down a piece of love!
    Hugs from the Ozarks, may your spring be filled with blessings! Diana

  7. Jan says:

    The NEW item that I will be trying this year is the beautiful Moonflower. Compliments of your garden of last year…If you can grow it in drought prone Wyoming, why not try it in my neck of the woods??
    Thank you for the inspiration, and sharing with us farmgirls..

  8. Jan says:

    Dear Shery, What a timely post for me, I have been wanting, needing to clean out my sewing/craft room for a loooong time now and your words have helped me to really get in the spirit of really getting it done now. Thank You!
    I love the quilt in your new guest room, everything looks so nice. Love the way you decorate and choice of colors. I also love the picture of Ribbon, she is a beauty!
    Happy Spring!

  9. bonnie ellis says:

    Shery: Wow girl, my sentiments exactly! I have been doing the same thing. What a kick. Maybe some where in there should be a trade of stuff with other farmgirl friends who’d love to try the things you don’t want any more. It works great with craft stuff. Thanks for the push. Spring always means new beginnings.

  10. Millicent says:

    Sherry, it all looks lovely! I, too, love old phones. While I have some cordless ones, I also have my grandmother’s old hand crank phone. It doesn’t have a dial, but it is hooked up to our phone line. I have turned off the ringers on all our phones except this one. We have that old time ring each time someone calls. I love it!

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