As a child you may have made wooly lambs and snarling lions to
represent the calm way we wish to exit the month of March and
the wild, windy month we usually start with. I remember using
a large paper plate and cutting out eyes and gluing cotton balls
all over the plate for a lamb. I also remember having made a form
for my preschool students, the shape of a lamb out of brown or
tan construction paper. They loved using the glue and adding the
cotton balls that ultimately got stuck to their fingers, clothes and
everywhere except where they ‘belonged.’
Making lambs and lions with children, as an artistic endeavor,
spurs my desire to share Vincent Van Gogh’s thought:
“Great things do not just happen by impulse but as a succession
of small things linked together.”
Did you know Vincent Van Gogh lived a short and productive
life of only 37 years? He shared and created beauty through his
post- Impressionistic paintbrush strokes. You may wish to check
out this trio of sweet Spring flowering paintings. Van Gogh did
these in his final three years of his short life.
1. “Cherry Tree,” (1888).
2. “View of Arles, Flowering Orchards, (1889).
3. “Almond Blossoms, (1890).
Hope this may inspire you to dabble with paint, chalk, crayons
or start a craft project.
Let’s hope the month starts as a roaring Lion and leaves as a
Here is a word from Thomas Kinkade, (2001):
“Prayer or simple meditation will nurture your spiritual connection
vital to evolving a focus that is truly personal and intrinsic to
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
There is a complicated explanation about the meaning of this Sunday.
It meant that there was a movement or change among some faiths,
where icons or representations of various important elements could
be produced. This was in the 700’s, Jesus Christ and Mother Mary,
for examples could be depicted through artwork. This is considered
the first Sunday of Lent, 2015.
Texas Independence Day.
Would it qualify for celebrating if I had some chocolate Texas sheet cake?
3rd- Town Meeting Day
Vermont likes to have their town meetings.
4- (Sundown) Purim begins. This lasts two days and ends on March
6th. This Jewish holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish
people into the Persian Empire, saving them from a plot to kill
them. This day is one which includes feasting and rejoicing.
Full Worm Moon-
“Add compost to your soil to invite beneficial earthworms into your
(2015’s “Old Farmer’s Almanac.)
To make compost, we used to use the parings of our potatoes, fruits
and vegetables. These days, you consume so much of these, so scraps
of the rinds, stems and inedible parts of your food can be put into a
raised garden. You can till it from time to time, creating a rich place
for worms to thrive.
8- Daylight Savings Time (2:00 a.m.)
“Spring ahead. Fall behind.” This little saying helps me remember
the direction of setting my clocks each Spring and Autumn.
I think many of us will be joyous once the season gets warmer. I
hope this will be a season of renewal and ignite new passions and
“As we turn the pages of time,
we discover hidden mysteries
and triumphs in each chapter.”
9- Commonwealth Day in Canada.
Friday the 13th- 2nd one ‘down,’ only one more to go this year.
This is not a big deal to most, except the superstitious ones.
15- Andrew Jackson Day (Tennessee)
17- Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
“Place stems of fresh white carnations into water with green food
coloring to dye the flowers green.” (2015’s “Old Farmer’s Almanac.”)
Do you pinch people who don’t wear green today?
Did you know the Episcopalians usually wear orange today?
Also, on the 17th- Evacuation Day (Suffolk Co., Mass.)
19- St. Joseph’s Day
“If it’s on St. Joseph’s Day clear,
So follows a fertile year.”
(Country saying or Folklore)
20- New Moon
“The fiddlehead, which looks like the tuning end of a fiddle
is the top of a young ostrich fern, tightly curled and sheathed
in a brown coating.”
2015’s “Old Farmer’s Almanac” uses ferns in March’s report.
29- Palm Sunday
Most palm trees require year-round temperatures above 40 degrees
30- Seward’s Day (Alaska)
Shall we have a slice of Baked Alaska, in your honor?
2015’s “Old Farmer’s Almanac” mentions a plant that is native to
Alaska and Canada,
“Tall Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium acutiflorum) tolerates drought
and creates a ground cover, commonly with blue flowers.”
Words to Live By:
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable
The Smithsonian Backyard series of books came with a
sweet stuffed bird. When I received this gift, my book’s
subject was inevitably about a robin, along with my toy
being a robin.
This book begins with a lovely Spring message and ends
with a helpful glossary of words and description of the
habits of each bird in the series.
“Robin at Hickory Street,” (1995) was written by Dana
Meachen Rau and illustrated by Joel Snyder. Read this
and it will give you a beautiful picture of the changing
of the seasons in nature.
“Winter’s song fills the backyard of the blue stone house
on Hickory Street. A honeysuckle branch taps a beat on
the kitchen window. Wind whistles through swaying
spruces. Rhythmic drips of melting ice dot the snow.
Soon this chorus will be replaced by Spring’s. The sweet
murmur of honey bees, the rustling of chipmunks behind
the shed and the cheerful melody of a robin who will call
this yard his own.”
The book is 32 pages and in the description of the robin’s
song, it is given as: “Cheerily, cheer-up, cheerio.”
And on that note. . .