Springtime in Tomah

Tomah1It happens every spring. The whole countryside is “greening up”. It’s a most delightful time of the year, when the leaves take on that light green color and you can peer deeply into the woodlots. Later, the tree leaves take on a dark green color. The corn is up about 2 to 3 inches, barely discernible when looking at the rows from the side, but one can glimpse the neat rows if looking straight on. At this time of the years, the lawns need mowing every 3 or 4 days. The maple seeds are helicoptering down. With a little wind, a whole shower of the whirly things. The lilacs have seen a good run, and are on the downside. There is no more fragrant flower than the lilac. If I die in May, I do want plenty of lilacs at the place of final repose. Make it tulips if the inevitable occurs in April, lilacs in May, sheaves of alfalfa, timothy, and clover in June, stalks of oats and wheat in July, chicory and Queens Anne’s Lace in August, and goldenrod in September. Any other month, you can choose. We’re approaching June, and we can see that the days getting longer and longer, which will keep happening up until around June 21, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. We will have about 15 hours of daylight and 9 hours of darkness. Already the point of sunrise on the eastern horizon has moved so far north that we can see the Sun come up from our large picture windows at around 5:45 AM. Reminds me of the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun”.  “Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right.”

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