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    1. Thank you, Scott!! Horse manure is one of the best ways to fertilize gardens. And aren’t I the lucky one who just happens to live right around the corner from a horse ranch that has a sign in front …. FREE horse manure. Life is good!! Happy Spring to you too!! 🌸🌸🌸

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  1. Your Spring looks so beautiful with all your amazing photos, dear Amy 😀

    Grieving demands time, no matter humans or animals. The more close we have been, the more pain, but also joy to remember all the good times.

    Wish you a beautiful Spring.
    Much love ❤

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    1. Thank you, Irene! New Growth has barely begun yet I am willing to crawl on the ground to find it. As for healing, I’ve come a long ways in that department already, dear friend. Just a few short months ago I was such a mess I’m not sure if I was actually sane. The mind can only take so much and you have to admit the amount of disasters that I was hit with one after the other would have made the strongest person on this Earth crumble. Yes I did crumble. Yet in that crumbling my life is beginning to come back together in a new way which is a good good thing. I have my eyes especially on Doodles and Jersey because they are the ones who in my opinion are hurting the most over the deaths of their brothers. Each day comes and I do my best for not only myself but for my family. Hopefully this week the warm weather will stay and I can get out into my Gardens. Today is sunny and I do believe my crocuses have opened so you can be assured you’ll be seeing those soon. May your day be a glorious one and filled with much much Love! HUGS, Amy 💕🌸💕

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      1. Bless you, dear friend. I know it has only been about 6 weeks since Rocky’s demise, 7 for Echo, yet I see Doodles and Jersey really taking these deaths hard. I’ve had to feed Jersey lately … she doesn’t want to eat. And she acts so scared. Doodles doesn’t budge off the bed, barely moving at all. That’s exactly what Rocky did after Karma died. These cats feel emotions so deeply! 💞🐾💞

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  2. I couldn’t imagine you spending your time any other way, photographing everything that looks like a promising beautiful spring. I hope 2018 makes up for all your sadness from 2017. You are doing it the right way, because dwelling on sadness is easy, trying to look past all that, mind you, not forgetting your losses, but still finding the beauty that remains. Thank you for sharing the beautiful new growth.

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    1. Oh dear, Frazzle. You honestly put tears in my eyes and it’s taking a great deal of strength now for me to not burst into tears. I have been through so much as you well know and yes choosing glad over sad each and every day takes a great deal of determination and stamina. That does not mean my Heart does not hurt anymore because oh yes it still hurts. As I find the magic once again that Mother Nature beckons me to find, the gladness overtakes the sadness and in this way that huge hole in my Heart will mend. I cannot thank you enough for this comment. It meant the world to me as a woman who has been through so much. May you be blessed for your kindness! Much Love to you this day! 💕🌻💕

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  3. Hi Amy 🙂 I love seeing all those beautiful green shoots!! ❤ Thank you. 🙂 ❤ I am looking forward to seeing how your garden grows. I hope it brings you healing and peace. ❤ I haven't seen any green shoots here or buds on the trees yet. A house finch was teasing me this morning. I heard him singing outside of my window, but I couldn't see where he was. He has flown off to sing his merry song elsewhere now. Love and blessings for you! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. My gardens and the forests will bring me healing, Sarah. They already have done so! I’ve been hearing many new voices in our neighborhood today! OH for the JOY of hearing birdsong! Much Love to you this day!! 💖💖💖

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  4. So wonderful to see green again! Until you’ve lived in a snow climate you can’t understand the importance of color! To see white 24/7 gets tedious after a while. So spring is always so welcome on so many levels. Love seeing your new sprouts 🙂 Be well, suck in the wonders of mother earth and have fun !!!! love and hugs… VK ❤

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    1. You know it, VK!!! I LOVE green! Even though I am presently laying down on freezing cold ground and crawling through mud, (giggling) I am finding more and more green every day! YAY! We’re getting there!!! Love and (((HUGS))) Amy 😘

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    1. Spring has begun to spring, Erika. I see the signs. It’s still early and in fact I can remember a time when we would have feet of snow yet on the ground. The Seasons have changed a lot over the last 50 years. May you have a wonderful day!! 💞🌷💞

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    1. Thank you, Jodi. I have no doubts healing will take place. I remember about 6 months after Karma passed, he being the 3rd fur baby to go in a 6 month time frame (2016), I finally came out on top and finally began to feel whole again. So yes it shall happen again and in fact, it is already. I completely fell apart between this past September and January due to again deaths that I got hit with. I’m really learning that living is a choice and to continue to live fully by Loving the NOW moment and who I have in my life NOW. Hard transition. Spring has arrived in perfect time to surround me with GREEN bringing me back to wholeness. Much Love to you this day! 💞🌷💞

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    1. Yes, Pragalbha, I am persistent to always see the Beauty even through the pain. By doing so the pain will eventually fade away and Beauty will mold my life to that of Love and Peace. Thank you for your wise and kind words, dear friend. May you have Much Love in your life this day! 💞🌷💞

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  5. Lovely spring growth, the beginning of something new Amy. Even horse manure is so full of vitality. If you sing as you plant and fertilize you will be amazed at the energy you will have created for their journey towards the sky ❤
    Enjoy the warmth as the sun gets closer, and your being fertilized with the suns magical vitamin D through its beams on your skin 😀

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      1. Thank you, YellowCable! Oh you better believe Spring is springing. It is amazing to see these tender shoots coming up even when the temperatures are still so chilly. Much Love to you this day!! 💞🌷💞

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    1. Have you ever done heavy gardening, Mark? LOL Just the thought of singing while groaning … well, you get the picture. Tee hee … But now that you planted the “seed” of singing in my brain, I’m gonna give it a try. I KNOW the energy singing creates. You’ve got me hooked. I’ve many times had my CD player with me, headphones on my head, while I garden, listening to some good music. Perhaps my flowers would like to hear too? I bet they would!
      Winter is tugging at Spring right now so temperatures are fluctuating. I supplement with Vitamin D all Winter long, yet there is no better “supplement” then the real deal. I LOVE the sun and how it makes me feel. May you have a glorious day today filled with Love and Peace! 💞🌷🌷💞

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      1. The reason I mentioned it was from seeing a good friend of mine planting young plants and seed in her garden. It was the most barren piece of land that I have ever seen. Weeds wouldn’t even grow on it. But she dug it up, added the manure and topsoil and proceeded to grow the most incredible flowers and vegetables every year, the likes that I haven’t seen in a beautiful growing area…all because she gave them her energy in talking and singing to them. Her neighbors had given up in trying because their outcomes were always very poor regardless of what they had tried 😀

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      2. COOL!! I LOVE hearing stories like this, Mark. I actually for real have people who are driving down our street slowing down to stare in wonder at my gardens. Now you have given my Great Motivation to Sing while I clean up and open these gardens. Oh how exciting!!! 🤗

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  6. Spring renews Amy and I know you are knitting back together as you breathe in the new life Spring is showing you. Life keeps on giving, and your heart knows no other way.. Thank you Amy for the gifts you bring us with your photos and words of wisdom through them.. Our hearts are enriched and filled with love from them..
    Love and Blessings
    Sue ❤

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  7. I am laughing so hard! I love the horse poop comments! One of my friends once came to the farm to get some cow patties. Of course I helped her — even gave her the gloves she forgot to bring for the job. I also showed her the ones to pick up — the dry ones that had aged enough to be crumbled into the soil so they wouldn’t burn the plants. We were cleaning up the barn yard and she was doing so well until she picked up one that was still ripe on the bottom. Guess it takes more than one lesson to figure out the difference between completely dry and almost dry. I still tease her about that one. Love this post, Sweet Amy. Do you have your spring yet? We still have our overflowing rivers, but I’m not giving up hope that it will arrive. April, come she will!

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    1. Nothing better IMO then horse poop for my gardens. And oh yes it is very important that horse poop is not fresh for like you said it will burn the roots. I have to point out to hubby when we are at that mountain of horse poop what I think the best stuff is. And then we shovel it in bags to bring back home. Of course I am the one who puts the horse poop in my gardens. Of course. LOL

      No we don’t have our Spring yet. Darn it. I had the chance to photograph my beautiful Crocuses before we got slammed with cold and snow. Winter it seems is being stubborn this year! Bummer! I know at this time last year I was out in my gardens, early yes, but I was out there. So in the meantime, I go to the gym and set up a consistently routine (OUCH not easy!) but I am doing it!

      Much Love to you, Angie!!! 💖💖💖

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      1. I hear that OUCH! I have to keep up my stretching exercises or that muscle will clamp back down on my sciatic nerve again and that is the worst pain I have ever felt in my life, including childbirth! I love the stretches though, mainly because they relieve the pain without drugs!

        I’m in the process once again of getting rid of a lot of clutter in my small apartment. The repetitive motion was what made the muscle clamp down on the nerve, so I don’t keep up the same thing for a long period of time but change to something else every ten to fifteen minutes. Seems to be working better for me. And no manure required! I did repot my jasmine yesterday. Poor baby was so pot bound she was in pain. She looks so relieved now that I keep apologizing for neglecting her so long. She even started blooming again, so that made the trip out for the larger pot and the bag of soil worth the effort.

        Time for me to shut down, after I finish answering my comments. My Cable Guy will be arriving this morning. Sound intriguing? My WiFi is doing a chicken dance every time I get a phone call and while I can hear okay nobody can hear me, so that’s not good. I just hope he can find the problem. I also hope I can find my remote, but that’s a whole nother story. Love, love, love you, Sweet Amy!
        ❤ ❤ ❤

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      2. Jasmine. *sighs* Once I had a Jasmine plant but because I didn’t tend to her well and basically forgot to water and such (I had to put her in another room with door closed due to cats), before I knew what was happening she withered up. That and she didn’t get enough sun where she was yet I could not move her. I did try to transplant her into my garden but Winter got her. How I WISH I could have Jasmine in my gardens! The smell when she bloomed!! OH OH OH!!!!

        Sciatic nerve pain? Nerve pain period? That is a HUGE ouch and if you say to me that is worse than childbirth I give myself a huge pat on the back! I KNOW how painful that is. There have been times I would spasm so badly with nerve pain thrown in I couldn’t walk. To which I crawled. Gardening is HARD work as you well know …. and with this back of mine …. VERY challenging. But the more I do it over time the more my muscles strengthen. Keep fingers crossed that what I am doing in the gym is preparing me for the gardens so I can avoid the massive pain.

        Hope the Cable Guy was easy on the eyes. (smile) You aint dead yet and yeah it’s OK to look. More about that with my next post. LOL More HUGS coming your way ….. take good care of you, Angie!!! 💞💞💞💞

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