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4/12/2013 10:54:00 AM
View from the Valley

We just returned from a funeral of a young  woman who died of cancer. Her battle lasted 7 years wherein she never gave up hope. These cancer patients are some of the bravest people I have the privilege to know. The odds are against them and yet they fight on. This case was doubly sad in that this young wife and mother had lost her husband to suicide a few months prior to her passing. She leaves two young adults without parents. This will have been the fourth person we have lost since arriving here in December.  These losses seem to come all at once.  Prayer is a comfort to the grieving and to their friends.

I always love the season before planting when the seed catalogues arrive. Since we are here in Arizona I am seed catalogue deprived. I love the pictures of the beautiful flowers and how from a seed, blooms abound. Or at least that is the way it is supposed to be. I am not a real lucky planter and do much better with plants started in a pot. But the seed magazines really make you drool. Dreams of gardens overflowing with daisies, asters, lupine, marigolds and zinnias  pervade my dreams and I cannot wait to get home to start my garden. However, this year we all must wait for the snow to melt. The cherry blossoms in Washington just  made their glorious entrance this weekend and they are gorgeous.  Cacti are blooming here and the flowers look so delicate next to all the spiny stems they are attached to. It boggles my mind  at all the varieties. Now if we could only train the javelina not to devour all the blooms; but they eat them like candy.The hummingbird population is growing and from our window we can see them hovering about all the red and pink flowers getting nectar. They are an amazing specie.

You  might like to know that it was 99 degrees in our car at  1pm today. With all the brutal winter snows and temps this sounds heavenly but 99 degrees is HOT. Afternoons find most folks inside reading a book or sipping an iced beverage. The pools are a bastion of relief, but it is still  pretty hot in the full sun. So early morning and late at night pool dips are the norm. Even the hot tub is not appealing to the weak and weary ........too hot. The spring breezes of Minnesota will be a delightful change from the blistering heat.  Are we ever content with the status quo?

This column is brief and to the point. Sometimes life gives you a break and events are spaced just right. Now the next few weeks might be humdingers, but who knows. I am just as happy not to know. The daily routine keeps me grounded for the next fiasco. Shake off the snow boots, hang up the shovel and get set for warmer days. Pretty soon the Farmer's Market will be in full swing.  SHALOM

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