Note: This post somehow disappeared yesterday, but I managed to find the text saved in my history archives. The language has been revised to reflect recent changes. 

Sometimes I don’t realize how seasonal depression has sunken in until the time change comes around. And suddenly it’s Spring, and I’m full of energy and optimism. One reason for this is volunteering with the Weld County Master Gardeners. I’m so eager to pick their brains and learn new things.

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Recently, Weld County held a few Master Gardener events: First, we met our mentors and signed up for volunteer hours. Then, last Wednesday, we were introduced to the rest of the group. There’s about 50 of us total. The kick-off was catered and informative. I am so excited to volunteer at the farmer’s market, the Greeley Garden Home Tour, DIY Days in Frederick, the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Island Grove and on the garden line in the office. My mentor is a sweetheart, and I look forward to getting to know her better.

Something else I love about Spring is Earth Day. There hasn’t been a day we haven’t celebrated our planet in over 10 years. From kicking it with Tika at Centennial Park in Nashville to bird-watching in Colorado, there’s always something fun to do.

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Bird watching was one of my New Years Resolutions. According to my notes, I wanted to take a class, but I’ll accept a guided tour as a substitute.

Keegan and I reported to Barr Lake last Saturday morning bright and early at 8:00 a.m. Although it was slushy outside, the snow did not deter us from the drive to Brighton. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies celebrated its 30th anniversary with information stations, presentations and guided tours around the park. We started with the bird feeders, and one guy worked with me extensively while I practiced using my binoculars. I appreciated this man “taking me under his wing”.

 

 

 

We progressed past the feeders towards the lake. Our group crossed over the slick bridge as the volunteers warned us to be careful. We continued our adventure along the edge of the water. All in all, we spotted Grackels, Sparrows, a Woodpecker and a Pelican. We saw other birds, too, but I can’t remember what they were. All I know for sure is I’ll be stalking upcoming guided bird tours. I enjoyed the event more so than expected, even with the nasty snow storm.

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Hmm what else? My friend Fatima surprised me recently with an Ulta gift card. I’ll probably reinvest in Philosophy’s Purity cleanser once I’m done with Tarte’s Rain Forest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. Tarte’s formula is okay, but Philosophy is where it’s at. Either way, I appreciate the kind gesture.

Also, Keegan and I watched A Quiet Place last weekend and loved it! The movie was suspenseful, and the theater near our house underwent some major renovations. Those reclining leather seats with warmers for your toosh are no joke. We will definitely return to Caremike soon.

That’s about it for now. I’ve got some super exciting news I’m not allowed to share until tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s this: