As I sit here (with my feet up) I look directly through the patio doors to the deck. The deck railing and the table and chairs have the same snow cover that has been there since November. My view has not changed. I suppose I should be happy when I realize this means we have had no bitter winds to blow off the snow and blow the table over let alone freezing anyone outside. I should count our blessings but sometimes this is hard. I have been rescued. Some of this year?s seed catalogues have arrived! I can dream!

Last year we received a catalogue that listed small bundles of little trees. I?ve got to have trees but when we built a garage we had to cut down 4 of the 5 trees this property had. George has got to have a garage. Neither of us is able to go and dig up a big tree and bring it home nor do we have a budget that would allow us to import a grown tree so inexpensive baby trees we felt was worth a try. We ordered a pack of 5 tower poplar, 5 Siberian Larch, and 5 who knows what–we can?t remember. They were priced at $15.00 a pack or less. Each collection of 5 was in a little bag with all the bare, dry roots showing through the plastic. We watered and watched the 15 little trees (18 inches t o 2 feet) flourish and grow during the summer. They sort of got lost under the snow but we expect them to survive and grow this summer.

I?m not a real gardener but I like flowers even if I tend to stick to sweet peas, nasturtiums, pansies–the old favorites. ( I have graduated to Gazania though.) So when I look in a seed catalogue listing Datura, Matthiola, and Venidium etc. I get a bit vague–but I can dream.

I?m probably dreaming when I say I?m going to plant some lupin but I do hope some will get planted in our garden so I?ll continue to sit here, read the garden catalogues and dream.

George and I were given a book at Christmas by my niece and her husband who live in Grande Prairie. (Actually the nephew is in Chad, Africa, where he is working for an oil outfit–but that?s another story.). It is a small book by Mitch Albom and it is called ?the five people you meet in heaven?. In brief I?ll just say it is about Eddie and follows his life until he finally dies at 83. ?He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it.?

The first chapter is called ?The End? and the first paragraph is ?This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginning. We just don?t know it at the time.?

I recommend this book to you.