Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Celebration of Spring*

This is one of the most beautiful Springs we have had in South Texas in years. The lows have been in the mid 50's at night and the highs have been in the high 70's during the days. The days have been cooled further by pleasant winds. It is absolutely a gorgeous Spring.

I have played a little golf. Last week on the course it was cool with a nice breeze. I didn't even break a sweat playing the 18 holes. Between the 9th and 10th holes my buddy and I sat under a huge pecan tree and ate lunch. All in all it was a perfect way to spend a Thursday.

The rest of the time I've been working in my yard. I have a pretty extensively landscaped yard (not quite as landscaped as the one pictured but I'm working on it) and I've been trimming hedges and cleaning out dead leaves from the Fall that were caught under the hedges. So far I've bagged twenty-five 30 gallon bags to be hauled off.

I've also been planting hundreds of bedding plants around the house and yard for Spring and Summer color. Already the roses are in full bloom - red, yellow and pink. Some of the yellow ones are huge, beautiful blooms.

It's the best time of the year in Texas; and what makes it a real celebration for me is that the therapy for my cancer continues to do its job and I have energy to do all the work without tiring out after only a few minutes. It's been an amazing thing, and I am thankful for it. It occurs to me often that our trials come to make us stronger and to let us appreciate more fully and be thankful for the good times. The Spring of 2012 has been one of the best of my life for me. Later in the Summer, my wife and I will be going to Europe to further celebrate the fact that I have the strength to go. It's also a great thing to have something to look forward to.

The only down side is that I have not had time to get on the computer much at all. I apologize for leaving you all in the lurch. But I should be back next week with a new blog piece. Once I get everything done I can take my computer out on the patio and write while enjoying everything I've done.

In the mean time, I hope all of you are taking advantage of the Spring weather where you are or for my Aussie friends who read the blog, the Fall weather. No matter what your circumstance, I hope you'll find your own way to celebrate the Spring. I'm a Country Music fan. Most people in Texas are. One of my favorite artists is Tim McGraw. He sings a song, Live Like You Were Dying. It's a good philosophy. I have cancer, but none of us know about tomorrow. Just this week locally a 17 year old High School student died in a automobile accident when she and three of her friends were out driving. Don't let life pass you by. And if you haven't heard Tim McGraw's song, take a look at the You Tube video below.

Jack Scott

1 comment:

  1. Jack...

    Great news about your continuing success in battling your cancer! Keep on plugging away.

    Being a redhead the only cancer I've had to deal with is basal cell skin cancer. It's easily treated but still a nuisance.

    The Spring here in upstate New York has been spectacular. The last week or so has been chilly and the farmers are worried about the tree fruit and the vineyards, but the flowering trees and bulbs have lasted for weeks.

    Don't worry about the Blog, when the time is right you'll be back at the computer.

    Enjoy the anticipation of your trip to Europe. We're staying state side this year, but we're talking about going to France next year.

    We have friends on the coast near Bordeaux and our daughter is making noises about a junior year at the University at Aix en Provence.

    Looking for whatever is coming.



I deeply regret that I must reinstate the verification process for those who want to leave comments on my blog. This is due to the intolerable amount of spam that spammers are attempting to leave on the blog.

At the same time I am changing settings so that those of you who have a Google Blogger ID or other recognized blogger ID will not have to have your comments moderated. My hope is this will encourage more readers to take the time to comment. The fact is I want to read comments with those of you who disagree with me as well as those of you who agree with me. All I ask is that you keep your comments clean and non-threatening.

The only reason I take the time to write this blog is to spur your thoughts and comments. Please do not let the spammers cause you not to comment. I know entering the verification words and numbers is a pain in the ass, but I hope you will not let the spammers cause you not to comment.

I still very much look forward to hearing from you.

Jack Scott

Anyone can comment on what I write in this blog. Regretfully, the recent amount of spam in my email account as required that I reinstate the word verification process for comments which I personally hate.

But at the same time I have loosened the comment moderation process so that those of you who have a Google Blogger ID or other recognized blogger ID will no longer need to wait for your comment to be moderated. I'm hoping this will tempt you to take the trouble to comment.

The truth is I want respectful comments both from those who agree with me and those who do not. All I as is that you keep comments to the point, clean and non-threatenting.

I look forward to hearing from each of you.

Jack Scott