Maple Love

One of my fondest memories is the day I came home from work on my birthday, several years ago, to find my loving father in my front yard planting a Sugar Maple tree. He told me he wanted to surprise me with something that I could enjoy long after he was gone.  He was certainly correct in his thoughtful gift. The tiny three foot seedling has grown into a mature majestic beauty! It now towers over the roof top for him to view in heaven. 

I enjoy my Maple tree all year long, each season brings new wonders to view, plus I think of him each time I gaze at its beauty!

Today at least thirty Cedar Wax Wings have flocked to this same Maple tree to drink sap.  I thought you would like to view -

Enjoy the photos!

  Make a memory happen today for someone!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,

Rosie

The Gentle Giant

If anyone ever needed proof that music is an international language, then they need to look no further than artist Don Williams. We were fortunate to be in attendance at his sold out concert on Saturday evening at the Dacotah Exposition Center in Morton, Minnesota.  Don has a smooth and perfect bass-baritone voice like no other. The richness in his vocal ballads is still outstanding even after years and years of entertaining audiences around the world!

Don selected his songs with all the skills of a class winemaker picking grapes – only the best will do, and the vintage result was the best blend of emotions ones heart could ask for with songs like, ” I Believe In You,” “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me,”  “Tulsa Time,” “I Believe in Love,” “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,”  “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,”  “If I Needed You,” … etc.  making it easy to know why Mr. Williams was the 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is a true legendary singer and songwriter who has become known as the Gentle Giant.

During the ’70s, Don Williams became one of the most successful country artists in the world. Don Williams was the first country music artist to make a concept music video. He also co-starred with Burt Reynolds in two films.  His country-pop not only crossed over into the American pop mainstream, it also gained him a large following in England and Europe.  Don has been touring around the Midwest states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa this April and in May he heads to the UK and Ireland.

Don sang for a steady 90 minutes – singing one number one hit after the other.  As he moved to his most memorable songs, the audience joined the show. One of the best moments for us to witness was when Don stopped singing to hear everyone in the audience continue to sing his song, “You’re My Best Friend.”  With the spot lights streaming out into the arena, voices blending and viewing Don on stage beaming as he listened made for a moment  we will never forget!

When I need hope and inspiration
You’re always strong when I’m tired and weak
I could search this whole world over
You’d still be everything that I need

You’re my bread when I’m hungry
You’re my shelter from troubled winds
You’re my anchor in life’s ocean
But most of all, you’re my best friend

Thank you, Mr. Williams. It was a surreal, relaxing evening of pure delightful entertainment.  A true honor for us to be in the audience enjoying your music and singing with you!


Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions

Rosie

 

Be Still and Listen

I learned a long time ago to LISTEN to God’s whisper.

Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God

Throughout the years this verse has always spoken to me clearly especially through a cardinal’s song.

Today I went to mediate at my favorite “comfort” spot.  Before I left, I knew in my heart God would have me hear a cardinal. I didn’t know he would make a cardinal so visible! 

How Majestic!

Wherever your path takes you in life remember to LISTEN to God’s whisper …

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions … be blessed!

Rosie

Splish Splash!

One, two, three … splish splash I was takin’ a bath! Long about a Saturday night! Bobby Darin’s song seems very appropriate for these three robins taking a bath in the street corner puddle on this Saturday night!

“Well how was I to know there was a party going on?
They was a-splishin’ and a’splashin’
Reelin’ with the feelin’, movin’ and a’groovin’
Rockin’ and a’rollin’, yeah a-splishin” and a splashin’..”

  Note the Cedar Waxwing is waiting patiently on the sideline!

How delightful to hear the robin and cedar waxwing’s songs echoing in the spring air! Have a nice weekend!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions!

Rosie

video of the robin singing and the cedar waxwing

We Made It !

Welcome APRIL !!!!  We made it through a very long winter!  They are predicting a Minnesota spring “snowstorm” tonight but it can’t damper our spirits as the snow will not last long as April has arrived!

Whenever I flip the calendar page to April, I recall making a bulletin board for an elementary class room a few years ago. I had each child make an umbrella with flowers.

“April Showers bring May Flowers”

There is something magical about viewing the budding of trees and flowers = RE-BIRTH

The tulips and other colorful flowers peeking out of the once frozen earth = RE-LIFE

 

Look at this photo of tulips…

now view the photo through the glass window pane of rain droplets …

                          They become blended like a watercolor

and

 I feel the blending is symbolic of the

mixing of our life with re-birth!

Yellow tulips symbolizing “cheerful thoughts”, white conveying “forgiveness”, purple representing “royalty”, pink showing “caring” and the red tulip meaning ” love”.

All together they become variegated tulips

perhaps symbolic of

   “beautiful eyes” with a variety of gorgeous color patterns.

All we have to do is “look” for beauty all around us and feel re-birth of our souls

and

dance in the rain!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions ...

Rosie

Mothering Sunday

Today is Mothering Sunday also know as Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom. Originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood. Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday and falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.

Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area. This became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.

Mother’s Day is a worldwide celebration of mothers, motherhood and the influence that mothers make to the lives of their children and society. In other areas of the world Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Another Mother’s Day is here,
Bringing joy and pleasures new,
On this special day, Mother dear,
I want to remember you

I’m giving you a pure, sweet rose,
Gathered in the early morn,

In kindly, loving thoughts of you,
And with the faith you still impart,
The rose I give to you today,
Is the love that’s in my heart

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers in the United Kingdom …

we are thinking of you …

Rosie & Gavin

 Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions … enjoy your day!



 

Tribute

It is only fitting that we gather at this flag pole

To honor the one who gave us his heart and soul

He took a bullet for us during the 2nd World War

And for Elmer that was just the beginning of a whole lot more

 

A dedicated employee of Meeker County Memorial Hospital for 40 years

We can still see him raising the flag through our tears

As Chief Engineer, he was always on call

But he was more than just an employee; he was a friend to all

 

With volumes of knowledge, gallant, caring, loyal and true

Are some of his attributes to name just a few

Elmer was the perfect husband and father

So proud of him were his son and his daughter

 

As we stand here with Old Glory

Let us not weep or feel sorry, for Elmer has reached his final reward, he is now in

Heaven with his Savior and Lord

 

So as we raise this flag towards the sky

Let us remember Elmer’s examples of how to live, love and die In tribute and in loving memory of my dear father Elmer on this date of the ten year anniversary … 3-27-2004 – 3-27-2014  … God bless his memory.

Written in his honor by his dear friend Gary S.  Thank you Gary ღஜღ

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,

Rosie

 

11:57 a.m.

Do you enjoy the four seasons but after an extremely snowy, bitter cold winter do you long for the first day of spring?  In Minnesota we have had unseasonably cold temps with fifty days below zero.  When I look outside there are still snow piles, it is time to start thinking of positive approaches as at 11:57 a.m. SPRING officially begins today, March 20th!  

To me, nothing says spring better than the fragrance and rainbow colors of beautiful flowers! Even if you are fortunate to be viewing flowers in your garden this is a great idea to bring cheery, delightful pleasure “inside” to your window sills!


  1. Choose a glass vase and add enough clear marbles or pebbles to fill about a third of the vase.
  2. Add the tulip bulb (pointed end up) on top of the marbles. Cover the bulb with a few more marbles or pebbles to help give the growing root support.
  3. Add fresh water into the vase. The water shouldn’t touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow in.
  4. Watch your beautiful tulips grow!  Enjoy!

View of My PurpleTulips:

 

I tried to think of as many FLOWERS of SPRING that I could:

Tulip

Daffodil

Columbine

Bleeding Heart

Azalea

Magnolia

Peony

Hyacinth

Crabapple

Iris

Liliac

Alliium

Crocus

Wisteria

Primrose

Pussywillow

Lilly of the Valley

Flowers feed also the soul!  What is your favorite spring flower?

Look at you, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you ~Edward Payson Rod 


Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions – Happy Spring!

Rosie

My Wish

Isn’t it amazing how hearing a song can take us to a certain moment in time …

While listening to the radio this morning, I paid close attention to the lyrics of My Wish, a song by Rascal Flats.

All of us, at some point in time, need to make decisions; some decisions will be crucial points in our path in life. We have to decide which path is the correct “road” for us.

All of us will lose loved ones; we will miss hearing their voices and spending time with them; making some moments stand still in time.

The song I was listening to spoke volumes to me … so much so I wish to share the lyrics with you and the song link. 

My Wish

by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you wanna go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.
But more than anything, more than anything My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.
I hope you never look back, but you never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you live,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God’s grace, in every mistake,
And always give more than you take.
But more than anything, yeah, more than anything

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

Until Next time with more Sweet Conclusions may you dance in the rain and show the world the warmth of your smile …
Rosie

 

Signs of Hope for Warmer Weather ?

I was peeking out my window to find any sign of life on a negative seventeen degree morning when I saw a flock of Cedar Wax Wings! They were basking in the warmth of the little sunshine available on the end of a large branch in the yard. 

Hopefully they are alerting us that warmer weather is soon arriving!

The Cedar Wax Wing is a medium sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North and Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada and wintering in the southern half of the United States, Central America, and the far northwest of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit, and insects. The Waxwing’s black mask has a thin white border. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults. Males and females look alike.

I also saw this handsome male, Red-bellied Woodpecker and active squirrel …

If it is sunny in February, the story goes that a groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for another six weeks.  I am in great hopes that this squirrel seeing his shadow will contradict the groundhog and SPRING will arrive melting the piles of Minnesota snow!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions – what signs of  SPRING have you seen in your area of the world?

Rosie