The Ladies Page

COUNTRY ECHOES

| March/April 1967


BRANDON WISCONSIN R.R-2 ZIP-53919

What a mixture of so many ingredients is this life we live here on earth. The moods we get into are as changeable as the weather, and if we were to live by them, what a miserable time we would have. And yet this wonderful variability is what puts the challenge into all we do and are. When we pick up the Iron Men Album as it comes we ask ourselves, 'What unusual story is going to be within its pages this issue?' 'What will the old time pictures be?'

I have a new variety of Christmas Cactus in bud. What will the blossoms look like? The foliage is quite different than my old standard plant. This plant was in blossom for Christmas this year. The other will be open by New Year's Day. And, I ask myself, will the neighbor's cardinal ever venture over to our bird feeder? All we seem to get is sparrows. Don't misunderstand, I do not despise sparrows. They are God's creatures also, but a change would be nice. I would like his lovely red feathers to match the color inside our house.

The delicate tracery of the denuded limbs on an oak tree are an interesting picture now as we see them against the background of snow and sky. And as we look forward to another spring the neatly wrapped leaves on an emerging spear of a tulip shoot will again create another mood within us. There will be promise and fulfillment when we are patient. Surely it is a marvel the way they come forth from the frigid ground.



Another reason I am waiting for spring is so that my old parlor organ will gather wind again. Somehow the winter heat has a reverse effect upon its bellows. But there is a great deal to be completed before spring comes. Your Fellow Steam Enthusiast is writing another book. I have to believe some publisher will like it or I might as well quit right now.

On second thought, I should not say that. In reading the first chapter or two to our youngest daughter she learned more about our childhood on the farm than she had ever heard me tell. She was number six in the family and I was too busy by that time to have time for all these memories. If the publisher says 'No' the family will have a record to remember, at least.