I've had a good week. On Thursday three of us women pastors met in Miles City for lunch. One came from Broadus, one from Baker, and I came from Glendive. Two of us are retired and filling in. The pastor from Broadus said we would have made a good opening for a joke, "Three silver-haired Lutheran pastors walked into a Mexican Restaurant. . ." if you want to try and finish that line you are welcome! We have lots in common, rural ministry being the greatest commonality. Good to get together and good to visit. Collegiality is so important when you are living far from anyone and everything. We all enjoy rural congregations and people and feel they have a real gift to give to the larger church as well as other areas of living. It is a culture all its own.
Coming from Savage this morning was a nice drive along the Yellowstone River. After the snowstorm in early March, the prairie is really greening up. it is a joy to see. Today I saw a lot of calves with their mommas. Ranchers are into calving season which is an extremely busy time for them and their families. Cattle were grazing on the new grass which I am sure really pleases the ranchers. They did a lot of feeding this winter. Pheasants line the highway in abundance. I am just waiting for one to hit the grill of my car. Lots of wildlife! Highway 16 has long been notorious for deer crossing the road. When I have to drive the highway at night my eyes are moving back and forth across the road watching for those tell-tale eyes shining in the headlights. About mid-March the Canadian Geese were everywhere. A couple of flats along the highway were really a place where they congregated. People who live in the area say that is a common sight.
Besides the pastures greening up it is fun to see a little green fuzz on the trees. It is not too apparent yet, but it is there. In town my lawn is green and I have Spring flowers coming up all over -- lilies, tulips, iris, lilacs. The robins were fussing in my front yard the other day.
A little snow lingers in draws on the north side of the hill or here and there in a protected ditch. Not that we won't get another snowfall, but for all practical purposes most of us feel we are done with that for another season..