|range cows sheltering "neath the spreading juniper tree"|
This time of year I like to have my morning prayers outside, sometimes walking the property with a homestead dog or cat tagging along. This is when I find the freebies - wild growing plants and herbs to add into the daily meals. Dandelion greens for salad, tender horehound shoots before they send up flowers for cough syrup. Soon the algerita bushes will bloom - or not - and I will know which ones to watch for fall berries. Ditto the prickly pear cactus. These fruits are bitter and take determination to collect because they are protected by thousands of tiny stickers, but they cook up into delicious syrups, jams and jellies in the fall.
Another month and I'll have to get out early in the morning just to get the outside chores done before it gets too hot. But for now, spring on the Homestead is a welcome respite from frozen water pipes, frozen water troughs and generally cold bones.