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by Karl Kretzer, staff writer for www.SeniorArk.com


January in Pennsylvania is the time for fireplaces and hot chocolate. Although the days have begun lengthening, the temperatures are fit only for polar bears and the far-too-frequent hum of the 60% efficient furnace. Only 1699 hours, ten minutes, and 6, 5, 4, 3..... seconds until spring. But who's counting?

The leaves are long gone, and the flowers have turned to seed for the coming spring. Green has mostly turned to brown - - and occasionally white. But there is beauty to see, that is invisible in the summer. Our second floor bathroom faces the back yard. This fall I cleaned its window inside and out, and removed the screen, for a clearer winter view of our backyard and neighborhood. And I have been using my observatory ever since. A whole world is alive out there.

The structure of the harder parts of the trees is rather magnificent. It must have taken a real architect to design those intricate masterpieces. I see the squirrels' nests high off the ground, swaying in the wind on their limb foundations. How did they learn to do that? I want my house to stay firmly fixed to the ground. And the squirrels are still out and about doing something or other. I see them chasing each other around the trunks of trees. Are we approaching mating season? Am I a voyeur? Hmmmm.

Some of the birds are wintering out there; sparrows, cardinals, blue jays, others. Canada geese fly over occasionally. I see bunny tracks, and tracks from some neighborhood cats.

All well and good. But for most of us, it is much more of a struggle to find things of interest outside in the winter. Sometimes January through March can feel very restrictive for those of us who love our yards and gardens. Cold temperatures and icy conditions can imprison us for days at a time.

So what better time than this to plan a project for spring in our backyards? Turn on the imagination. If you need a jump start, go to www.google.com, then click the subject "images", and type in "backyard" without the quotes. Click through, and enlarge the pictures that interest you. Get ideas on plants, flowers, or even a new flowering tree. Have a look at the backyard that I have been working on. There has been a little more progress since those photos. It isn't fancy, but it is fun.

Make notes for what you want to do when the weather warms. Can you start some flowers from seed indoors in April? What will you need from the nursery? Is there room for a flowering cherry, or a few azaleas, rhododendrons, wisteria? Go to garden supply sites like http://www.homeharvest.com/, or http://www.naturehills.com/, or http://www.gardenguides.com/plants/info/flowers/flowers.asp . There are many more. Look around their sites for ideas. Dream!! Do you have room for a couple beefsteak tomato plants, and maybe a red or yellow pepper? How about squash, or a pumpkin plant (This takes room. I had one volunteer in my front yard and I let it grow. Check it out. All the neighbors were jealous--as long as they were children!).

Are you up to building a backyard waterfall? Well then--try it. They can be as simple or complex as you want them. The gentle sound of falling water will be a treat in the summer. Again, go to www.google.com, click "images" and search for backyard waterfall. Then enlarge photos and you will find some great sites with instructions. Here are a few examples of useful sites: http://www.about-waterfall.com/category/pictures-of-backyard-waterfall/, http://www.squidoo.com/backyard-waterfalls, or for  ideas on a very small waterfall, go to http://www.ehow.com/how_4483980_small-waterfall.html. Here is an idea for a watering can waterfall:http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=15798 Dream!


Build a trellis, arbor, or flower box.  Do you have a basement or garage shop? Design and build a trellis, arbor, or flower boxes. Ideas abound online. Here are some trellis photo ideas. Also see: http://www.ehow.com/how_2117434_build-flower-box.html , or see a step-by-step flower box by Bob Villa at: http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Building_a_Flower_Box-Pots_and_Containers-S3333.html.


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