Well thanks a lot Punxsutawney Phil, six more weeks of winter and here I was hoping I’d be planting when I got home. I read this funny quote from someecards, “Let’s get an extended weather forecast from a jittery, inconsistent, reddish brown rodent,” and do what with it? This quote is pretty funny when you think about it but this annual event is taken pretty seriously especially if you are of German descent or live in Pennsylvania where the first official observance of Ground Hogs day dates all the way back to 1887. I’m personally okay with whatever happens because I live in Arkansas and our weather changes every fifteen minutes, so we shall plant when we plant and I can’t wait to play in the dirt.

Since I’m currently away from home visiting family I’ve had the unique opportunity to meet new people, have new experiences, do some shopping and I’ve enjoyed trying new foods. I have met so many nice people and have actually run out of business cards! Whatever was I thinking? I love sharing the love I have for the state I call home. My sister really is the best tour guide and I especially love the out of the way places, those hidden gems that provide you with unique experiences.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” Virginia Woolf. So with that being said, the dining part has been exceptional, so life out West is good.

This last week my sister and I were invited to the local wine tasting event held at different locations around town. Wineries from around the country participated in the event as well as several local restaurants provided food samples. While attending this event I learned a new word, novinophobia. Novinophobia means the fear of running out of wine. I can say with a good degree of certainty that there wasn’t any fear of running out of wine or food, this event was very impressive and I really enjoyed tasting the local flavor of Taos.

Giving happens no matter where you hang your hat. There is plenty of giving going on in New Mexico because I’ve already met several people who I’d genuinely like to get to know better. Giving starts with an open and caring heart, grows with a smile, a handshake, a hug and will flourish and grow with time freely given to form it into a loving and lasting relationship.

Your Kindness Challenge for the week: Make a thank you card for your librarians.

“Reading is dreaming with open eyes.” Thanks to our librarians for keeping the dreams.

If you’d like to visit for a day or overnight stay, have a heartwarming story to share, a thought or word of inspiration, would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.