It may be inconvenient at times, but it's sure good to see the rain return. Perhaps those requests sent heavenward were delivered right on time!

I can hardly wait to start planting things again, after not being able to do much of it at all last year. My new hip is like a new lease on life, though the other one has decided to " join the club" and will also be replaced in a few months. If it heals as fast as this one, who knows? Maybe even a small garden this summer will be a real possibility.

I'm happiest with lots of green, growing things around me - especially if they also come withyummy veggies, fruit, or colorful blooms to boot. Looking at the fence yesterday, I was thinking how lovely it would look covered with climbing roses - especially if they were fragrant varieties.

My favorite rose is Sterling Silver, but it has become almost impossible to find. A beautiful silvery lavender, it has the most wonderful perfume. It does not seem to grow very well here for some reason, but I keep trying when I am lucky enough to find one.

There's lots of news this week, things to carry through the next couple of weeks.

andbull; Crescent City Church of Christ, (9th and E), will be starting a new sermon series, "The Story," Sunday. This will be a 31-week series that shows the one continual story of God and his people throughout the Bible. The public is welcome.

andbull; The season of Lent (the 40 days prior to Easter) is a time in the life of the church in which one prepares for the celebration of Easter.

This may take on many forms, but the usual pattern is one of prayer and repentance for things done wrong in our day-to-day living.

It begins with Ash Wednesday, which will be observed at the Crescent City United Methodist Church at noon, March 5.

Through music, meditation and prayer, with the traditional imposition of ashes, the service will focus on bringing people to a sense of contemplation and returning to the place God has called us to be.

Questions may be directed to the church office at 464-3710. All are welcome to attend.

andbull; Today, and next Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Redwoods Family Worship Center will hold a garage sale fundraiser. Organizers can use all types of resalable donations. If you have something they could use, contact Donna at 954-3507, or Tonya at 954-2256 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off.

Additionally, the church ladies' "Kingdom Crafters" are in need of donations of yarn. The ladies make blankets and lap robes for rest home patients, as well as warm hats for the homeless and other items to help people in need.

Contact Terry at 954-1231 if you have yarn to share.

andbull; The Seventh-day Adventist Church is wrapping up its series on depression and getting ready to begin a new class on dieting.

Called the "Full Plate Diet," it will begin March 11. The cost is $40, which will include the book, workbook, daily diary, and CD with personal weekly information. Pre-registration is requested. Call 464-2738.

I've been told by someone who has attended this one in the past that it is interesting and helpful. If you are one of the many battling the problem of weight, why not give the class a try? This is one situation where losing is winning!

andbull;Reach Out Ministries, alocal non-profit providing spiritual help and emergency food, is in need of donations of non-perishable foods for its Good Samaritan Emergency Food Bank.

Donations may be dropped off at Crescent City Foursquare Church, the Mailroom, or each Sundayfrom 2 to4 p.m. at its weekly ministry and food distribution at Highway 101 and 9th Street across from Burger King.

You may also call 954-6071 for more information, or donate online

andbull; Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church has a new schedule of services:

Sunday worship, Bible Hour for all ages, 9-10 a.m.; Nursery in the Wherehouse,4- to 10-year-olds, Wherehouse, Adult Bible Class, Sanctuary; 10-10:30 a.m., coffee fellowship, Wherehouse; 10:30 a.m., worship, sanctuary.

Weekly small groups: Sunday evenings, contact church office for locations and times;Friday evening HIS Youth, 7 p.m. in the Youth House; church office hours, Mondayandndash;Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,Friday, Saturday, closed.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email