Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring... by Anna Adams

What do you do when winter changes to spring? Personally, I mourn a little. I know that’s weird. My daughter tells me how happy spring makes her with the promise of newness and rebirth. To me, it means stultifying heat is right around the corner, but as much as I wither in the heat, I can’t resist the green that comes to my part of the world.
Spring, Springing
I’m trying to embrace spring, so even as I’m writing to more scary deadlines, I’m planting lettuce in a container on my deck. My aunt sent me tomato seeds that have their beginnings in my grandmother’s garden in the 70s. I’m so hoping I don’t manage to kill them with my terrible thumb of death, but the good news is that my aunt is a regular Luther Burbank so the seeds will be available next year, too!
George, my kitten writing assistant has abandoned his post on my laptop keyboard to take up a hunting stance in the open front door. You just can’t tell when a lawn mower or a birdy will need hunting, but he’s doing his all to achieve dominion over his domain. Those frogs singing—he just has to give up on that. Too bewildering.
I’m exercising every day, but instead of the treadmill, I’m more often walking in my neighborhood. The hills are even more harsh than a treadmill’s incline, but I’m so much less bored looking at the outside.
Right now, a storm is rising outside. One of the slightly worrying aspects of living around here in the spring. There’s always the chance you’ll see the Wicked Witch of the West pedaling past your window. But, as always, we can use the rain.
What are you doing as spring comes to your door? Or, if you’re in one of those delightful places where spring is still waiting just outside your neighborhood, how do you plan to enjoy?
I have a couple of books, kind of wintry in tone, Christmas Always, and Now She’s Back, that I’d love to give to two folks who comment! I’ll have the kitten break off from hunting to pick a number. I might need extra help getting into the spring spirit!

24 comments:

  1. Anna, as someone who has never liked winter I'm embracing the hot weather we're getting even though I know too early it will probably be in triple digits.
    I hope your seeds sprout. I've resorted to potting tin flowers. Looking forward to your next book.

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  2. Roz, I wish I loved the heat since I live in it so much of the year! I may be doing mostly container planting, too! Hope yours are all blooming soon!

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  3. Anna, I share your ambivalence about spring. Not looking forward to the heat and humidity that are sure to come shortly to TN. But I've loved the flowering trees and the way everything is indeed greening up. How neat that you have heirloom seeds of your grandfather's tomatoes! Your George reminds me of my Daisy who is being driven crazy by the mad male bluebird that keeps flinging himself against the windows (and his reflection). She goes eye to eye with him in my office. We're both hoping he and his "wife" build a nest soon and settle down. :)

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  4. Yay, Leigh! I'm glad I'm not the only one, but you're totally right about the flowering trees and blooms. I am excited about the tomatoes. I hope I don't kill them! That is one brave bird you've got there. I guess he understands glass pretty well! Poor Daisy!

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  5. What I wouldn't give for some storms!! I love spring, too, though. And summer. I love the heat vs. the cold (at least this year, LOL). Lovely post!

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  6. Hi Anna!! I dread the approaching heat too. Our Springtime is so brief usually, and then the heat comes right on its tail. I do like the longer daylight though, and while it's still cool I can take strolls in the park and look admiringly at the beautiful flowering trees. I wish I could sniff those lovely blossoms, but oh the allergies! Reading is nice outdoors too. I'm off to find a new umbrella for my backyard, with a net that will drape over it to save me from the bugs. ( :

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  7. I love spring. It's the stretching it out long enough that is the problem. I'm not a fan of heat, either, but am very tired of the cold. Good luck with your tomatoes!

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  8. Anna - you'll have to come and visit Carol Ross and me. The Pacific Northwest is having a warm and quiet spring - a little rain, but not too much. And summer seldom gets above the mid-70s. We grow tomatoes, too, but always have our green-tomato-relish recipe handy for those years when they just don't ripen. Hope George has a fun summer - and Daisy, too, Leigh. My Stormy watches the crows fly by and does that weird little thing with his teeth that means he'd like to grab one. But they're bigger than he is, so not a good idea. Loved your post.

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  9. Happy Spring, everyone! My husband and I took our coffee out to the patio this afternoon. Bundled up in jackets we toasted to the fact that most of the snow has melted from the yard. We rarely have much of a Spring here in Rhode Island. One day the humidity hits and the fog rolls in and we call it summer--and I get in the car and head to the mountains of the Idaho. I hope you and your kitty enjoy the sunshine.

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  10. Happy Spring!! I feel lucky this year. We went to Charlotte, NC for spring break just when all the flowering trees were at their prettiest. Now back in Chicago, I just have to wait another month and it will look like that here as well! It's like getting two for one this year! Off to share this post and get you some winners :)

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  11. I enjoy the longer days and warmer temps of spring. It's great to get back outside again! We are having a very wet spring in northeast Texas and would like for it to dry out a bit, but I know we'll be wishing for rain this summer!

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  12. Anna, I so wish you all would have storms. You need them! Wish I could love the summer more, but we didn't really have much winter here so I'm feeling cheated. ;-)

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  13. Laurie, same here with the brief spring! I hope you find a lovely umbrella. We need one for our deck. Good idea about the bug net. We have birds and frogs singing, but no bugs yet!

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  14. Thanks, Liz, for the good luck wishes. My tomatoes would probably thank you, too! You must live in an area where the winter really was winter!

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  15. Muriel, your place sounds like perfection to me. Be careful about extending those invitations. You're liable to open your door and find my little orange writing assistant (George) and me on your threshold! We'll bring tomatoes unless I've killed them! ;-)

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  16. Kristine, I love New England! What a lovely place to live! But Idaho is beautiful, too. I hope you and your husband have a safe and easy trip west! In some lovely spring!

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  17. Oh, Amy, that is kind of nice--two springs! Mind you, the one time I've been in Chicago was in the middle of a heat wave. The days were 104 or thereabouts, and I'm not sure I remember the nights cooling down! Thanks so much for sharing the post!

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  18. Britney, we lived in Ft. Worth for a while! We definitely wished for rain in the summer, but the huge winds there made Texas kind of bearable. I'm such a dopey easterner, I ran from sagebrush when we first moved there. Ours was one of the first houses finished in our subdivision, and the sagebrush rolled out of a field and straight at me. Most humiliating! :-)

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  19. Anna, I'll take cold over anything higher than 80 F. I used to live in TX too and boy did it get hot! I love the four seasons we get in N. VA and I'd miss them if I left.

    Still laughing about the sagebrush rolling right at you ;).

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  20. I love spring but I'm from Calgary and it's cold in the winter and doesn't get too hot in the summer. I have a few flowers out in my garden but it snowed again today so they will probably die an early death. I cannot stand a lot of heat so I understand where you are coming from with the hot weather.

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  21. Kaelee, if I had my way, I'd live in a climate like yours. It sounds wonderful to me! (Although I'm sorry about your flowers!)

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  22. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! George, the kitten writing assistant will choose book winners tonight at his dinner time!

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  23. Britney Adams and Kaelee, George has spoken (choosing your names from a pieces of paper beneath kibble)! Please let me know which book you'd like--or if you'd prefer a $5 Amazon gift card. I'm aebadams att gmail. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  24. So--that's what proofreading is all about. Not making errors in blog comment posts! ;-)

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