Sunday, May 19, 2013

Three Days and Spring

Three days make such a difference. Ruth and I set out last Tuesday morning for a three-day mini-book tour—Trempealeau library (early afternoon and evening, Tuesday), Magers and Quinn Bookstore, Minneapolis (Wednesday evening), Chapter Two Bookstore, Hudson (Thursday noon).

The previous weekend had been windy and chilly.  More than that.  Right down cold, even saw some snow flurries when we worked in the garden last Saturday.  When we left Madison on Tuesday morning, the weather person promised a warmer day, and still a warmer day on Wednesday.

The weather person outdid herself.  Perhaps even overdid it as the temp rose to the high nineties in the Twin Cities and remained warm.

Now to the point of this tale.  Mother Nature has been hiding spring, keeping it under wraps, afraid to turn it loose for fear it might stick its nose out and have it frozen off.  But for the three days we were gone, old Mother Nature said it was time.  And I might add, about time. 

When we left home the big maple trees in our backyard were only hinting at leaves.  No sign of crabapple blossoms, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, and only a few dandelions.  But on Thursday night when we returned— Mother Nature had turned it on and let it go and we had spring with all of its glory and grandeur. Trees are leafed, blossoms are everywhere, the grass is green and the birds are signing.

 It may only last a few days before summer sets in, but at least we experienced a taste of what spring in Wisconsin could be like the past few days.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Old Mother Nature is a fickle one.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Interested in learning how to write your own stories?  Sign up for one of my upcoming one-day workshops that I am teaching at The Clearing in Door County.

Saturday, June 22, 9-4

Saturday, November 3, 9-4

Contact The Clearing for further information and/or to sign up (

(There will be a book signing at The Clearing on each of these Saturdays from 4-6:00 p.m.)


May 23, Richfield Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. Stories from the land.
June 4, Noon. Milwaukee Rotary Club. War Memorial Building. Limping Through Life.
June 6, 7:00 p.m. Dane County Genealogy. One Room Country Schools.
June 7, 6:30 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Launch of LETTERS FROM HILLSIDE FARM and LIMPING THROUGH LIFE.
June 8, 11:00 -3:00 Book signing, Tri-County Thresheree, Plainfield
June 20, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Rapids Public Library.  Limping Through Life
June 22, 9-4. Writing Workshop.  The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI.
June 25, 8:30-10:00.  Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison.  Homeless Book Club. Limping Through  Life.
June 29-30, Chicago.  American Library Association Convention.  Letters From Hillside Farm.


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Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St. PO Box 305
Wild Rose, WI 54984

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