Monday, November 03, 2014

Old Man Winter

He came early last Friday morning, on a brisk northwest wind, when everyone was sleeping.  Sneaky this one, but persistent.  Coming to remind us that he will be here soon.  But now just teasing.  Sending us a reminder of what is to come.

Old Man Winter is a wily one.  He sits up there in the North, waiting his opportunity to come visiting, if but for a few hours.  Reminding us that like a free-loading relative, he will eventually come to stay for weeks, indeed months, before he once more retreats to his home in the Great North.

I awoke last Friday morning to my car covered with an inch of snow, and the lawn, and the rooftops—all snow covered.  Old Man Winter’s calling card.  His message not written in words, but in snowflakes.  But a message received and understood.

            “I’m coming soon.  Ready or not.”

THE OLD TIMER SAYS:  Are you ready?  Old Man Winter is.

November 8, 9:00-11:30, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, WI.  Sponsored by Sheboygan County Research Center. Barns of Wisconsin.

November 12, Noon. Wisconsin Historical Society Tour, La Crosse, Weber Center for the Preforming Arts.  Farm Stories.

November 14, 6:30 dinner.  Port Washington Library.  Meeting at First Congregational Church, 131 Webster Street, Port Washington.  How I became a writer.

December 3, 7:00 p.m.  Live on Milwaukee Public TV.  A Farm Winter.

December 7, 1:00-2:15 and 2:30-3:15 Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells (Two sessions) Wis Farm Bureau Meeting. Writing From Your Life for Children and Grandchildren.

December 8, 8:00 p. m.  Live on Twin Cities Public TV.  A Farm Winter.

December 13, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Barnes and Noble, LaCrosse.  Book Signing.

January 28, 7:00 p.m. Stoughton Opera House.  A Farm Winter.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them): Patterson Memorial Library

The library now has available both of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps A Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s book including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story). Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
50 Division St.
Wild Rose, WI 54984


Diana said...

Yes, Old Man Winter is coming. From the windy roar in the trees I've heard lately, I know he's getting close.

Don R said...


Welcome to the little preview of winter in northern Door County. My Father always talked of my Grandfather's view of the seasons in Door County: "Nine months of Winter and 3 months of poor sleighing", in German, of course.

Thank you for the fun and learning @ the Clearing Saturday. It was a wonderful experience!