Saturday, March 14, 2015

First Days of Spring??

It was a week to remember.  A week to celebrate.  A week to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  A week ago we were in Wisconsin Rapids where I was speaking at the beautiful McMillan Library—and the temperature on Friday morning was below zero.  We stopped at the farm later that day—and it was clearly winter.  Although the sun was high and the sky was clear, the wind was cold.  A January wind.  A winter wind.

And now, a week later, a mere seven days later.  The sun is high the sky is clear—and the temperature yesterday, but a week from when we were in Wisconsin Rapids—was 68 degrees.

Last week we moped around, stared at the calendar and hoped for a change.  And our hoping paid off.  Change was here. Spring was here—at least it was for a week.  Kids are running around in shorts and laughing and riding their bikes.  People are smiling.

Those of us living in the Upper Midwest, with its snow and cold appreciate spring and warm weather.  But we are also realists.  We enjoy the warmth, but we also know that spring is a fickle season, and old man winter is a mean bugger with surely some surprises left

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: The seasons come and the seasons go—enjoy each one.


Sunday, March 22, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Schumacher Farm Volunteers Recognition. Waunakee Village Center.  Stories from the land.

Wednesday, March 25. Noon. Banquet speaker for Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine Farmer of the Year Award Program.  Oshkosh.  Farm Stories.

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30.  Heritage Hill Museum, Green Bay.  Garden Wisdom

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.  Friends of Eau Claire Library. Eau Claire, WI. Stories from the land.

Sunday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.  Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon Community center.  Stories from the land.

 Monday, April 20, Noon. Fox Valley Book Festival, UW-Fox Valley. Whispers and Shadows
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Mid-Wisconsin Launch of Whispers and Shadows. Fundraiser for the library.

Friday, April 24, 8:00 p.m. Ice Age Trail Org. Wis. Dells, Winter Green Resort.  Old Farm

Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 Black River Falls Library, Sky Line Golf Course. Stories from the land
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):

The library now has available signed copies 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 signed books 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
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984


Don R said...


In the inexperienced days of my youth there was a warm, southwest breeze blowing as my father and I walked from the barn to the house after milking. I said, matter-of-factly, "Spring is here." My Dad retorted, "Let me tell you something-and don't forget it, just because the calendar says Spring doesn't make it so!"

Lesson remembered.

Bill said...

If there is no more winter, no more snow or freezing temperature, that will be a surprise. Stay tuned!