Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tween Season

We are in the midst of a tween season again, when the weather one day feels like winter and the next day it’s spring, only to return to winter again.  The tween season is a roller coaster of joy and despair.  The joy of spring on the way, and the despair that winter isn’t ready to give up.

            As a farm kid, I remember those “hints of spring” days when the snow becomes mushy, the melt water drips from the barn roof, and the dirt road trailing by our farm becomes a sea of mud each afternoon.  We walk to school on the frozen road and wallow in mud on our way home in the afternoon.

            On one of those “spring is here” days, I remember hiking out to the previous year’s corn field, where we had plugged a gully with stones that we had picked from the field.  I stood listening to the melt water as it moved over the stones, a wonderfully pleasing, gurgling sound.  A true sound of spring.  And then the very next day, a snowstorm blows in from the west and spring was on hold once more.

            I heard a cardinal call this morning, and the only snow I see is the piles the snowplow left.  The weatherman says a high of 50 degrees.  One of those joyful tween season days to be savored, for who knows when one more snowstorm will roar in from the west.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Writing Class at Wild Rose Library

            In addition to the one-day writing class I teach at The Clearing in Door County, I will be teaching a one-day “Telling Your Story” writing class at the Wild Rose Library on Saturday, June 11 from nine to four.  Enrollment limited. Call the library at 920-622-3835 to get your name on the list.


March 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Necedah public schools

March  5, 11:00 a.m. Women in Agriculture, Keynote talk. Marriott Hotel, Middleton. Telling Your Story.

March 9, 7:00 p.m.  THE LAND WITH JERRY APPS, hour-long documentary to be aired on Wisconsin Public TV stations throughout Wisconsin.

March 10, 7:30 p.m., Wisconsin agricultural consultants. Keynote talk, Wis Dells. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.

March 12, 11:00-2:00, McFarlane’s Sauk City.  Book Signing.

March 19, Gathering of the Green, Davenport, IA.  Banquet keynote speaker. Lessons from the Land.

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

The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:

 Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)

 Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)

 The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)

Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.

Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984

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