Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Madness of March

March was rolling right along,  Temperatures above freezing every day, grass greening up, neighbors raking their lawns—some days shirt sleeve weather.  Nice.  Dependable .  Not like March, but we’ll take it.

Then the weather forecast:  Winter Storm Warning for much of the central part of the country.  How could that be?  It’s spring.  Says so right on the March calendar.   Must be a mistake.  Maybe an April Fool’s trick a few days early.
This was last Tuesday, when the temperature was in the 50s. 

We all chuckled.  They sure got it wrong this time.  Never could depend on those weather people.  Always wanting to turn a few snowflakes into a blizzard—that’s what they said.  Blizzard warnings for some counties.  We didn’t have one of those in January—what’s going on?  Weather people should stick their noses outside more often, see how the weather on the computer screen doesn’t compare with what’s really out there.

But, But, I’m eating crow, the weather people were right.  Right on the button right.  First the rain, then some ice, some places lots of ice, and then the snow, heavy snow, blowing snow, slippery snow, winter snow—but it’s spring for heaven’s sake.

Today, a couple days later, the snow in southern Wisconsin is gone, the grass is green, the neighbors are raking their lawns, spring flowers are beginning to bloom.  Was mid-last week just a bad dream?  Or has March made sure that we didn’t forget its madness—which goes beyond basketball.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: So it’s March, get over it.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Writing Workshops for 2016
Telling Your Story Workshop at Wild Rose Library, Saturday June 11, 9-4. Call 920-622-3835 to get your name on the list as enrollment is limited.
Telling Your Story Workshop at The Clearing in Door County.  Friday, August 12, 9-4.  Call 920-854-4088 to get your name on the list.

April 2, 1:30 Soldier’s Grove Library.  One-Room Schools
April 5, 6:30 Heritage Hill State Park, Green Bay.  Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
April 9, Fort Atkinson Library, 1-3:00 p.m.  Whispers and Shadows. 
April 14, 12:00 p.m. Wild Rose Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon speaker. Farm Stories
April 17,   7:00 p.m. Lebanon Historical Society and Dodge County Geological Group, Watertown Senior and Community Center, 514 South First Street, Watertown. Whispers and Shadows. 
April 19, 6:00 p.m.  Union Grove Library.  Wisconsin Agriculture: A History
May 26, 7:00 p.m. Richfield Historical Society, 4128 Hubertus Road, Richfield, WI  Whispers and Shadows.
June 7, Cambria Library. 
June 11, 9-4 Writing Workshop, Wild Rose Library.  Telling Your Story
June 14.9:00 a.m. Keynote speech. Country Heritage Day, St. John the Baptist Church, Montello. Barns of Wisconsin.
August 9, 6:30 p.m.. Evening. Winnebago County Historical Society.  Oshkosh Library.  Ag. History
August 12 9-4, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County.
August 20, 10:30-11:30 am.  Waupaca Annual Arts on the Square. 

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

1 comment:

Don R said...


Many years ago, on a mild late March night, My Dad and I were standing on the milkhouse porch and I confidently stated, "Spring is here". To which my equally confident Dad said, "No it isn't". "Just because the calendar says Spring doesn't make it true." He was right, of course, as he almost always was, when a snow storm came a few days later and my thoughts of Spring were postponed for a few more weeks.