Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Lion and Lamb

On this last weekend of March, I went looking for the lamb at my farm. It was supposed to appear at the end of March especially if we were blessed with March’s famous lion at the beginning of the month. Which we were.

The temperature was 36 degrees as I stood looking over my pond, which was still nearly completely frozen. A northwest wind sent spits of a cold rain in my face, as my watery eyes looked for even the slightest indication of spring and the sprightly lamb that was supposed to announce its arrival. A few feeble snow piles remained on the north side of the trail, holding on, letting me know that the lion of winter had not given up.

Off to the north I caught the sound of a pair of sandhill cranes. I always enjoy their call—they nest on the west side of the pond each year. Frustrated with the frozen pond, I’m sure. And flying low overhead I spotted a pair of ducks moving fast. Disgusted as they looked for open water and found none.

I hustled back to the cabin, put another stick of wood in the stove, and watched the rain. March’s lamb is got to be hiding somewhere—but where?

Photo: Roshara’s frozen pond.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Can’t remember when March came in like a lion and went out like a lion.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Saturday, April 8, 9-12:00 a.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI. Call 920-622-3835 for reservations. Limited enrollment. Workshop meets Nine to Twelve in the morning.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Friday, August 18, 9-4:00 p.m. The Clearing, Door County.
Call 920-854-4088. Limited enrollment.


Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 a.m., Keynote speaker, Master Agriculturist Award Program, Oshkosh.

April 6, 1:00 p.m. Union Grove Library.

April 8, 9-12:00 Writing Workshop, Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, WI

April 10, 1:30. Kiel Library, One-Room Schools

April 17, 6:30 p.m. New Berlin Library. Never Curse the Rain.

April 23, 7:00 p.m. Lebanon Historical Society. Town Hall, Fire Station, Lebanon. Storytelling.

April 27, 6:00 p.m. Waupaca Historical Society, 320 S. Main Street, Waupaca. Barns of Wisconsin.

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 nonfiction book, Never Curse the Rain, and his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. Also available are Wisconsin Agriculture: A History,
Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their own stories.

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

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