Sunday, March 05, 2017

Spring Pushed Back

It’s a perennial battle this time of the year in the Upper Midwest—the battle between an arrogant spring and an overconfident winter.

This year it happened earlier than usual, in February, with a sprightly spring catching a complacent winter by surprise. Temperatures soaring into the sixties, when they should be in the thirties. Melting snow, rainstorms complete with thunder and lightning. Cardinals singing, sandhill cranes returning from their southern winter haunts, Canada geese on the wing.

Spring smiles, believing it has won. But alas, those of us with many winters in our histories know winter’s mean streak. Know that winter has more to offer before it takes its long seasonal sleep until next fall.

And so the northwest wind blows once more, and it snows, and the temperature drops way below freezing. Winter gloats and spring wonders what happened. Deep down, as the calendar marches relentlessly into March, winter knows it will eventually lose the battle. That spring will eventually win. But does a beaten back spring know it?

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Met this fellow the other day who said he was born with nothing and had most of it left.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Tune in: Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. Never Curse the Rain on all Wisconsin Public TV stations. Based on my book, Never Curse the Rain, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017.

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.


Saturday, March 18, Noon. Madison Area Master Gardeners, Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison.

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

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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