Saturday, March 31, 2012

Say what? March 31?

Three months of 2012 gone already? After Christmas and New Year's I kept waiting, surely winter would be upon us now. But no, barely enough snow and ice to bring the salt and chat spreaders and the ice scraping trucks out a couple of times. Safer for the drivers of those vehicles, as well as us so-called normal drivers, no doubt. Still - pretty red Japonica blooms hardly waited for February and February was barely past when jonquils, hyacinths, Bradford pears and crocus burst on the scene. Crocus, I understand. We've all seen them poking through the snow in other more normal Februarys. Now it's the last day of March and those white Bradford pear and yellow forsythia blooms are down for the count, tulips in various colors are opening up everywhere and impatient gardeners (including myself) feel they cannot wait for that elusive 'last frost' date to begin planting.
Since this is supposed to be a writing blog I suppose I'd better mention that there will be a gardening article for another website which will chronicle this my first attempt at raised bed gardening. Plus I have been gathering and polishing short stories for entering contests, three away already. 
The past three months have also been busy with my version of 'spring cleaning', coding updates for writers group websites and my own websites in addition to board meetings and planning committee meetings for the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium.
Who has time for spring 'housecleaning?'