are good that you have seasonal changes where you live.
Nothing that actully lines up with a
specific date, and perhaps not some massive shift of temperatures
and storms and so on. (No one pushes a button on a September day
in some city of the United States and suddenly the leaves on every
tree randomly shift to yellow, oranbge or red.)
Transitions. Slow changes. Seasonal changes.
Right now, outside more door, it's raining.
And that's pretty much April and May. Long periods of rain, interrupted
by moments of light misting and an overwhelming sense of cold
April showers do not bring May flowers.
They bring soggy lawns that you can't walk across without sinking
a few inches into the mud (forget attempting to mow). It takes
two sunny days to do anything... one to move from sopping wet
to patches of soggy conditions, the other to attempt to get some
work done before the rain returns and shifts everything back to
Gardening is a blast. Everything... and
I do mean everything... comes with something like "put this
down if there is any chance at all of a frost arriving" in
And so... waiting for sunshine and temperatures
that won't drop below 35 again... you wait. And prepare. You get
ready so that once the sun breaks free of the clouds and hits
the yard, you're ready to move. Which, in a very round-the-bend-tangent
way brings Backpackville to May.
There has been A LOT of preparing going
on around here. A ton of writing behind the scenes, with good
intentions and hard work and more. And we are beginning to see
some decent days ahead in the literary forecast, if you'll allow
the forced concept.
A great summer is taking shape around
The 'ville... just need to get the lawn mowed, garden planted,
and a stretch of sunny days.
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Friends for Local Business
month the Local Friends challenge is...
on the run
do you start your day?
of coffee? The big plate special at the amazing diner? Maybe a
bagel or a muffin in the car?
we are trying to address a caffeine-junky-need just to move...
have a rushed fifteen seconds or a lazy hour... are settled into
a place to sit down, are looking to bring something home, or need
a hands-friendly item that can be eaten while you drive...
all have our approaches to breakfast. And, there are places you
count on to meet those approaches.
month, Local Friends is inviting you to check out the nieghborhood
and find some of the great places you count on for breakfast.
Counter service... table service... something to bring home with
Breakfast on the run
May 1st - 31st
the May Local
Friends for Local Business...
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