Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Almost—But Not Quite

It's almost spring in this part of Virginia. Almost—but not quite.

Today the temps were in the 50s, the grass is greening up, and some flowers are on the brink of blooming.


This lily popped up the other day. In a month this barren ground will be full of lilies .



The daffodils are really trying hard to bloom. A few have almost made it. But not quite.


But the bridal wreath will soon be in full flower. It's been blooming for about two weeks.

The horses are shedding, the grackles have returned to the pines, and the first tick of the season crawled up my arm this morning.

Eighteen more days until spring.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Marion said...

We sat out on the front swing this afternoon,lifting our faces into the beautiful warm sunlight. Daughter Cathie, up in northern Maine, is getting one foot of snow on top of several feet of ice and snow from the past week.
Ahhh! There are leaf buds on our pear trees. I haven't checked the weeping cherry yet for buds...

8:35 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

The first tick? Yuck! We've lived in this house for nine years now, and we've never seen a single tick or flea on any of our animals! I grew up in the Cave Spring area and we had them all over the place. However out here, we have Black Widow spiders by the hundreds, and I've often wondered if they had something to do it.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

I have buds and sprouts making their appearance too. What a nice treat this early in the season.

1:07 PM  

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