Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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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), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From One Extreme

. . . To Another

I hope last Tuesday's snow is the last one we'll have until next winter.

Our house, last Tuesday

The view from the front porch
The cats weren't too keen about going out, so not much cat-work was done on Tuesday,

However, because Tuesday was Senior Citizen Day at Kroger—and because the snow wasn't sticking to the roads, we decided to chance it and drive the fourteen miles to Rocky Mount. This is how Route 40 looked as we drove home.

By the time we turned into our driveway, our peach tree's blossoms were snow-covered.

And so was the crape myrtle beside the deck.

Last Wednesday was at least sunny, but the snow still lingered.

However, this past Tuesday— April 1—was warm. No fooling! And Wednesday was even warmer—82 degrees! I rode the four-wheeler over the lawn and watched the trees bloom.

The little peach tree at the end of the upper driveway made it through the snow. Even though temps last week had dropped to the 20s, the blooms survived.

My cherry tree was covered in blooms as white as snow.

The corkscrew willow suddenly turned green.

The lawn and the field across the road are both green, too.

And the forsythia is blooming—the bush near the peach tree. . . 

. . . and the bushes around the gazebo.

What a difference a week makes! Now it really looks like spring.



Blogger CountryDew said...

Yay! Spring! I'm so glad, it was a terrible winter.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Wow, that is crazy in one week!

9:59 PM  

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