"Spring breathes new life into the world around us."
MK here with thoughts of spring and sunshine! This is our first time together, and I hope we have many more like it. I'll share with you my world of writing, mountain adventures, and the randomness that is life. Pull up a cozy chair and let's visit.
I'm talking of spring, but funny thing is, we still have snow on the ground. Yep, it's been a long and beautiful winter in northwest Montana. We're moving into slush and rain as the snow melts away, which means spring should be lush and green and glorious.
This is what a warm spring looks like here, but Montana likes to be predictably unpredictable.
I realized while writing this post that I don't set many of my stories in spring, with a couple of exceptions. I tend to skip this season and I've done it without much thought or good reason. We get a lot of mud in Montana after a hard winter. I'll prep flower beds and trim trees and bushes, not giving much thought to the spring, and all of a sudden there will be buds and leaves and bulbs reaching up through the soil.
Sprouts on one side of the front walk . . . snow on the other. That's just how it is here.
Even though I tend to neglect this glorious season in my stories, here are five reasons why I love spring:
1. Gardening. I love to garden! I consider a happy weekend during the spring as one when I come inside from a day of playing in the dirt.
2. Cool, Spring Breezes. Winter was cold, but spring is nice and cool, still perfect for sitting outside with a good book or plotting a story. The air is fresh and sweet and hints of sunshine lure me outside to sit with a blanket to bask in nature's change.
3. Anticipation. I know it won't be long before I can go hiking in my favorite places. There's still plenty of snow in places, and will be through mid-summer, but hiking I will go. There's a lovely four-mile walk along the Swan River that is wonderful in the spring.
4. Lilacs. We tend to have a short lilac growing season up here, but I manage to get a couple of cuttings from them, extending their season by an extra week or two. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers and I fill the house with blooms for as long as possible.
5. Chirping Birds. It's quiet outside and all the bird feeders are tucked away for winter, but I know spring is here when I wake up to the sounds of birds singing in the morning.
"Every season has a purpose and place, and spring is the wondrous sunshine after a long darkness. It is hope and renewal and the sweet fragrance of earth and water and sky waking up."
One of my favorite springs was in Vermont. I love Montana seasons, but it was fun to experience spring earlier in the year, with so many blossoms on trees and grass so green it nearly blinded me with it's lushness.
What do you love about spring?
With courage, the help of a friend, and the love of a people, Evelyn finds a way to face—and endure—the unexpected.
Story Tidbit . . . I chose the name Daniel (a founder of Whitcomb Springs) because I always liked the character Daniel from Dr. Quinn. It's a good, strong, and honest name, at least in my mind.
"Whitcomb Springs" by MK McClintock
Genre: Western Short Story
Heat Level: 1
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 2
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