Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Has Sprung!


By: Jaymie Leighton Muller
From: Leave It to Cleaver
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

My Grandma Leighton always sings a little phrase on the first day of spring... "Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?"

But it's one thing we can count on, in Michigan... despite the pull and push of March, when snow will blow one minute and it'll be warm enough to break out the shorts the next, spring WILL arrive, and it will bring snowdrops, crocuses, and Siberian Squill, then daffodils and tulips and then Lily of the Valley. Robins will sing at dawn and dusk, and Redwing blackbirds will swoop and call as they build their nests. Trees will bud, lilacs and forsythia will bloom... the world will come alive. It's like an explosion of sight and sound, color and scent... overwhelming to winter-dulled senses. (Though you can smell snow... if you're a northerner, you know this!)

I've never lived anywhere else (except for a while in Canada to go to university) but right here in Michigan, however, my folks live in Boca Raton now, and there is no definable spring as far as I can tell in Florida... not really, not as I know it.

So I got curious... what does spring mean to all of you, in your part of the world? Am I wrong? Is spring in Florida or California or Arizona or New Mexico different than the winter that precedes it? Tell me how... I want to know!

 


I'm so excited, Vintage Kitchen Mystery readers... the next installment, No Grater Danger will be published in May or June... I'll know more soon about the actual publishing date, and I'll have a cover in a month and a half or so to share!

But until then, how about a draw?

Tell me about spring in your part of the US and Canada and be entered to win an AUDIO copy of Leave it to Cleaver!

1 - Leave your first name and an email address... yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com
2 - Enter before midnight, March 22nd.
3 - US and Canada only, please!

29 comments:

  1. Well, so far, that first day of spring brought more snow! But I know it won't be long before the bulbs start coming up! Looking forward to continuing with this series! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. It's cold, snowy and windy but then winter took about a month off back in Feb. so it doesn't surprise me LOL barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com So glad the series is continuing and thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  3. Our spring in northern Arkansas started our with cool, drizzly damp, dreary days. However, thing are blooming and budding. The Bradford pear and tulip trees are blooming as well as the daffodils. Some trees are budding out so it won't be long before the mountains are green again and the grass will need its first mowing. After seeing places in the United States that are white with snow and freezing temperatures, I'm not going to complain about a bit of cool and damp weather. I'm ready for spring and warmer temperatures so we can spend some time outdoors.

    Appreciate the chance to win an audio copy of "Leave it to Cleaver"!
    Kay - 2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  4. Spring in Minnesota can be an extension of winter for at least the first month---some of our biggest snow storms have hit in late March/early April.
    Sue suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  5. Fourth northeaster expected this evening - waiting impatiently for spring weather.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  6. Spring where I live is delightful, sunny, mild, with blue skies and perfect walking weather. Love it before the real summer heat begins. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Spring in Chicago is a lot like Spring is in Michigan. One day it can be warm and beautiful and the next day it can be cold and windy. I'm originally from Michigan and I go back every May for the Tulip Time Festival in Holland MI every year in May. Love audiobooks, thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. ok I’m going to try this again. It was sunny and 3 degrees Celsius here with patches of snow still on the ground. I’m not sure spring weather is here ye yet but it’s coming. Maryanne. rhybirch (at)gmail (dot)com

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  10. This is my first Oregon spring. So far, it's pretty much been the same as winter - chilly, but not freezing.
    Jana - turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Spring in Pennsylvania are tulips and warmer temps and lots of sunshine. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. First day of spring and it’s snowing. Got to love this weather. xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. It is snowing now, but I am hoping for some flowers soon.
    Debby debby236 at gmail dot com

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  14. Here in Minnesota the snow is still on the ground with temps in the mid 30's. Although we've heard that more snow might arrive this weekend and next week temps might reach the 40's.
    Eileen: ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

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  15. It's been mid 70's the first two days. I've been waiting for the rain that they keep saying is coming. Maybe tomorrow. I forgot to turn the sprinklers back on since last week's rain. It's getting too dry.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  16. In northern California we are getting lots of rain and hoping for lots of mountain snow as the melt is our water source. Our yard has some returning birds and our nest boxes are up and waiting.
    Sharon Zibbby@gmail.com

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  17. Spring can be like summer here in Louisiana, but I just woke up to 46°!
    Jill
    minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  18. Spring in Connecticut. Well, we had our 4th nor'easter in 3 weeks.. Need I say more?

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  19. Spring in western NY - near buffalo -- the Maple trees are budding, the fruit trees are our farm look wonderful. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  20. Ky Spring has sprung snow. It's a beautiful landscape. As I entered the snow covered trees yesterday it was like I was going on an adventure. Once I emerged on the other side reality hit. I was going to work lol It is such a blessing to get up and live each day even if it's snowy in Spring 😂 Ky likes to keep people on their toes. One day it's 60 the next it's 32. That is Winter and Spring here 😉

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  21. Spring can't make up its mind, today is chilly but sunny!
    teawithilona(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Right now while the north is getting whipped with snow we've had days going up to 90 degrees.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. So far Spring has brought us a Winter Storm Watch for the next 3 days. LOL Doward doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Mary Lynette MillerMarch 22, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    We had a sunny first day of spring. Now we are in the rainy days of spring. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  25. My baby sister was born on the first day of Spring during a snowstorm in Northern Oklahoma. Spring has always meant the unpredictability of weather. Lori Ann
    Areadingmum@gmail.com

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  26. When I lived in Michigan, spring used to mean celebrating the first crocuses to pop up through the snow, then tulips. Robins and blue jays. In the desert it just means...temperatures go up to the 90's *sigh*. Would love to hear this novel; I have not yet read it. thanks for the opportunity to win! Jeanie
    jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  27. Around 44 in Toledo. I like warm weather. Michelle - catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Thank you all for your entries! And for telling me about spring where you are. I have chosen a winner, and have emailed her!!

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  29. Well, my crazy schedule resulted in not seeing this until this morning. But I will tell you that I live in Port Huron, Michigan, right on Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. I'm just a few blocks north of the Blue Water Bridge. Ah yes, spring in Michigan. Do we get spring? Sometimes. But mostly it's snow one day, sunshine and freezing north winds off that beautiful lake, and more snow, and maybe rain. We do well to get into the 40s, but we're going to be in the 50's next week! We suffer through the crazy hormone swings of Mother Nature, but it's so worth it to get to our glorious summers!

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