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!