It has been pointed out to me that I’ve been sounding a wee bit melancholy lately. I suppose I am. Living in New England is a special gift. You see, first hand, how fast the time goes with the changing of the seasons, how quickly the buds blossom and disappear.
Heck, sometimes we don’t have to even wait months for a change of seasons — in New England, it can happen in a day. On Saturday, for example, we were frolicking outside in shorts. Today, I had to dig out the winter coats and explain why they must be worn to my son, the future lawyer, who argues each decision as if before the Supreme Court. The robin that was having such a good time in my bird bath two days ago is clearly regretting his decision to visit us. “What’s WRONG with this place?” he’s clearly thinking, miserable and hunched up in the rhododendron bush. “Who turned the heat off?”
An excellent question. Not one I can stay to answer today, though. Instead I’m going to direct you to some interesting links that I stole from friends, as well as do some blatant self-promotion. (WHAT? A writer’s gotta do what she’s gotta do these days.)
How can something without feet be so smart? The incredible mimicking octopus. (Think it talks back to its mother?)
Can your kids fend for themselves in the kitchen? My friend Jan O’Hara talks about why this skill is important, and steps you can take to make them more independent.
Amy Sue Nathan is celebrating the one year anniversary of her blog Women’s Fiction Writers with a mega book giveaway. Head over there for a chance to win some great books!
Finally, since I post to this blog only on Tuesdays, I wanted to let you know that on Friday I’ll be guest blogging for one of my very favorite virtual people, Rosemary DiBattista. (I keep trying to meet her for a drink and make her nonvirtual, but it hasn’t happened yet.) She’s funny, warm, and kind, and she has her own book series (!!) coming out beginning in 2014. She’s a doll. And she’s letting me share one of my best recipes (the one that doesn’t involve ordering pizza and opening wine) so please remember to stop by!
Flyby hello to you, Liz! I just went to see your comment on Jan’s post, and I haven’t read Parker. Thanks for the tip.
We went from shorts on the beach to “lets get off this beach and out of the cold wind” overnight, too. But ours came on Saturday. It was so nice at the end of the week, many folks came up from the city to (I’m sure) freeze their butts off rather than frolick outside as they’d intended. I saw many a cottage with fireplace smoke billowing from the chimney over the weekend. Stay warm, and hang on. Who knows what the rest of spring and summer will bring. Don’t pack away all your sweaters. 😉
I hope you like him, Vaughn. He was one of my favorite authors for many years. And yes, the sweaters are back out and in rotation!
We’re having the oddest year for weather, too. Almost no winter to speak of, then our biggest dump of the year and a cold snap last week. Now we’re back to a teasing glimpse of spring.
Thanks so much for the shout-out, Liz. Very kind. You know, I’ve met Rosemary elsewhere, but darn if I can figure out where. She struck me as a real sweetie, too — I remember that much.
Didn’t you guys meet at RWA one year? I think you did, because I remember being extremely jealous that two of my favorite virtual friends were meeting in real time! (And regarding the weather, when I took the slobbering beast for a run today it was sleeting. Crazy!)