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April 1, 2013

April’s New Beginnings


April is here… April first, April Fools Day, April showers bring May flowers.  April is also the month of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  You may wonder why I would attempt this again this year, especially considering that I only got through the letter “T” last year.  Yes, that thought crossed my mind too, but then I thought, “What the heck, its worth another shot.”  Plus, even though my alphabet only had twenty letters last year, it was still fun so I decided to do it again.

So… for the next month expect to hear from me on an almost daily basis (we get Sundays “off” for good behavior).

Ready?  Here we go.

This morning I flipped the calendar to April and smiled.  We made it.  March is finally over.  I realize that March has 31 days like many other months during the year, but somehow, it manages to feel more like 85 when we’re in it.  While I’m gearing up to get outside in the garden, the clouds keep coming through and making deposits of cold, wet white stuff, stalling all of my plans.

April, however, is a different story.  April brings sunshine, and warmer weather.  April brings about new beginnings and new growth.  Trees and flowers begin budding so fast you can practically see them growing right before your eyes. Grass starts poking through the melting snow.  Seeds start growing and babies are everywhere, especially farm babies.  Baby chicks and piglets and ducklings and calves… And every last one of them are so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it.

April is also the beginning of a new gardening season.  I don’t know about you, but in my mind, especially in April, the entire gardening season is perfect.  Somehow I’ve forgotten about the 100 year rainfalls and drought of years gone by and only see sunshine and flourishing abundance.   And I like that about April.

New beginnings.  Fresh starts. Clean slates.

I’m ready, April.  Bring it on!


p.s. If you don’t already have it on your gardening calendar, it’s time to cut back your ornamental grasses too. 😉

March 30, 2012

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…  Thirty minus four equals twenty six.  Twenty six happens to be the number of letters in the alphabet.

For the month of April I will be attempting to blog almost daily, with the exception of Sundays, although April 1, which is a Sunday, will also be a blogging day.  Each blogging day will have a theme starting with a letter of the alphabet (in alphabetical order).  Got it?

In case I’ve completely confused you, I’ve taken on another challenge, this time a blogging challenge for the month of April, beginning April 1st with each day’s blog post being the theme of a letter of the alphabet.  The challenge, ironically enough, is called the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

You may wonder why on earth I would do this. Below is a list of reasons why I think I should:

  1. I needed a kick in the hind quarters to get back into good eating and exercise habits and while it wasn’t perfect the 4 Weeks to a Better You! Challenge got me headed in the right direction.  I’ve also been feeling like somewhat of a blogging slacker lately and felt that a blogging challenge is exactly what I need to get me motivated to write more regularly.
  2. I’ve started at least a half of a dozen posts in the last month but haven’t posted them.
  3. It will (hopefully) unstop my blogging blockage.  (My creative juices seem to be sitting in the stagnant backwaters more than flowing these days.)
  4. Goals are good.
  5. It can’t get any more simple than the alphabet.
  6. It might be fun.
  7. It will be a challenge.
  8. Challenge is good.
  9. Challenges spark creativity (gets me “out of my box”).
  10. Creativity makes me happy.

So there you have it.  My reasons are completely selfish.  I’m hoping the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge makes me happy.  I’m also hoping that this challenge will get me writing again, sharing more, and hopefully giving you, my lovely readers something to ponder, do or at the very least entertain you for a moment or two, in other words, I hope it makes you happy too.

So buckle up, we might be in for a ride.  And please remember to keep your arms above your head outside the vehicle waving and screaming frantically.

Until April,