Ready for Spring? I am!

According to the calendar, spring sprung a week ago today. So why is it snowing here? Hasn’t anyone told Mother Nature that it’s time to kick Old Man Winter to the curb and embrace some new, young, vibrant, spring chick?

To make the house feel spring-like, I took out my Easter decorations, but like everything else this year, Easter will be one of the latest ones possible. So, what’s a gal to do? There’s always spring cleaning, but since it’s still too cold to open the windows, that’s a non-starter.

Last week, we got teased with an incredible St Patrick’s Day and 18 degrees Celsius, that’s 64 F for my American friends. It felt like summer, but the very next day we dropped back into single digits. Today, we’re in the minus category. What’s a person to do?

Making a Schedule

While it’s true that Easter is the most significant event in my family, there are plenty of other things that need to be done each spring. Since April comes first, that’s the month where I get my creative juices flowing by participation in the A to Z Blog Challenge for 2022. I’ve participated almost every year since the beginning. Last year, I worked with a theme, a cocktail a day, to introduce my Cocktails for You series. This year, I’m going to be doing a weekly theme. You’ll have to check my blog to see what it’ll be. Each day, I will schedule half an hour to write my short blog post for the day and select ten other posts from the Master List to read and comment on. It’s a quick and easy way to get inspired for the day.

The A to Z blog is an interesting way to meet other writers and bloggers. It’s also a great way to stimulate your own interests and those of your blog followers. In the past, some of the posts I’ve read have inspired stories, settings, even secondary characters for future novels. I’ve found new recipes that are now staples in my home, and tricks for everything from making produce last longer to organizing my sock drawer. There’s no cost to participating, and blogging each day gives me a sense of accomplishment and slowly ingrains the fact that despite everything going wrong, there are some good things out there. In the past I’ve found fantastic storytellers, humorists, chefs, and creative thinkers. You can follow me on my A to Z journey here:

If you would like to participate yourself, check out this link. You have until April 10 to sign up for this year’s challenge. Sign up begins March 30th.

Planning Work Time

As a fulltime author, I get to set my own hours, but come spring, there are many additional demands on my time. Once I can get outside, I have flower beds to prep, the yard furniture to clean, walking to do to get back in shape, and I’ll still need to find time to write, to edit, and to research. My calendar is almost full! I’ve just finished one book but have committed to three others–so far this year.

If you’re looking for something exciting and suspenseful to read while you wait for the weather to settle, I suggest the Unforgettable Courage box set, which features the first book in my cult-based Harvester Files Series, The White Carnation.

That’s it for this month. I just need Mother Nature to do her job so that I can do mine!

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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

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