Published by Lori Pickert on June 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM


Right now just about everything is calling more loudly than the computer and the blog.

There’s the garden, the landscaping, the toads, the frogs, the flowers, the berries, the clouds, the breeze, the trees, the anthills, the garden snakes, the kites, the lake.

It’s a rising chorus not unlike the peepers and tree frogs who are so loud in the creek at night we have to close the windows to sleep. All the glories of spring, demanding our attention. It’s absolutely deafening.

Soon it will be 95 degrees and we’ll retreat to the cool indoors every day around noon, and things will pick up again around here. I actually taught an art class this week (that wasn’t rained out!) and remembered to bring the camera, so I’ll have that to share.

But for the moment, just imagine the sound of the screen door slamming. We’re on our way out. But we’ll be back in soon.

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. — Margaret Atwood


Comment by Allison Fouse on June 2, 2008 at 01:45 AM

What a great quote!

I remember when I was a kid my parents took me to visit my uncle who lives in New York. I would wander around his "pond" for hours checking out the beaver and catching frogs with my cousin. I even had a little memorial service for one I accidentally stepped on. Those were the days! =)

Comment by Quinne on June 2, 2008 at 02:14 AM

Hi Lori :) I've missed you here! So glad that you all are "springing" with great enthusiasm. Have a lovely week! Q

Comment by kirsten on June 2, 2008 at 12:36 PM

yeah, i totally get your first sentence - same here!

Comment by Lori Pickert on June 2, 2008 at 01:55 PM

lol allison - i remember lots of solemn funerals for accidentally squished temporary pets. ;^)

thank you, quinne! you, too! :^)

kirsten - oh, i know it won't last forever, but all my enthusiasm is directed outdoors right now. :^)

Comment by Paige on June 2, 2008 at 03:12 PM

What a GREAT quote!

Comment by MamaBird on June 3, 2008 at 02:20 AM

love this...i've been outside so much too -- and i was daydreaming today about quitting blogging until fall!

Comment by carol on June 3, 2008 at 03:29 AM

you described my life perfectly.

enjoy the season!

Comment by Laura Swanson on June 4, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Glad to see you back, I have missed your posts!!

Enjoy the nice weather - you are so right soon the heat, humidity & bugs will chase us all inside!!


Comment by Lori Pickert on June 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

thanks, paige!

mamabird, i hear you. ;^) but i know from experience that spring is ephemeral .. sigh. soon we'll be over-hot and a little bored and back on it!

carol - thank you - you too! :^)

thank you, laura - yes, unfortunately it's inevitable! thanks for missing me! enjoy your spring!

Comment by estea on June 12, 2008 at 03:17 PM

at camp i remember not being able to sleep the first night cause of the frogs.

then every consecutive night we were so tired the sounds meant nothing!

jeepers, peepers.

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