Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for April

I can’t believe that the A to Z Challenge is upon me already.  And, as usual, I find myself woefully unprepared for it.  Not that I haven’t been thinking about it.  I have!  I just haven’t settled on a theme that I like well enough to write 26 blogs about.

I have entertained an array of topics:  recipes, TV shows, movies, songs… the usual suspects.  And have rejected them all.  None seem at all right. 

So my first A to Z Challenge topic is simply April. 

It’s not my favourite month.  April, along with its predecessor, March, are the kind of months were one finds one’s self in a sort of activity limbo.  The weather is unpredictable; not winter, but not spring.  There is a lot of waiting going on, waiting for the snow to melt and the temperature to stabilize.  Waiting for the right time to replace the winter tires with All-seasons.  Waiting to feel confident enough to put away the snow shovels and blowers and get out the rakes and lawn mowers.  Waiting to get the summer clothes of the back of the closet and put the winter clothes in their place.   It’s often very cold in the morning, causing one to don mittens and ear muffs, which, by mid-afternoon, become a bothersome nuisance then having to be packed back home in pockets or purses.  More mittens and such get lost in these seasonless days than any other time. 

As Aprils go, this one is starting out on a decidedly good note.  It’s warm (+3), the sun is shining and the wind is calm.  March went out like a lamb, and April had begun just has gently, whispering promises of Spring to come.  Geese are making their way back up North, their cheerful honking filling the air as they fly by.  The snow is receding, like a slow-motion tide revealing the detritus of autumn not gathered before winter blanketed it in a thick white cloak.  Thoughts are turning to gardens and the joys of being outside with the warm sun on one’s back.  BBQ’s are being un-covered.  Running shoes are replacing boots.  Bicycles are finding their way out of sheds.  And the complaints about the weather are in transition.  For now people are appreciating the new warmth as they gear up to grouse about the rain and the heat that is sure to follow.

It’s good to have a challenge while I wait for all this waiting to be done.  I just hope that I can meet it!  Suddenly the alphabet seems very long and in these early hours of the day my muse seems rather more reluctant than I had hoped.  “What,” she asks, “were you thinking!?” 

Well, right now I’m thinking that it’s time to get dressed and maybe head out for a walk.  It’s a glorious day and a little fresh air and sunshine seems to be in order.  


  1. Loved this! You described April beautifully and perfectly. "Running shoes are replacing boots" made me smile. April is one of my favorite months!

  2. Good for you sis! When I got the reminder note, I just simply fell apart, and backed out! I had wanted to do a quilting-related theme, along with a block-a-day, but so sadly forgot all about this and am just not prepared. Oh, well, maybe another year. Will look forward to hearing/reading what you have to say!

  3. April is not my favorite month either! It's cold one day, then warm the next. Never know what to wear. Or the day starts of bitterly cold, I over layer with warm clothes, then by noon, the sun is out and it's 70 degrees and I'm very overdressed!
    Visiting from A-Z challenge

  4. Just stopping by from the A-Z List :)

    I did a poll on my blog a few weeks ago to see what topic my followers wanted me to blog about, there was a clear favourite, so I went for it ;)

    Good luck with the challenge honey xx

  5. Hmmm ... you're right. It is full of a lot of waiting. My favorite thing about the in-between is the rain. I LOVE rain!

    Good luck!! You can totally finish!

    Konstanz Silverbow
    A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host

  6. Good description of April. You're right, not the absolute best month there is. I like May, September, October, and December. In California weather is not an issue, but I still don't like the cold. December is an exception, given the holidays.
    Good luck with the rest of the Challenge.
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

  7. Of course you can do it! I'll be checking on you once in a while :)


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