All those cold winter days melting into memory. But I feel like I have to account for them. What was I doing?
- A little bout of appendicitis reminded me in the most powerful way of the gift of good health, something to be grateful for every day.
- Getting excited about our new book Begin with a Bee (written with Phyllis Root and Liza Ketchum) and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. (And I hope you noticed that bee in the picture of bloodroot in this post. It’s April 6 and they are out). Our book received a wonderful starred review from Kirkus Reviews
- Zooming with students in Alaska about Snowflake Bentley. I really love these long-distance zooms that take me to classrooms I could not easily get to in real life
- Zooming with students in Marion, IA about Creekfinding
- Working on a new book with my friend June Jo Lee, a writing project we’re both very excited about. I hope we can tell you more soon.
- Baking multi-grain bread
- … and every week on Saturday afternoon, listening to jazz provided by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky on Radio Deluxe (KCCK 88.3)
On those low energy days when there didn’t seem to be quite enough light I watched my friend Lisa Jahn Clough and her wonderful puppy Wally reading her book Alicia’s Bad Day.
And now it’s spring. Past time to start tomatoes and shishito peppers. Time to think about what else to grow. Time for blooms. Time for finding excuses to be outside.
I hope there are blooms where you are–and bees. I hope you find lots of excuses to be outside.