When #4 daughter (now a soon-to-be-published author) was wee, she was a big fan of pitty flahrs. If you speak weeish, you know that means pretty flowers.

I’m very partial to them, too, and always look forward to spring, in part for their sake. Or sakes, if you prefer. First come the snowdrops, but they’re aptly named. When the snowdrops bloom, you still have two freakin’ months of winter comin’ atya.

THESE are the guys I really look forward to. Yes, it may still frost, it may still freeze, it may still snow, but spring is really just around the corner when crocuses (croci?) bloom.


Aren’t they beautiful? They make me so happy!


We have a bazillion little tiny baby ones, too, spreading around like weeds. They, too, make me very happy.


I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about something else that makes me happy: my friend Carol Preflatish’s book A KITCHEN AFFAIR.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What makes you feel that Spring is really, truly, actually just around the corner?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Jane

    March 12, 2013 at 10:56am

    When the mornings start getting here earlier and faster and earlier. Even if it’s not sunny, you just KNOW the days are getting longer.

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  2. Jane

    March 12, 2013 at 11:01am

    Oh, and BY THE WAY!!!
    Give it up about your #4’s book already!!!!!!!!!

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      Marian Allen

      March 12, 2013 at 12:22pm

      She signed with Hydra Publications — NOT the Random House imprint, just so you know! THE LIFE AND DEATH, BUT MOSTLY THE DEATH, OF ERICA FLYNN is in edits now. It ROCKS! Hee hee — I wish I could talk about my favorite parts, but they would be spoilers. ~giggling like a fool~

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