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Sunday, April 10, 2011

SPRING IS BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER: PATY JAGER

Spring- A few of my favorite things.

The lengthening days and bright green tips of plants poking out of the warming earth are my favorite things about spring.

The early morning sun peeking out and spreading a fresh glow through my bedroom window before the alarm goes off makes waking so much easier. Six o'clock comes early enough but when it's in the dark during the winter I have to drag myself out of bed. Yet, come summer time when it's light at five a.m. I can get up before six and head out to change the irrigation water with a light heart and spring in my step. And it's light past dinner and I can go out and putter around the yard, sprucing things up for the new spring arrivals.

I get giddy when the first signs of spring; the Mountain Bluebird flutters around the fields and the flowers start peeking through the mulch. The bright green of Daffodil stems pushing out from their winter hiding flashes hope that winter was a fleeting thing and the land will soon be alive with color. The new buds on the barberry bushes and the purplish shoots of the peony all add to the colorful palate nature reveals after coating the land in shades of gray and white all winter.

In my book, Spirit of the Mountain, the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) return to their summer home at the start of the story. Wren, the heroine and daughter of the chief, holds the mountain in her heart. When they are far from the mountain in their winter home, she yearns for the flowers, trees, and great granite boulders of her mountain. The creatures of the mountain and all it nurtures fill her with happiness.

So in a way, I think the part of me that I captured in Wren is my love of spring flowers, nature, and desperately trying to do what is right even when it feels wrong.

What is your favorite thing about spring?

Paty Jager
http://www.patyjager.net

Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Paty Jager is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. Wild Rose Press has published eight of her books with Spirit of the Lake to release in May 2011.  Perfectly Good Nanny, won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance.  She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.

You can learn more about her at her blog; http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com/  her website; http://www.patyjager.net/ or on Facebook.

74 comments:

Maria said...

I love the warm weather and being able to walk around without so many layers of clothing. I love watching the flowers bloom and seeing the sunlight on the windows and getting rid of the winter grey skies!

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Beach said...

Spring to me is the birth of all things anew. I so love to see the start of the new leaves, flowers springing forward, the warmth of the air, and how it feels like it raps around you with it welcoming arms. Spring is fresh and new with signs off life, it's beauty is more than words can say. O did I say I love spring. :D

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

I love to see things come alive again, the green leaves, buds bursting forth, warm weather (not hot), Rebirth, Renewal.

Rebekah E. said...

I love all of the colors.

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Angelwolfstorm said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the new blooms.

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MM the Queen of English said...

I love Spring. I grew up in Louisiana where spring came sometimes in February.
I live now in Illinois -- have for the past 25 years. Spring here is later, more like May than March
21st.
I still miss those Louisiana springs.

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Paty Jager said...

Maria, I agree the warmer weather is nice. I wish we were seeing it in Oregon!

Beach, Vanessa, and Angelwolfstorm, When I was young my signal and summer had arrived was when the buttercups started blooming on the hill beside our house. Their thumb-sized bright yellow blossoms always made me smile.

Rebekah, there is something magical about seeing the colorful flowers of spring after the monotone colors of winter.

Emma said...

A stray crocus, soft purple, blooming through the last bit of snow.

Ann Yost said...

Paty - I love the fact that there are fresh-faced pansies in our barrel and the walkway is lined with daffs and iris - in spite the fact that we have done NOTHING in the yard for what seems like centuries. Happy Spring.

Nickie Asher said...

I love the touch of warmth in the air and the first scent of early blossoms. And knowing the bite of winter is behind me for another year.

Judy said...

Enjoyed your post!! I love the returning of the green leaves on our trees and the pecan trees budding out!! The birds are all over the place, and my hummingbirds are back flitting all over.

Judy
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Faith said...

It's funny how daylight coming earlier will make us spring out of bed. I'm the same way. When spring arrives, I'm usually out of bed at the butt crack of dawn, lol.

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Barbara Edwards said...

I love spring- the smell of hyacinths, grass growing, being able to open the windows and air the house of stuffy winter.
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Brinda said...

I do love the warmer weather, longer days with sunshine, and vacation time. Although we don't take a beach trip until summer, spring tells me that the fun and relaxing times are right around the corner.

Meredith said...

In Minneapolis, where I'm from, the first bulbs in my garden came up in April (and only under my dryer vent!) so seeing them in February here in Eugene is a thrill. By April, my meadow lawn is covered with purple and yellow blooms. What a joy!

Lynda said...

Hi Paty,

Spring is my favorite season too. As soon as the snow begins to melt, edging away from the house and its flower beds, I start looking for the daffodils sprouting. Love them! To me, the daff's are more the first sign of Spring than robins are ;-)

Great post and your book sound wonderful!

Dragonfly said...

Spring always reminds me of my Grandma Bea's comments about the seasons: "Spring is when the earth is reborn. Plants are the first to dress themselves in beautiful, lively colors. Animals give birth and shed their winter coats. Humans smile more; bask in the warmth of the sun and embrace the glory of God." Next time someone blogs about winter . . . I'll share Grandma Bea's thoughts about the "bleakest season" of all . . . Happy Spring, Everyone ~

alanarose said...

I love the color. In Texas everything is yellow or gray for so many months, but for the few short months of spring we have color!

Rachel Firasek

D'Ann said...

My favorite part of spring is the babies--calves and colts. They are so cute and I just love to watch them play!

Jean P said...

Favorite part is seeing the leaves come out, the flowers starting to bloom and finally being able to open up the windows and enjoy the fresh air.

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Clancy said...

My favorite thing about Spring is that we begin to see men out mowing shirtless. Not often enough, but Summer is coming :)

Clancy said...

Oh and the smell and fresh cut grass is pretty nice as well....

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Cate Masters said...

I just love these story premises Paty! Your covers are gorgeous too.
Flowers pushing up from the cold ground always cheer me up.

Jenna Storm said...

Beautiful post. I live in AZ so my favorite part of Spring is the mild heat so I can take walks outside without fear of heatstroke. I put baskets of flowers on my porch and fill my hummingbird feeder and then I'm happy to enjoy the colors.

chey said...

I like the snow going away and things starting to grow.
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samanthaherne said...

I love the waking up, the buds on the trees, the songbirds coming back. I start to wake up as well, going from a state of hibernation to the beginnings of outward activity.

And I get to plant!

Mike Orenduff said...

My favorite is the look of the redbuds and the scent of confederate jasmine.

People like this topic, Paty - many comments.

Kerry said...

I think my absolute favorite thing that signals spring around here is the returning call of the mockingbird. Once that distinctive mating call starts, it is as if he is not only looking for his true love, but ushering in all the glories of spring and warm weather as well.

cheryl c said...

I love the dogwoods and the azaleas!
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PamelaTurner said...

I love spring here in Kentucky. The dogwoods and irises are in bloom. And there are these beautiful purple flowering trees although I've no idea what they are.

Alas, though, spring wreaks havoc on my allergies. LOL

Robin Covington said...

Paty: I love the chance to open the windows on my house and let the fresh air just flow through. It feels like all of the weight of winter is being purged and everything is clean and new.

Robin

Kristal Lee said...

Hi Paty,
I'm in central Florida and I think we skipped Spring. Temps were 90+ this weekend.

Kelly McCrady said...

Spring is a double-edged sword in my house. I love the appearance of green leaves and blossoms, the rotation of crocus to daffodil to tulip. The return of robins and their early morning tweeting. Spring where we live brings an air inversion of pollen potpourri that makes my husband miserable with allergic reactions. Time to stock up on the Kleenex...and listen to the complaining and the "I hate spring" mantra.

Renee said...

Paty, my favorite part of spring is listening to the various birds sing praises in the morning.

ReneeRearden said...

My favorite parts of spring are barbequing on the back deck (instead of the garage), wearing my hair down (finally) after the winter wind goes into hibernation, and my absolute fav is warmer weather means snuggling with my hubs...with less clothes between us!

Carol Burge said...

My favorite thing about Spring is waking up in the morning. Stretching in my soft, comfy bed, still warm with my dh's body print beside me. I love the quiet, gentle breeze flowing through my bedroom window, the curtains swaying to and fro. Inhaling the warm, rich smell of earth and fresh air...

Oooohhh! Makes me want to go back to bed. :) That's how it was for me this morning. I live in Michigan, and today it's 82 degrees! Woo-hoo, what an AWESOME day to wake up to after our long, cold winter. It was so nice to open up the windows and air out the house. Hope it stays this way. Who knows, we could have a snow storm tomorrow. That's how it is in Michigan. :)

Carol Burge said...

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Happy Spring!

minxlaurel said...

Like you, I find the lengthening days, the light of early morning and late evening, calling me to join in the spirit of renewal in my flowerbeds and baskets. The light and warmth give me hope and soon I will find myself at the farmers' markets, hunting for fun new varieties of tomatoes, squash, peppers and herbs to add to my homemade pastas.
I will walk off the winter inches that gathered under my sweaters and bulky coat, and rejoice in the birdsong of the park down the hill from the house.
Ah, spring!
Laurel N

Twinkletoes said...

I love it when the daffodils come out, they're usually the first sign of spring around here. Mornings I can do without, though!

Tanya

susan said...

Spring means so much to me..a birth of a new season..everything starting out new and fresh. Walks in the lane and flowers peeping out from the soil. Birds and our yearly ducks coming back to give us a new family or so and being able to watch the new ones grow. I am amazed how these ducks and birds know their way back to us after the winter and to know it is safe here. I hate to see them leave in the fall but when spring gets here..there they are to share the spring and summer with us. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

susan said...

This is a great contest..I would love to win one of these readers as I know one is not in my budget. I was recently terminated from work because of my health and so trying to keep busy and keeping my chin up by visiting everyone here. I will have at least 4 months of recovering yet so will be here a lot to bug you all. ha ha I am glad to be here as I was code blue on 2.22 when I was admitted to the ER. I had respiratory failure. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

Diane said...

The longer days, the warmth of the sun, the flowers starting to bud; I love everything about spring!

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

I love being able to open my windows for a nice spring breeze again!

Paty Jager said...

MM, Thanks for stopping by. May is when spring comes to the valley in NE Oregon where I grew up.

Emma, I wish I could have that but the deer like crocus and tulips so I have to wait for the daffodils to bloom since the deer don't eat them.

Ann, Send me some? LOL

DeAnn said...

I long to sit outdoors with a glass of ice tea and enjoy the scene you set out for us through the discription of your story. Thank you

Paty Jager said...

Nickie, I agree, the warmth of the air and the sun is welcome! Thank you for stopping in and commenting!

Thanks Judy! I don't have enough flowers to attract hummingbirds. Darn deer.

Faith, There is something about early light. Thanks for stopping in.

Barbara, I agree it is wonderful to open the windows and get a fresh scent through the house. Thanks for commenting.

Hi Rachel! My husband and I were in East Texas in January and found it not as blah as we'd imagined. But I know that your saying. Thanks for commenting!

D'Ann,
I agree there is nothing better than watching young colts frolic in the pasture- all legs and curiosity. Thanks for stopping in!

Paty Jager said...

Jean P., I agree about the fresh air. Nothing better than getting all those stale germs out of the house. Thanks for stopping by an commenting!

Clancy- LOL That's a sight I hadn't thought of but it conjured up some good visuals!

Brinda, that's true- we start planning summer activities when the weather warms, too. Thanks for commenting!

Meredith, I always enjoy trips to Salem this time of year because of all the flowers in bloom. Welcome to Oregon!

Lynda, Thank you. I agree those bright yellow blooms are an extra ray of sunshine.

Dragonfly, I like Grandma Bea's sentiments, too. Thanks for sharing!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Cate! Thank you! This spirit trilogy is made up of the three books of my heart.

Jenna, Thank you! Sounds like you have a beautiful porch with the flowers and hummingbirds.

Chey, Me, too! Thanks for stopping by!

Smantha, I agree. I do more when the weather warms and I can spend more time outside not freezing. Thanks for commenting!

Mike, Those both sound wonderful. I'll have to look them up are you down South? Thanks!

Kerry, Oh, I'd love to see a mockingbird and hear one. Thanks for commenting!

Cheryl C. I agree the dogwoods are pretty and the azaleas look so frilly with their bright blooms. Thank you for commenting!

Pamela, Sorry about the allergies! Thanks for commenting!

Paty Jager said...

Renee, I agree the birds singing is wonderful. We don't have as many singing birds in Central Oregon but on our property in Eastern Oregon the rock bluffs are always carrying on a concert of bird songs. Thanks for commenting!

Renee R., I like all of the things you like about spring. Thanks for commenting!

Carol, Congrats on the warm weather. Could you send a little to Oregon? Thank you for commenting!

Laurel, Thant all sounds wonderful! Thank you for stopping in!

Tanya, LOL on the mornings! I actually like mornings if I have sunlight. Thanks for commenting!

Susan, Your returning ducks sound like a great way to herald in spring. Thank you for commenting!

Diane, Me , too! Thank you for commenting.

Stacey, I agree. Thank you for stopping in and commenting.

Good luck to everyone of you!

Paty Jager said...

DeAnn, Thank you for those kind words about my scene!

Virginia said...

To me spring is like a new world opening up, with the flowers blooming, sunshine, birds singing, love it. The only part I don't like is having to mow the lawn again.

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1f73f84c-50e1-11e0-8316-000bcdcb471e said...

Spring is my fav time of year, my kids laugh cause I get excited to see the leaves open. I am an avid gardener, and just love seeing it come to life each year.

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Vonnie Alto said...

I love seeing the spring flowers bloom--especially the daffodils and cherry blossoms trees. That's when I know that the long, cold winter is finally giving way to warm sunshine.

Pegeen said...

TY for the inspiration!

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Paty Jager said...

Virginia, I agree! Especially since my husband is a fertilizer man and he likes to pour it to the lawn! Thanks for commenting!

Kym, Being a gardener I can see where spring would be so welcome for you. Thanks for stopping in!

Hi Vonnie! Thanks for commenting. cherry blossoms on the trees are one of the prettiest sights.

Pegeen, You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping.

Diavolo said...

I have a lot of favorite things about spring, most of them already mentioned, but my least favorite is blooming daffodils, lying sadly on the ground after being dumped on my snow and rain. They can't even lift their heads. Poor things!

Paty Jager said...

Diavolo,
That is sad. Poor little daffodils! We had heavy wet snow this spring and it broke a lot of limbs on the juniper trees. They looked sad until we cut the broken limbs off and hauled them away. Thank you for commenting!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Paty!

Your covers are gorgeous!
I love that the days are longer!

Paty Jager said...

Karen, The wonderful cover artists at Wild Rose Press are the reason for the great covers. Another long day lover. ;) Thanks for commenting!

booklover0226 said...

Longer days with daylight, fresh air blowing through the trees, everyone being cheerful and happy.

Thanks,
Tracey D
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Paty Jager said...

Tracey,

I agree people are more cheerful in the spring time after being cooped up all winter. Thank you for commenting!

Maggie Jaimeson said...

I finished reading this book, Spirit of the Mountain, about two weeks ago and I LOVED it. It is a heart-warming love story wrapped up in cultures and traditions of the Nez Pearce that I loved learning about. Great Job!

Paty Jager said...

Maggie, Thank you for stopping in! I'm glad you enjoyed Spirit of the Mountain.

Genene Valleau said...

Now if spring would just stay here instead of switching back to cold winds and frozen stuff falling from the sky! Spring is definitely one of my favorite times of the year.

And loved SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAIN, Paty! Looking forward to the next two books of the series!

Paty Jager said...

Hey Genene! I agree. The weather could show more spring like actions. Thank you for stopping in and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed Spirit of the Mountain.

Terra Pennington said...

Hi Ms. Jager,

I so love your books and they do add a little spring into the air.

Terra
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Paty Jager said...

Thank you, Terra!

EdgesAngel23 said...

My favorite thing about spring is all the little animals that come out of hibernation and and have their babies and bring the little babies out to experience the world :)
Thanks for the great post!!
Ashley A
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Paty Jager said...

Ashley, The babies in the spring are fun to see.

Sarita said...

I love the flowers and birds. The warm breezes after winter's frosty gusts...I love spring, all of it.

Paty Jager said...

Me, too, Sarita. And I saw buttercups this past weekend so now I believe spring really is on the way. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

Beth Caudill said...

My favorite part of spring are all the flowers.

The tulips come out and then a few weeks later, my roses.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

oh the sun - i LOVE the sun in spring - when it's actually warm instead of just bright, reflecting off the snow. Love it!

Paty Jager said...

Beth, I agree, the flowers and all their bright spring colors are wonderful!

Sarah, Oh, I wish we were seeing more of the sun. It has been a bleak spring in Oregon.