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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

When Will Spring Arrive?? #RB4U @melissa_keir

When Will Spring Arrive??

Hello, it's Melissa again. I drop by each month about this time to share some interesting insights into life of a writer, mom and teacher. Today, I'm feeling a little down in the dumps. The weather hasn't been too bad... in the 40's with a little sunshine, but the Winter Blah's have taken over my house.

February is a tough time in the Midwest. We've had Winter and the wondrous holidays that go along with it (Christmas and Thanksgiving) as well as fun snow but come February, we are ready for some Spring.

We know it's coming. There are signs. Yesterday, I heard birds singing at 6:30 when I let the dogs out. The sun is also up now before I am most mornings. My father says that he can tell it's almost Spring because he begins getting his vegetable catalogs and starts to think about the garden.
Yet, it's not quite here. 

Being patient is a challenge. We all have to wait for things, a doctor's appointment, a special holiday, for our best friend to come home. I think it is that feeling of waiting that makes February the hardest. Not to mention that Mother Nature can still hit us with a snow storm or polar vortex.
I hadn't heard about seasonal affective disorder until the early 2000's. SAD is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. It's often caused by a lack of sunlight (the sun is at a different angle during the Winter) and can be helped with extra Vitamin D. Even my doctor is pushing the Vitamin D saying that "everyone in Michigan is low in Vitamin D because we don't get enough sun."

I vow to change that...
Not the Vitamin D... but the sun. 

While I'm waiting on Spring to arrive here, I'm taking a small working vacation in Texas where the sun shines and the temperatures will be above freezing.

The Wild Wicked Weekend is a Reader and Author conference in San Antonio. There is a book signing but more importantly, it's a time to let lose and connect, to be silly and recharge. 
If you happen to be in San Antonio on Feb. 27th, the book signing is open to the public. It will be held at the Menger Hotel with over 44 amazing authors from Desiree Holt and Rebecca Royce to little old me. I'd love to see you and share in some Sunshine and Vitamin D.

Melissa Keir is a best-selling and award winning author of over ten books, which range from hot and sexy cowboys to small town romances that sizzle. She's also the local radio station's movie reviewer and teaches in her spare time, but she's not given up that dream of being a race car driver. You can find information about her and her books at her website.
Until next month!


Paris said...

I'm with you! Spring can't get here quick enough.I'm ready to plant something and see some life sprouting around the place. Have fun at The Wild Wicked Weekend and enjoy all that sun and mild weather:)

Cara Marsi said...

I hear you about waiting for spring. We don't get enough sun here on the East Coast either. The older I get, the more I love hot weather. Have fun in San Antonio. Wish I could be there. It's a great city. I stayed at the Menger when I was in San Antonio in 2012 for Epicon.

Tina Donahue said...

I'm ready for spring on January 2 - it's been horribly cold in Palm Springs this year. In the mid forties in the morning. For this part of the world, that's FREEZING. None of the businesses or stores have heat - they usually don't need them. It's like shopping in an ice box.

Sounds like a great event, Melissa - wish I could be there. :)

vicki batman said...

Hi, Melissa! We have had roller coaster temps here. So plants are blooming one day and icky the next. I'm ready for some good ol fashioned icy/snow storms so the weathermen will have something fun to talk about and we can have a snow day! Have fun at your conference. That is such a good hotel to visit.

jbiggar said...

It was an old adage where I grew up in Alberta's foothills that you shouldn't plant until after the May long weekend when all danger of frost Should be gone. Winters there were quite often 7-8 months long and spent endlessly shoveling.
Now I live on the west coast and get to see green grass year round. We have hummingbirds here all winter! While a good portion of the last few months have been rain, I can't say I miss that freezing cold!
Have fun in Texas, Melissa :)

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you everyone. I will send some lovely warmer temps to all of you... except for Vicki who can have the 3 inches of snow we got today!! It's still falling!

I'll be sure to share photos on my blog about the event. We get to do body painting of the male models! Whee!

Judy Baker said...

I too can't wait for the warmer weather. It was 23 degree in the Salt Lake valley of Utah. A little too early to hear the birds singing around her. Enjoy the sun while in Texas.

Melissa Keir said...

I don't know what it is about February that brings everyone down here in Michigan (and Ohio too)... maybe we've just been too cold here for so long and it's no longer a holiday fun type of cold. :)

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