It is the calm after the storm of winter, or make that the storms of winter. It has been so warm today that I have had doors and windows open to air out the house. Soft breezes followed a morning thunderstorm, and the mud is slowly drying up.
But mud is everywhere! Little puppy feet have to be wiped when we can catch him before he tracks inside. Spring is always this way on our ridge where the soil is so deep we can lose tons of gravel in a few months, sinking away to China. I think where they pick it out of their gardens and curse us.
I've been working on storytelling today, and you can guess which was more fun. Tomorrow I'll be presenting to 8th graders, talking about storytelling and writing. I spent today pulling together my thoughts and thinking about what I want them to get from the time I spend with them. I am looking forward to it; those 12-14 year old kids are my favorite age group, even though they can also be the most difficult audience. I have presented at this school for the past two years and it's been a great experience each time. It will be good to get back into storytelling too, after a month without any performances. I've been glad of the break with the kind of weather we've had, but it's time to get going again.
I've also been working on taxes. Bad words. Boring work. But it has to be done. I have moved that work into the log room where I at least have a big window and can enjoy the beautiful day.
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