Happy Birthday, Spring! (At Least You’re Older Than I Am)

First Day of Spring 2016

Like Anne Shirley, my birthday is in March. Unlike Ms. Shirley, though, I like my March birthday enough to keep it. As she says in Anne of Avonlea:

If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring.

Technically, my March birthday is the first day of Spring. It also takes place at a lower latitude than Ms. Shirley’s. Sometimes it’s very spring-like, and sometimes it’s not. Last year, for example, my area received several inches of snow on my birthday, forcing me to postpone the early spring 5K trail race I organize (it was scheduled for a few days later, but the park shut down because of the snow). That was an enormous pain.

This year, I had high hopes for a warm, spring-like birthday, considering the fact that this winter was the warmest one on record. Alas, Mother Nature had other plans. We’re getting snow again, but thankfully, not as much as the weathermen (and women) predicted originally.

My NephewThe good news is that the 1,000+ bulbs I planted last fall — because I’m crazy and I needed something to make me look forward to turning 35 — are coming up! They are mostly daffodils and early snow glories. Plus, the magnolia that usually blooms in April is at the height of its beauty.

It’s a lovely day to turn 35.

For my birthday, I’ve made Amelia Elkins Elkins, my modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, free today and tomorrow (click here). It’s fun to watch the stats. It’s even more fun to think that some people who download it might actually give it a read. 🙂

Have a great day!

PS. That’s my adorable nephew next to some of our snow glories.

PPS. This cold snap won’t be good for my magnolia, but at least we got to enjoy its blooms for a few days.


  1. Happy birthday! Your nephew is a cutie. Magnolia trees make the end of winter a little brighter and I love the way they smell! Hope yours toughs out the cold flash.

  2. Happy belated Birthday!!! It’s snowing here too and I’m like what?! But it was lovely walking in pretending like I lived in a snow globe. I really need to read AEE! Hopefully, I’ll get to it soon, too many physical books on my shelves I’m trying to get through.

    1. Thanks! It was cold, but a beautiful day. Thankfully, none of the snow ended up sticking. Are you guys supposed to get snow soon?

      As a person with a very long TBR list, I completely understand why you haven’t gotten to Amelia yet. It’ll be there whenever you’re ready for it. I hope it’s a fun read for you.

      1. It snowed overnight and is still snowing now, but not much will stick and the temp is slowly going up. We did get a two-hour delay which was a nice treat!

  3. Happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day and that spring arrives soon. As the old saying goes, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. Perhaps that will be true this year.

    It’s kind of you to offer Amelia Elkins Elkins as a free download. I was planning on buying it as it has been on my to-read list for a while. But since you offered it free, it prompted me to download it. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I had a wonderful birthday. Thankfully, none of the snow ended up sticking.

      I hope you enjoy AMELIA! It was so much fun to write.

  4. Happy birthday! I hope 35 is very good to you. Can’t wait to see more pictures of the results of your bulb planting binge! (And your nephew is such a doll!)

    1. Thank you! I’m so relieved that none of the snow ended up sticking. The day was beautiful, and my garden is doing well. I’ll definitely post updates/pictures as the bulbs progress. My Carlton daffodils are about to bloom.

  5. Happy birthday. 🙂 Thirty-five was a wonderful year for me. I bet it will be for you, too. I liked my forties best. Fifties, not so much but still pretty good. Sixties? Nah. That’s when I started feeling old. On the other hand, I moved back to Florida when I was sixty-two, so at least I’ll never be cold again. 😉 Every decade brings some delight, and I treasure every day I wake up to birdsong and sunshine. Enjoy your special day, dear friend.

    1. Thank you! My dad also said he particularly enjoyed his forties. I don’t really mind getting older, but I hate how fast the time goes by.

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