Saturday, March 19, 2022

Signs of Spring by Merri Maywether

Last week, my principal entered the building, beaming. He had good news and was excited to share it. He barely made it in the hall when he announced, “I saw geese.”
We hooted, high fives were shared, and everyone smiled for the rest of the afternoon. His news was truly good. 

This was a big deal because we still had snow on the ground, and probably will until after Easter. While our friends are posting pictures of budding trees and flower blossoms, we’re looking at snow and mud. That doesn’t deter us from our appreciation of spring. We just have to look for different signs.  In this post, I will share the signs that spring is on the way. 

Signs of Spring When You're From Central Montana

🌱 We hear the geese flying north to Canada.
🌱 We see the male gophers running along the dirt roads.
🌱 The sun rises minutes before our school day begins.
🌱 4H has its annual butter braid sale.
🌱 The three churches join together for the weekly pot luck soup supper.
🌱 The kids are anxious to play outside–they just as quickly want to return indoors because the sunlight is deceptive and it’s still cold. 
🌱 We can get away with wearing hoodies in the afternoon.

🌱 People switch from hot cocoa to tea.
🌱 The sun is still up when we drive home at the end of the day.
🌱 We can hear the high school students talk about prom dresses and tuxedo styles.
🌱 The local drive-in opens, and regardless of the weather people will visit it to buy a chocolate milkshake. (This is my favorite sign)
Sure this is a list, but it is something even more exciting to us. It means that the days of eating fruits and vegetables fresh from our gardens, sitting around the outdoor fires and chatting, and exploring the state are just around the corner. 

All of us sweet romance readers are from different parts of the country. What is your favorite sign of the changing season?

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Merri Maywether lives with her husband in rural Montana. You can find her in the town's only coffee house listening to three generations of Montanans share their stories. Otherwise, she's in the classroom or the school library, inspiring the next generation's writers.

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Welcome Home is the first book in my Three Creeks, Montana series.  Abigail Cahill returns to her hometown of Three Creeks, Montana. The traditions are the same, but the people are different than she remembered. In this feel-good, love story, her brother's best friend will help her find the beauty of second chances and the meaning behind Welcome Home. 

Welcome Home is available for 99¢ at your favorite online retailer.


  1. Hi Merri, I spent the last 30 years in Oregon and in a normal year, bulbs breaking through the soil would have been a sign of spring, but this year they burst through way back in December. Crazy!
    I am now a resident of Montana and have yet to learn the signs of spring.

    1. Each section has different signs. After a couple of years, you'll be able to see them...or someone will point them out. :)