Bookends: April 2017

April in Massachusetts was a stop-and-start process towards spring. We heard spring peepers peeping, watched the maple trees bloom and then make itty-bitty seeds, and now we’re seeing leaves galore. The lilacs and cherry trees are in blossom, and I can smell flowers on my walks around the neighborhood. And unlike last year, there’s been no late freeze (knock on wood), so it’s likely we’ll have LOCAL PEACHES this year!

What kind of monster looks at bunnies and thinks good things about coyotes?

I also see bunnies, bunnies, and more bunnies, which I bet thrills the coyotes and foxes in the neighborhood. The small-dog owners and keepers of outdoor cats aren’t thrilled about the predators traipsing around, but I’m a fan. Small furry creatures are adorable and I love them, but they spread deer ticks, which are awful already this year, so we can benefit from having a food-chain-related way to keep the furry population in check. I also like hawks and falcons.

Another wonderful thing about April: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! To read about my progress during the readathon, check out my wrap-up post.

Here’s some of what I finished reading in April (funny…I felt like I didn’t read much this month, but my list argues against that):

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Weekly Walk 37

If these walks were a pregnancy, it would be full-term as of the walk we took during the last week before the summer solstice.

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Weekly Walk 36

During the twelfth week after the vernal equinox, we got to hike with our friend Linda again.

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Weekly Walk 35

We left the house early to beat the heat for our hike during the eleventh week after the vernal equinox.CIMG2340 Read More

Weekly Walk 34

The tenth week after the vernal equinox, it was in the mid-80’s when we hiked.

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Weekly Walk 33

I won’t try to tell you how much I have going on this week (the ninth since the vernal equinox) because even I don’t like to hear about it.

But in spite of the full calendar, we did manage to take a hike the morning before my mom left.

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Weekly Walk 32

The eighth week after the vernal equinox, we got to take our weekly hike with my mom! (Not pictured: my mom.)

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Weekly Walk 31

I’m a little late posting the walk we took for the seventh week after the vernal equinox because this was supposed to be just a bonus hike.

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Weekly Walk 30

This week—the sixth week after the vernal equinox—we hiked a very spring-like hike. Meaning, we hiked through a 40°F rain.

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Weekly Walk 29

Due to vet visits and routine doctor appointments, our hike during the fifth week after the vernal equinox was delayed until a humid, 80-degree Friday. My daughter’s comment: “If it’s 80 in April, how hot will it be in summer?”

Good question.

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