On Spring, Daylight Savings, and Cookies

Like everyone else, I am tired of winter. I’m ready for green grass and new leaves on the trees; seeing the Forsythia bushes burst forth in butter-yellow blossoms and watching the Jonquils and Daffodil shoots popping up through old grass; as usual, anxious to be the first ones up.

Spring for me used to mean new baby calves and new foals stumbling around on tiny stilt-like legs; so fragile and yet icons of the promise of rebirth. Now Spring comes with new dress styles in shop windows and lawn-care businesses leaving flyers on your door. Life is about change; even if it’s nothing more than growing older.

I don’t like Daylight Savings and yet it’s here again, messing up my body clock and setting people’s teeth on edge. It’s always the topic of conversation the first few days; as if griping about it long enough might actually change the fact. It’s just an hour. Sixty minutes. I remind myself that it’s only a number on the clock face, not the end of the world.

My sure cure for frustration is baking; usually cookies. Today I made chocolate chip/pecan cookies and the house smells wonderful. My Little Mama has already sashayed through the kitchen twice for an excuse to watch me taking them out of the oven, and to sneak a still warm cookie with a glass of cold milk back to her room. Simple pleasures that even Daylight Savings and too many cold days cannot ruin.

And so I hunker down in my warm house and leaf through magazines with fluffy yellow chicks and baby rabbits on the covers and dream of sunshine and Easter.

I’m ready for Spring. Can you hear it coming? Let me know if you do. I can’t wait.

14 thoughts on “On Spring, Daylight Savings, and Cookies

  1. Dear Ms. Sala,

    I admire you so much! Your wonderful heart, the depth of your writing, the optimism, the beauty of your soul…
    Spring is my favorite season. I don’t have a garden, so I am buying happy daffodils to fill my eyes, I am smelling the earth, you know that fresh smell of rebirth and new times coming…
    My mom passed away seven years ago, I miss her deeply, so I wish you to bake cookies many springs in the future, so you can see your mama coming in and enjoying them with her glass of milk.
    Thank you for you and your writing,
    Adela

    • Adela, thank you honey. I’m sorry you lost your mother, but I’m sure you have wonderful memories. Mother is still enjoying cookies today, and wanted ice cream for supper, so that’s what she had.

  2. Hi

    I am attempting to write and I want to know if you can recommend reputable publishers. I do not like the self publishing companies because many are fraudulent. It’s hard to pay the money they want because I am on a limited income.

    Thank you

    • Since you didn’t mention what you write, I can’t recommend specific publishers. Self-publishing is when you do it yourself. Vanity press/publishers are the fraudulent ones and charge YOU money. Now that being said, I suggest you get a book (you can go online probably, or go to your local library to research…) called Writer’s Market. In that book are the listings of publishers for all genres of writing; fiction/non-fiction, mystery, romance, religious, sports related, etc… and each listing will give the information as to how that particular publisher accepts manuscripts. A lot of them do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, which means they take them from literary agents only, which means writers have to get an agent first. That again is a whole other story. Google it and go from there. I’ve self-published 4 books so far, as well as work with three traditional publishers. I am in control of the publishing, but I pay someone to do my cover and I pay someone for professional editing, so again… it costs money to put out a proper product.

  3. Ms. Sala,

    I just bought “The Dove”.
    The cover is wonderful. Very inspired and full of beauty. I haven’t read the book yet, just bought it, but I couldn’t help myself, I just wanted to congratulate you and everybody involved in creating it.
    I love the “Windwalker”‘s cover, too. Terrific, actually!

    Thank all of you,

    Adela

    • Thank you, Adela. It has been a dream of mine for 23 years to have real Native Americans on the covers of my NA books. The man is actor Rick Mora, who’s Yaqui/Apache, and the young woman is my granddaughter, Logan Sala, who belongs to the Muscogee Tribe.

  4. Thank you. I have a lot of family responsibilities right now with my elderly mother, who lives with me. I haven’t tended to this website as I wanted.

    Sharon

  5. I just finished reading “Missing”. I saw your picture on the inside of the back cover, and immediately went to my computer, hoping to find a way to contact you. Words are not enough to thank you for the wonderful read. I realized that I myself have been missing for a long time, and your book was a gift of inspiration and hope. It prompted me to refocus on what was important in my life, and to realize that time is a gift given to us, and is not meant to be wasted.

    Do not post this. It is meant to be a little personal thank-you note.

    Your book came to me from a friend who was clearing shelves in her cottage. The book was dusted with beach sand. I had no idea that so much more would be found between the pages.

    Thank you Sharon for sharing your beautiful writing.

    Angela

    • Angela, I never post personal messages, honey.
      I’m honored that this story was inspirational to you in any way.
      Thank you for taking the time to write and tell me. It meant so much.

      sharon

  6. Just finish 1000 lies….loved the book, and hope that other stories come to you about them. Read it in one evening. I have to get your self published books from the US as we can’t get them here…I am reading Windwalker and The Dove now. Read Curl up and Dye on a bus trip to Halifax and giggled the whole way there. Most of your books are rather well worn from being read so much, we had the remants of Hurricane Arthur last weekend so I read all of the storm books, all five. I’ve already pre-ordered Going Gone for September. Hope all is well with you and your mama. We just had to place my father in a home, as he is quite aggressive, but only with family. The place is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, so it helps with the guilt. Summer is finally here in New Brunswick, if you should ever at some time be free to travel and would like to come to Canada, you would be welcome. I hope another trilogy is in the works, as well as The Gathering. I’m sure we would enjoy another story at the Curl up and Dye again. Happy summer.
    Monique

  7. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?

    Thanks a lot!

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