Yes, there is still snow in the mountains but spring is here. The lilac bushes are slowly starting to get buds. I heard there are crocus blooming although I haven’t seen any myself, and the season’s first event has been scheduled for April 22: Books, Bread and Beer as its the traveling bookstore, Yvonne’s Simply Sourdough and of course the mighty HA beers all at HA Brewery on Grave Creek Rd. Other events are starting to get sorted from a couple great times promised in the Yaak (June 17 and July 15) to an appearance in Tacoma, WA, the Montana Book Festival in Missoula, Eureka Farmers Market and others that are still taking shape. Once the summer schedule is set I will certainly let you know.
For now it is enough that the snow is gone, people are thinking of gardens and I am taking the bookstore out on the road. The winter has been too long but now I am ready to put in piles of books I accumulated this winter, make a new sign (left the last one in Rock Island, IL at an event last September), and load up the typewriter. And this season will be very special as I am quitting my day job to put more time into having the bookstore on the road. A shift but I think sixty-five and a half is the perfect age for this sort of adventure. I can still manage those boxes of books, drive a long day when needed and enjoy talking to just about anyone who shows up.