Spring has come quite early this year. Sure, we had flowers poking their heads out in the first week of February last year, but this year, there was no cold snap with ice storms after.
This year, we had a mild February lure out the early flowers, and then a downright warm-to-hot beginning to March. In the last four days (as I write this), the trees have gone from barren winter skeletons to vibrantly decorated specimens covered in blooms, buds, and the bright green of early leaves. Flowering bulbs have popped up so quickly, I overheard a debate about whether a large patch of flowers had been planted during the day or grew in. The one side argued that even a landscaping team couldn’t get those in so quickly. The other side argued that plants simply don’t grow that fast.
This magical spring is wonderful – and it sucks.
The reasons it is wonderful are obvious. The kids can play outside, I can stop running the heat, we can ditch the winter coats, etc.
It sucks because I’ve now got another writing nemesis I didn’t factor in – nice weather.
I love my blogging. I love working on my novel. Somehow, the allure of fresh air got me doing far more garden work (manual labor? ick!) than I’m generally prone to doing. Not that my lawn wasn’t in serious need of reseeding and my garden in need of edging, weeding, and general fixing. But somehow, there aren’t quite enough hours in the day to do that and blog, write, raise kids, take the animals to the vet (again), and all the other miscellany that my days include.
This got me thinking. How the heck am I going to blog over the summer? It’s one thing to do it while the kids are at school, but how am I going to manage with them at home? For that matter, what about spring break? Will my wonderful, loyal readers be annoyed when I (gasp!) go on vacation? Should I try to “pre-write” blog posts so things keep posting while I’m out, even if I’m not available to respond to comments?
I’d love to hear from fellow bloggers about these issues and how you handle them. Blogging parents, how do you deal with school/schedule changes? Am I the only person who finds it harder to write with spring cleaning calling? Do you keep up your blog while on vacation (if no, do you warn your readers)?