07 May

Spring is sprung

The grass is ris

I wonder where the flowers is?

Last week, Lynn shared the crazy that comes in her workplace when in May. That got me thinking about spring. With our temperamental weather of April days ranging from 51 degrees – 91 degrees in the daytime and our lowest overnight temp of 28 degrees, even Boise natives were shaking their heads in wonder. What the heck was going on with Spring 2012?

April showers bring May flowers.

We’re going to have a heck of a lot of flowers! Boise is in a valley surrounded by desert. In April, 13 days out of 30, we had rain of varying amounts. At the end of April, over an inch fell in one day. That’s extremely rare in Idaho.

Don’t plant your garden until the snow is off Shafer Butte.

The weather isn’t a fascinating topic for a writing blog. What interested me was that I immediately remembered these old poems/sayings without even consciously thinking about it. How cool is that? They are simple, humorous, and they won’t ever win any writing prizes.

But, they lasted.

Why? I know that we all have sayings from our parents and grandparents, but some are just…there.

For the profound writing, we know that Christopher Vogler writes about the hero’s journey and posits that all of us share a collective conscious that responds to the steps in such a journey. There are many more books on how to achieve greatness in writing, and many different theories.

But, what about the not-so-profound? What about “Spring has sprung…”

Do you have any favorite bon mots about the weather or spring that pops into your mind without any help or deep thinking? Let’s take time off from deep thoughts and have some fun with it.


Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Hero's Journey, Idaho, inspiration


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16 responses to “Spring

  1. ramblingsfromtheleft

    May 7, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Well if you insist, Janis. How about tip-toe through the tulips? The memory of a really weird man with a really weird voice comes to mind. Before him it was just a phrase I heard as a kid. Then he recorded that song and since the expression always makes me smile. Of course, to go a little deeper one could quote: A rose, is a rose … but the tulips are funnier 🙂

  2. Janis McCurry

    May 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Ah, Tiny Tim! I remember him as well.

  3. Meredith Allen Conner

    May 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    How about “rain, rain go away come again another day”? The girls and I like that one.

  4. Janis McCurry

    May 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Me, too. In times past, farmers relied on the weather for so many things. It could literally mean life or death. I think it’s telling that we have so many references that have stayed with us.

  5. Liz Fredericks

    May 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I always heard ‘don’t plant your garden until after Mother’s Day’ along with ‘steer manure makes the best fertilizer’. I’ve found both to be true, though would have to revise the first with ‘don’t plant your garden until two weeks after Mother’s Day’. In terms of fertilizer, I stand by conventional wisdom! 😉

    • Janis McCurry

      May 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Regarding the value of manure, I lived on a dairy farm and one of the sayings went like this. Person takes a deep breath. “Smells like money.”

  6. Peggy Staggs

    May 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    “Singin’ in the rain, I’m just singin’ in the rain…” I love spring rain and flowers.
    As for planting the garden, the science says the last average frost day in the Treasure Valley is May 12th. So plant away.

  7. Janis McCurry

    May 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I can see Gene Kelly now, dancing around the streetlight.

  8. Megan Hutchins (@mkhutchins)

    May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Oh, Idaho weather. I’ve always heard, “If you don’t like the weather in Boise, wait five minutes.”

  9. Janis McCurry

    May 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    LOL! Absolutely. Thanks for the laugh, Megan.

  10. stephanieberget

    May 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Janis, this is a fun post. As to the smell of the dairy, when my kids were little we drove past a feedlot often, and they called it Daddy’s Roses. When they would complain about the smell, DH would say it smelled like roses to him. I remember the Spring is sprung from my grandmother. Good memories.

  11. Janis McCurry

    May 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Roses! I like it.

  12. Lynn Mapp

    May 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    It’s raining cats and dogs is one that comes to mind. One year, we had a news program. Our weather guy used the saying, and students threw stuffed cats and dogs. He picked one up and said, “Hey, this isn’t a cat or a dog.” Then he tossed the stuffed animal away. It was cute. Whenever I hear that I think of Nick, our weather guy, who is now a grown man.

  13. Janis McCurry

    May 8, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    And to veer off the subject, I like the song, “It’s Raining Men.”

  14. Clarissa Southwick

    May 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Years ago, my son was hit by a car. He spent several months in a coma and lost all of his verbal skills. When he awoke, the speech therapist began by teaching him nursery rhymes. She explained that those canned sayings are stored in a different part of the brain from the rest of our speech and are the easiest to retrieve.

    For a couple of years, he spoke mostly in catch phrases, often with humorous results. I would love to write a character who spoke that way.

    Thanks for sparking the idea, Janis!

  15. Janis McCurry

    May 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    That is a great idea. Do it!


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