I sure am! Compared to back East, where I was born and lived, I realize our winter was not a brutal one, but nevertheless we’ve endured more snow and cold temperatures than usual in the Pacific Northwest.

First snow of the year in February as seen out our window.

First snow of the year in February as seen out our window.

I am always amazed when I see signs of spring on a morning that’s below freezing, yet not too cold to walk with my friend and her dog. I snuggle into my down-filled jacket, plus a hat of course, and set off at a brisk pace. A great way to warm up!

As the snow melted, cyclamen bloomed in a neighbor’s yard.

As the snow melted, cyclamen bloomed in a neighbor’s yard.

I have been surprised at the signs of spring already. Certain plants  seem to blossom no matter the weather—a wonderful gift to the Anna’s hummingbird, which does not migrate as others species do. On my morning walk today, I noticed a couple of robins pairing up and heard two bald eagles claiming their territory. Though it may be early, spring is in the air.

Eagles are extremely territorial in their nest sites, so this is likely a mated pair.

Eagles are extremely territorial in their nest sites, so this is likely a mated pair.

How do I fill my days when it’s too cold to enjoy myself outside? I bundle up and sit by the fire and write. I must admit, I can’t wait to bring my laptop out in the yard.

When starting to write a new book I take into consideration the season of year. For instance, springtime plays an important role in Starting From Scratch, as does autumn in A Letter from Lancaster County. I’m partial to autumn unless spring daffodils are popping up with renewed expectations.

Enter to win this Amish-made pillow.

Please enter to win this darling Amish made pillow from Lancaster County (the hearts are hand-stitched), which gives me hope that spring is on its way, plus one of my Amish books. Either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County, or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County TrilogyLeaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish. My Christmas novella hasn’t released yet so it’s not included. US only. Winner has 3 days to respond.