I’m in shock. And thrilled. The month of May has arrived. Time to celebrate with a Giveaway!

Farm beds plowed and ready for spring planting at Silver Maple Farm of Washington

Farm beds plowed and ready for spring planting at Silver Maple Farm of Washington

“April showers bring spring flowers” was my mantra last month. Now, a funny little song written in 1884 is looping through my mind.  And yet I know this May will be like no other. You never know, our country could blossom and spring back to life again. A worker at the grocery store said she and her fellow employees are planning to have a mask burning party. Can you relate?

I saw this lovely patch of spring on a walk!

I saw this lovely patch of spring on a walk!

The other day I called a relative in New Holland, Lancaster County, PA, and was surprised she didn’t answer. I surmised that maybe with cabin fever setting in she and her husband had gone for a drive just to get out of the house. When she called me back twenty minutes later, she told me she’d been in the yard planting flowers. She loves to spend time outside, especially camping during the summer, but she said the national parks were closed, as they are here in the Pacific Northwest.

A good friend who loves to hike in our national forests is terribly disappointed that her hiking trips are on hold in Washington State. I hope by the time this blog post is published at least one of these two women will be out exploring the forest again. Enjoying perfect weather for a woodland trek!

Meadow of wildflowers at Mt Rainier National Park

Meadow of wildflowers at Mt Rainier National Park

A few days ago, a cousin in CT described over the phone her rainy, chilly, and windy weather, but that could have taken a flip by now. I’ve seen it happen.

I love this city garden coming to life!

I love this city garden coming to life!

No baseball practices for our grandson this spring, which seems all wrong. I recall watching our older son play baseball starting mid-April and into May while I froze in the bleachers. It is often chilly in the Puget Sound until June.

Many, many disappointments for both children and adults this spring, and probably summer. No trip back East this year for my husband and me. Noel and I walk together most mornings, now that he’s working from our home. I do see more of him, which is a treat.

Enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of one of Kate Lloyd's books

Enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of one of my books

Are you having fun today? If you’re my Giveaway Winner I hope to embellish your good mood or to turn your gloomy frown upside-down with a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Plus a signed book. Your choice of An Amish Christmas KitchenStarting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy — Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite. US and Canada only. Winner has 3 days to respond.