Welcome Spring 2022

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Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty.

William Shakespeare (The Winter’s Tale)

No, my daffodils are not blooming in Maine this week. But I couldn’t resist using this picture from an early group of blooms last year to herald the beginning of spring this year. It has been a difficult winter for us, with plenty of cold, dampness, and ice along with a month of mud to walk in and track through the house. As the winds begin to dry up all the water left by melting snow and ice, it has become possible to walk the driveway now without as much danger of falling, and with daylight savings time it is light enough to see our way. Don and I have been walking down our long driveway to the road to get the mail several nights before supper this week and it feels good to resume this habit. The greenhouse is blooming with Johnny Jump Ups and bulbs are pushing up through the soil in our yard, even as it is defrosting. It is mud season, the season of transition to spring, and I have hope that good things will happen.

This week in cooking

A sprouting broccoli plant surprises us–

This large plant sat in the greenhouse all winter looking exactly like a weed gone out of control. It sat there through below zero temperatures and did absolutely nothing. But come March, out came all these sprouts. To our surprise, the plant needed a period of very low temperatures to begin to sprout. The sprouts are tender and sweet and much like the side shoots of a regular broccoli plant. They were delicious raw in a salad as well as slightly cooked with some garlic in olive oil as I did last night. The salmon recipe you will see is very interesting and it is not my own. A fellow writer on Medium, Dr. David Mokotoff wrote the recipe in a story you can read here. The Salmon with LIme and 5 Spice Powder is delicious.

Get the recipe here

All photos were taken by the author
new shoots of bulbs coming up in the garden

In Writing This Week

Let’s Talk About Daffodils to Help Us Remember That Life Still Has Beauty

Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty. From William Shakespeare (The Winter’s Tale)

I am looking forward to spring this year for lots of reasons, but one is because I planted 100 daffodil bulbs in the fall. A dear friend gave me a gift certificate to purchase a memorial plant for my mother. I am looking forward to their blooming, hoping for some relief from feeling so lonely without her, something to brighten the world from my front yard.

Read the story here

Published by Jean Anne Feldeisen

I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mildred Shropshire and Theodore Felsberg Jr. I was raised in Galloway Township and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey in the Sigma 67 Class in 1967. I attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and (almost) music. After that, I taught piano to local children and adults in the 70s and 80s, had a catering business, "Jean's in the Kitchen," from 1980 to 1992, then went to graduate school at Rutgers Camden to obtain my Masters's Degree in Social Work. Since 1996 I have worked as a therapist and counselor, first in New Jersey for five years and then, when our family moved to Maine, in Augusta, Maine, for five years. For the past 17 years, I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Gardiner, Maine, During the pandemic, I packed up and moved my office home to Washington, Maine. On the year of my seventieth birthday, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir about our parents' World War II romance, Dear Milly. I began blogging on Medium in earnest in 2020 and have posted more than 265 stories, including a block of stories about my catering career which I hope to turn into a book in the next year. I have been writing and collecting poetry since childhood but never showed it to anyone. Recently, I learned how valuable it could be to join a group for feedback and support for my writing. I have taken several courses and written many poems, and recently had several poems accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.

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