In Celebration of Season


This week marked the beginning of Spring. And, in celebration, today’s Wednesday Word is season. As with many words, season can function as either a noun or a verb, depending on the definition you are using, and what you are trying to say.

(1) season: One of the four natural divisions of the year—Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter—in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions. American Heritage Dictionary via thefreedictionary.com

Here in Maine, it still feels a lot like winter. Granted, the temperatures are warming, birds are returning, and the snow is receding. We no longer have perilously high snow banks on every corner, that just last month created hazardous driving conditions—but we’ve had snow fall twice this week. And if you comment to a neighbor about the warming weather, they are likely to issue a standard Maine response:

“Don’t get used to it.”

Too early to garden, but not too early to dream, that packet of arugula seeds is still on my kitchen windowsill. And before long, they will be planted in my vegetable garden. By early summer, we will eat tender arugula, tossed with fresh tiny green onions and balsamic vinegar. And then winter will be a distant memory.

All summer long we’ll harvest vegetables: spinach and lettuce, beets and kale, beans and tomatoes. Finally, as the days shorten and autumn begins, we will enjoy pumpkins, squash, and hopefully a melon. A bounty will remain for us to can and freeze—before the season changes again.

And, that we can get used to.

(2) season (verb): To make or become mature or experienced. – Collins English Dictionary via thefreedictionary.com

I have been blogging now for seven weeks—every day of each week—45 consecutive postings. Although still a newbie, I am becoming a more mature blogger, I’m finding my legs. As I read and watch others around me, I am gaining more understanding and knowledge of this new world I’ve entered. I no longer stress out at the thought of writing a daily blog; I actually enjoy and look forward to it! And as I learn and change as a blogger, my blog site is maturing and changing too—which brings me to the third definition of season.

(3) season (verb): To improve or enhance flavor; to add zest, piquancy, or interest to. – American Heritage Dictionary via thefreedictionary.com

In honor of this definition of season, I am adding zest to my blog with some changes to its appearance. The photos in the heading represent each of the seasons—but also the natural beauty of everyday things that inspire me and my writing. I hope you will let me know what you think—the heading, my blog, and my writing continue as works in progress.

Cheers,

Julia

p.s. Are there ways that the changing seasons inspire you? Where are you in your blogging journey? How have you seasoned as a blogger—and what landmarks or seasons can you identify along the way? And, please let me know what you think of the new wordsxo appearance and contents. How am I doing?

Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    Brava my friend! I enjoy everything you write though I admit I can’t keep up with 7 days of comments, I do what I can, I hope you’ll forgive me 😉

  2. That is so sweet! It’s wonderful having people drop by to visit and leave comments when they can — so supportive. But, I write everyday to keep myself going, so you have nothing to be forgiven for–I’m so thankful for writer friends like you!

  3. Leah says:

    I love this post. And I love that you have seasons in Maine. Here in San Diego, I can’t complain about the weather (clearly not from my spring post). But I must say it would be nice to have a little variety sometime and really witness winter, spring, summer and fall. I’ve been here all my life. It would be nice to have a change. And by the way, I LOVE your new header!

  4. I’m so glad you can come by to celebrate the seasons here on wordsxo, since you don’t have them in San Diego, Leah! Winter is nice for day, Spring is beautiful and refreshing, Summer I like for the beach and gardening (humidity is horrendous), and Autumn (my favorite) is amazing the whole time it lasts! Thanks so much for the comment on the post and for the comment on the header! Very much appreciated!