Mother’s Day Challenge # 8

Hey all y’alls,
(As Britney Spears might say.)

I am one tired woman.  Drove to Asheville today, from Highlands, on a highway that clung to the side of the road, following a river, blasted between a mountain.  Gorgeous, gorgeous.  Met for coffee with my old friend Jane Carter, who is loving life in this Carolina mountain town. Read at Malaprop’s, which was great… though I think it is time for me to start reading new material. Usually I read from chapter four of the book, titled “Clay Bird,” the chapter about Missy stealing Louise’s bird.  It’s a good one (self aggrandizing alert), but it’s time for me to read new stuff.  The only problem is, I get embarrassed reading aloud the racier scenes, and most every other chapter has a racy scene.

(Which is really just a sublte way of saying: Go buy the book now!!)

Anyhoo–we have challenge number eight to attend to, don’t we?  Can you believe we are here already, rounding the bend on the mother of all mother’s day contests? Running the final mile of the marathon? (Well, the ten-mile-a-thon?)


Challenge number eight is simplicity itself.  What is your favorite thing about spring?  Email me your answer, and please, for community sake, also post your answer in the comments section below.

My favorite thing about spring, hands down, is that I get to eat strawberries.  Yes, I am one of those freaks who only eats strawberries in season, and the strawberry season in Hotlanta usually begins around May 1.  Lord.  A flat of berries bought from the farmer’s market creates a heavenly, honey perfume.  And if you buy enough berries at once, you really are mandated to make a strawberry pie.

I had my first spring strawberry tonight.  There’s this farmer who takes the leftover produce he doesn’t sell during the day, and goes table to table at downtown Asheville restaurants, shilling his goods.  The friends I was eating with were like, “Oh there’s that old farmer dude trying to sell his leftover produce…” meanwhile, I was frantically waving him down to come to my table and sell me some berries.

Email your favorite spring thing to me at and a nice, springy lottery ticket will be yours.


16 Responses to Mother’s Day Challenge # 8

  1. Anonymous May 2, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    Yay Asheville

    I am so jealous you read in Asheville at Malaprops…I love that place :). Miss you! Ami

    • installer May 3, 2009 at 3:59 am #

      Re: Yay Asheville

      I thought about you sooo much in Asheville. I can really see you there. When did it turn into such a hip/hippy town??

      I miss you!

  2. Anonymous May 2, 2009 at 6:26 am #

    Hello ello :D

    Hey Lauren said to come read your blog.

    so i did :P

    and i just wanted to say that im ABOUT to READ YOU BOOK. ive been wanting it for ages but havent gone to the bookstore…so its on the top of my list! it sounds amazing!

    bye bye

    • installer May 3, 2009 at 4:00 am #

      Re: Hello ello :D

      Hi Holly,
      Thanks so much for coming! Were you the woman in the audience with dark hair? I had no idea Lauren sent anyone–that is muy awesome.

      Hope you enjoy the book…I sure enjoyed being in Asheville. It’s a beautiful town.

  3. Anonymous May 2, 2009 at 7:22 am #

    My favorite thing about spring/laurens contest

    first things first. My favorite thing about spring is the wind. i swear it seems like theres more wind in spring than any other season. and more rain. i love the wind. i like to stand in my backyard and feel the wind swirl around me. its magical. and its even better right before it rains. yes~ i am one of those people wo love the weather right before it rains. where the clouds turn a msterious silver/gray shade and the wind starts to pick up. i would stay in that weather all day. when its like that i normally pick out a book and go read on my porch.

    next: ok. ignore my last comment. delete it maybe, write it on a piece of paper and shred it anywho. i wrote a comment trying to ‘praise’ you. but because i was tired, i didnt read your posts. i cheated :( but then i read the next part of lauren’s chalenge and i entered your contest. then i read all your entries. so now i can give you your full-fleged praise:

    I like your writing style. It makes me smile :D and believe it or not, you and lauren both have similarities in your writing. lie if i read writing samples from both of you (and i didnt know who wrote them. at all. if i thought they were random people) i would assume that you two were related…or friends…or writing buddies…or SOMETHING. anyway. even though i havent read your book (yet! its at the top of my to-read list) i’m sure you are a fabulous rwriter, and im sure i will love it.

    • installer May 3, 2009 at 4:11 am #

      Re: My favorite thing about spring/laurens contest

      Thanks so much!

      I love your thoughts on spring, the wind, the moment before it rains…it is wonderful to have a porch for such weather…

      Hey, I can’t tell because this is popping up as anonymous, but have you sent your comments to my gmail account? If not please do so I can officially enter you in the contest!

  4. Anonymous May 3, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    favorite thing about spring

    My favorite thing about spring has got to be the glorious smell of our three gardenia bushes in bloom. As soon as I open the car door when I arrive home the aroma is all around and it is just wonderful. No “gardenia” air freshner or perfumes even come close to the real deal!

    • installer May 3, 2009 at 4:15 am #

      Re: favorite thing about spring

      Oh that sounds amazing! I actually have gardenia perfume, but you are right, it is not the same as the real thing.

  5. Anonymous May 3, 2009 at 6:00 am #


    The colors! So many different flowers are blooming and the colors are bright and vivid. I love it because I feel so much more alive around bright colors!

    - Lori

    • installer May 3, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

      Re: Spring

      Me too. I especially love spring in the South. I loved living in San Francisco, but come April, I would always feel nostalgic for Atlanta while living there…

  6. yathenaeum May 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    I don’t really have one favorite thing about Spring… I can tell you a few things I don’t like first and maybe by then I’ll think of a favorite:

    1. All the tests I have to take in May and how teachers are cramming everything they didn’t have time to teach before inside before the end of the school year.
    2. That living in Florida, spring feels like summer.

    So, I guess my favorite is the idea of spring itself, the thought of life beginning again and the fresh smells and birds chirping. It’s so mystical and optimistic.


    • installer May 5, 2009 at 2:05 am #


      yep, often the concept is better than the reality, though in Atlanta spring is great. Except for the allergies.

  7. Anonymous May 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm #


    My favorite thing about spring is the rain! My friends think it’s really weird but I love going outside when it’s raining and getting wet. It feels so good!! :)

  8. Anonymous May 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    “spring thing!”

    My favorite spring thing is actually THINGS: it’s all the amazing neighborhood and other festivals taking place in Atlanta throughout the months. Makes for very busy and happy weekends!

  9. Susan White May 5, 2009 at 2:05 am #


    yep, often the concept is better than the reality, though in Atlanta spring is great. Except for the allergies.

  10. installer May 5, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    yep, love me some inman park festival…