On social media feeds I have been seeing people with their spring seed catalogues and packets, making plans for the future.
A sense of optimism prevails and we make our plans, plant our seeds.
And this is how I feel about teaching. Planting seeds. I tend to spread my little nuggets of information as broadly as possible - here, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - because I never know where one of those seeds will take root.
Sometimes people will contact me and let me know that they have taken root with them. And I deeply appreciate their taking the time to let me know. As I spread my thoughts, my knowledge, my opinions with wild abandon I sometimes look upon myself with a certain amount of chagrin at how bold, how brazen I can sometimes be.
But then I see the spark of understanding light up someone's eyes and the cockles of my heart warm.
A new year brings new dates. Nothing is set in stone yet. Many details still need to be hammered out. But I can say that - should there be sufficient registration - I have accepted the level one class at Olds Fibre Week for this year.
There are also plans forming for Cape Breton, a possibility of level one and two.
And another seed is seeing if it will take root, but plans are too nebulous to talk about yet.
So - stay tuned!
Currently reading Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia Maclean