My Best Reason for Each of the Four Seasons

The topic of seasons is this week’s Marketing For Romance Writer’s 52-week Blog Challenge, but the seasons are often on my mind.
I mention it in my author bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons-hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation-keeps her there.
I tend to make up my own names for the seasons (and twist these weekly topics with the weird ways as my mind wanders). For example, as a paranormal and fantasy writer, I’m currently eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated “paranormal season”. 
But, I’m a writer, I make things up. If I didn’t my stories might be a bit boring. Also, as a writer, my mind tends to digress. Which is why reading the topic lead my easily distractible mind on a detour as I digressed to something always on my mind—music.

My Brain is Ninety-Nine Percent Song Lyrics

If you’ve heard this expression, or seen it on a shirt, you might’ve smiled. But really, this is me. Unless I’m writing, I have music on all the time, and even when I don’t, there’s a song playing in my head. It wakes me up sometimes.

My husband used to play in a heavy metal band as a guitarist and singer, and my girls love music as much as we do. (The whole nature versus nurture thing) I grew up dancing in my parent’s living room spinning forty-fives and albums. I still love many of those old groups, many who claimed their fame before I was born. 

Hence, why the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t autumn bearing down on us, but instead it was…The Four Seasons. (And don’t forget Frankie Valli) So as I try to conform, I will share something I love about each season of nature. Along with a few of my favorite songs from The Four Seasons. 

Hockey~ Otherwise Known as Spring

As the winter is winding down, it tends to morph into hockey season. I’m not much for sports, but hockey is something I admire. I mean who wouldn’t admire big, muscular men? Granted, they might be missing a tooth or two, but the amount of skill and fitness required to race across the ice is amazing. Especially since my skating skills are limited and I’ve yet to master the whole stopping thing. Therefore, for that reason, and the fact that I don’t tolerate the cold well, I avoid skating. 

Oh, and by the way, these songs are best sung in the car, shower, or other private venue. Because short of a kick to the crotch, it’s hard to maintain this pitch very well. But it sure is fun.

Biking~ a.k.a. Summer

Once the paths have begun to dry from those spring showers, it’s time to get out the motorcycle or bicycle. Most of my stories are set in rural, wooded areas due to my love of the mysteries of the woods. There’s something about trees. They remain so stoic and silent. Holding onto who knows how many secrets. They way their leaves whistle and sing with the wind. Okay, again, I’ve digressed into the woods from Destiny Calling. Don’t go—I’m back!

Rag Doll is often how I could be described when hiding out at home and writing. That, or homeless person. But since I’m actually in our home at the time and not under a bridge or sitting in a box, I supposed Rag Doll is more fitting. 

Sweat Pants~ Or What The Rest of The World Thinks of as Pumpkin Spice Season

Hey, I do love me some pumpkin spice, but seriously peeps, it’s getting a little crazy out there. Seems you can put pumpkin in just about anything.

But my favorite thing about #Fall—well, besides sweat pants obviously is…wait, it is sweat pants. Click To Tweet

Okay, and perhaps the leaves and cool evenings spent listening to the crickets. And Halloween! But if you’re at my site I think you already figured that out. 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You is often how I could accurately describe my impatience while waiting for the Keurig to brew my bajillion-ith cup of coffee. But that warm brew sure is nice on a cool morning. Perhaps I might even add a shot of pumpkin spice.

Hibernation~ Winter~ Who Loves You?

I live in Pennsylvania. So if someone’s not talking about sports then it’s usually about the weather. Those conversations often rotate around winter even if winter is no where in sight. By saying things on the hottest day of summer such as, “You better not complain, because the snow is going to fly soon.”  No matter what the weather, the threat of snow arriving within hours, days, or months is supposed to make you smile and enjoy even the most miserable rainy day.

Lucky for me, I’ve begun to love winter just a little bit. That is, if I can stay at home and write, or curl up with a good movie. There’s something pristine and beautiful about the silence and stillness. I just don’t want to have to drive, or put on layers upon layers of clothes (like I said, no tolerance for the cold!) when it’s piling up on the streets.

Music Goes Along With Every Season

Well, there you have it. Now excuse me while I go put on some tunes, grab some pumpkin spice coffee and maybe do a little dancing. As my sole audience (which is how I like it), I often try to get Scruff to join me in the song and dance but he has yet to acquire the love of music like 

Scruff, dog
Stink eye from Scruff

the rest of the family. Instead he judges my poor singing skills and gives me the stink eye when I try to force him to dance along with me.

What’s Your Favorite Part of Each Season? Or Do You Just Love The Four Seasons?

MFRW Blog Challenge on the four seasonsCheck out the other authors in the Marketing For Romance Writer’s blog hop to discover their favorite parts of each season.


20 thoughts on “My Best Reason for Each of the Four Seasons”

  1. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    Love the Four Seasons, thanks for making me think of this blog topic in a different way! Enjoy your sweat pants, lol.

    September 22, 2017
  2. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    Well, now you’ve done it. Two songs are playing in my head at the same time. SHERRY is, of course, the theme song for my life. I can’t tell you how often someone sings a line or two to me. And CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU always makes me want to cry. I have no idea why. There must be a buried memory that goes along with it 🙂 I enjoyed your list.

    September 22, 2017
  3. DarleneLFDarleneLF

    Great post, Maureen. I’n not a fan of Fall only because of the season that follows so closely afterward. Your music spin on the post was quite enjoyable…and Scruff’s look is priceless, lol.

    September 22, 2017
  4. Helen HendersonHelen Henderson

    the piece took me back to my Pennsy roots. Although with all the references to the Jersey Boys seems like we should jump the river. Oh wait. I did. Thanks for a fun piece.

    September 22, 2017
  5. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    I sure hope you never have to suffer through zombie season or graveyard season. BTW, stopping while skating is easy: just run into something. That’s my method.

    September 22, 2017
  6. Trevann RogersTrevann Rogers

    Ah, kindred spirits. Music is in my blood too, and is the soundtrack for every season. Great post.

    September 22, 2017
  7. Meka JamesMeka James

    I’m not big on snow so I’m glad I don’t live in a place that gets it (not really). LOL on the pumpkin spice. I’m not a fan. I don’t do pumpkin spice anything and I’m not really sure why that trend started.

    My middle son asked about playing hockey, big issue, he can’t skate. LOL So it would require him learning to skate as well as the sport. I have to admit I’m glad he’s not brought it up in a while. My daughter used to ice skate for a while and sitting at that rink, so freaking cold!

    September 23, 2017
  8. Raine BalkeraRaine Balkera

    I would never have thought to mix music with seasons, but I enjoyed your clever post, so thanks for sharing!

    September 23, 2017
  9. Alina K. FieldAlina K. Field

    Love this post, and I love The Four Seasons, even though, technically, I’m too young for that group also, LOL !

    September 24, 2017
  10. Kenzie MichaelsKenzie Michaels

    Singing along with you as I read this!!! Love Frankie Valli:)

    September 25, 2017

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