Living Out Loud

The things April brings


“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.”


April bring many things to us here in East Texas. I know the first thing you are going to shout out is POLLEN! Yes, that is one of the most dreaded of the season. Good news, it is almost over. Is pollen ever really over in East Texas? Probably not.

With the lack of winter temperatures this year, the trees and flowers all bloomed earlier than usual. The daffodils and tulips have come and gone. The lilies and wildflowers are popping up all over.

The mowers have already begun their roaring around the lawns to make the green look more like Astroturf rather than a the multi-green shaded shag carpet my mother had in the living room.

Everyone survived Spring Break and returned to class just in time to take a stab at the STAAR test. Don’t even get me started on that.

Field trippers from elementary schools all over East Texas are pouring into the gates at Caldwell Zoo and local city parks.

Stock in razor blades just jumped 100 points due to women shaving off their winter coat as shorts are coming out of the closet.

The Mr. Green Jeans comes out in all of us as the seed packets call our names at Steele’s and the FFA plant sales are our number one stop.

It is also festival time. One of my favorites is April in Edom. Edom is a little community west of here that is home to some of the most eclectic artisans around.

Saturday and Sunday people will come from the big cities and the small towns to take part in the games and activities, eat some great food from the vendors as well as The Shed, show off their pups in the Pet Parade and most of all, ooh and aah and hopefully purchase, some beautifully handcrafted jewelry, fun fashions, hand-turned pottery and so much more. I’m reading that more than 125 vendors are signed up to be there this year. WOW!

Don’t miss the music performed by local talent. You will not go home disappointed.

One more stop you’ll want to make is just about a half mile east of downtown Edom at the corner of 279 and 4800. My Edom kids will be holding a huge yard sale with everything under the sun. Stop by for a visit and a bag full of treasures.

The weather is looking to cooperate and be ideal for outdoor activities so don’t sit inside, get out and enjoy spring.

Edom is just 11 miles south of I-20, exit 540, off Highway 64 between Tyler and Canton, at Hwy 279 and F.M. 314.

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