I always look forward to the first butter cup. It's something that's hung with me from my childhood. The Cd'A Press used to have a tradition of running the a photo of the first buttercup, and I think they gave you a dollar, and coupon for a root beer float at A&W, or something like that.
When I was in fourth grade, my aunt Sandy got me hooked. She took me out hiking Best Hill in search of the the first buttercup. Sure enough, we found one and went down to the Cd'A Press to try and get our pictures in the paper, but we got beat by someone who came in that very same day.
So, I have been determined to find the first butter cup ever since. I think I won the Cd'A Press contest a couple of times over the years. I was paper boy, so I usually knew when the contest started before anyone else. I'd deliver my papers as early as possible and trek up to the top of the bald spot on Best Hill and get my flower.
Oh, and about the new blog. My wife and I are getting pretty serious about gardening, canning and brewing beer, and while we are not experts in any of those areas, we are actively studying to become experts, so we thought we would get out in the blogosphere and connect with others of similar interests.