By Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a writer and artist/stay-at-home-mom living in North Everett, Wa. She has been published by Live in Everett and has her own blog at

Springtime in the Northwest

I grew up in the northern desert where long, harsh winters were followed by dry, hot summers. My siblings and I spent whole days outside building, swimming, exploring in the summer. Our winters were spent huddled around the pellet stove, making snow forts and sledding down the ditch embankment. Later my husband and I lived…