Thursday, March 3, 2011
Happy with yard work
Spring hasn’t sprung yet.
But it seems everyone has the fever.
I’ve have not broken out the short pants yet, but I know my son did a week or so ago – sandals, too.
My 9-year-old said twice Saturday as she was helping me in the yard – ‘I’m ready for summer.’
I reminded her that springs comes first and that season does not officially arrive until March 20.
But near 80-degree temperatures in late February, after a rugged winter that included some significant snow, has most of us eager for better days.
For a few hours Saturday and a little while Sunday afternoon, too, Erin and I raked pine straw and picked up limbs. Our front yard was covered in pine straws, thanks to those huge trees, and has been for a few months.
And I was actually looking forward to getting outside and doing some chores.
I love basketball. But after going to gym after gym after gym over the past several weeks and logging many, many miles on our automobiles, I was ready for a break. I was actually ready for a Saturday to stay home and do what I wanted to do – work around the house.
I hadn’t even noticed, due to our hectic schedule, but a few buttercups were blooming in the front and back.
I was somewhat sore Sunday morning when I awoke for church – too much work the day before or most likely just a lack of manual labor during the winter months.
Sunday afternoon I was back at it for a bit – tackling a few things in the backyard. However, most of those leaves and the pine straw will likely stay back there until I break out the lawn mower. Cutting them up makes more sense to me.
Plus, during one of the recent thunderstorms, we lost a pretty-good-sized tree in the back. It knocked out our cable TV service for a night.
The tree is still down – awaiting my chain saw. Or I may decide it’s just too big a task for yours truly.
And by the way, I did not totally ditch going to ball games Saturday. This time I went to one where they play outside, on a diamond. I wore short sleeves but later put on a light jacket.
I can’t believe it’s baseball season. Basketball is not over yet. The H.W. Byers Lady Lions go for their third state championship in five years Thursday night at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
But as you well know, seasons overlap these days – unlike it was when I was in high school. We waited for one major sport to end before we started another.
I caught a portion Saturday of a Major League Baseball spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. I searched for the Braves but couldn’t find them on TV.
Andy has already informed me, ‘Dad, we’re going back to Atlanta this season.’
I really hope to make that happen – great fun and great memories.
And even though it’s unlikely this year, I want to make another trip to Florida in March for some spring training games – and maybe even visit Disney World again, too.
There’s not a better trip.
But for now, I will enjoy being home and yard work.
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