It’s really spring! Like, for real this time. Not the groundhog-predicted “spring” which included snowstorms. Birds are chirping, flowers are a’bloomin and bunnies are… well, you know what the bunnies are up to.
Seasons are a funny thing in my house. My in-laws family business is a heating & air conditioning company, so the busiest times for them is when it’s super cold or super hot. Busy is good. Busy is what puts food on my table. I, on the other hand, am fondest of the mild temperatures brought by spring and fall. My husband often looks at me like I have three heads or am rooting for the other team at a baseball game when I say things like “yaaaaaay it’s finally spring!” or “I can’t wait for fall to get here, I’m tired of the heat.”
Other team be darned, I just love spring and I’m so thankful when it arrives. I’m also thankful for a few other things this time of year:
- My grill. Last year, I realized I was the last person on earth who didn’t own a grill (even a teeny charcoal one). This may have been in part because I’m the most accident-prone person you will ever meet. If there was a nomination in high school for “person most likely to be blown up by a barbeque grill” I would have had landslide votes. So it seemed like I’d turn on Food Network or flip through just about any magazine and all I saw was headlines screaming about grilling this, grilling that, techniques, tricks, you name it. I turned to my husband and said “I want a grill!” I remember he got a faraway look on his face (presumably picturing me blowing up in the back yard) and then said sure. We purchased a lovely 3-burner Weber and I haven’t looked back. The funny thing about all this is that I’M the grill-master in my house - not my husband. I don’t even let him touch it, except once during my recuperation from surgery. So ladies, take back the spatula.
- My gardens. It’s amusing how similar the garden story is to the grill story. Actually, that’s how a lot of things happen in my life. I up and decide I want to do something, and my overindulgent husband works it out for me. I’m not saying he DOES the stuff for me, but he’ll set the stage to let me go and figure it out. Anyway, I digress. The gardens. We live in a reasonably sized twin home, but the back yard is certainly not large by any means. I never thought I had room for a garden, let alone two, until I discovered the book
All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space.I had no idea I could grow all that stuff in my tiny backyard. My first year I had a bumper crop of tomatoes and cucumbers… which ultimately lead to my interest in canning. Canning is awesome - but that’s another post for another day.
- Our school schedule. When your kids are learning at home (whether it’s traditional homeschooling, unschooling, or cyber-schooling like our house) there’s always a buzz in the air when the weather starts to get nice. Everyone knows that we’ll be out enjoying the sunshine while traditional school kids are sitting looking wistfully out windows. We can practice spelling words with sidewalk chalk, and we can curl up with novels on the front porch with a glass of lemonade. Spring is traditionally a great time for field trips in our house too - the zoo isn’t blazing hot or packed with summer tourists yet. Sometimes it’s also nice to just head to the beach for a day or two for a change in scenery. Nothing is more awe-inspiring than looking out the window and seeing a pod of dolphins prancing in the ocean.