Saturday, April 17, 2010


Spring is such an unsettled time when it comes to the weather. In the summer you know exactly what the forecast will be day after day: hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms. But spring is much more fickle. Yesterday it was warm, sunny, and breezy. Today it is cool, cloudy, and windy, and more of the same is predicted for the week ahead. You just have to go with the flow.

We took advantage of the cooler weather to mow the lawn for the first time this year, to prune the rampant wisteria and blackberry canes, and to start sanding and painting the deck. We realized while we were working on it that this part of the deck is now twenty-five years old. It was one of the first projects Ben undertook after we moved here, and it's held up pretty well. It's always so rewarding to see what a big difference painting makes.

Spring is also the time of year when things really pick up for me at work. I have the achievement tests to finish up and get out for scoring, the graduation slide show and memory book to make, the summer reading promotion, and all the end of the year library circulation cleanup to do in the next six weeks. Last year the spring time just rolled right over me and suddenly it was the last day of school. This year I've started all this work earlier and I'm trying to take things just a bit slower.

So, on this busy spring day, I took a little time to "smell the roses"....or in this case, to admire the iris and azaleas now in bloom.

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