Â Â Â Â Â Â Little by little we are getting spring chores done, working frantically whenever the sun shines. We’ve mowedÂ a couple of times — and need to do it again this weekend — and plantedÂ a fewÂ rows of vegetableÂ inÂ the garden.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This week my husband, Brian, also planted about a hundred strawberry plants. Friends in town were downsizing their patch and gave us several boxes of plants.Â He planted them behind the raspberry and june berry patch, so those pieces of ground will beÂ very berry.
Â Â Â Â Â If the rain stays away this weekend we will plant our warm-season crops such as watermelons, muskmelons and pumpkins. We plant seeds, so by the time they pop out of the ground the frost danger should be past. If it rains this weekend, I’ll plant next week during some days I’m takingÂ off of work.
Â Â Â Â Â I’m also planning to get started on summer projects, such as painting our outbuilding during my vacation days next week. I’m sure there also will be lawns to mow, too. While I’m working, I’ll enjoy spending time with my three children who will be on summer vacation after their last day of school on Tuesday. TheyÂ are good helpers soÂ I’m counting on them spending some quality time with me working on whittling away atÂ projects.
Â Â Â After a week of cold and rainy weather Sunday’s sun and warm temperatures were welcomed with open arms at our house. One of the good things about several days of nasty weather is that when it gets nice again we really appreciate it.Â On Sunday it wasÂ a joy simply to be outside whether working or playing.
Â Â My family and I spent much of the day after church outside, planting garden, mowing, horseback riding and bike riding. I also made some yummy rhubarb dishes with our first picking of the season. We capped off the evening with supper on our open porch, listening to the birds singing and watching a swallow trying to decide whether to build a nest on the overhang.
Â Â Â It sounds like today also is beautiful. I haven’t been outdoors since I came to work this morning, but co-workers who have report that it’s another great day in the neighborhood. After supper (which will include rhubarb sauce) I plan to head outside and spend some time reveling in the evening sunshine. The nice thing about daylight savings time, now that my internal time clock is in sync, is that it’s light outside for several hours after I get home.
Â Â Â Â Sunshine is a rare commodity these days. Although, it appeared earlier today like the sun may break through the clouds, that hasn’t happened. In fact, when I went outside during my lunch hour it was darker than it was when I came to work, and it was spitting a few drops of rain as well.
Â Â Â Â It’s hard not to get dejected by the gloomy weather because it just seems to go on and on. Meanwhile, it’s been so cold that it’s taking forever for the trees to leaf and the flowering trees to bloom.Â Even the grass isn’t growing as fast as it usually does this time of year. OurÂ horses have been looking longingly over the pasture fenceÂ Â for the last few weeks and have done a good bit of chewing on the boards. I think they’re trying to eat their way through the fence into the pasture.
Â Â Â On the bright side, the forecast promises better weather beginining tomorrow. TheÂ outlookÂ is for sunny days with seasonable temperatures for the next week. I’ll take that even if it means we’ll probably have to start mowing twice a week. I wouldn’t mind feeling the warm sun on my back when I’m pushing the lawnmower around the yard.