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I am ready for Spring…


My fellow Northeast News, Star-Courier, etc. columnist, Charlie Farrar talked about “smelling spring” in his last column. Guess my sniffer isn’t that good as I’m anxious for spring to show itself but still don’t see much hope, at least over the next few days. Am writing this on March 1 and heard the weather man say at about 6 a. m. this morning that out high temperature for today would be 53 degrees and “we already had it.” I think it is about 51 or 52 right now.

Weather has been a bother to all of us in the U.S. this winter, especially in the East. Talk to my daughter or son back home almost every day and they spend more time fussing about the weather than bringing me up-to-date on family items. Hasn’t exactly been a picnic here in Texas either.

Son Dave mentioned a couple of weeks ago that in previous years we had had at least one out-door picnic at his side-yard table. Not this year as it has been too cold and raining. Raining this morning and not expected to get better until about the time this paper comes out on Thursday. Also heard the weather person say we just experienced the fifth coldest February in history for Houston. I’m ready to “smell” and experience spring.

Been getting some of my winter/spring chores done. Not long after arriving in January I got out in the yard enough to get all of the left over fall leaves and other stuff cleaned from the two lots. I always breathe a sigh of relief when that is done. However, got only part of the trimming of the bushes completed. Still have a lot of that to do and I just haven’t wanted to go out in the colder, damper weather and work in the yard.

One other big job I do for Dave while here is wash all of his windows inside and out. Have the inside accomplished and did have an opportunity late last week to get many of the outside windows done as well. Still have six across the front of the house but I guess I won’t get that done until late this week.

Also try to clean all of the rugs before heading back home. That I haven’t started. Usually do that in a couple of days. Move furniture into half the space, get it cleaned and dried and the next day or two move it back, clean the rest and call the job completed. Still have four weeks to get that accomplished as I hit the road for home on March 29.

This will be the first winter we haven’t gone to either San Antonio or Corpus Christi since I started coming down here eight or nine years ago. We decided to skip that weeklong trip this year. Did take another day-trip to Port Arthur last week. My first visit there. We had a good time and I got to see a little more of Texas.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!