Spring Has Sprung

March Break is over and I have to admit I was a little sad to see the kids go back to school.  But, their being home with me each day last week renewed my appreciation for these quiet days where I can get work done, uninterrupted.  Of course, the weather is so beautiful today, the contradictory urges to both spring clean and frolic outside are tugging at my pant leg like an impatient toddler.

Spring has arrived so early that I feel unprepared:  I was going to be organized this year.  I was going to have my backyard garden planned out on paper and seeds planted indoors just waiting to be lovingly moved into their own little plot of organically fertilized soil.  My house was going to be free of clutter, cobwebs and the dust-ogres that tend to accumulate over the winter.  And, I was going to make sure that I was ready for the warm weather just as I wanted my house and garden to be.  I was going to confidently shake free of my sweaters with more pep-in-my-step, all achieved through a delicious, perfectly portioned, veggie-filled eating plan and exercise.

Okay, so I was a little overzealous.

Instead, I’m trying to find the right spot to transplant a lilac bush that still sits in the middle of my garden while I research what plants bees like best.  I have no seedlings started and, honestly, I don’t even know if I should have by now.  My house is slowly getting cleaned but, I had a small setback while organizing my dining room when I brilliantly decided it would be a better use of my time to start sanding and refinishing one of our cabinets.  What little progress I made on myself has been long-lost because I fell of the exercise wagon awhile back and, well, I’m not a good cook.

So not ready for spring.

I wrote a long time ago about finding my cool and, I’m saddened to report that almost two years later, I still haven’t found it.  Truthfully, I’ve given up looking because I’m pretty confident it was never there to begin with.  I’m totally okay with that – I’m learning to love my inner dork.  But, this early jump into spring has focused my mind on all things unfinished and unachieved, much the way New Year’s does for other people.

I will continue to remind myself that I had a lot more fun with the kids this past week playing and visiting with family and friends than I would have staying home to clean, but, I’m also promising myself that I will begin the baby-steps for summer preparation.

Tonight I will write a list of fruits and veggies I want in my garden.  Tomorrow? I exercise.  Wish me luck.

Are there any lingering to-do’s on your list before summer?


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7 responses to “Spring Has Sprung

  1. Yoey

    I don’t know. I think you’re pretty cool. Dorky too but that’s unavoidable given the rest of the family. 😉

  2. Kathy, even just thinking the things you did about Spring, puts you FAR ahead of me. I’ll never be “cool” and I’ve decided this year, I’m totally OK with that, it seems it must take A LOT of work to be so awesome. I figured as long as I’m cool in the eyes of my children, I’ve succeeded in every aspect of my life. 🙂

    You, my friend are an inspiration to me. Especially since all the kidlets are in school and you have peace and quiet! LOL

  3. Sandy

    Kathy, you have accomplished so much. We can never be finished everything, just keep doing your best. The kids are always the priority, the dust and the clutter will always be waiting! Enjoy every minute with them because it is so true that they grow up way too fast. I just keep looking at mine and wondering where my little ones have gone.

  4. I enjoyed the back and forth of this piece very much. And related to your cool-yearnings! But you know what, it’s not worth it. We are who we are, and what makes us cool is to be just what we were meant to be. And I think you are very cool. 🙂 And such a planner! This line was perfect, “the contradictory urges to both spring clean and frolic outside are tugging at my pant leg like an impatient toddler.” I can feel the mother in you in every word. Well done! (And good luck!)

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