Projects of spring are mounting

Spring is coming. On Sunday at 2 a.m., we will set our clocks ahead one hour.
That will mean more light in the evening but for several weeks it will be a little dark when I head off to work in the morning.
You can again feel the heat in the sun, and the snowbanks have shrunk to half their size and the water is collecting on the streets and sidewalks.
Over winter, you often look around your home and yard and begin making plans for upgrades in the spring. It is no different at our house.
In the fall of 2016, we planted tulips and were hopeful of a bright, tulip-filled garden in the spring. Alas, the deer that frequent Victoria Avenue saw our hopes disappear as they chewed the shoots to the ground.
At my house, the water has evened out the sidewalks and what once was a paving stone sidewalk had, by Saturday morning, become a narrow skating rink. I spent Saturday and Sunday breaking up the ice and making the walkway safe again.
The seeds all have arrived in stores across the district and Emo Feed had pallets of bedding soil out front to be picked up by greenhouses and those with large gardens. Out at Degagne Equipment in Emo, the riding lawn mowers were on display prominently.
I’ve just finished two new fishing rods for the coming season. One is seven-foot while the other is 7’6″. One is pink with spring green thread holding the guides and a brilliant white, gold, and silver wrapping just above the handle.
The other is black, with dark grey wrapping thread.
One is fast action and I probably will use it to tangle with smallmouth bass; the other is a little softer and will be an ideal walleye rod. They will join my bag of rods that I have for fishing.
Meanwhile, plans for work around the yard are progressing. Perhaps the first big project will be rebuilding our back entrance walkway and steps. The huge Manitoba maple that grew next to our home was removed and the stump was deep into the ground.
My landscape architect brother-in-law gave us a couple of designs for the back entrance, and we will be choosing one and ordering the block and cement facings. If planning goes well, the repairs should be completed in a two-week period once the frost is gone from the ground.
Two spruce trees died from an infestation of spruce budworm and have been taken down. We now have to decide whether to put in fencing or extend the cedar hedge that continues to be attacked by deer.
The projects of spring are mounting.

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail